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Berkeley Backyard Designers

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Angele's Tree Service
4.9
from 236 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 299 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Walt A.
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I had a 60ft eucalyptus tree removed from my backyard by Angele's Tree Service. His bid was the best, he was prompt, he said it would take 2 days and it did. When he was done my yard was totally cleaned up.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilary G.
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D' Franco landscape designed our whole irrigation system for our garden. The team was incredibly professional and very knowledgeable about irrigation. Great communication in regards to the planning and then reviewing the final project. Very happy we chose D'Franco landscape for our irrigation, excellent at what they do! Great value as well.

Vin ~ Tak
4.7
from 86 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
Elena Y.
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Vin did an excellent job! He mowed the lawn, pruned the garden, and tidied up the greenery both in front of the house and in the backyard voluntarily without my asking. We are very very happy!

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 76 reviews
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
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Katie B.
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Matthew did a great job building a step in our backyard. He is talented, good at communication, and prompt!! Will definitely hire him again.

  • 10 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Smita K.
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Gustavo and his crew are outstanding in the quality of their work, their work ethic (reliability, promptness) and depth of experience. I had them do an electrical job for me (that had baffled 2 prior teams), a huge garden job including building planters and a compost bin for a new organic edible garden, irrigation, cover for the air conditioner unit, painting the backyard fence, misc odd jobs etc. I plan to hire them again for a large lighting job and other items on my to-do list.They deserve more than 5 stars!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacquelyn M.
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Yong was reliable, helpful, knowledgeable, and went the extra miles for my client. Yong made my experience with this service amazing. I wish I could have a Yong in every city I work in. He will be my handyman in the Bay area. Thank you, Emma's & Pat Elite designs Jackie

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  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David F.
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To create some additional space in the top floor of my garden cottage, I wanted to take advantage of the high ceilings and have a loft space installed. It was important to me that none of the floor space underneath was compromised, and wanted to avoid using supports from the floor. Jasper came over, took the time to understand my needs & vision, and offered a tremendous amount of support and advice as we pursued the design. He presented me with different options, and was sensitive to my pricing considerations. Ultimately, we decided it was best to pursue a minimally viable solution, and then expand on it as my needs changed. Within a week, Jasper showed up with his friend, a truck full of lumber, and got to business. He showed up at noon, and was done by 8pm. He was happy to make adjustments and modifications I requested weeks after completion (at no additional charge), left my home clean, and really took pride in his work. He was friendly, professional, and stood behind his work 100%. It was truly a pleasure to have Jasper come and turn my loft space vision into a reality that was far better than anything I could have imagined at a great price and on budget. I look forward to using him again for my future projects.

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  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Gerald C.
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Miguel n his son did a great job on my backyard, haul away all the weed n grass. I would recommend them for future job

Castro Landscape
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 335 hires on Thumbtack
Beatrice P.
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Casey was wonderful. He installed lawn and planted bamboos along with root walls in our backyard. We were very happy with his work. He was very professional, super responsive and on time. His work's quality was also great. He even worked on Saturday. Finally the cost was very competitive. We highly recommend him!

Limon Landscape
4.7
from 32 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Kasey B.
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We needed a landscaper to install a small lawn in our backyard. Rubin and his team were great - Rubin had great suggestions to improve the look of the backyard, was always on time, very good at providing updates on plans and progress, and the resulting lawn looks great. We would definitely use Limon Landscape again for future landscaping needs.

  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Pashanae H.
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Marin is a pro! I had not felt comfortable going into my backyard due to overgrown weeds and stray cats that took over. He took down my garden beds, got out all the weeds, tree stumps and layed down tarp and mulch. He was very thorough with his work and I could tell that he has a passion for what he does.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Alfred P.
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Great job with my fence work. Such a great job, I had them do my grass-roots and backyard.

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Quick Lawn Care
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Ayana T.
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Bin completely transformed our backyard with some small, but important updates. He and a worker removed the tin roofing from our pergola, sanded and painted an existing wooden bench, and replaced concrete pavers with grass. He also reinforced the pergola structure by replacing and adding a few new posts and refreshed it with a new paint stain. The concrete pavers were repurposed to lay a path on both side entrances of our backyard. Bin was professional and punctual in completing the work in the time estimated and responding promptly to feedback, all at a reasonable cost. We look forward to working with him again.

RMR Landscaping
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth C.
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Ricardo was recommended by a friend & did a great job with my backyard. My backyard looked like a forest. Ricardo cleaned everything out & brought down a 20foot old tree that was dying. We then decided to go with decomposed granite with stone walkway. He added plants along the walkway for extra decoration. Looks amazing. 10/10

