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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.

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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 Marietta landscapers
Kay F.
They were very professional and I am happy with my landscaping work installed. Would recommend this company for your landscaping needs.
Cascade Irrigation and Landscaping LLCCascade Irrigation and Landscaping LLC
Bo A.
Mureno did a great job with the landscaping needs at my property. He implemented an awesome facelift to the customer approach facade of my house. I will recommend him for any landscaping needs.
Moreno Lawns and LandscapesMoreno Lawns and Landscapes
Brandi t.
Adrian is super helpful with problem solving landscaping issues. He and the crew worked tirelessly completing all the tasks we agreed on. I will continue to look to his company for all my landscaping needs.
El Maguey landscaping servicesEl Maguey landscaping services
Chris E.
Jarvis is great to deal with and takes care of all of your landscaping needs.
Debonair Lawn CareDebonair Lawn Care
Abhishek S.
if you want to lose your money and be ghosted by a landscape company, go with this service
Infinity Scapes LLCInfinity Scapes LLC
Karen I.
Outside Designs did outstanding work on our stacked stone and fountain project. Louie has a terrific landscaping vision and his suggestions improved our plan. Everything was done ahead of schedule and with great care to our existing landscaping. We will definitely be using these professionals again.
Outside DesignsOutside Designs
Lois W.
My landscaping looks so good after Lalo's company cleaned up. I would recommend this company.
Lalo's Landscape LLCLalo's Landscape LLC
Adolphus H.
FBTM did a very good job on my yard and I will definitely recommend them for your landscaping needs.
C&C Evans Holdings LLCC&C Evans Holdings LLC
Mark F.
Elmer came out, assessed what was required and provided options. Completed landscaping in a few hours Overall good experience.
Georgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llcGeorgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llc
Patrick L.
CMG Landscaping cleared/removed some leaves for me. We are very satisfied with their work and responsiveness in the lead up to the job.
CMG Landscape & Maintenance⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️CMG Landscape & Maintenance⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Eddie H.
I loved the new look of my yard thanks to GA Landscaping! I could not be more pleased on how it turned out
Georgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llcGeorgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llc
Jeff S.
Jay, did a great job, great value, and was very thorough. I would highly recommend using them for your landscape needs.
Greentree LandscapesGreentree Landscapes
Pam W.
I could not be happier with my accent lights and improvements to the landscaping. They are still doing additional projects for me. Best experience ever. Highly recommend .
Outside DesignsOutside Designs
Leo T.
Highly recommend. They did a super job. Transformed my backyard from an eyesore into a beautiful landscape! I am definitely going to be using them again in the future.
Flourish Landscaping & Design LLCFlourish Landscaping & Design LLC
Chuck K.
Excellent work. Fair price. Great value. Lucio and his team will be at the top of my list for future landscaping work when I need help. BRAVO!
Moreno Lawns and LandscapesMoreno Lawns and Landscapes
Jason M.
He came into a mess after our last landscaping service scalded our lawn. Bottom line, my wife was happy. Happy wife, happy life.
Greengos AtlGreengos Atl
Austin W.
Can’t say enough about the quality & efficiency of the work that was done on my yard. Very pleased and look forward to using Rodas Landscaping for my lawn maintenance in the future.
Rodas landscapingRodas landscaping
Apryl K.
On time quality service with people that know the landscaping business. Friendly efficient and quick! I will use them again and tell our neighbors. Thank you all😀
Lalo's Landscape LLCLalo's Landscape LLC
Tim F.
Austin and Josh were a pleasure to work with. They were knowledgable and communicative throughout the project. They were on time and on budget. I would absolutely recommend them for any landscape needs. Tim Farrow
Overstreet & Boyd Grading (Overstreet Lawn Care)Overstreet & Boyd Grading (Overstreet Lawn Care)
Belinda C.
Jovan did some minor yard work for me -- laying pine straw, arranging landscape bricks around a tree, and some clean up. He did great work, his prices were fair and reasonable and the areas he worked on look very nice. He was polite and quick to return calls or texts, as well as informing when he had a change of schedule. I will definitely be hiring him again for any yard work or landscaping needs!
Fern Valley Landscape & HardscapeFern Valley Landscape & Hardscape
Keela W.
Georgia Landscaping and Hardscaping did an excellent job installing new sod in my backyard. The crew was professional and even arrived early. I went ahead and scheduled them for another project in my yard.
Georgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llcGeorgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llc
Liz J.
Lalos Landscape did an excellent job on removing months of leaves from my yard. I called on Thursday and the team was able to remove them on Friday with reasonable pricing. I’m definitely recommending Lalos service for future jobs.
Lalo's Landscape LLCLalo's Landscape LLC
Carla C.
CMG Landscape came to my rescue. I travel for work and needed someone to maintain my lawn. I recently moved into my home. I couldn’t be more pleased. They were fast and did an excellent job. Will continue to use in the future.
CMG Landscape & Maintenance⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️CMG Landscape & Maintenance⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Jane G.
Elmer did a wonderful job cleaning my gutters and clearing the leaves from my yard. He is honest, very professional, listened to my concerns, and did exactly what I wanted. I will definitely hire him again for landscaping.
Georgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llcGeorgia Landscaping and Hardscaping llc
Yvette S.
I am extremely pleased with the quality of work executed by the Sharpscapes team. We had multiple in person consultations to ensure my vision of the landscaping was indeed implemented. The sod and straw was beautifully laid in the yard. I’m happy!! Thanks Brandon and crew!
Sharpescape SolutionsSharpescape Solutions
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