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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.

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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.

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.

Reviews for Ashburn landscapers
Masha P.
Wonderful landscaping, convenient app!
Ben's lawn Care and MaintenenceBen's lawn Care and Maintenence
Bill S.
Top shelf legit landscape company.
Oakleaf Landscaping LLCOakleaf Landscaping LLC
Oscar L.
Noel Landscaping did an amazing job and at an amazing price. They were honest, friendly, accommodating and quick to respond. I will definitely keep using them for my landscaping needs.
NoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping serviceNoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping service
Michael L.
I highly recommend them for your landscaping needs. The guys fixed my irrigation system and did some yard maintenance. I'll be using them for additional landscaping needs and maintenance.
Lunas LandscapeLunas Landscape
Ingrid Y.
Guys did a great job. My new landscaping company.
E&S Landscaping Services,LLC.E&S Landscaping Services,LLC.
Jennifer R.
Ricardo was very responsive to my messages and came out the same day to give me a quote. His prices are very reasonable and I am so happy I found a new landscaper. He did a great job with my landscaping. I would definitely recommend!!
Triple R landscapingTriple R landscaping
Mike e.
Roberto gave me a good price on my front yard landscaping, then he was here first thing in the morning making sure everything was done right and had my yard finished the next day! I will definitely use him again and I recommend him to anyone else that needs landscaping.
Bella's LandscapingBella's Landscaping
Luis A. C.
Josh is reliable, punctual, responsive and thorough in the job. My lawn looks great every time. Sharp and clean. I had tried two other landscapers before and I’m glad I kept looking. He has been my landscaper for almost 1 year now, very satisfied.
Perfect Edge Lawn and LandscapePerfect Edge Lawn and Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
David was honest, reliable and helped with landscaping needs for our property. He was prompt, courteous and did a fantastic job.
Vega's LandscapingVega's Landscaping
Peter A.
Did great work with my landscape rocks, plus planted some shrubs and fixed my sprinklers, very professional
Moras landscapingMoras landscaping
Marissa H.
He did a good job and was professional. Glad we found an affordable landscaper to keep up with our yard/backyard.
Perfect Edge Lawn and LandscapePerfect Edge Lawn and Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Five star work for excellent price. Friendly landscaper with great attention to detail. I will definitely recommend him to others in the future.
Jazzy-Jeff LawnsJazzy-Jeff Lawns
Thumbtack Customer
Great landscaper. Really fair price. Jeff's patience and attention to detail are phenomenal. I will definitely use him again in the future.
Jazzy-Jeff LawnsJazzy-Jeff Lawns
Katie N.
I am so glad I used Bella’s landscaping! My yard looks incredible! I highly recommend using this company.
Bella's LandscapingBella's Landscaping
Keaira K.
We had a time and date set for someone to come out and quote me for turf and landscaping. He bailed and never showed up.
Outside SolutionsOutside Solutions
Robert C.
We shopped around a lot looking for a reputable landscaper to create our new front yard in desert landscape. Bob Hansel met our expectations and created our beautiful front yard exceeding our goal. The project stated within our budget and we highly recommend Bob. The downside was scheduling while we were in town and Bob’s busy schedule.
Hansel Landscape and ConstructionHansel Landscape and Construction
Cheryl d.
The landscaper was on time, very helpful when making decisions and did a great job at an affordable price. I would definitely use their service again. Cheryl
TC IRRIGATION AND LANDSCAPING SERVICESTC IRRIGATION AND LANDSCAPING SERVICES
Maggie F.
R & C Landscaping did a great job on cleanup of our yard. We were able to schedule easily and they were out the next day. Thanks!
R&C landscaping and clean-upR&C landscaping and clean-up
Thumbtack Customer
These guys were on point ! Fair price , hard workers and excellent workmanship ... Highly recommended. I will use them for all my landscape projects etc..
Yzagere EnterprisesYzagere Enterprises
Jeff G.
Jose and his team did an outstanding job for us. We required extensive work both in our front and back yard which included pavers, synthetic grass, trees, lighting, irrigation and a fire pit. We talked to multiple landscape providers. From the start, Jose set himself apart with good communication, good suggestions for our landscape design, and a competitive quote. He provided a schedule for the work and stuck to it. When I had questions or requests, he was very responsive. We were very happy with the end result and would highly recommend AZ New Image for anyone looking to make improvements to their landscaping.
AZ New ImageAZ New Image
Justina K.
Bella’s Landscaping did an excellent job on my artificial turf. They were highly professional and reasonably priced. I didn’t have to wait for service. Highly recommend!
Bella's LandscapingBella's Landscaping
Kelly M.
Before you decide hiring for your landscaping project, don’t move forward until you’ve reached out to IronHand. High caliber work, reasonable and dependable.
IronHand Hardscape LLCIronHand Hardscape LLC
Geno M.
Noel is amazing! He worked with me to find the right solution for my landscaping needs. He powered through the initial cleanup of my yard and it now looks phenomenal!
NoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping serviceNoelSynthetic Grass LLC and landscaping service
Rhonda S.
These guys are great. Prompt, RESPONSIVE and they do beautiful work. They ensured I was able to stay within my budget I would highly recommend them looking for a landscaper.
Yzagere EnterprisesYzagere Enterprises
Jeremy l.
I couldn't be happier with the work quality, the quick turnaround time, and the willingness to work with what I wanted to do. I would 100% recommend Luna Landscape to a friend or family.
Lunas LandscapeLunas Landscape
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