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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
Terrence L.
The yard work done by ED Landscape was well done and look forward to doing more business with the group.
ED LandscapeED Landscape
Donna W.
Very prompt on getting quote and doing the work. Would definitely recommend or use them for more landscaping projects.
Home Outdoor ServicesHome Outdoor Services
Megan N.
Had Larry & his team out twice to do some landscaping. They were super helpful & did a great job on my outdoor patio & corrected a drainage problem.
Larry Jones LandscapingLarry Jones Landscaping
Arlene K.
United Landscaping provided the competitive quote, we agreed on the terms and plan, and the work was done on time and well done. I will look to hire them again for additional work needed.
The United LandscapingThe United Landscaping
Amelia R.
I needed just a one time service, but this company did a great job! If I ever need landscaping services in the future, I would definitely call them back!
One Touch Cleaning ServiceOne Touch Cleaning Service
Leslie M.
Exceptional service! Valentin was on time, very professional, provided very knowledgeable insight on ways we could provide interim maintenance. Our yard looks amazing and we are very satisfied! We will be using Valentin for all our yard service needs, including landscaping upkeep and installation. I recommend Valentin 100 percent.
Valentin lawscaping servicesValentin lawscaping services
Michael M.
Showed up early which is a good sign right off the bat. In my area we have trouble with landscapes doing 'no shows'. I was given a reasonable price for leaf removal as my leaves were getting out of control. He even mowed my yard at no extra charge. I think the search for my lawn guy is over. I will def be using them again!
Dirt cheap lawn serviceDirt cheap lawn service
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I are in the process of moving out of state and we must sell our home very quickly. I've known for a while that we needed curb appeal, so I went here to thumbtack and found Middle Earth Outdoor Services. My point of contact was Chuck and my experience was excellent from start to finish. What I enjoyed most while working with him was his response time, truly understanding our landscaping vision and providing solutions to meet our needs. Every step of the way Chuck understood the importance of putting our house on the market and made sure our home will appeal to potential buyers. We love the finished look and can't wait to see how our yard photographs when it's placed on the market. If you're looking for a company to take care of your landscaping needs in a timely manner, that's cost effective, with great quality and attention to details, I highly recommend you work with Middle Earth Outdoor Services.
Middle Earth Outdoor ServicesMiddle Earth Outdoor Services
Mychal Z.
Summed in one word- WOW. Our backyard was a mess with over 1/3 taken up by rock and old landscaping that was dead and an eyesore. Not only did Greg exceed all my expectations, he got the job done within my very tight timeline. He made sure my yard was turn key and that all I had to do was enjoy it. I highly recommend for any yard project. Very easy to work with, experienced and punctual. 5-stars! Thank you Greg for turning my vision into a reality.
Riverwood LandscapesRiverwood Landscapes
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