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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does landscaping cost per square foot?

The cost of landscaping can vary widely based on the type of plants you wish to have, the amount of grading required, the condition of the land before work begins, and other factors. Adding in designer or high-end landscaping, as well as hardscaping such as sidewalks, walls, or patios will add to the cost. To find out how much your landscaping will cost, contact landscapers near you.

Is hiring a landscaper worth it?

A landscaper is worth it if you don't want to invest a significant amount of time and effort into planting, trimming, raking, weeding and performing other operations on your garden or yard. Hiring a landscaper to perform regular maintenance in your yards and complete bigger projects is valuable if you’re looking to sell your house. A professional landscaper can make your house more appealing to potential buyers. 

Some landscapers may perform maintenance duties — remove leaves, mow lawns, trim trees and shrubs, etc. —  but they can also help you bring bigger projects to life. This may include adding a misting system, an outdoor fireplace, water features, artificial turf, a patio and much more.

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How much does landscaping cost?

The price of landscaping varies widely due to the range of choices that can be made, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $320 and $20,000 for your landscaping work. The national average cost for a landscaping project is $2,600. 

Factors like the choice of plants, the amount and type of hardscaping, the square footage of your landscaped area, and the region you live in will have a significant effect on your landscaping cost.

Where can you buy landscaping rocks?

You can shop for landscaping rocks from a variety of different sources. The first option is large chain retail stores specializing in home improvement and gardening. Often, landscaping rocks like slate and other slabs arrive on pallets and are sold in bulk, giving you a great deal. Your local landscaping store also carries rocks, and you may even have a stone or quarry seller nearby who can sell you the rocks you need. When in doubt, contact landscaping companies near you to see if they have rocks you can purchase.

What is landscaping?

Landscaping is the intentional placement and maintenance of living plants on an area of land or in your yard. This can include trees, lawn, flowers, bushes and other plant life and often incorporates mulch and other organic matter. The primary purpose of landscaping is to provide beauty to the house or building it surrounds. 

Many landscaping companies also offer design, architecture and construction services. For example, they can help you design a yard that incorporates a patio, deck, pool, fire pit, lighting, walkways, retaining walls and more.

How much does landscaping improve home value?

Landscaping your property can boost the value of your home between 5% and 15%, according to Better Homes & Gardens. They specify that this is the amount of value added when you upgrade the condition of your landscaping from poor to good, though these terms are subjective. 

What is landscape design?

