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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 Tracy landscapers
Thumbtack Customer
Alejandro landscaped my backyard and cleaned up the front. He did an excellent job.
A&E LandscapingA&E Landscaping
Biju K.
Adrian and team did a wonderful job with our landscaping requirements. Fabulous response time,A+ quality work and a friendly crew. You cannot go wrong with this team. A definite recommendation!
4 Seasons Landscaping & Cleaning Services4 Seasons Landscaping & Cleaning Services
Diane R.
We picked Machado Landscaping from a list of landscapers in our area that were on Thumbtack. Paul and his crew put in sprinklers and turf for us. His crew was prompt and efficient. Paul personally followed up on the installation. We were so pleased with the work we received that we are having them cleanup our backyard. It is a small yard but a big job. They have not done this yet but I anticipate it will be of the same professional quality as the previous job.
Machado Landscaping & Olga's Janitorial ServiceMachado Landscaping & Olga's Janitorial Service
Ryan G.
Milan Pavers do great quality work. The guys work hard, and met a tight deadline. My yard went from ugly dirt to beautifully landscaped with a nice putting green.
Milan Pavers&TurfMilan Pavers&Turf
Justin F.
This was the best experience I have ever had with a landscaping company. My yards were a mess and he completely transformed them. After finishing his work he sent me pictures of everything and kept me updated on the progress. Very responsive and provides great service. I would highly recommend them.
Gary D.
Benito showed up when he said he would, was open to changes, does great work, cleaned up after each day of work. Very professional, and easy to work with. He always keeps you informed and his entire crew cares about the job they are doing. I highly recommend him for any of your landscape needs.
Benitos landscape and maintenanceBenitos landscape and maintenance
Nic M.
I finally found a reliable gardener. I have been having very bad luck with landscaping companies either not showing up on time or just never coming back. David said he would be here in one hour and he was here exactly on time. Thank you. I look forward to you helping us for as long as we are here.
Tony D.
Benito is amazing! He took our dirt patch of a backyard and turned it into this within 2.5 days and all for a great price! He was very professional and informative as to what we need rather than allowing us to spend money on what we don’t need and we could not be more happy with the results. Do yourself a favor and call Benito for any landscaping you may need!
Benitos landscape and maintenanceBenitos landscape and maintenance
Shailja G.
He is not respectful of his commitment and others time. He visited and looked at the requirement and promised to send a quote in a week time. Weekend but nothing received, on next follow up again he promised to send a quote next week. He wasted 3 weeks time of mine. My festival is due in 2 weeks time and I am short time to complete the landscaping of my front yard.
Machado Landscaping & Olga's Janitorial ServiceMachado Landscaping & Olga's Janitorial Service
Erin T.
I hired Bendito to fix up my bare backyard. I was impressed with how prompt he was in responding to my inquiry. He came out the next day for a consultation and got back to me with the estimate that evening. After having several other landscapers string me along for weeks waiting for an estimate - this was a pleasant surprise. The quote was reasonable and he was able to start the job in just a few days. He installed a sprinkler system, laid sod, put in weed barrier and mulch for flower beds. Even though I wasn't ready to put in plants, he added hose for future drip watering in the flower bed areas. He also added a play sandpit for my toddler. In the front yard he replaced some dead grass left by the previous residents. Bendito's experience was clear every step of the way. He had some great suggestions for the flower bed placement and shapes. And while he didn't seem overly convinced about my idea for a sand pit, since my yard was already so small, he did it anyway and I think it looks great. More importantly, my kid loves it! His team worked quickly. They left the space clean when the work was complete. Bendito even programmed my sprinklers for me. In only a few hours, his team transformed my yard from an unusable, dull space, into one of my favorite spots in my home. Thanks Bendito!
Benitos landscape and maintenanceBenitos landscape and maintenance
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