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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 landscapers
Leland R.
Chris, and everyone from C&J Landscaping, was wonderful. They were knowledgeable and had great ideas for our landscape project. We would use them again and highly recommend them.
C & J Landscape ServiceC & J Landscape Service
Emma M.
They did a wonderful job clearing trees and weeds from my back garden. I highly recommend Ramirez Landscaping.
Ramirez Landscaping ServiceRamirez Landscaping Service
Henry C.
Jose did a great job. He was punctual, responsive, professional, and extremely helpful. Jose came and worked on my landscaping project on a Saturday in the rain.
Jose Valencia Tree service and landscapeJose Valencia Tree service and landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Miguel was excellent. Cleaned up very fast, very friendly and offers landscaping suggestions for my small garden. I highly recommend hiring him!
Castro LandscapeCastro Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
I hired this company for my landscaping because they were responsive and enthusiastic. They took initiative to get answers. They worked fast--finished in 2-3 days once the materials arrived. No property was damaged. However, they seemed very expensive. Costs were not transparent. We tried not to nickel-and-dime the expenses, and I appreciate the extra handful of extra materials added to improve my satisfaction. Nonetheless, things did not come out as planned, such as size and shape of several planters, absence of pavers/stone to line the planters, a landscape light with broken spike, flowers not planted in certain areas. The landscape looks better than it did before, but most of the trees do not look well (probably more a function of recent heat). Although they repeatedly expressed their commitment to my satisfaction, I signed off so the project could end.
Lifetime RemodelingLifetime Remodeling
Noam S.
We had a relatively minor issue with a few sprinklers. I'm so glad I contacted Reyes Gardening Services. Punctual, thoughtful, quality work for excellent value. A wonderful choice for your gardening and landscaping needs!
Reyes Gardening servicesReyes Gardening services
Jim H.
My front and back yards were choked with weeds. The weeds were getting taller and I really needed some help. The weather was starting to warm up and I needed to do something before everything dried out! I hired Martinez's Gardening and Landscaping. Luis was able to come out the next day and get everything cleaned up. He was on time, easy to communicate with and he and the person working with him did excellent work. He also did the work for what I felt was a reasonable price. It was a lot of work. I strongly recommend Martinez Gardening and Landscaping. I plan to hire them for regular garden maintenance. (I don't have before pictures, but it was pretty ugly...)
Martinez's Gardening & LandscapeMartinez's Gardening & Landscape
Kelly M.
Sara and Rich of Magnificent Services, are just that "Magnificent". Last year our company built a new large commercial building that sits on a big property with lots of trees, grass, and flower beds. I knew it would take a lot of work to maintain such a large property. I called Sara who met with me right away and was amazed at the knowledge and suggestions she had to maintain our property. I knew right away that her company was the right choice. The owners of the building are very pleased with how the landscape looks and even with the crazy storms we have had the place looks fantastic. Their prices are great, their work ethics are even better and the best part is working with Sara! Thank you so much Magnificent Services. If you are looking for the best landscapers - call Sara!!
Magnificent Landscape Inc.Magnificent Landscape Inc.
Jimmy D.
Dave and his team took our rather vague vision for our yard and turned it into a beautiful reality! Seriously, we did not give him much direction other than drought tolerant and meandering garden path and his team made artistry with it. The only specifics other than that were that we wanted some lavender plants in the mix, one of those Free Little Library stands and a replacement for our previously worn rundown white picket fence. We love what he did! Neighbors have been thanking us for doing it. It's as if our once completely dead yard has come back to life! Thank you Alexander Pacific Landscape!
Alexander Pacific Landscape & Building co.Alexander Pacific Landscape & Building co.
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