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Landscapes by David
4.7
from 91 reviews
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen P.
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I highly recommend Juan/Landscapes by David. Juan was quick to respond to my initial request. We met to talk about what I was looking for and he took a look at the lawn/landscaping at my place. He had good ideas for landscaping including repurposing some bushes to save money. The price is good and competitive with other companies. We scheduled a time for Juan to come for an initial cut/weeding and he arrived when he said he would and did a great job! Have not seen my property so cleaned up! Another perk is they use QuickPay, so easy to pay for the services. Looking forward to ongoing maintenance and landscaping with Juan.

  • 3 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Miloney T.
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I was truly in a bind last week with a broken lawn mower and an overgrown lawn. Jorge was very responsive to my request was able to complete the job in less than 48 hours. Salgado Landscaping did an outstanding job at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend Salgado Landscaping for lawn mowing and landscaping services.

  • 12 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry B.
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2nd time I've used Julio's Services for different services and both times they were very thorough and meticulous. Would definitely use again and recommend to friends.

Whitetail Landscapes, Inc.
4.9
from 67 reviews
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Bobby S.
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We just started with Kyle for our summer maintenance for our lawn. The process was easy and the communication great. Our yard looks awesome and we look forward to other projects with Whitedtail.

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Patrick Wyller
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Gary V.
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Patrick was quick to respond to my lawn mower issue and knew right away what was wrong. He picked up and returned in less then 24 hours and for a very fair price. Highly recommend using Patrick for your small engine repairs/ maintenance

  • 16 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Gigi G.
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Very happy with the landscaping work, thank you! Paul sketched out a low-maintenance design for my front yard and it was completed quickly.

  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly B.
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Joe trimmed our big trees thoroughly despite the fact they were a bit difficult to get to. His fee was fair and he was great about communicating with us. Knowing that he can provide other services in addition to the trees will make our choice easy when working through our "to do" list. Glad we found Joe!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brandon B.
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Precison Property Maintenance always does quality work. They don't cut corners and they will go above and beyond to make sure you are happy. They are dependable, honest, and hard workers. We use them for all our lawn care needs!

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Bud to Blossom
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jodi D.
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Linda is great! I know nothing about plants and she was so helpful. She assessed my landscape and measured. Soon after she scheduled a time to come back to my home with her ideas of plants to use in a personal board on Pinterest which I thought was great! I didn't have to do any research. Not only is she awesome at what she does she is extremely reasonably priced! I will definitely call her again for more landscaping as well as maintenance.

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Diverse Services
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Swathi A.
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David and team were easy to work with. Extremely knowledgeable and delivered a great service. We are happy with our new front yard and cant wait to see how it all grows! Highly recommend Diverse services for your landscaping needs.

My all season guy
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Imran I.
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I had David cut my lawn for regular maintenance. His prices were fair and he did a great job. Earlier in the season he did a spring clean up. Everything was very neat and thorough. I highly recommend him.

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JN Lawn & Tree
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paul J.
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They came out exactly when they said. Matt and his helper were very friendly and their work was great. I would recommend them for any landscape maintenance you have. Will definitely use them again.

Elite Property Maintenance
3.5
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen H.
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Provided excellent service. Mowed, trimmed and blew off drive. Will definitely use again!

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Culturelle3 Designs, Inc.
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mrs. J.
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I can’t say enough about Carolina and her team! We live in Chicago, but have a goodly piece of property for the city. Our regular guy has taken a sabbatical from residential projects so I was scrambling to find someone who a) knew plants b) had a crew and c)had an eye. To be frank, my garden looked a bit like Ms. Haversham’s after all the rain this season. Weeds everywhere—horrible! Carolina Irani responded to my desperate plea and offered a quote that I felt was just a tad high—but after reviewing her credentials I decided to move forward. I was impressed by her extraordinary communication! Great follow up, lots of emails back and forth as I tried to describe what I needed to have done. Uber responsive! We settled on a date that worked for both of us (took about two weeks) but she always offered lots of alternatives. When the crew arrived, what really impressed me is that she herself spent about an hour making sure we were all on the same page. She is a lovely, calm, professional woman who clearly knows her stuff. I am a gardener and my worst nightmare is somebody who pulls out a plant that took me 4 years to grow because they didn’t know what it was! Not Carolina. This woman knows her stuff!!! Over the 4-5 hours I saw 3 crew members working non stop. Boy are they organized! Somebody pruning, somebody cleaning, somebody trimming. A well oiled machine. Plus, she suggested edging on the garden beds (YAY!) which made everything have a really pulled together look. I could not BELIEVE how beautiful everything was. Now, I can begin the process of refurbishing the beds and restoring the grass. She even trimmed low hanging branches on my trees. When I got home tonight I took a moment to pause. My fairyland garden is taking shape again! Thanks Carolina and crew. If you are considering hiring her, DO it. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve further engaged her for bi monthly maintenance. A joy to work with and a job extremely well done!!!

