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Palo Alto Landscape Gardeners

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AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 195 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 247 hires on Thumbtack
Dean K.
Verified review

I hired Arisel to haul some dirt I had piled in the back of my house from a project my wife and I had been working on in the lawn. He was able to come to my house right away and quote. Price was reasonable and he was back the next day with help to get the dirt hauled away. We had him quote the pending projects we have been working on in the yard. (Installing base rock/sand, install big slate patio pavers, install gravel/pebbles, sod, landscape borders, and more...) We ended up using him to complete everything! It turned out really really nice. We were a little nervous in the beginning since we don't have much experience hiring help for our projects but Arisel kept in great contact and communicated wonderfully. He brought the right people to help with the jobs too. We will probably have him do any new project in the future.

Magnificent Landscape
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 305 hires on Thumbtack
Bettie J.
Verified review

Great team, and amazing work! Highly recommending this company to anyone who wants a reliable and great company to work on their gardening and landscape needs! They went above and beyond and really impressed me!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilary G.
Verified review

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 79 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 99 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 73 reviews
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon R.
Verified review

We hired Metthew to build a 40' long 3' high retaining wall and then move a LOT of soil, in order to level a back garden area. He was knowledgeable, reasonable, and exactly on time for all planning meetings and work meetings. Most notable was his very clear communication, ability to suggest solutions, and quality of crew and work product. Matthew is highly recommended and we will CERTAINLY work with him again!

CRC Gardening & Landscaping
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Julia F.
Verified review

The gardeners did a great job in pulling out a massive amount of weeds from my backyard and trimmed the plants. The job was well done and my husband and I were very satisfied with the results.

  • 10 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Jerri M.
Verified review

I am so relieved to have engaged Walter! I was so pleased with his initial work on my garden that I have engaged him on an ongoing basis. I have an intimate garden of about 500 sq feet with lots of plans (vines, Peruvian lilies, Kifer Lilies, Ground Gardenia, Mexican Primrose and more) and a small grass area that had not been tended to for quite a while. Walter and his brother in just a few hours got it looking pristine and healthy. He also took care of my potted plants. I have a friend who knows about these things who confirmed "clearly they know what they are doing based on how they trimmed back the plants." Walter called me right away, we quickly set up a time for him to see and quote the work and easily found a time to do the work. It was everything I would hope for from a professional home service provider. I am looking forward to his services long into the future. Thank you, Walter!

  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Camellia D.
Verified review

I had a stubborn weeding job on my front and side yard.Gusanito Garden quickly did the job well. It looks beautiful and I am very happy with their work.

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Green Touch Gardening
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anne T.
Verified review

Green Touch Landscape has been doing my gardening they work good and definitely know what their doing Thanks Rene and Carlos for your wonderful job.

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  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Peihong C.
Verified review

Miguel is the best gardener I’ve worked so far. I am really satisfied with his work, my yard looks so much cleaner and tidier. I would definitely hire him again in the future.

RMR Landscaping
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy F.
Verified review

We Recently finished our entire home remodeling. Ricardo took care of all the Landscape/Hardscape. Entire front/back yard remodeled. Plants, Pavers, Grass, & outdoor lighting were installed. Very nice people to work with. Work quality was outstanding

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Vivian W.
Verified review

We hired Lifetime Remodeling in the summer of 2017 to do a first floor addition to our home in Millbrae. The project involved adding 400 square feet to our house, which included expanding the living room and adding a new bedroom and a new bathroom. It was wonderful working with Sam and his team at every step of the way. Their bid was very competitive compared to the many others I got, and the estimated time for completion (about four months) was much shorter than most of the other quotes. Lifetime's responsive customer service and attention to detail made our lives so much easier. Here are just a few examples of things they did to minimize our stress. When strong winds blew the construction fence over during off hours, they came out here quickly to get it back up and weigh it down with sandbags. When it came time to block off the parts of the house being demolished, they helped us move furniture and cover it carefully so that it would not get damaged or dirty during construction. When they needed to move the wiring for our internet access, they made sure to reconnect it promptly. The temporary wall they built was very sturdy and effective at blocking out dust, so we had no problem continuing to live in the house throughout the construction. Sam also closely inspected all the work and often caught adjustments to be made that I did not notice. For example, even though the interior painting looked fine to me, Sam decided that he wanted another coat. When we did point out other things that needed adjusting, such as leveling out certain fixtures, the team promptly fixed them. When I asked for a different design for our recessed lighting at the last minute, even after some of them had already been installed, Sam accommodated the request. Sam checked in with me often, so I always felt well informed about the next steps coming up and what I needed to plan for. This was awesome because I learned that it can be agonizing to pick out tiles, hardwood, hardware, etc. for a project like this, especially for someone like me doing it for the first time. It was also helpful to have Sam's recommendations for suppliers for the finishes and fixtures. We were really impressed that Lifetime finished the project pretty much right on schedule and with absolutely no cost overruns. To make this happen, most days, Lifetime had a team of two to four workers here by 8 a.m., and they worked steadily for the entire day. They also often worked on weekends. After Lifetime finished the addition to the house, we ended up also hiring them to do landscaping for our front yard and replacing our concrete driveway with paver stones. They also did a great job on this, and we are so happy with and amazed by how our house looks now. Remodeling inevitably involves many hard decisions and a lot of time, energy, and money invested by the homeowner! The last thing you need is a contractor who adds unnecessary stress, yet it seemed like everyone I talked to had horror stories about their contractors. We are so grateful that Sam and Lifetime made it a wonderful experience for us.

