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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
Nick P.
My yard looks amazing. Thanks Ryan and the Awesome landscaping team.
Awesome LandscapingAwesome Landscaping
Geff G.
They made sure the work was done with quality. Great value for their landscaping service.
Pacis Landscaping and designPacis Landscaping and design
John G.
Ramon and his crew came out and got our job done with great professionalism, quality, and efficiency. I’d highly recommend Hernandez Landscaping!
Hernández LandscapingHernández Landscaping
Jen J.
They did an amazing job getting our yard back in shape. Already discussing additional projects and will plan on using A+ Landscaping for all of our future needs! They were awesome.
A+ Landscaping LLCA+ Landscaping LLC
Suzy B.
Excellent job done! The landscaping turned out way better than what I had envisioned! Flexible with changes I wanted made and completed in record time ! Would highly recommend!
Sunny Daze Landscaping, LLCSunny Daze Landscaping, LLC
George L.
Manuel did a terrific job installing edging, rock and mulch at my property. He showed up when he said he would and got the job done quickly. I highly recommend him as a landscaper.
Zuniga landscaping LLCZuniga landscaping LLC
Heather O.
Ramon did an excellent job helping us clean up, refresh and remove junk from our patio. Professional, responsive, friendly, excellent value and trustworthy! Can’t wait to work with him again for our home landscaping.
Hernández LandscapingHernández Landscaping
Judith M.
Wow! My yard has been entirely transformed through the efforts and professionalism of every single team member of Arellano Landscaping. With a small yard and thee dogs our yard was an absolute disaster. Vince helped me select the best artificial grass option for our yard and I couldn’t possibly be any happier. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I’m beyond thrilled. We can play with the dogs without fear of sod being ripped up in a space that we will be able to enjoy for many many years to come. I would recommend Arellano to anyone looking for an amazing team to do a great job on their landscaping project. Thank you so much!
Arellano Pro landscape LLCArellano Pro landscape LLC
Stefanie D.
Fernando and his crew are amazing. They worked very hard and efficiently, always checking in to make sure everything was how we wanted it. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for landscaping and/or renovation of the exterior of your home. They completely transformed our yard in approximately one weeks time.
SOGO Professional hardscapesSOGO Professional hardscapes
Thumbtack Customer
Steve is awesome! I hired Steve to till my yard so I could start landscaping at my new house. Not only did he till my yard, he offered to dig up old fence post holes and roots. Not to mention he did this all in the midst of a VERY hot summer, and my soil seemed to be particularly hard and stubborn. He was very responsive, thorough, and genuinely a nice guy to work with. I will hopefully be hiring Steve again to help amend my soil!
Steve's RototillingSteve's Rototilling
Sonny met with us & spent quite a bit of time walking around our backyard, listening to our thoughts, adding his perspective about not only the pergola & patio we wanted to add but the landscaping around our house. He ordered materials as soon as he got the bid & was ready to hit it hard within a few weeks. His crew was great; friendly & hard working. They really got an unpleasant surprise when they discovered the old concrete patio they were breaking up was WAY thicker than suspected. But they got 'er done! The pergola was built while we were out of town but what a great thing to come home to. Sonny was always quick to respond; when I had some questions about the pergola finishes he looked into it, got back to me right away & shortly after Joel came out and finished it all! We couldn't be happier with Sonny's design, execution, timeliness, & responsiveness.
Sunny Daze Landscaping, LLCSunny Daze Landscaping, LLC
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