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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Start contacting landscapers near you to get free estimates and start planning your project today.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reviews for San Marcos landscapers
Thumbtack Customer
removal of existing front yard turf, replaced with dry stream bed and drought tolerant plants with a "meadow type" landscaping plan that I designed.
Jose TorresJose Torres
Sherry A.
Alex estimated outdoor drain clearance in my backyard. He was knowledgeable, courteous, prompt and his price was very reasonable. I later decided to hold off on this project. I would hire Alex for any future landscape project and highly recommend him.
Alex HandymanAlex Handyman
Thumbtack Customer
Jose was on time, courtious, and very easy to work with. He completed the job in less time than was quoted. There was one plant that was hiding an irrigation pipe and it was damaged, however Jose fixed it and I wouldn't have known anything happened had he not told me. His honesty and quality of work are excellent. Once we are ready to put new landscaping in we will be contacting him again.
Jose TorresJose Torres
Paul D.
Carlos and his team from Onestop landscape did a wonderful job in my backyard. The synthetic turf just enhance the whole backyard it’s looking really sharp. I had requested an additional portion of the backyard to be added to the job, with no hesitation or questions Carlos went ahead and executor the job with great quality and professionalism. If you’re looking for the right price this guy has it!!! I definitely recommend this company for your home project team.
Onestop LandcapeOnestop Landcape
Richard U.
They did not show up for the appointment and called up afterwards to explain that they were running late and wanted to reschedule for the next day. This is very poor time management and scheduling. After rescheduling for the next day, the landscaper did show up on time and did a good job. He pulled the weeds in the front yard and cleaned up the back yard. He was a very good worker and did the job he was supposed to do. Too bad the office did not do their job.
Stay Green and Clean LandscapersStay Green and Clean Landscapers
Charlotte R.
Working with Jose Torres was an absolute breeze. The total time from quote to completion was less than one week, and everything was completed on-time and with the highest quality. We had dead grass we wanted to replace with black lava rock. We didn't know what we wanted as far as plants, but wanted to get the rock laid ASAP and choose plants later. Jose went above and beyond my expectations, and I will definitely be using him again for any future landscaping needs!
Jose TorresJose Torres
Alan S.
I thought I can YouTube and fix some dead patches of grass in my yard. Well, I learned the hard way that something like this needs years of experience. I pretty much f'd up 1/2 of my lawn and needed help. In comes Jose and his buddy... sorry forgot his name, but an amazing person and super friendly. Jose and his buddy came in, took a look and gave me a price to have the entire area with new sod. Pricing was good and based on other reviews, I decided to cancel other contractors and stay with Jose. Jose and friend came in the next day, on schedule and went straight to work. Explained to me in detail on what he will be doing. He also spent a lot of time adjusting my sprinkler system to ensure that I have enough water for the new sod. A few days later, I couldn't be happier. I have decided to replace my existing landscaping guy with Jose because he was so friendly and the work was exceptional. Highly recommended!
Jose TorresJose Torres
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