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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

Start contacting landscapers near you to get free estimates and start planning your project today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn landscapers
Brenda C.
Five Star Landscape was very Prompt & Efficient. Our team was very satisfied with the Landscaping at the Samurai Restaurant in Miami.
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Nick M.
Great landscaping work!
Quick Scope Landscaping LLCQuick Scope Landscaping LLC
Ileana B.
Very knowledgeable and professional. They did a beautiful job of landscaping my yard.
Nerak Co. LandscapingNerak Co. Landscaping
Michael S.
Absolutely amazing company and owner. They were on time, did as they said, and went above and beyond to please their customer. If you are looking for landscaping needs, this is the company you need to hire. Their name is a testimony to who they are...5 star landscapers!
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Yari O.
From being one of the first ones to respond to their excellent finish to my landscaping. I would have to say by far one of my best experiences with a landscaping company . I will totally recommend them and definitely will be using them again !!
Earthwork landscape of South Florida inc.Earthwork landscape of South Florida inc.
Marc W.
Gold Medal Landscape was extremely professional, on time and very well priced. He came out and took care of my landscaping needs in one day. He did a great job and I plan to use him again soon.
Gold Medal LandscapingGold Medal Landscaping
Arnold H.
Andres definitely knows his plants and has some amazing ideas for landscaping. He gave me a 3D design and was able to change the design for me. After I was happy with the design we scheduled a day which he and his crew we're on time and very courteous. The end result was beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Five star landscaping for any of your landscaping needs. Thank you!
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Melissa v.
Carlos did a great job, would recommend him for any of you landscaping needs.
Green Leaf Best Service incGreen Leaf Best Service inc
Kay P.
Five Star Landscaping did a fantastic job. They were professional from start to end, the crew was very kind and punctual. I do recommend Five Star Landscaping and I most definitely will use their service again soon. Thank you guys.
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Aracelis P.
Five Star Landscaping did an amazing work in my backyard. I highly recommended their services.
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Malik B.
Handled everything digitally which is a huge convenience for us. We wish other landscapers would do the same.
Barbie G.
Fivestar Landscaping did a phenomenal job in our landscaping. They brought in beautiful plants and cleaned up and designed our front yard to look very sleek and modern. They were very professional and did the work in a timely manner. They continued to work on our design to give it the best look with beautiful features. The owner, Andres and the workers were very receptive and understood exactly what we were trying to design. I highly recommend this company to anyone looking for outstanding worK with detail and experience in creating a lavish, clean and outstanding landscape.
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Ashley S.
Great team very professional and extremely knowledgeable. The ladnscaping design and work was exeptional. I highly recommend them for any Landscaping project.
All Services 4 LessAll Services 4 Less
Roberto A.
They are very punctual,They offer a good variety of great and excellent services. I recommend to anyone that is looking for superb lawn and landscaping services at a great price. Robert
Ed N.
Andres and his team were professional, efficient, skilled and quick. They did a beautiful job and I highly recommend them for any of your landscape needs!
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Corinne F.
Responsive and provided Fair quote. Great customer service; delivered trees ordered from a nursery. Committed to providing top quality landscaping. I will use in the future!
Nyce Lawn ServicesNyce Lawn Services
Thumbtack Customer
David and his crew did a great job updating my backyard with a new landscape. The crew is very friendly, professional and hard worker. Definitely would recommend them!
Nerak Co. LandscapingNerak Co. Landscaping
Jocelyn W.
Green leaf Best Service,Inc Hired this Company & was very pleased with my landscaping design. Carlos did a fantastic job & I am very pleased with his service.
Green Leaf Best Service incGreen Leaf Best Service inc
Gee D.
Wilson was super responsive and punctual. He came the same day I called and installed 20 plants within an hour. He will definitely be my go to guy for my landscaping needs.
Thumbtack Customer
Horacio is a 5 star professional. Will definitely work with his company again. Had 5 landscapers out to quote the job and Horacio was the only one to provide a professionally detailed quote. I knew from the start that he was the right person and would work with my company the right way. I gave him the job and he did everything as was laid out in the quote and then some. Truely pleased, he will be taking care of all my future landscaping needs.
American Stump Removal Services, LLCAmerican Stump Removal Services, LLC
Jackie G.
I hired Coconuts for College as I was getting ready to sell my house. They worked with my budget and ideas to create an absolute oasis. After seeing the new landscaping, my realtor raised the asking price by $20k! The total cost of all the materials and work (tree trimming, landscaping, design and some maintenance), was somewhere around $2.5k... the investment definitely paid off! Plus, everyone on the team is professional, hardworking and polite. This is a great organization full of good people who definitely deserve your business. I can't recommend them enough!
C4C LandscapingC4C Landscaping
Josh F.
These guys are great. The entire experience was perfect from the first phone call to the completion of the job. Don’t look any further for all your landscaping needs even including hard to find concrete pavers. Thanks a million guys.
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
Philippe D.
Mathew is an experienced and educated landscaper. He was able to send an accurate proposal of what the project would look like and offered several alternatives. He is one of the nicest people I have worked with and I would highly recommend him.
DiSparano Design AssociatesDiSparano Design Associates
Michael S.
Elias Landscaping changed the entire look of our home at a great price. The before abs after pictures say it all. Their job consisted of removing gravel and small plants and laying down sod. I cannot thank them enough!
Elias Landscaping, Inc.Elias Landscaping, Inc.
Martha P.
These guys were spectacular!!!!! First contractor that I personally have found that says he will be there and is there. From our estimate to the day we were scheduled for our job. The front and back yard were re-sodded, all the beds had rubbermulch applied, plants were installed, French drainage & landscape borders. Everything was the highest quality. The crew was very professional and addressed any issues completely and right away. I will definitely recommend Five star landscaping to all my friends and family. I truly had an excellent experience with them. Thank you!
Five Star LandscapingFive Star Landscaping
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