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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 Palm Springs landscapers
Kelly C.
It was a pleasure to work with AQ Landscape, highly recommend!
AQ Landscape &  MaintenanceAQ Landscape & Maintenance
Lisa L.
Martín and his team did an amazing job with my landscaping at my new home. He installed beautiful colored River rocks and paving stones around my property and front yard and it looks incredible. A bird bath and other details were also the finishing touch. I would recommend him to all of my friends and family. Please give him a call for all of your landscaping needs!
Victoria T.
These guys are hardworking and do an impeccable job. I couldn't be happier hiring them. Unfortunately the landscapers before them were getting paid and not doing the work. The yard was a mess and they came through and gave me a reasonable price for clean up. Now we countiue to have them come once a week for yard maintenance. I would definitely recommend them.
Vera LandcareVera Landcare
Tab R.
I am that guy -- the one that expects everything to be done perfectly! Needless to say, that expectation results in a lot of disappointments. Not so with Vera Landcare! Brian is knowledgeable about all aspects of landscaping -- and knows a great deal about our native plants and their needs. More importantly, he is a pleasure to deal with and he does exactly what he says that he will. Brian and his guys were punctual, hard working and pleasant to have around. I highly recommend Vera Landcare!
Vera LandcareVera Landcare
Tamara H.
Jose called and came out to my home. We did a quick walkthru. Discussed next steps. Told me he would email an estimate. And, then after my follow-up, told me he did not want to provide maintenance at my property because it was too big. I have maybe a 10x10 patch or smaller of grass, weeding in palm springs gold rocks, and quarterly ficus trimming. Our property is quite small and does not require an exhaustive amount of maintenance. It's 3/4 desert landscape. If Jose did not have the capacity to provide services, it would of been nice if he had just responded beforehand with his unavailability.
Jose Golden LandscapeJose Golden Landscape
Justin P.
New to the area and needed some trees removed and our bushes got too heavy for the wires holding them. I contacted Alfredo and he got back to me within minutes to begin planning. He was flexible and came out to give us an estimate. His estimate was very reasonable. Once we had a date scheduled, he and his team were on time and ready to work. They were very efficient and completed all the work sooner than I thought would be possible. I had some questions about my leaking sprinklers and Alfredo was able to fix them up and that wasn’t even part of the original plan. I already spoke to him about additional work to do. I highly recommend him for anyone in need of landscape work.
AQ Landscape &  MaintenanceAQ Landscape & Maintenance
Selina P.
Alfredo was wonderful to work with. As a “thank you” present to our friends who hosted my birthday weekend, I decided to have an herb garden planted and restore an area around her fountain that suffered after a weekend of us and our two Siberian Husky’s. Alfredo helped me pull off the surprise “thank you” long distance (I live in Los Angeles) and actually was hired by my friend to replace her existing gardener. To use the word “gardener” doesn’t do him justice because not only is he talented with his landscape ideas, but he has credentials as a botanist. Alfredo is NOT the Friday blow guy - we have all had that experience. Additional qualities, he contacted me immediately after receiving my Thumbtack request (responsiveness), he sent pictures of the completed project (professionalism), he selected plants from the nursery of our choice i.e. not HomeDepo and didn’t charge for his extra travel time, I paid for the plants directly (no mark-up) and he kept to the quote even though we added some things on at the end (value). You will not be disappointed, but you will know that after the first telephone conversation with him! Happy Planting
AQ Landscape &  MaintenanceAQ Landscape & Maintenance
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