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Evanston Backyard Designers

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Landscapes by David
4.7
from 83 reviews
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
Rebekka B.
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Juan was excellent. He offered reasonable prices for high quality work and gave really good advice on what would work well for our backyard area. He also kept in touch and offered advice on my vegetable garden and reminded me to water the plants when it was really hot outside :-)

  • 12 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
ANDREY G.
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I wanted to plant 7 trees. The guys came in three days and made this work very fast and professional. Excellent! I'm very thankful! I'll refer to this company again if I need to do some landscape works on my backyard. Affordable price.

Whitetail Landscapes, Inc.
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

I am so happy with the landscape design and installion by Kyle and his team. The project could not have been smoother. Kyle presented a bid and design plan which was agreed on and that is exactly what was delivered on the day scheduled. I asked for a couple of changes to the plant material which was taken care of and did not affect the installation date at all. I was impressed with how quickly the project was completed, because I had anticipated weather issues. Would definitely recommend Kyle to my friends and plan to call on them again in the Fall.

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Nature life landscaping
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrick D.
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Nature life landscaping was awesome! Luis was extremely responsive, punctual, and very fair in terms of pricing. The work was done while I was at my job, and he sent pictures immediately. We are so happy to have our backyard back in order. I will definitely be using them in the future.

Skylight Landscaping
4.5
from 53 reviews
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Brian L.
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Linda and Robert did a great job leveling some land in my backyard and also installing a French Drain system. They were very neat, got the job done quickly and for a fair price. Very hardworking company, highly recommend

Lawn of the Land
4.8
from 47 reviews
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy G.
Verified review

They turned our backyard from a mess into a beautiful landscaped lawn with nicely cut curves for flowerbeds. All of the sod took root and is high quality. Roberto and team were thoughtful, knowledgeable, on time and thorough. I will try to share before and after pics. Highly recommend. Btw, I had to pay upfront to buy materials, which I get, but it made me worry at first, since I’ve never worked with them before. That turned out to be no problem at all. Everything went off without a hitch. And even after it was done, they checked in to be sure we were happy with it.

  • 16 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Timothy K.
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I consider myself a rather particular consumer and Paul exceeded expectations. Thank you for a job well done. I'll be using you when we landscape our backyard.

A-1 Cutting Edge
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Billy S.
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I recently had Bob from A-1 Cutting Edge come out to our house for a fall clean-up/winter-preparation clean up job. After fielding several quotes on Thumbtack, A-1 was the top choice based on price, the amount of work to be done, and the other favorable reviews left by clients. He was able to commit to get the job down only two days after agreeing to the job and arrived promptly at the agreed upon time. Bob and his two other workers made quick work of our front and backyard in cleaning a few beds, removing leaves and mowing the lawn. They were in and out within an hour or so and everything looks great! Looking forward to using A-1 Cutting Edge again in the spring on a more regular basis. Highly recommend!

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Bud to Blossom
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debra H.
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So far, it has been a pleasure to work with Linda. She emails or texts right back, she was interested in our project and listened to what we were hoping for. I am optimistic that we will be thrilled with our new garden area!

  • 12 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Diane R.
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EM Landscape did a great job resounding by backyard. He used to grade sod. He also did a top job cleaning out an over grown bed. They do good job with weekly mowing.

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Diverse Services
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Daniel G.
Verified review

Working with David was wonderful,jet greatest Landscaper Designer I believe! They where easy to work with,they did a great job on a forest clean out that I had on my backyard and made new beds with fresh premium mulch, but also integrating my own plants , Just waiting on few plants until it gets warmer. But wow! Great team ! Highly recommend for quality work and attention to detail.

Brass Lawn Care Inc
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Lani J.
Verified review

Brass Lawn Care fixed 10 posts on my backyard fence. They got everything done pretty quickly in one day, and they had by far the best price out of 5 other quotes. We've paid them by check and at this point in time, I am just waiting for the receipt which is to be emailed to me.

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Three brothers landscaping
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathy D.
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Did an excellent job cleaning up our backyard. The new sod looks amazing and they created a play area for our playset and sandbox. They were very helpful and also brought new mulch and built our playground. We will definitely use them again for any future landscaping projects we may have.

T.R.Scapes
4.0
from 17 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Linda C.
Verified review

T.R. Scapes did a fantastic job with my backyard. It was in TERRIBLE shape! Overgrown big time and the whole yard looked like a jungle. They removed a tree stump, trimmed my tree's, took out all the weeds and buckthorn that was everywhere in the yard. It now looks completely different and so much bigger and clean looking. Looks fabulous. My only disappointment was that I had asked for sod for the entire front and backyard. I only received two areas of sod in the backyard. Overall they are fabulous for cleaning up your yard. Mine was a true mess. Everyone extremely polite, very hard working and professional.

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Bardo's Gonzalez Landscaping
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
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Bardo did a great job with my backyard. I didn't think it could look so great! He was very accommodating with my schedule which was great. Absolutely would recommend this company.

  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Liz T.
Verified review

Joni did an incredible job with our landscape design. Will definitely be working with her again!

Endless Greens
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Julie N.
Verified review

Endless Greens did a fantastic job with my backyard. I am beyond happy : )

Midwest Pond Design
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Doug G.
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Midwest Pond is outstanding in both their responsiveness and customer service, highly recommend to anyone who has outdoor pond--we have found the company that we will continue to use

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gonzalez f landscaping
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Don H.
Verified review

These guys were amazing. The work they did was top notch and much more affordable than other companies on Thumbtack. Our backyard beds were an absolute disaster. We gave them our vision and they made it happen...and they went above and beyond by doing some extra work they thought would look good. We are extremely pleased with our final product and would absolutely recommend this company to anyone looking to do some landscaping!

ED tree service
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie F.
Verified review

ED Tree Service Did A Fantastic Job. They responded quickly after two other Tree Services I made appointments with did not show up or call me back. ED Tree Service Provided A great price for 3 trees I wanted cut in my backyard and did a good job cleaning up after themselves. I will definitely recommend them for your lawn care needs.

DALandscaping
3.7
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Zonia G.
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A friend recommended this company to me, I really loved the work they did on my backyard! I will definitely keep using their service and I recommend them to all my family and friends too. Zonia G.

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.

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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