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Outdoor Landscaping and Design, Artificial Turf Installation

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  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Santa Monica, CA

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Nick B. says, "I'm so happy I went with KM BUILDERS on my full home renovation. I also interviewed other contractors but Ken from KM BUILDERS gave me best quality-price ratio so it was easy decision to go with them. Ken and his team started this project on a scheduled date and they were great from first day to end of the project. It was easy to work with Ken because he was honest, communicative, professional and always available. The rest of team was also phenomenal. The project was finished ahead of schedule and quality of work is excellent, very accurate, with no mistakes and with no any hidden costs. And the most important, final outcome is fantastic, just perfect! This company definitely exceed my expectations and I would highly recommend KM Builders to all people I know."See more
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Nick B. says, "I'm so happy I went with KM BUILDERS on my full home renovation. I also interviewed other contractors but Ken from KM BUILDERS gave me best quality-price ratio so it was easy decision to go with them. Ken and his team started this project on a scheduled date and they were great from first day to end of the project. It was easy to work with Ken because he was honest, communicative, professional and always available. The rest of team was also phenomenal. The project was finished ahead of schedule and quality of work is excellent, very accurate, with no mistakes and with no any hidden costs. And the most important, final outcome is fantastic, just perfect! This company definitely exceed my expectations and I would highly recommend KM Builders to all people I know."

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Santa Monica landscapers
Parvin P.
Eduardo helped landscape our new house in Santa Monica and he was excellent. He helped with planting hedges, trees, and lawn. He is knowledgable, extremely responsive and punctual. Answered all our questions patiently and helped solve issues as they came up; like helping break up the concrete that we found unexpectedly below where the hedges were supposed to go.
Complete Gardens LandscapingComplete Gardens Landscaping
Jason L.
Hired Art after letting go of my gardener and I couldn't be happier, he was very knowledgeable with all my plants, trees, and shrubs. Very professional and extremely responsive through Thumbtack as well as text. Showed up right on time and loved what he did to our front yards and side yard. Can't wait to work with him on maintenance and getting my landscaping back into shape. 100% would recommend.
Argo Landscape LLCArgo Landscape LLC
Helen M.
I would stop looking and call Best in Cali for any tree/landscaping needs. Our 4 day project was completed in 2 days! What a dream. They executed exactly what we asked for, they even work with consideration to the neighborhood (no blocking streets) as much as possible. They were patient with us as the HOA hashed out details. Best value, excellent work and efficient. What more could you ask for? After vetting over 10 different vendors, so happy to have found Omar and his crew! Can't wait for the next project.
Best In Cali Tree ServicesBest In Cali Tree Services
John L.
Luis is a real pro. He knows plants and has a wonderful crew. In two weeks, they have really helped to solve some of the problems we were having with our year-old landscaping and trees. In this short time, a tree that has not been thriving since planted a 16 months ago has finally started to show some vigor because of his fertilizing. He is going to move some dymondia that was choked with weeds and suffering in the shade of a tree and plant a better ground cover for that shady spot. Really great experience. Recommend him very highly.
Conscientious Landscaping "Gardening Specialists"Conscientious Landscaping "Gardening Specialists"
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