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Angele's Tree Service
4.9
from 231 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 291 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Walt A.
Verified review

I had a 60ft eucalyptus tree removed from my backyard by Angele's Tree Service. His bid was the best, he was prompt, he said it would take 2 days and it did. When he was done my yard was totally cleaned up.

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

Arisel is a great communicator and is very responsive. I had him quote my backyard, but decided to only get the front yard done for now. I had so many weeds in the front yard that I needed it to be rototilled and for sod laid down. He came by to take a look, then scheduled the work to be done within a day. He gave me recommendations on how to maintain the yard and it's looking great!

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

Sara and team did a great job.They installed sod, mulch and gravel on a new backyard and we are very happy witHe the outcome.Highly recommend them!

Top Pro
  • 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
Kelly S.
Verified review

I am 100% satisfied by David's work to clean up my backyard, and I will definitely recommend him to my friends as well.

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

They did a great job clearing out our jungle of a backyard. They even came back a second day to level out the dirt. We would definitely recommend CRC Gardening and Landscaping.

  • 10 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Pallavi P.
Verified review

Walter is very diligent and always on time. He always shows up on time and does a good job maintaining my yard. He also has recommendations on what can be done to make my backyard more beautiful.

  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Smita K.
Verified review

Gustavo and his crew are outstanding in the quality of their work, their work ethic (reliability, promptness) and depth of experience. I had them do an electrical job for me (that had baffled 2 prior teams), a huge garden job including building planters and a compost bin for a new organic edible garden, irrigation, cover for the air conditioner unit, painting the backyard fence, misc odd jobs etc. I plan to hire them again for a large lighting job and other items on my to-do list.They deserve more than 5 stars!

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MyApartmentIsBetterThanYours
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David F.
Verified review

To create some additional space in the top floor of my garden cottage, I wanted to take advantage of the high ceilings and have a loft space installed. It was important to me that none of the floor space underneath was compromised, and wanted to avoid using supports from the floor. Jasper came over, took the time to understand my needs & vision, and offered a tremendous amount of support and advice as we pursued the design. He presented me with different options, and was sensitive to my pricing considerations. Ultimately, we decided it was best to pursue a minimally viable solution, and then expand on it as my needs changed. Within a week, Jasper showed up with his friend, a truck full of lumber, and got to business. He showed up at noon, and was done by 8pm. He was happy to make adjustments and modifications I requested weeks after completion (at no additional charge), left my home clean, and really took pride in his work. He was friendly, professional, and stood behind his work 100%. It was truly a pleasure to have Jasper come and turn my loft space vision into a reality that was far better than anything I could have imagined at a great price and on budget. I look forward to using him again for my future projects.

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  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gerald C.
Verified review

Miguel n his son did a great job on my backyard, haul away all the weed n grass. I would recommend them for future job

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

Ricardo was recommended by a friend & did a great job with my backyard. My backyard looked like a forest. Ricardo cleaned everything out & brought down a 20foot old tree that was dying. We then decided to go with decomposed granite with stone walkway. He added plants along the walkway for extra decoration. Looks amazing. 10/10

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Abbey T.
Verified review

We hired Sam from life time remodeling with his crew to do a complete kitchen remodel. In the meeting Sam recommended a kitchen design that we like a lot. And it turned out to be fantastic just like I wanted. Between my job and this job he made the entire process very easy and seamless for us. I decided to have the remodel done while I was part time traveling overseas. A friend of mine told me we were crazy to have the job going when we were not there to check on it, but because they have a app that I can see all the time updates from process of the job i decided that it is fine and I went. the app they use is very easy to use it fits a construction company in Silicon Valley, that is one of the reasons why I am so impressed with this company :). Turners out, it worked out great Sam's crew did the job and moving along he sent me pictures from the job site to make sure I'm fully informed in all the details I returned to an almost-finished kitchen. The quality of the work and attention to detail was excellent. The team was conscientious about confirming the details with us before each portion of the job, making sure that each decision was agreed with me and were clearly careful in their work. Sam's crew was friendly and pleasant to have in my home with the kids. I decided the last minute to paint the entire interior house during the project, and asked Sam if he could book movers as i was overseas. Rather than hire movers Sam's crew packed up our entire house themselves, moved it to the garage, then moved it back just in time for my return!!! I thought for sure something would get broken but everything made it back upstairs in perfect condition. They even set out my son's toys for him to find when we got home which was much appreciated by a jet lagged preschooler. It was a small thing but showed the care and respect the crew has for their clients. I'm very pleased with the resolute on the paint and kitchen. I would not hesitate to use Sam or anyone from his company life time remodeling again or to recommend them to anyone :).

