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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Lenexa landscapers
Thumbtack Customer
Installed french drain, pop up drains, tore out existing landscape, added stone flower beds and new foliage. Project completed in a timely manner with a commitment to ensuring I was happy with the end result.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Bruce J.
Miguel and his crew are creative, inventive, and extremely hard working. I had Miguel and his crew remove all my landscaping around my home and replace with new plants and rock to eliminate the need for mulch every year. He suggested a black rock and all the plants to improve the appearance of my home and he was spot on with everything he suggested. Next year will show the fruits of his labor and I am looking forward to the beauty of the landscaping and saving my back from having to haul mulch all over my yard. His pricing is very fair for the amount and quality of the work performed and I would highly recommend his company and I would give him 10 stars if allowed. Great people and a real pleasure to work with. Give Miguel a call if you have landscaping needs, he is very responsive and fair.
Morales lawn and landscapeMorales lawn and landscape
Al F.
I hired Tim from Anything Outdoor KC for a landscaping project. Originally I just wanted to replace the existing railroad timbers and add mulch to the flower beds around the house. With Tim's planning and expertise, We ended up a stone border with decorative rock completely surrounding the front, back and side yards. Tim and Steve were meticulous in their work and dedicated with getting the job done efficiently and on time. Tim was very reasonable with his pricing and professional with his responsiveness and work quality. I would highly recommend hiring Anything Outdoor KC for any landscaping project.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Barry B.
Michael Ashley was very professional brought his crew to the project site during our initial walk through of Proposed Scope of Work. Responded to my Query the same day that I was seeking out a Landscaping / Sod Contractor. I provided a Base Scope of Work over the phone with an estimated SF of Sod Work being needed as well as approximate amount of mulch being needed for my beds 2 Pallets / 44 bags / pallet using Soil Pep a product not used by Michael. Michael gave an initial Budgetary Quote later the first day of contact made and then followed up with an actual Landscaping / Sod Subcontract breakdown of the entire Scope of Work as we had discussed on our walk through of the Project. I hired Michael to perform the work which was done on Friday, April 15, 2022. The Project took a full day to perform for his Crew and I was very satisfied with results. Michael stopped by the property after the work and Crew had left and we walked and discussed the work that his Crew had performed. I would highly recommend Mala LLC for any Landscaping / Sod Work that a person would need. I would use his assistance again on any future Project that I might need.
Michael Ashley Landscape Architect (MALA)Michael Ashley Landscape Architect (MALA)
Thumbtack Customer
Gerardo was very very diligent abot everything I asked him to do about my landscaping needs..I could not have found anyone more qualified or better at their job then his services He & his workers are at least 6 stars out of a 5 star rating scale . Thanks for the service you provide and the quality of workers listed on your website.
Ilia Landscape LLCIlia Landscape LLC
Thumbtack Customer
We had a great experience with Nick and his crew. The project was to fill in a large pond and stream area in our backyard and transform it into a playground and patio area. It was a pretty big project and required heavy labor to move stones, boulders, and fill the area in with a lot of topsoil. Nick completed the project on schedule, we were pleased with the outcome, and he was very neat and tidy. He likes his work to be done right, and not just the easy way. I would highly recommend and will keep in mind for our future landscape needs.
Lush lawns & landscapeLush lawns & landscape
Rod W.
Mike exceeded every expectation I had of him. He even arrived early to my house and completed the project on time. He is efficient yet extremely thorough. Mike also is clear and comprehensive in his communications, describing his endeavors in detail and answering thoroughly all of my questions. And because he is flexible, he agreed to take on additional tasks related to the project without a second thought while consistently negotiating very fair and reasonable pricing. I also appreciated tremendously his willingness to share his expertise regarding all aspects of lawn car, thereby helping me to know exactly what to do each season to keep my lawn looking great. I would hire Mike again in a second for any of my lawncare and landscaping needs! RW
Ridge Lawn CareRidge Lawn Care
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