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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What flowers or plants grow well in San Francisco?

You can grow plenty of plants and flowers in San Francisco’s moist, temperate climate. Some native plants that you might consider include: 

  • California fuchsia
  • Sedum
  • Cistus
  • Salvia
  • Lavender
  • Coral bells 

Here are the best gardeners in San Francisco — contact a few of them to learn about their services and prices.

How do I find a gardener?

To find a good gardener near you, compare top-rated pros online. Read their profiles to find out what their specialities and list of services are. For example, do they offer:

  • Mulching
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Trees and shrub removal
  • Trees, shrub and flower planting
  • Weed removal
  • Etc.

Also, read their customer reviews and inspect photos that showcase the gardeners’ work. And contact several gardeners near you to compare prices and decide who’s the best fit.

How often should a gardener come?

How often your gardener should come depends on what you’re looking for and your budget. Typically, homeowners prefer a gardener to come once per week, several times a month or once per month. This may include services like tidying up the garden or trimming and tidying hedges. Some people hire these tasks out once per year. For more regular services like mowing the lawn, weeding and trimming, you could hire someone to come every week or every other week. If you do some of the work yourself, you can have them come out less frequently.

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.

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.

Reviews for San Francisco gardeners
Laura D.
Nate is a fantastic gardener and we are so thrilled with his work. Looking forward to having him keep up our garden.
Nate SilinNate Silin
Matt M.
Matt is a gardening expert and a pleasure to work with. He did a great job and taught me new things about taking care of my garden!
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Star L.
Great gardening knowledge and very responsive.
Great Green Gardening ServicesGreat Green Gardening Services
Jackson w.
Great gardeners, really know their stuff
Great Green Gardening ServicesGreat Green Gardening Services
Sheila S.
Matt truly has a love of gardening, a good eye, and knowledge of growth patterns. His enthusiasm is contagious and his willingness to work within the limitations of our city garden was much appreciated!
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Kacey B.
Steve's gardening work was fantastic and he was so friendly to work with!
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Jacob P.
Bill did a great job getting our garden cleaned up and in shape!
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Kushal V.
Matthew was amazing. He answered all our questions and gave us excellent ideas for making our garden even more beautiful. His practical tips for garden maintenance are going to be immensely helpful for newbies like us. Thanks a lot Matthew!
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Suzy W.
Gave a chance of my garden coming back to health as he replaced and added anther drip timer head and recheck, reline and connected so all my plants and trees now gets water! Relocated small trees to make better use of my garden place and trim off tree branch RSA’s well. Look for award to working with him on follow ups on my garden/front yard space. Happy camper!
Bill Timmons Landscaping and GardeningBill Timmons Landscaping and Gardening
Sarah C.
Easy to work with, super responsive, excellent job tidying up my garden. Will definitely hire again.
Steve RubenfaerSteve Rubenfaer
Silvia E.
Matt did a wonderful job in my back garden and patio area. He was prompt, brought beautiful plants over to liven up my garden and cleaned up the weeds nicely. I was so impressed that I have asked him to return for maintenance of the space. Highly recommend him!
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Susan N.
Great experience with Omar and his staff! They were easy to schedule, punctual and did a wonderful job in our garden!
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Yennie F.
Within 24 hours of messaging Reyes Gardening, my back and front yards were fully serviced and look amazing. Reyes Gardening was quick to respond, did an excellent job with our landscaping (including the pesky bamboo we have), and was reasonably priced. I will definitely be using them again and highly recommend!
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Loretta G.
From the first phone conversation I knew he was versed in all aspects of gardening and that was confirmed when he came for my gardening project.He knew how to make choices for planting, tailoring to my particular needs, made a great selection, offered helpful and educational advice.It resulted in a beautiful job that I'm pleased with.
Steve RubenfaerSteve Rubenfaer
Thumbtack Customer
Island Inspired has done a great job getting my garden into shape. I look forward to making it nicer and healthier.
Island Inspired LandscapingIsland Inspired Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Dan Is very professional, knows his stuff and is very efficient. He obviously has a passion for what he does and that makes all the difference! We have a huge yard (by San Francisco standards) with already established plants, bushes and trees. They hadn't been tended to in a while and needed quite a bit of cutting back. Dan made quick work of it and knew what to do. He, also, fixed our irrigation that wasn't installed properly, fed the garden and now we're in the process of letting the garden grow. What a relief to know our garden is in good hands.
San Francisco Urban GardenSan Francisco Urban Garden
Joyce T.
Matt literally saved our garden. We had some work done on our house during the pandemic and our garden languished in the meantime. He came in, asked lots of questions about what I wanted from my garden, gave really good and clear suggestions and recommendations and was very practical about what could or could not be done. We went on a nursery tour and brainstormed plants and other options for 2 hours. During this time, he made sure that I knew a number of possible options and gave me suggestions but always let me have the final decision. He then delivered and installed the plants beautifully and cleaned up the rest of the garden. He went above and beyond, figuring out what to do with some old plants we had lying around, and incorporating those into his design as well. All of the installation and cleanup was done in less than a days work. I’m so pleased with the results! The garden definitely looks like a place I will enjoy sitting in. It was so clear that Matt is enthusiastic and excited about making our garden the best for our use. To add to that, he is punctual, respectful, always wore his mask and was very responsive and communicative. He’s also reasonably priced for all the expertise and services that he provides. We will definitely keep coming back to Matt for regular clean up and maintenance of our garden. Thank you so much!
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Nicholas B.
Matt did a fantastic job cleaning out our garden and helping us select new plants for the space. He’s an expert in knowing what kinda of plants will thrive in the unique climate of San Francisco, and we really appreciated his insights into how to grow a healthy garden in our windy and hilly backyard. Would definitely recommend his services!
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Nic D.
They did a fantastic job. They were on time and tamed the jungle that was our backyard. They removed weeds and cleaned up the rest of the garden. Highly recommended.
Martinez's Gardening & LandscapeMartinez's Gardening & Landscape
Anna V.
Cesar and his team are amazing! He immediately responded to my gardening inquiry and was able to complete the project only a few days later! Cesar helped me choose and plant the new flowers, uprooted all the old icky succulents and cleaned everything up! Our little garden looks so much better - can’t wait for it to fill in and grow!!
Cesar’s Tree ServiceCesar’s Tree Service
Kylea B.
Made a last minute appointment with Nate to maintain and do general clean up for a client's garden for the next day. He was able to confirm immediately, was on time and provided great communication. All debris was cleared from the patios, light pruning to existing plants and a pressure wash for stairs and deck. Would highly recommend Nate for anyone looking for a reliable gardener/ landscaper!
Nate SilinNate Silin
Molly W.
Adam is responsive, polite and does and excellent job. I have worked with many gardeners and I will work with this one again and again. Highly recommend!
Great Green Gardening ServicesGreat Green Gardening Services
Patti K.
Anthony did an awesome job! Our back garden was a disaster, overgrown and filled with weeds. Once he was finished it was like new! Thanks again to Anthony.
Captain Planet Tree ServiceCaptain Planet Tree Service
Yunfei R.
Matt was reliable, professional and empathetic. Not only did he revamped my garden beautifully, he also gave me great advice and followed up afterwards.
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Peggy G.
A lot was responsive and very punctual. He does the work and followas directions very well. He did a ter4ific job on the garden and cleaned up on sit3 afterward.
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