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San Jose Landscape Architects

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AA Cardenas Construction
4.8
from 195 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 247 hires on Thumbtack
Douglas C.
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We had a complete landscape overhaul project which we submitted on Thumbtack and received a prompt, courteous response from AA Cardenas. We had high-level plans for what we envisioned but also wanted to gain input from a professional opinion. During our initial meetings with Arisel Ortega (owner), he provided ideas and examples from other comparable projects that solidified he was the right person for the job. The estimates provided were comprehensive and reasonable. Arisel and his crew are extremely hard-working, and set realistic timescales for various stages of the project through completion. The attention to detail and overall quality of workmanship is high. We could not be more pleased with the end result. I highly recommend Arisel (AA Cardenas) for any landscaping need.

Magnificent Landscape
4.8
from 129 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 304 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin C.
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I met with Magnificent Services to initially get an estimate for some landscape design ideas as well as to asses and fix a few things. I initially chose them for their excellent reviews. Sara showed up on time and gave me a rundown of all their services they offered which included gardening, landscaping, hauling, irrigation services, and much more. I was impressed. The ideas she gave me for my landscape impressed me as well. She had great ideas which we will work on implementing in the future. I ended up booking them for gardening services because of how well they communicated with me over email and phone, which to me is as important as the service itself.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hilary G.
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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
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Lenietta B.
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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

CRC Gardening & Landscaping
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Beth D.
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I just moved into a new house and the previous owner hadn’t maintained the landscaping in a decade. It looked like nature was trying to reclaim the property. Carlos was quick to come give me an estimate, and was able to come out and clear everything before the end of the week. In a few hours my place didn’t look like a jungle anymore. I’ll definitely be calling Carlos when I’m ready to figure out the landscaping.

  • 10 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Susan K.
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They did a fantastic job and the price was very competitive. Very glad I hired Agosto landscape. I'll hire them again!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry H.
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I hired Gustavo for 1000-sq feet landscape project. I had him install paver stones, mulch, and clean out the remaining sections of the yard. Gustavo responded to my emails promptly and was able to come out right away to give me a very competitively priced estimate. Gustavo and his crew was very reliable and began work almost immediately. The work took about 2-weeks but his crew made sure to clean up after themselves at the end of each work day. Overall, I am very impressed with his professionalism and work product. Most of all, I am grateful for the little details that I see that he put into the work where some others would have simply skipped. His work is textbook perfect. Thank you Gustavo and I will most definitely hire you again very soon!

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  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Peter R.
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We recently purchased a home and the previous owners had deferred maintenance on much of the landscaping. Miguel was very responsive. He and his sons did an outstanding job trimming trees and hedges, shaping bushes, and pulling weeds. We look forward to working with him again in the future.

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Lifetime Remodeling
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda F.
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Good Value, High Quality, Efficient Work. We recently bought a house and called on Lifetime Remodeling to help us with a kitchen remodel and replacing the old roof. My wife and I are inevitably more difficult as clients than your average homeowner is, but we could not have been more impressed with Lifetime Remodeling. Firstly, their pricing knocked the competition out of the park, and the completeness and detail in their proposal and scope of work is like nothing I've seen before from contractors . As a home owner we were initially wary of having an additional external project manager on site, but Samuel and Matan from Lifetime Remodeling are absolutely fantastic: knowledgeable, reliable, resourceful and respectful of our role to design the project. The work itself was performed to a really high standard: the crew were excellently coordinated by Frank the foreman; they came when they were supposed to; and were clean and tidy. I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending them to others.

RMR Landscaping
4.7
from 24 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Avi M.
Verified review

R/M landscape Design is a great company to work with. Ricardo was very reasonable with his pricing. Great professionalism & communication through project. Work provided was flawless. Everything came out just how I wanted. Crew also cleaned after each day of work. Definitely worth the 5 stars

ATR Landscape
4.4
from 24 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Shawna F.
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I worked with Pedro in May 2015 to landscape my parkway strip and reduce the amount of water needed in that area. Pedro made himself available by email, phone, text, and of course in person, throughout the entire process. Pedro worked quickly to develop plans and integrate our own interests. The work was completed quickly and professionally. I look forward to working with him again in June to further reduce our water usage - shrinking lawn and creating a better irrigation system.

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Ramirez Landscaping Service
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Sharon M.
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Great job by Ramirez Landscaping. We would highly recommend them!!

  • 14 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Judy M.
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I had my entry, porch & walkway paved by Michael Martinez & Black Diamond Paver Stones & Landscape. The workmanship & professionalism was astounding. I wish to personally thank Michael Martinez for his oversight of the project. He was very professional & helpful with attention to detail. I was treated with courtesy & respect and enjoyed meeting Michael & his team. Michael’s interpersonal skills are highly appreciated. Thank you for the skilled craftsmanship & the overall experience. Michael periodically checks in with me. He visits and still makes sure the project is up to shape. His follow up over an extended period of time is highly appreciated too! Judy- Walnut Creek - Rossmoor

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
Erzsi S.
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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
Barry H.
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I hired David of Genesis Concrete and Landscaping to completely overhaul our backyard. From the initial bidding to job completion and cleanup, David and his team were fantastic. Originally, my project included just a concrete patio and walkway. David gave me some great ideas and worked closely with me to create a beautiful, flowing design. His team put down the concrete like artists adding paint to canvess. The curving lines flowed beautifully and turned out even better than I imagined. In addition to the concrete, David showed me how spending a little more could totally enhance the character of my house. He made me an offer that was literally too good to refuse, and in addition to the concreate work I hired him to lay about 400 sf of artificial grass. His team spent a lot of time cleaning up the jungle which was our backyard, and he promptly removed debris and even power-washed my driveway at the end. Overall, the price was fair and the end result was so much better than before. I can't recommend David highly enough! For price, quality, flexibility and expediancy, David is hard to beat.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Naader H.
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I have been working with Anselmo for over 3 years for general gardening, pruning, fertilizing, and irrigation. Unmatched quality and exceptional job every single time. I am going to get him to do the landscaping project this summer. Highly recommend him.

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

It was great working with Edward. The work he and his crew did exceeded expectations. The deck and turf installation were done very well. There were a couple delays, from suppliers, but Edward kept us informed and put in extra hours to get the job done. He offered great value and was easy to work with. We will definitely call Edward for future projects.

  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Angela S.
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Eli is FABULOUS! Very quick to respond and get project done for us ASAP. Team was professional, organized, and very tidy. Will be hiring them for monthly maintenance they were so good!

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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