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DM Gardening
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
Verified review

I was having poor results with my drip irrigation system. Damian showed me why it wasn't working and provided the fix in a fast, cost effective and professional manner. He also provided me other tips to keep my low water landscape looking good. I will use him again.

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Ramirez Landscaping Service
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nina S.
Verified review

The Ramirez team was very professional and punctual when they cam got give us a quote and also doing the garden work. We would definitely hope them again.

Jose Valencia Landscaping
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel P.
Verified review

Jose and his crew did a great job in building a dry creek area for my front yard. Jose is a talented individual with imagination and great resources in creating beautiful and functional landscape projects. He can tackle many different projects --- from constructing new driveways with pavers to installing a water system for a beautiful waterfall and pond. An honest, sincere, kind, and caring individual who is dedicated in doing his best for his clients.

Perfect Landscaping
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Bill and his team helped me put in landscaping which met Santa Clara County's Landscape Rebate Program requirements. They did an excellent job! Nothing was too much trouble, even when I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to buy more plants (including a maple tree) and to add some flagstone. Would highly recommend Perfect Landscaping!

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

We trusted Christel's vision and love her design

  • 20 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn B.
Verified review

Manuel has done amazing things with this large fully landscaped property in Portola Valley. He is knowledgeable, creative, honest, resourceful and a pleasure to work with. He is always on time and answers his phone promptly. I would highly recommend Manuel for any landscape project large or small.

Edible Ecology
4.5
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
Verified review

Jeremy and Edible Ecology did a great job on my front garden. Very knowledgeable and has great suggestions on plants etc... I may have Jeremy design and do the work in my back yard.... removing the lawn. Great crew.... got the job done right!

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RR Landscaping
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah P.
Verified review

Loved the job-- dedicated, great team! Lots of compliments on the landscape work!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Luke F.
Verified review

I needed ideas to improve my front side yard and Edward came out right away and gave me a very competitive bid to install irrigation to connect to my existing system and put in sod, as well as topping off the bark in all the planter beds in my entire yard. Even better, he was able to start the job very quickly and finished it on time. Edward was super responsive, answered all my questions in person and via text/phone, and even put in some flowering plants (not part of the original job) for just the cost of the bags of planting soil he picked up.

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.

How much does it cost to have landscaping done?

Professional landscaping can help reinvent your outdoor space, boost your curb appeal and get a major return on investment with. Landscaping can encompass anything from adding new plants, trees and shrubs, to leveling the ground and laying sod for a lawn, to building in hardscaping such as sidewalks, water features or retaining walls. The national average landscaping price is $10,160. Landscaping prices can be far lower (with hourly rates ranging from $50 to $150) if you’re only seeking professional help with softscaping or seeking consultation on landscape design. Softscaping means adding or changing horticultural elements, such as planting a garden or adding a hedge. Hardscaping is where costs can really start to rise. Hardscaping requires labor and heavy equipment to excavate the earth; you may need to pour concrete, or you may need a pro who can transport and place gravel and other inorganic elements. Your total landscaping cost will vary based on the amount of work you want done, how much labor is required, and the cost of the materials you are using. A good rule of thumb for a major landscaping project, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, is to budget 5 percent to 10 percent of the value of your home.

How much does it cost to landscape your front yard?

Prices for landscaping your front yard can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the scale of your front yard project. Your landscaping price will reflect how much change you implement, how much labor is required, and the cost of materials.

Landscaping is typically made up of softscaping and hardscaping. Softscaping refers to selecting trees, bushes, flowers and plants to achieve a desired aesthetic and to meet goals such as having a drought-tolerant yard. Hardscaping refers to moving earth, installing structures, and putting in decorative stonework, sidewalks or lighting. For softscaping, you may want to hire a landscape designer to consult on your plants and layout, and then do the digging and planting yourself or hire a gardner to handle the heavy lifting. A landscape designer’s hourly rate may range from $50 to $150 or more. If you want a turnkey approach, meaning someone who works with you to create the vision and then executes all the work, landscaping pricing will typically come down to a cost per square foot rather than an hourly rate. It’s a solid investment: Great landscaping can add up to 28 percent value to your home.

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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