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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Redlands landscapers
Thumbtack Customer
Martin did an outstanding job with our landscaping project. He was dependable and he did his work in a timely and neat manner. We very much liked his completed work. We will definitely hire him for another landscaping project and recommend him to our friends.
Creative LandscapesCreative Landscapes
Julia K.
Creative Landscapes takes pride in their work. Theybeautifully transformed my backyard. I would highly recommend them.
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Barbara A.
Martin from Creative Landscapes was wonderful. I had a backyard slope that was in terrible condition and eroding. He listened to my concerns and came up with a plan that was perfect. He kept me informed of the progress and worked within the timeframe we discussed. I recommend him to anyone who needs a landscaper. I will definately use him on any future projects I have. Thank You Martin
Creative LandscapesCreative Landscapes
Donna T.
Creative Landscapes were great to work with. Martin helped us design a drought resistant hardscape yard that is beautiful and low maintenance. The brickwork, boulders, and plant selection are perfect. He even designed a drainage system in the yard that worked perfectly when we had heavy rains. The work was done quickly and all of his staff were professional and respectful of our property. We are very pleased and highly recommend Creative Landscapes.
Creative LandscapesCreative Landscapes
Thumbtack Customer
Wonderful. Honestly-- did such a great job on all my fruit trees. I couldn't be happier. Easily worth twice what he charged. Am having him come back to do more work with my trees and landscaping.
Manny's Tree CareManny's Tree Care
Rachel K.
J&J landscaping did a great job getting rid of the weeds in my backyard and added the rocks that I asked for. I appreciated that they came to do the estimate right on time and the job at the time that they said they would. I would work with them again!
J&J LandscapingJ&J Landscaping
Irene Z.
Jose did a great job and really brought my front and back yard back to life. He made himself available and completed the job in a timely manner. He has a good taste in landscape design and style for aesthetic and/or practical reasons. Jose is very pleasant to deal with. Would highly recommend it.
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Kathleen K.
It was such a pleasure having Martin and his team working at our home. They were always prompt, respectful, professional, and worked so hard to ensure our total satisfaction with the job. Reasonable rates, great communication, and cleaned up the work area beautifully every day. I give them the highest recommendation for any landscaping project needs.
Creative LandscapesCreative Landscapes
Angelica B.
We just moved into a house and needed to get a giant hole filled in our backyard where an old pool had been. Brady Landscaping did a wonderful job working with us, filling the hole and finishing it off with new sprinklers, grass and a concrete path. They were very accommodating and checked in daily. They had no problem working around our schedules to get everything done.
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Alexandra L.
The Fit Flower landscape team is beyond great. They listen to everything you have in mind and they do their job exactly how you want it. They are hardworking and pay attention to every small detail. They planted some trees in my backyard, removed some tree stumps and fixed other things as requested. I will for sure contact them in the near future when I need some gardening work. I 100% recommend them.
Fit flower landscapeFit flower landscape
Susan K.
Another thing that I really appreciate about working with Creative Landscapes is the communication with Martin. He really listens and takes my suggestions seriously. He understands my concern about staying within my budget, and offers practical solutions when I have questions or concerns. The project is just getting underway, so I don't have any pictures to show yet. Since I anticipate being pleased with the finished product I expect to have photos to share when the project is completed.
Creative LandscapesCreative Landscapes
Melanie M.
Norma & her team were great. We hired her to lay some sod in our new backyard, lay some weed barrier/mulch, plant a couple of trees. Norma responded quickly to questions, arrived promptly to the consultation, & provided a very competitive quote. Her team arrived on the scheduled day/time & did a really nice job. The yard looks wonderful, everything was completed exactly as requested with no issues. Overall, a great experience. Would highly recommend J&J Landscaping to others.
J&J LandscapingJ&J Landscaping
Beverly K.
I hired Martin Vandenberg, landscaper extraordinaire, when it was evident that the Yard Crashers guys wouldn't find me. After Martin and his team completed the job, my yard transformed from being one of the worst in the neighborhood to one of the best. The work was a collaboration (with me having a hands-on approach to the overall design). Martin brought his vision, expertise, guidance and determination. Together we implemented a well-designed, low maintenance, dog friendly back yard with fencing, turf, and beautiful areas of flagstone. Simple, elegant, work of art. My dog and I will enjoy it for years to come. It took some time but I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job. Kudos to y'all.
Creative LandscapesCreative Landscapes
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