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AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 200 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 251 hires on Thumbtack
Douglas C.
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We had a complete landscape overhaul project which we submitted on Thumbtack and received a prompt, courteous response from AA Cardenas. We had high-level plans for what we envisioned but also wanted to gain input from a professional opinion. During our initial meetings with Arisel Ortega (owner), he provided ideas and examples from other comparable projects that solidified he was the right person for the job. The estimates provided were comprehensive and reasonable. Arisel and his crew are extremely hard-working, and set realistic timescales for various stages of the project through completion. The attention to detail and overall quality of workmanship is high. We could not be more pleased with the end result. I highly recommend Arisel (AA Cardenas) for any landscaping need.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 118 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.

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RAMIREZ LANDSCAPING
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lenietta B.
Verified review

I posted my job & within minutes David replied. We set up a consult Friday, he was here on time and not only quoted me but talked me through various options. I have a townhouse with a very small patio area that I wanted to enjoy. There were dead dried out weeds everywhere. I never opened my patio blinds it was so scary. In less than an hour David & his dad cleaned out the old weeds and transformed my yard to look twice as big. He was very affordable and just a real sweet spirit. His card is definitely saved on my phone so if I hear anyone looking for a landscape extraordinaire I'm referring him and his dad. I am so grateful. Oh, my kids came home Sunday and immediately start playing leap frong on the pavers. The only disappointment is that thumbtack doesn't have a photo before and after feature. #imstillcrying

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Matthew Kelly Construction
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Liam D.
Verified review

Matthew has done a number of projects for me and my wife. Deck repair, built some custom planters for our back yard and a few odd jobs inside. Excellent service

  • 10 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry H.
Verified review

I hired Gustavo for 1000-sq feet landscape project. I had him install paver stones, mulch, and clean out the remaining sections of the yard. Gustavo responded to my emails promptly and was able to come out right away to give me a very competitively priced estimate. Gustavo and his crew was very reliable and began work almost immediately. The work took about 2-weeks but his crew made sure to clean up after themselves at the end of each work day. Overall, I am very impressed with his professionalism and work product. Most of all, I am grateful for the little details that I see that he put into the work where some others would have simply skipped. His work is textbook perfect. Thank you Gustavo and I will most definitely hire you again very soon!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jacquelyn M.
Verified review

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
Sara A.
Verified review

Jasper did an excellent job of designing and building my computer desk and storage unit. On our first meeting he was able to translate the description of what I wanted into a drawing with measurements. On his next visit he confirmed the measurements and proposed workarounds for dealing with challenges such as the room's molding as well as taking a paint sample to match the color of the unit with the room. The results were better than I expected. The unit truly looks built-in with molding around the top that matches the molding in the room. Though it's a floor to ceiling unit, it does not feel overbearing due to the design, color and seamless attachment to walls and ceiling. He was easy to work with when making adjustments in order to accommodate placement of my computer equipment. When I specified what I wanted, I got exactly that. Jason is an extremely competent woodworker and very fast executor. I would highly recommend him.

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  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Peter R.
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We recently purchased a home and the previous owners had deferred maintenance on much of the landscaping. Miguel was very responsive. He and his sons did an outstanding job trimming trees and hedges, shaping bushes, and pulling weeds. We look forward to working with him again in the future.

Duranlandscaping1
4.3
from 41 reviews
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
Lorraine M.
Verified review

I am very satisfied with the tree removal service I received from Fernando at Duran Landscaping. He arrived as scheduled and began work immediately. He is a no-nonsense professional that takes both the customer's and his time seriously. He (and his crew) completed the job in 3 hours... I thought it would take a good part of the day. I am definitely using Duran Landscaping for all my future tree and landscaping needs. I highly recommend him... you won't be disappointed.

Castro Landscape
4.5
from 38 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 339 hires on Thumbtack
Seth B.
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Miguel showed up on time and worked very efficiently. He was done in 2 hours and we had projected 3. I am hiring him again to do more yard work - primarily cares cutting English ivy and trimming back hedges to a manageable state. Of all goes well, I hope to keep him and his team as a regular yard work crew and landscape consultant.

