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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 Chicago landscapers
Cath C.
Brilliant landscapers / gardening team! Will be using again and again!
J.C. Benjamin Stone Co.J.C. Benjamin Stone Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Great job on landscaping. House looks 10 times better now.
Illinois Finest ServicesIllinois Finest Services
Katherine K.
I hired David for landscape cleanup of our condo lot. He was very responsive which made it easy to plan. Once the job was done, he immediately sent pictures of the completed work. I highly recommend him for landscape work.
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Thumbtack Customer
Him and his crew did a wonderful clean job! We have the best landscaping in the neighborhood
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Thumbtack Customer
Landscapes by David did an amazing job on our yard. Communicative, responsible and beautiful work. Highly recommended!
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Kristen P.
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.
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Juan and his team from from Landscapes by David were professional from start to finish for my patio and garage project, even offering alternatives for ways to handle the job (which saved me money on the overall cost). I’d highly recommend them for any landscaping needs and I’ll certainly be contacting them again for future projects.
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Thumbtack Customer
Ecuardo did an amazing job. We could not be happier with his work. We highly recommend this team for any landscape project that you need.
Illinois Finest ServicesIllinois Finest Services
Just a small job, but Juan was ultra responsive and right on time!!! I will definitely use David Landscaping in the future and will recommend to friends & neighbors. Thanks again Juan !!!!
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Thumbtack Customer
The team did a great job. Was flexible regarding my time and needs. Alma has great communication and I'll be using them again for my landscaping needs.
Illinois Finest ServicesIllinois Finest Services
Sam P.
Landscapes by David installed new sod in my backyard and it looks fantastic! They were quick to take on the job with a fast turnaround time. We are happy with their professionalism and work quality.
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Thumbtack Customer
Juan was wonderful, did a beautiful job, and gave me good suggestions. He continues to check in to see how my landscaping is doing, which I truly appreciate.
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Allison B.
Juan and team did a great job on our landscaping. They came out the next day for an estimate and had the project done the following weekend. Will definitely use them again!
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Lisa A.
Liz and her crew were so responsive, punctual, and easy to work with. She answered any and all questions since landscaping is NOT my thing! She is VERY knowledgeable!
Stephanie M.
Bardo did a great job with our condo building landscaping! We told him what we wanted and he made suggestions to what would work best. Thank you!
Bardo's Gonzalez LandscapingBardo's Gonzalez Landscaping
Sean C.
They did a great job clearing our front yard, were going to hire them again to re-do our entire landscaping, they were on time and did the job at a fair price
Thumbtack Customer
I have enjoyed working with Juan. He is knowledgeable about landscaping, responsive and reasonable. He worked on one of my properties and now I've asked him to help me on two others!
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Melissa S.
We had a great experience with Landscapes by David and 100% will be using them again in the future! They were professional and do excellent work. We would give them more than 5 stars if we could!
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Cristien R.
Great landscapers to work with! I met with Jonathan initially who was wonderful to talk to and had great ideas and suggestions. The guys did a beautiful job with my yard and completed the project very fast. Highly recommend!
Lindy Group LLCLindy Group LLC
Kelley R.
We have a great experience with Juan. We were out of town when our landscaping was done and he came over and watered everything the first two days to help us out. Everything looked great!
Landscapes by DavidLandscapes by David
Thumbtack Customer
They did an excellent job tuck pointing the entire house, landscaping and concrete work. They addressed our concerns immediately and we are happy with the work they did. Good quality at a reasonable price. I would recommend them to anyone.
MALDO Construction Company, Inc.MALDO Construction Company, Inc.
Megan S.
Alvaro was very responsive and great to work with. He did a wonderful job on our project! It exceeded our expectations and is just beautiful. All of our neighbors have said how great it looks. Highly recommend Alvaro and Supergreen Landscaping!
Supergreen HardscapesSupergreen Hardscapes
Frederick M.
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.
Yuritzy 4 landscapeYuritzy 4 landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Alma was easy to work with, very responsive and affordable. Her crew did a great job on my landscaping projects (including tree removal and laying sod). I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her services!
Illinois Finest ServicesIllinois Finest Services
Christopher T.
Juan and team did an amazing job on my landscaping project. Juan recommended things that I didn’t even think of for my project and won me over with the final product. Very prompt, professional and efficient. I almost wish I had more projects to do.
Cruz Lawn Care and LandscapingCruz Lawn Care and Landscaping
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