Landscaping design refers to the art of analyzing an existing landscape, planning how to transform it through flora and fauna design and working with a client to ensure goals are met. Landscape designers may completely transform an outdoor space or make minor modifications to enhance it. They may also call for grading and the construction of hardscaping surfaces like walkways or patios to add to the enjoyment of the space.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Concord landscapers
Barbara L.
Hired for on-going yard and landscaping maintenance - weekly
Greenery Landscaping & MaintenanceGreenery Landscaping & Maintenance
Kay F.
We found our new bi-weekly landscaper thanks to Jose! Responded to our inquiry quickly and was able to begin service the next day. Jose listened to our landscaping needs and finished the job, no hassle. The value of the service matches Jose’s quality of work.
Nicasio’s landscaping & gardeningNicasio’s landscaping & gardening
Alex B.
Great work on the trees and landscaping. Will be using them for our gardening moving forward. Great experience!
Cesar’s Tree ServiceCesar’s Tree Service
Fred K.
Although I've changed plans and decided to wait, Munoz landscaping was extremely professional and responsive with my request. I hope to do business with them soon.
Munoz landscapingMunoz landscaping
Donald C.
It was a pleasure working with Irvine’s landscaper. The owner and son was very helpful in helping me redo my backyard. They were very patient and knowledgeable with the planning and completion. I highly recommend there service.
Irvin’s Landscaping ServicesIrvin’s Landscaping Services
Chris M.
Jacob and his father were amazing! They showed up when they said they would. They put out great quality work. All while being professional. They went above and beyond and even included looking at the front yard sprinklers and fixing one of the valves when it was not part of the original bid. I could not be more happy with the finished product and they were quick too! 2 days and my backyard was transformed. Can't thank J&M landscaping enough! If you are looking for a landscaping professional, look no further and do yourself a favor and hire J&M.
M&J LandscapingM&J Landscaping
Robert K.
I hired Munoz Landscaping to handle bi-weekly yard maintenance, and I’m glad they did. They took care of mowing the lawn, weeding, and trimming. They’re efficient and detail oriented, and treated my yard like they might treat their own. Highly recommended.
Munoz landscapingMunoz landscaping
Marc n.
Very happy, they did a great job. Did exactly what we laid out to accomplish, and a little extra as well. Job was finished on time, as promised.. Everything was cleaned up very well.. I would highly recommend this company for your landscaping needs.
Maranatha soonMaranatha soon
Sabrina S.
Enriqué and his team were amazing. They transformed our front landscaping in a few days. The detail and craftsmanship that Enriqué added is stunning. I would highly recommend them for any project and I am sure we will bring them back for other projects. Thank you again!
Irvin’s Landscaping ServicesIrvin’s Landscaping Services
Nick N.
Jacob is by far the best contractor I've ever worked with. His customer service skills are top-notch He was responsive, easy to communicate with, and a machine when it came to the work. He will, hands down, be my first port of call for any other landscaping work. Jacob - Thank you!!
M&J LandscapingM&J Landscaping
Nathan R.
Jose and team did a great job cleaning up our yard after a few months of inactivity from us after purchasing the home. Reminded us what a well maintained yard looks like again and he was reasonably priced. We plan to use them for future jobs and monthly maintenance on our landscaping!
Nicasio’s landscaping & gardeningNicasio’s landscaping & gardening
Barbara E.
For years my husband and I did our own yard work, but honestly, we’re just not that good at it. We struggled with keeping the lawns green and mowing on a regular basis, not to mention dealing with all the weeds that eventually popped up. So we decided to hire a gardener. Hiring Munoz Landscaping to take care of our front and back yards was the best decision we ever made. They’ve only just started and I’m already noticing how much better everything looks. Joaquin and his crew are real pros. When I first met Joaquin, he understood exactly what I was looking for. In addition to maintenance, I mentioned that I’d love to add some color to my yard and Joaquin said he could make some flower recommendations and take care of the planting too. In fact, he also had some great ideas of his own to help improve my yard like low voltage lighting and mulch - which I really appreciated. I’m so thankful I found Munoz Landscaping. They are full service landscapers and I can’t wait to see my yards improve over the months and years to come. Thank you so much Joaquin!
Munoz landscapingMunoz landscaping
Lori W.
Greenery Landscaping has been cutting our lawns and taking care of our front and backyard for over a month now. We have a large backyard so it is quite a bit of work. We are so happy with all the work they are doing. They are very responsive with any questions, professional, very knowledgeable and hard working. I would 100% recommend them.
Greenery Landscaping & MaintenanceGreenery Landscaping & Maintenance
Viola L.
Mr. Huerta was hard working and showed his experience in the beauty of my front and back yards after completion of the project. My backyard was OVERGROWN with 4 foot high weeds and he worked all morning to completely clear and tidy my yard by himself. Even my neighbors were impressed! His prices are very competitive and with the quality of his work I would recommend him to anyone!!! I definitely hope to hire him again for future projects and as my landscaper.
Hector’s LandscapeHector’s Landscape
Erik W.
Tuisila (goes by Sila) Holani and his team were great from start to finish and very straightforward and transparent. This was our first time hiring landscapers and so we were a bit nervous going in. Catlina (works the front desk) was super helpful and was able to work with our fears and quickly gained our trust! They were timely and communicative. Sila has 34 years of experience and just started his own company recently and I’m so glad they did! They are local to the Concord area. The first day they showed up right on time and got to work in the backyard. They poured concrete (stamped and stained), laid sod, laid pavers and granite rock, and installed the sprinklers. They also built some planter boxes for us and gave us advice on how to save money (one tip was avoiding too much wood which is super expensive right now). They are hard working and finished the job a few days before the estimated timeline. I would work with Sila and his team again!
A-List Landscape LLCA-List Landscape LLC
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