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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.

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.

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.

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 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
Thumbtack Customer
Best landscaper in Colorado Springs! Experienced, professional, and met every tasks on the contract. Lazo Landscape should be the top of your list for all landscaping needs.
Lazo LandscapeLazo Landscape
Guillermo H.
DB Landscaping is a company I strongly recommend for your landscaping needs. They completed my job with quality, and in a timely manner. I will be going back to them for any landscaping needs!!
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Brad B.
I definitely recommend MDZ landscaping. I was very happy with their attention to details and their customer service. I am very happy with my landscaping.
MDZ landscapingMDZ landscaping
Bobbie W.
McKenzie landscaping was wonderful to work with on a sod installation project. The work was magnificent (lots of compliments from neighbors), reasonably priced, and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend the McKenzie landscaping team!
McKenzie landscapingMcKenzie landscaping
Paul K.
Easy to work with, attentive to detail. Contracted with DB for fencing and landscaping. Highly recommended!
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Damon is an honest, dependable person! Will always go to him for our landscape needs!
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Jerry K.
Fernando and Ceasar of Antonio's Landscaping exceeded all my expectations. They were punctual,polite and very professional. There price was very reasonable. All the work was completed in a timely manner. I would definitely hire them for any of my future landscaping needs
MDZ landscapingMDZ landscaping
Lois V.
DB Landscaping Services did an excellent job of sodding my back yard on June 8, 2017. Damon, the owner, was very punctual, dependable, and personable. He also did some rock work on the side of the house for a very reasonable price. I would recommend DB Landscaping Services wholeheartedly!!!
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Job: Tree removal/landscaping I highly recommend Damon, he was very prompt and professional. Damon quickly completed all the work very quickly, including additional landscaping in areas where he saw improvements were needed. Thank you Damon, I will be using your services again!
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Chris R.
Responsive, punctual, and of high quality. Highly recommend High Mountain Lawn & Landscaping for any task, large or small.
High Mountain Lawn & Landscaping, LLCHigh Mountain Lawn & Landscaping, LLC
Laurie Z.
My wife and I were looking for a reputable company to completely xeriscape our backyard. We contacted over 20 landscapers over several weeks. AMR Landscaping LLC was the one we chose. Our expectations were demanding much from Alex and his team. We owned our home for over a year now--and we had neither the time nor experience to redo a backyard desperately needing to be redone. The landscapers showed up promptly every day--working from dawn to dusk for nearly 2 weeks. They finished xeriscaping 1000 square feet (grading, fabric installation, rocking-in, flagstone pathways, re-engineering rear-gate and pathway to public sidewalk, creating a dog-run with gate)--and successfully planting 34 plants and shrubs with drip irrigation. The outcome? Stunning. Our satisfaction? Absolute. Our experience working with AMR Landscaping LLC was amazing. We wholeheartedly recommend them for whatever landscape challenges you want to get done.
AMR Landscaping LLC.AMR Landscaping LLC.
Elizabeth A.
I would pick all five items to describe High Mountain Lawn and Landscaping; they are great people, easy to work with, very punctual, and extremely hard working. They transformed my front lawn into a gorgeous landscape. It looks even better than I had imagined. I would recommend them any time!!
High Mountain Lawn & Landscaping, LLCHigh Mountain Lawn & Landscaping, LLC
Gretchen P.
They did exactly what was asked, the price was reasonable and the landscaping looks great. I will be using them for another project as well.
Snook's Pressure WashSnook's Pressure Wash
Zachary G.
Arellano landscaping LLC. They were very quick to responded and getting the job done. Outstanding quality, very professional. Recommend to anyone
Arellano Pro landscape LLCArellano Pro landscape LLC
Moira D.
they did a great job and everything asked on time, with a wonderful attitude..I recommend them to anyone needing a small or large landscape job!
TJ’s Handyman ImprovementsTJ’s Handyman Improvements
Nelson R.
I am 100% satisfied with DB Landscaping Services. There are several factors worth mentioning. Damon is a great listener and took the time to consult on the design. Damon is also very creative and came up with several innovative ideas. Integrity, very fair pricing, flawless execution, and attention to detail are impeccable. DB Landscaping (and Damon) is the real deal and gets my highest recommendation.
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Heather F.
Antonio's landscape will be my go to company for anything related to landscaping and sprinklers. I would recommend this company in a heartbeat to anyone considering sod installation or sprinkler repair. Fernando and his crew were very professional, helpful, and the quality of service/work done was phenomenal. He and his crew take pride in their work and the end product shows that. Fernando even helped with our sprinkler system. We've had two companies prior to Antonio's landscape work on our sprinklers and the only thing we got from them was ripped off! Fernando, with Antonio's landscape, came and repaired two sprinkler heads, installed another, and replaced most of the nozzles to make sure that our sod had sufficient water coverage; and his price was so reasonable. He seemed mad that the other companies (who did nothing to help us) charged us so much! If you are considering sod installation, definitely go with Fernando at Antonio's landscape. His sod price was about the same as other companies we received quotes from, but he was able to come and complete the install 3 weeks faster than any of the other companies and the quality is just superb.
MDZ landscapingMDZ landscaping
Kierstan l.
I strongly recommend hiring this company for all your lawn and landscape needs. Tristian at TJs Handymen Improvements was professional and very accommodating. I could not believe how quickly he was able to complete my project. I am active duty military which makes managing lawn and landscaping care remotely very stressful. Tristan made the process seamless, completing my full service lawn care quickly with high quality results.
TJ’s Handyman ImprovementsTJ’s Handyman Improvements
Brittany D.
Worth Landscaping was professional and timely! They showed up when they said they would and completed our project in one day. Great value and quality work. Would use again for other projects and 100% recommend.
Worth Landscaping LLCWorth Landscaping LLC
Paul E.
Damon and his crew did an excellent job of removing the old lawn, spreading new topsoil and laying the new sod. They arrived on time and completed the job the same day. For any future needs I will call DB Landscaping.
Wolverine NatureScapes LLCWolverine NatureScapes LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mario did an awesome job landscaping and tie ring our side yard. I got an estimate and the job done in one week! They worked fast and efficiently and did a professional job! I'd definitely hire them again!
Lazo LandscapeLazo Landscape
Aaron S.
Juan did a great job! We had him add some rock to our landscaping where it was looking bare and he hauled away some of our tree/brush. Definitely would go with him again for another project!
Springing Forth Landscaping LLCSpringing Forth Landscaping LLC
Thumbtack Customer
When I bought my house the yard had been neglected for years. Mario did an amazing job cleaning it up and redoing the landscape. They worked very quickly and I couldn't be happier with the end result! I would recommend him to anyone.
Lazo LandscapeLazo Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
We were so impressed with Mario and his crew! They worked so hard to get the work done. We had lots of pavements, sidewalks, retaining walls, flowerbeds, and sod. He did it all and it was flawless! We highly recommend Lazo Landscaping!
Lazo LandscapeLazo Landscape
Ryan came by to do a free estimate and said he would send me the estimate by email a few days later. Well I never received anything and I ended up going with my first estimate with Monarch Landscaping who did an amazing job!
Colorado Lifestyles IrrigationColorado Lifestyles Irrigation
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