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Eugene B.
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Good job. Just started front yard lawn service.

  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Troy L.
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Joni designed our homes Landscaping in 2007 and took it thru design to implementation. Since they we have had My Secret Garden back annually for maintenance and enhancements as our budget allowed. Including landscape lighting, Garden and flower bed maintenance. I can't more highly recommend Joni and her team! We have referred her to several friends and all have had great things to say after her designs were implemented.

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Yuritzy #4 Corp
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Frederick M.
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So far so good with our new landscaper! We had new sod laid, some new bushes planted and an overall spring maintenance, including new mulch. Yuritzy was responsive and the contract was detailed and through regarding the services.

  • 30 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alan & Tammy K.
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Our house was in dire need of a complete landscape remodel. Jerry provided a full plan, and after working thru a couple modifications, we had a final plan that we were anxious to have installed. Our landscaping was installed late last fall, and it was great watching everything leaf out this spring. Installation was quick! We’re still getting compliments from all the neighbors! We recommend using Jerry for your landscaping needs – whether it’s a plan of your own or one provided by Jerry. Tammy and Alan

  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jani D.
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Great! Seth came out the same day we inquired about service and completed the job right away. I would definitely recommend him and his company!

Yonnhy Landscaping
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
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Yonnhy came out within days to mow our lawn and did a great job.

Ground Maintenance Group
3.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Tina C.
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Very satisfied with our experience: professional, timely, willing to give advice and also to listen to what we wanted and needed! Incredibly easy to work with. Also does 3D imaging so you can see what you will get, and cleans up the space every day after work. Full service too, plants, gravel paths, pavers, walls, plant boxes, trees (they even installed our mailbox). You can’t go wrong, they did such a nice job on our space that all the neighbors were asking for their info. On top of that they have great pricing. Highly recommend.

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.

How much does it cost to have landscaping done?

Professional landscaping can help reinvent your outdoor space, boost your curb appeal and get a major return on investment with. Landscaping can encompass anything from adding new plants, trees and shrubs, to leveling the ground and laying sod for a lawn, to building in hardscaping such as sidewalks, water features or retaining walls. The national average landscaping price is $10,160. Landscaping prices can be far lower (with hourly rates ranging from $50 to $150) if you’re only seeking professional help with softscaping or seeking consultation on landscape design. Softscaping means adding or changing horticultural elements, such as planting a garden or adding a hedge. Hardscaping is where costs can really start to rise. Hardscaping requires labor and heavy equipment to excavate the earth; you may need to pour concrete, or you may need a pro who can transport and place gravel and other inorganic elements. Your total landscaping cost will vary based on the amount of work you want done, how much labor is required, and the cost of the materials you are using. A good rule of thumb for a major landscaping project, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects, is to budget 5 percent to 10 percent of the value of your home.

How much does it cost to landscape your front yard?

Prices for landscaping your front yard can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the scale of your front yard project. Your landscaping price will reflect how much change you implement, how much labor is required, and the cost of materials.

Landscaping is typically made up of softscaping and hardscaping. Softscaping refers to selecting trees, bushes, flowers and plants to achieve a desired aesthetic and to meet goals such as having a drought-tolerant yard. Hardscaping refers to moving earth, installing structures, and putting in decorative stonework, sidewalks or lighting. For softscaping, you may want to hire a landscape designer to consult on your plants and layout, and then do the digging and planting yourself or hire a gardner to handle the heavy lifting. A landscape designer’s hourly rate may range from $50 to $150 or more. If you want a turnkey approach, meaning someone who works with you to create the vision and then executes all the work, landscaping pricing will typically come down to a cost per square foot rather than an hourly rate. It’s a solid investment: Great landscaping can add up to 28 percent value to your home.

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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