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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 Southbank landscapers
Tracy W.
Fabulous job on the clean up and landscaping!
The Ethos GroupThe Ethos Group
Jamea H.
T. Norris Landscaping did a fantastic job. Charles was very helpful with design suggestions on my project. I look forward to working with T. Norris Landscaping in future.
T. Norris LandscapingT. Norris Landscaping
Andrea W.
Mr C was quick to respond to the request for landscaping assistance. However, the price was very high, and the quality of work not what one might expect from a professional landscaper. The job took two days and he needed to use my ladder since his was broken. He is probably great for sprinkler repair, but not expert at landscaping tasks.
the world's greatestthe world's greatest
Harold D.
Great job, excellent service! I have found my landscaper!
Turf Pros Landscaping llcTurf Pros Landscaping llc
Addy B.
Awesome work with the landscaping project. The property is beautifully transformed. Will definitely hire for future projects.
T. Norris LandscapingT. Norris Landscaping
Lou's Quality Lawn and Landscaping Services offers a quality experience with excellent customer service.
Lou's Quality Lawn and LandScaping ServicesLou's Quality Lawn and LandScaping Services
Katie P.
We highly recommend. Schiebel’s takes care of our lawn maintenance as well as some ongoing landscape projects.
Schiebel LandscapingSchiebel Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Tom Bowler was my main contact at YK Landscaping and my wife and I couldn't be happier with his level of professionalism. He showed up approx. 15 mins. early for every meeting and took the time to discuss every detail. His knowledge of plants and ability to envision what the finished product would look like during the planning process was impressive. The YK Landscaping crew provided outstanding service before, during, and after the project. All of this was provided at a fair price. I cannot recommend YK Landscaping high enough. We are very pleased...
YK Landscaping Inc.YK Landscaping Inc.
Jordan S.
Charles’ team did a great job. They removed old mulch and weeds, trimmed shrubs, put in new landscape timber, and added new mulch. They also picked up all materials including mulch and timber for us. Charles was very responsive and the team did a great job at a fair price! I would highly recommend them for any and all landscaping jobs.
T. Norris LandscapingT. Norris Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Fabiano was very prompt and professional in completing the landscaping work at my residence. I'm extremely satisfied and will definitely use their services again! Thanks for a job well done!
Outdoor Pro LLCOutdoor Pro LLC
Sharon L.
Tyler and his associate were awesome! They were here this morning and did an amazing job. I already recommended them to my sister who needs landscaping help.
Precision Cuts Tree Specialists LLCPrecision Cuts Tree Specialists LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Dee's Landscaping was fantastic! They came on short notice and took care of my weeding, mowing, edging, and overall lawn needs. He came and was done quick. Highly recommend to anyone.
Dee's LandscapingDee's Landscaping
Mrs. J.
This company has done a terrific job getting my mother's yard landscaped. Mr. Deleon is a true professional as well a delightful person to deal with. I recommend this company highly.
River Oaks Lawn SolutionsRiver Oaks Lawn Solutions
Laura M.
Dario and Daryl did a phenomenal job replacing sod in my yard. They cleaned up all debris and left everything neat and tidy. I will be using this company again for future landscaping projects.
B.I.N.G.O. Landscaping & handyman servicesB.I.N.G.O. Landscaping & handyman services
Charles P.
I’m very pleased with the plant, stone and border installation by Norris landscaping. The consultation process was smooth as well as implementing the plan. I will use them again for future projects and maintenance of bed and lawn.
T. Norris LandscapingT. Norris Landscaping
Nelcena s.
They were excellent ,they took care of what I needed done and gave me suggestions about what I can have done in the future. I would highly recommend them for any landscaping projects.
T. Norris LandscapingT. Norris Landscaping
Nicole L.
Great experience! I will recommend to everyone and will use again. They were honest, quick to respond, and transformed my yard from a mess to a clean, beautifully landscaped yard. I am so thankful! These are great guys!!!
Lou's Quality Lawn and LandScaping ServicesLou's Quality Lawn and LandScaping Services
Bruce N.
Marvelle undertook a difficult job and worked hard but did not finish the agreed upon job by cleaning up or disposing of the waste. He lacked the proper equipment for this scale of a job. I do not recommend for major landscaping.
Snip N Trim Plus lawncareSnip N Trim Plus lawncare
Christi K.
Marvell and his team did amazing work. Dedicated to quality and ensuring customer satisfaction. Helped with ideas and designing landscape in a portion of my yard and made my walkway sturdier and curb appeal. I will hire them again.
Snip N Trim Plus lawncareSnip N Trim Plus lawncare
Liz P.
He is new to Thumbtack and glad he chose to partner with them. Very responsive and timely. Did a great job with the short turn around time I needed. I would definitely hire him again and would recommend using his landscaping service.
Urban Jungle Lawn Service LLCUrban Jungle Lawn Service LLC
Beverly P.
We hired Dee's Landscaping at the end of March so it has only been a couple of weeks; however, Derick and his crew have already started getting our yard trimmed up and are doing a very good job. We are very pleased. I will update later and add photos.
Dee's LandscapingDee's Landscaping
Ricky L.
What can I say Paul was at my place within 30 minutes of making my post! Extremely nice guy and got the job done perfectly. He is the 3rd landscaper I have come to my place and will be the last! I found my go to guy! Thanks again Paul!!
P&J ServicesP&J Services
Jerrod T.
He was able to help find exactly what I need for my landscaping project at an even cheaper price than the retailer stores. His team was on time, friendly and did a great job. Will use this company again when it time to replace my shrubs and extended my driveway way pavers too.
Lou's Quality Lawn and LandScaping ServicesLou's Quality Lawn and LandScaping Services
Thumbtack Customer
Considerable clean up, trimming of tops and sides of tall Red-Tips and Ligustrum hedges, carefully created beds of pea rocks with borders, tilling soil for grass prep, blowing and bagging of dozens of bags of leaves. He and his crew were here 3 days and were hard working and polite throughout. I am hiring them back for additional Landscaping.
Saxton's LandscapingSaxton's Landscaping
Madison W.
Finally, a landscaper that went above and beyond AND didn’t try to overcharge at all! They showed up on time, were very professional, worked quickly, and did everything we asked for and more. Our property looks better than it has in years because of so many previous sub-par contractors, it’s nice to finally be able to rely on someone. We will definitely be using this company again!
JaxBest Lawn CareJaxBest Lawn Care
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