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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.

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 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.

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
TM A.
Very friendly and knowledgeable. The team worked hard and our landscape looks beautiful. Would highly recommend Well Rooted Gardens!
Well Rooted GardensWell Rooted Gardens
Diane Y.
Jorge did an excellent job! He's responsive, extremely professional, hard working, and has a good eye for landscaping layout and design. Thanks again, Jorge!
Nebraska Great LawnsNebraska Great Lawns
Kathleen W.
He did an amazing job and at a very good price! He was very knowledgeable and we felt very comfortable having him do our landscaping.
Big "O" Outdoors & LivingBig "O" Outdoors & Living
Thumbtack Customer
The job was completed as requested and the two man crew gave me some great ideas for future landscaping. This was all done for less than the quoted price. N. Johnson
Just Perfect Lawns, LLCJust Perfect Lawns, LLC
Mikie H.
Lou and his crew were amazing! He came out immediately, gave me an on the spot quote on Thursday, started the work on Monday and finished on Tuesday. This is the 3rd summer we had landscapers out, the last two years we were so disappointed but not this time! They were amazing in every aspect. Promt, informative, professional and crazy fast! We will definitely call on them for any landscaping needs in our future. Thanks so much!
Just Perfect Lawns, LLCJust Perfect Lawns, LLC
Cole M.
Will and his team were excellent - both in terms of quality of the finished product and all the communication/planning beforehand. We are incredibly pleased with their work and would definitely recommend their services to anyone needing landscaping work!
Tw design'sTw design's
Tim M.
Joel is our new plant/landscaping whisperer!!! Knows his stuff, great work, prompt, professional, and honest about how to truly take care of everything. Will go to him again without hesitation.
Well Rooted GardensWell Rooted Gardens
Mikie H.
Well Rooted did such a wonderful job with our landscaping! We went from hating our yard and now we absolutely love it! They were completely done in 1.5 days! Quick work and wonderful results! Thank you!
Well Rooted GardensWell Rooted Gardens
Michelle J.
Devyn created exactly what I had imagined in my head. He was timely, responsive, listened to my concerns and didn't push for more than what I was comfortable with. I will go with him again for any more landscaping needs!
TerraCraft LandscapesTerraCraft Landscapes
Deb B.
Very happy with the redo of my patio and additional landscaping added around the patio! Very receptive to a few changes along the way and any concerns I had. Would have appreciated a discussion of a few changes in the final bill as we went along with the project. Would recommend!
TerraCraft LandscapesTerraCraft Landscapes
Danny W.
We hired Well Rooted Gardens for two rather large projects at our residence, a large retaining wall and a back yard landscaping makeover. Joel Kayser and his crew were punctual and professional. They accomplished the projects on time and on budget as was submitted in his estimate. They were easy to communicate with and were careful to follow our ideas and plans or suggest options which worked better. Do not hesitate to hire this company!
Well Rooted GardensWell Rooted Gardens
Doyle S.
My Wife and I purchased a new home last year that had a lot of landscaping. It got out of control quicker then we could keep up with. We had a few different companies come out and give us an estimate for some general clean up and it was in the several thousands of dollars. Which is not something we were looking to spend on the yard. We ended up having Dan contact us through Thumbtack and he came out and we talked about what we wanted to do. He was very personable and understood of our situation having 2 small children and working full time as well and said that he would work at a pace that was comfortable for us so we weren't forking out several thousands of dollars at once. He cleaned up our yard very well and also helped teardown an old retaining wall as well and help build a new one. I would recommend Dan to anyone I know and will also continue to use his services.
Dan Marlow Lawn CareDan Marlow Lawn Care
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