ATR Landscape
4.4
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff And Aftan M.
Verified review

My wife and I have been working with Pedro Carrasco every week since March. He has been working along side us to tackle our very own DIY landscaping project. We consider finding Pedro a huge blessing as we could not have done this project without his professional expertise and extensive knowledge of all things landscaping. Pedro has been nothing but professional and happy to help whenever he possibly can. The project started off as a simple consultation for him, and turned into him working tirelessly along side us and extended family day after day to landscape our backyard. Not only does it feel like we have made a new friend, he's become part of our extended family. Aside from the personal relationship we've built over the weeks. He is a very knowledgeable professional and has an expansive knowledge of landscaping products and materials, especially in relation to irrigation; which is his main specialty. He is very accommodating with his schedule and always willing to help whenever he can. He anticipates what we need next and has shown up at our house several times with supplies we needed, just so we didn't have to make an extra run to the store. He has already been referred to several of our family, friends and neighbors for their landscaping projects, and has been very accommodating and responsive to them. He is a fun work partner and one of the hardest working people we have ever met, we would recommend him for any landscaping project.

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

We hired Ramirez Landscaping to clean up our front and backyard which had gotten completely out of control with weeds and overgrown plants and trees. They did an AMAZING job! We plan to have them come out twice a month for up keep. We highly recommend these guys!

  • 14 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Mark T.
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I would like to give my whole hearted recommendation to Black Diamond! From the scheduler, Travis, to the Project coordinators, Amy and Kia, to the Foreman (woman), Flor and Erik and the rest of the crew, we can't express how happy we were with the work and the experience. We originally had them repave our backyard, the work was done ahead of schedule and exceeded our expectations. The crew was great. We were so happy with our back yard, that although we were going to wait to redo our front, we couldn't wait to have our front yard look as good as our back yard and had them start the project right away. We were so happy with the back yard that we didn't bother with getting other quotes for the front yard. We knew which company we wanted to do our front. The scheduler, Travis, was very accommodating to coordinate with outside contractors to allow these contractors to complete work in the middle of Black Diamond's job. Once we demolished the front we realized that our main drain needed to be replaced. We had to hire outside plumbers. This job took longer than expected but Travis was able to work around the delay and even though the project was delayed (not of any fault of Black Diamond), Travis made sure the job started timely after the plumbers were finished. In addition, we had some minor issues after the job was completed and Travis and Black Diamond were able to provide timely follow up to take care of these issues. Project Coordinators, Amy and Kia treat you like family. They care about you as a customer. Kia is very detailed oriented, willing to give his opinion in our best interest. Flor and Erik were always friendly and would work around and listen to our ideas. They would try to incorporate our ideas and give ideas as to how to improve upon our ideas. Erik is a "master craftman" taking obvious pride in the quality of his work.

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

They did a major backyard landscaping job. It included four walkways, artificial lawn and planters. Very good work.

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

If you're looking for an honest and reliable company, Perfect Landscaping is the one. I was very pleased with how knowledgeable and professional Bill was. He was very respectful of my budget and provided great customer service and exceptional advice. He worked with me on designing the layout of my project and kept me informed on every step of the process. He did an absolutely amazing job transforming my yard and I would highly recommend him to anyone.

  • 12 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Danny M.
Verified review

Had my backyard cleaned and sodded within one day. The crew was polite and on time. Yard looks great, I am very happy with this company. I highly recommend them. I will use them again in the near future.

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

Christel's design style is amazing and her work style is fantastic. She's responsive, understanding, thoughtful and smart. Can't recommend her more highly!

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Kristy C.
Verified review

We LOVE our new backyard! They did a great job!!

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

Jeremy and Edible Ecology did great work on a small backyard clearing job. Jeremy was incredibly knowledgeable about different plants and trees. He clearly knew his stuff, and him and his team were also friendly. I highly recommend the quality of their work. The initial per hour rate per worker was also reasonable and competitive. However, I felt a subsequent quote to finish the clearing job and do other backyard work was way too high and was not in line with the initial hourly rate.

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.

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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San Jose, CA

  • Softscape services
    I don't need softscape services: No, Grass: No, Sod Installation: No, Tree/shrub planting: No, Tree/shrub removal: No, Flower beds: No, Gardening: No, Sprinkler installation: No, Drainage system: No, Outdoor lighting: No, Stump grinding and removal: No
  • Area(s) to be landscaped
    Back yard
  • Design preparation
    I have some design ideas in mind
  • Details
    need demolition
  • $55
    Average price
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