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Abbey T.
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We hired Sam from life time remodeling with his crew to do a complete kitchen remodel. In the meeting Sam recommended a kitchen design that we like a lot. And it turned out to be fantastic just like I wanted. Between my job and this job he made the entire process very easy and seamless for us. I decided to have the remodel done while I was part time traveling overseas. A friend of mine told me we were crazy to have the job going when we were not there to check on it, but because they have a app that I can see all the time updates from process of the job i decided that it is fine and I went. the app they use is very easy to use it fits a construction company in Silicon Valley, that is one of the reasons why I am so impressed with this company :). Turners out, it worked out great Sam's crew did the job and moving along he sent me pictures from the job site to make sure I'm fully informed in all the details I returned to an almost-finished kitchen. The quality of the work and attention to detail was excellent. The team was conscientious about confirming the details with us before each portion of the job, making sure that each decision was agreed with me and were clearly careful in their work. Sam's crew was friendly and pleasant to have in my home with the kids. I decided the last minute to paint the entire interior house during the project, and asked Sam if he could book movers as i was overseas. Rather than hire movers Sam's crew packed up our entire house themselves, moved it to the garage, then moved it back just in time for my return!!! I thought for sure something would get broken but everything made it back upstairs in perfect condition. They even set out my son's toys for him to find when we got home which was much appreciated by a jet lagged preschooler. It was a small thing but showed the care and respect the crew has for their clients. I'm very pleased with the resolute on the paint and kitchen. I would not hesitate to use Sam or anyone from his company life time remodeling again or to recommend them to anyone :).

  • 9 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene P.
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Angel cared for all areas of our home including both sides, front and backyard lawn areas, pruned ALL trees and plants, weeded everything, and even hauled away all the leftover trimmings. He not only made it super easy to schedule the work, but to also meet for initial consult. I look forward to continuing to work with Angel for our lawn maintenance needs.

  • 14 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Suyog R.
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Adam was easy to schedule and work with. The backyard looks great after the de-weeding and clean up job! Thanks Adam!

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Outside Collective
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erzsi S.
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Christel's design style is amazing and her work style is fantastic. She's responsive, understanding, thoughtful and smart. Can't recommend her more highly!

Juan Torres
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Joel Y.
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Juan and his father worked on cleaning up my garden, front and backyard. He is very punctual and very responsive on the correspondence may it be text or email. My backyard looks great and would definitely use Juan again.

M&M Landscaping
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
James S.
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Jorge and his crew did a fantastic job on my backyard project. They were friendly, timely, and economical. They showed up on time and finished ahead of schedule. I'm very happy.

Superior Improvement
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Claire C.
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I wanted to sell my house for the most money possible but my home seriously lacked curb appeal. I called Victor from Superior Improvement and he designed a beautiful front yard for me, incorporating the tree and slope of the yard. It was a beautiful result and increased homebuyer traffic tremendously. I got so many inquiries from neighbors about my yard that I was able to refer 3 neighbors on my block. I sold my home and the new owner loved the yard so much he had Victor's team come back to do the backyard as well. Great value and a stunning result!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a landscape contractor do?

Landscape contractors work from outdoor architectural or design plans to build and install hardscaping or softscaping for the client, much as a general contractor uses architectural designs to build a house. Landscape contractors are experts in soil drainage, grading, hardscaping (installing concrete paths and retaining wall, building ponds, etc.), and planting. They have heavy equipment such as excavators and tractors to prepare the land as needed.

Some landscape contractors are also landscape architects or landscape designers. The titles can be compared with those in home construction: A building or landscape architect must earn a specialized architecture degree and pass an exam to have a license. A designer — whether an interior designer or a landscape designer — does not usually require a license to work. Landscape contractors are not required by law to work from plans designed by a landscape architect, so you may work directly with the landscape contractor to specify the work you’d like done. The national average cost for large-scale landscaping projects is $10,160. Pricing can vary greatly depending on the project scope, materials and design.

How do you find a good landscape architect?

Hiring a landscape architect is an investment in your home. Landscaping can reduce water bills, improve your home resale value, add to your daily living experience and significantly boost curb appeal. A landscape architect will draw the designs for your new landscape; you’ll want to hire a landscape contractor to carry out the plans. Many companies provide design-build landscaping services, with a company architect creating plans for your vision and the landscape contractor executing the vision. With the proper academic background and licensing, a person can be both landscape architect and landscape contractor. Here are a few tips for finding a great landscape architect:

  • Research online portfolios and find several landscape architects whose work interests you.
  • Read online reviews of client experiences.
  • Research whether the landscape architects you are interested in are currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing board, and check whether any complaints have been issued against them. Each state will have their own searchable database. For example, you can search for California landscape architects via the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Request bids from your selected landscape architects.
  • Hire the one you like the most, taking care to have a clearly written contract outlining scope of work.

For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

What should you look for when hiring a landscaper?

Landscaping can be costly — though it usually pays off in curb appeal and home resale value — so finding a landscaper who is worth the investment is important. When hiring a landscaper, look for proven success with the type of results you want. For example, if you know you want a drought-tolerant yard, research websites, reviews and portfolios that showcase beautiful drought-tolerant yards that the landscaper has installed. In addition to relevant experience, you’ll want to find a landscape contractor who has good client reviews. Good communication skills are another important quality in a landscape contractor, since everything from plant selection to hardscape installation needs to be discussed and agreed upon. A landscape contractor who is reliable, easy to understand and able to listen to what you want will help make the process seamless and enjoyable.

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