Limon Landscape
4.7
from 32 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn R.
Verified review

We've found our landscape installer. Rueben and his crew know what they are doing. I would recommend them to my friends. We hired them in the middle of winter and they worked every day that weather permitted them to work. They were reasonable and fair in their pricing and Rueben (the owner of Limon Landscape) is truly passionate about his work. It is obvious that this is not his first rodeo. His guys, Daniel and Fernando are very good at what they do too. Rueben listens to our ideas and he's also got great ideas to contribute. We liked working with this team and will be hiring them again. Photos will come soon.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom B.
Verified review

All Season Landscaping is one of the best company i work with . Jerry's and this team are wonderful. And hard working. And professional @ same time. And was on time. .. Also they are licensed and insured. Thanks jerry

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Quick Lawn Care
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Adrienne T.
Verified review

We hired Bin and his brother to repair our wood fence that had been damaged when a tree fell. They came to give me an estimate in person and listened well to my concerns. After talking it through, they came up with a great solution to patch the fence instead of a costly replacement. They were even able to source weathered wood that made the repair invisible to notice. If you have a tricky landscape project and want tailored service, call Bin at Quick Lawn Care.

  • 28 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy G.
Verified review

Rob did a wonderful job. I would definitely use him again. Both the front and back yards look amazing and we are totally satisfied. Here's the unique thing with Rob. He doesn't like to work with drawings or plans. So you either need to totally trust him or have enough knowledge about landscape design that you can have in depth conversations about your problem situations. For instance, even though we had just purchased the home, we could see we had drainage issues around the garage and needed to pay special attention in that area. We had actually previously paid a landscape architect to draw up plans, but we were not happy with how that relationship was developing. So, we paid her for her time and took the drawings such as they were. Rob barely glanced at them. At first this made use nervous. But, here's the thing...if you get too married to a drawing, it doesn't allow you to be fluid enough to adapt to the ever changing situations. Frankly, it worked out for the best. We ended up with a perfectly melded version of Rob's ideas blended with some of the best of our original ideas. Nevertheless, when developing the contract without drawings, you'll need to be a little more specific about things that would have otherwise been called out in the drawings, such as how many plants of what size, how many yards of mulch, how many tons of what kind of rock, etc. It's a leap a faith, but Rob wants to do quality work and make his customer happy, so it's a leap I'm happy we made. (I am incapable of taking decent photos, but Rob had professional photos taken. Please ask him to take a look. They really are beautiful.)

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Ramirez Landscaping Service
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon M.
Verified review

Great job by Ramirez Landscaping. We would highly recommend them!!

RMR Landscaping
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Avi M.
Verified review

R/M landscape Design is a great company to work with. Ricardo was very reasonable with his pricing. Great professionalism & communication through project. Work provided was flawless. Everything came out just how I wanted. Crew also cleaned after each day of work. Definitely worth the 5 stars

Shirin Bond Landscape
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Steve K.
Verified review

Shirin did a landscape project next door to me and had added several levels of stone retaining walls and finished it off with a smart design of plants. I became a fan and asked her to install a drip system in my own yard. Very pleased with her service and I think you will be too.

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Outside Collective
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erzsi S.
Verified review

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!

Jr & Sons
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sean H.
Verified review

Fernando did an excellent job on our yard for an unbeatable price! He was extremely professional the entire time and created the outdoor space we were hoping for. A lot of landscaping companies we had contacted were very expensive and tried to up-sell us on features we didn't want and that fell outside our budget. Fernando created exactly what we asked and stayed within our budget. I would certainly recommend him to anyone wanting a beautiful yard for an even better price.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Kevin R.
Verified review

It was great working with Edward. The work he and his crew did exceeded expectations. The deck and turf installation were done very well. There were a couple delays, from suppliers, but Edward kept us informed and put in extra hours to get the job done. He offered great value and was easy to work with. We will definitely call Edward for future projects.

Superior Improvement
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Claire C.
Verified review

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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  • Softscape services
    I don't need softscape services: No, Grass: No, Sod Installation: Yes, Tree/shrub planting: No, Tree/shrub removal: No, Flower beds: Yes, Gardening: No, Sprinkler installation: Yes, Drainage system: No, Outdoor lighting: Yes, Stump grinding and removal: No
  • Area(s) to be landscaped
    Back yard
  • Design preparation
    I have some design ideas in mind, I need consultation on design, I also need a contractor to install the design
  • Details
    We are also looking for regular contracted service of the rear garden, front landscape as well as interior lobby plant & flower maintenance.
  • $125
    Average price
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