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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 Naperville landscapers
Natalia H.
Great service and awesome lawn care, landscaping design. Highly recommended!
Julio's Services Lawn Care and Snow RemovalJulio's Services Lawn Care and Snow Removal
Thumbtack Customer
My experience was outstanding. Horacio and his crew were prompt and very professional. Their work was efficient, organized and completed on time. His estimate was fair and follow up was appreciated. I would highly recommend Super Star Landscaping!
Super Star Landscaping and Tree RemovalSuper Star Landscaping and Tree Removal
Jane F.
Fantastic landscaper. He’s great with communicating with me about possible issues and uncertainties that may come up once work begins and he’s clear about his estimates may change because you never know what you’re going to find once his guys starts digging. I needed the entire plant beds redone, resized and side of the house re-pitched for better drainage. His professional landscaping suggestions plus his input on where to put my new plants are invaluable. He has great patience with my OCD with how everything should look. Everything was completed exactly to what I had asked for. I’ve attached a couple of before and after pictures. He has turned a sad looking front and backyard into a revitalized and ready for new plants yard. I highly recommend him and feel very confident he’ll do a fantastic job with all landscaping projects.
RC LandscapeRC Landscape
Christine W.
L.C. Construction and Landscape Inc. responded to my request immediately and came to the site for a free estimate and offered a very reasonable price. They were able to start right away and did a wonderful job in a timely fashion. I highly recommend them and will definitely hire them again.
L.C Construction & Landscape Inc.L.C Construction & Landscape Inc.
Denise C.
Mauricio and his Crew did a wonderful job. We were really stressed out about issues we were having with our landscaper. We reached out and Neri Lawn Care came to the rescue. Everything I needed to get done was done fast and looks amazing !! Thank you, Thank you!!
Neri Lawn Care & Tree ServiceNeri Lawn Care & Tree Service
Alison T.
We had our lawn done entirely in sod and this team was excellent. From start to finish, we were impressed with their process. It only took 2 days to completely remove our existing lawn and lay down the new sod. 2 weeks later, it’s growing in great and our neighbors are amazed by the transformation. Would highly recommend them for any landscaping project, both for quality and for value!
Supergreen HardscapesSupergreen Hardscapes
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff was very prompt and completed the job on time. He is very courteous over the phone and it was a pleasure to hire him for the job. The tree branch which fell was both in our yard as well as our neighbors. After Jeff cleaned up the tree branch he made sure that both our yards were left spic and span with no debris whatsoever. My neighbors were also happy with Jeff's quality of work and his commitment to time. Would call Jeff again for my next landscaping work.
Jeff Goodman Design Edgetite Products
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