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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.

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 Overland Park landscapers
Somil C.
Steve is a very fast, efficient and affordable landscaper. I was very satisfied with all the work around the house.
The Lawn Ranger LLCThe Lawn Ranger LLC
Elisabeth D.
Kev’s Lawn and Landscaping did an amazing job on my leavf cleanup and removal. Such a good job for such a good price!
Kev's Lawn and LandscapingKev's Lawn and Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Tim is not only easy to work with, but a good dude...he will be our go-to for all things landscaping moving forward.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Clarissa C.
Torres family landscaping did an awesome job! They are very professional and knowledgeable about the business.I will be using them for future projects.
Torres family landscapingTorres family landscaping
Daniel B.
Kev did a FANTASTIC job!! He was very thorough around my landscaping and will definitely hire him again for my lawn needs!
Kev's Lawn and LandscapingKev's Lawn and Landscaping
Greg c.
Was very happy with the work Morales landscaping did. Very hard-working and reliable. I would recommend them for anyone needing work done
Morales lawn and landscapeMorales lawn and landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Tim and his crew redid the landscaping in the front of my house. The process was quite easy and it looks great. The curb appeal has a completely new look.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Thumbtack Customer
Tim and team did a fantastic job! His pricing is competitive, and the team worked quickly and professionally. I will definitely hire Tim again for any landscaping work.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Curtis J.
Yaels did a great job doing a spring cleanup of our landscape beds. They also spread a pre-emergent and mulch. I plan to reach out to them again next year.
Yaels landscapingYaels landscaping
Jas d.
Julian and his team did a great job with our landscaping and hard scape. They listened to exactly what we wanted done and also made their own suggestions to better our ideas.
Christie A.
Brian’s team did an amazing job on my landscaping. I needed a lot of clearing done and definition of the beds. I’m very sorry pleased with the result and will call on him again if I need anything. Excellent job!!
Torres Lawn & Landscaping LLCTorres Lawn & Landscaping LLC
Balakrishna T.
Kev did a fall leaf cleanup in our lawn and he did a very thorough job. We were very happy with his work and would 100% recommend his services to anyone looking for lawn and landscaping works.
Kev's Lawn and LandscapingKev's Lawn and Landscaping
Katie H.
Haven’t been able to clean up the leaves in my yard due to the fact that I have horrible allergies. Morales lawn and landscape did a fantastic job on cleaning up my yard. Would highly recommend them
Morales lawn and landscapeMorales lawn and landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Tim was quick to respond to my request. He was punctual, honest, fair, and friendly from the initial bid, to the completion of the project. I will be recommending Anything Outdoor KC to all of my friends and family for their landscaping needs from this point forward.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Linda Y.
We had an appointment scheduled (date and time selected by llia landscaping) and they never showed up for the appointment nor did they ever call. I sent them an email asking if they were still coming and I still have not heard back from them!
Ilia landscape llcIlia landscape llc
Barbara M.
Kevin is a true professional. His attention to detail on getting our new home’s landscape beds in shape was amazing. They hadn’t been tended to in a few years and the results are awesome. He also made recommendations for Spring to help get the beds up to speed. Thanks!
Kev's Lawn and LandscapingKev's Lawn and Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Tim has been a real pleasure to work with. He was always reachable by phone or email and was clear about costs. My project ended up being more than I was originally quoted, but the scope also expanded, so that is to be expected. Tim always made sure I was happy with plant placement before planting and did a wonderful job. It has been close to 6 months since Tim did my landscape and one of the plants did not take over the winter. Tim immediately replied that he would replace the plants within the week of my contacting him. I highly recommend using Tim for your landscaping needs.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Kyla R.
Kevin was great. He took his time to make sure the leaves were cleaned up (including the patio and front porch!) and the grass was mowed. He had me come out to make sure everything looked good and even had suggestions for some landscaping issues that I'd like to work on in the spring. Highly recommend.
Kev's Lawn and LandscapingKev's Lawn and Landscaping
Shannan P.
I had a small project, tight budget and knew more about what I did not want than what I did want. Tim was the perfect pro for me. He was responsive, on time and listened. He created a landscape for my front yard that integrated mature plants with new creating a fresh, updated look.
Anything Outdoor KC LLC.Anything Outdoor KC LLC.
Mary W.
Keegan did an outstanding job on our small project, but I would have no reservation in contracting him for any size project. You won’t go wrong hiring this company. Great customer service, quick turnaround, great ideas. He took the landscape beds in front of my parents’ Senior Living cottage from blah to beautiful!
KC Lawn Care & HardscapesKC Lawn Care & Hardscapes
Les L.
Miguel is very personable and easy to work with. Weather interfered with getting started, but once he and his team were here, they worked efficiently and did a good job. We have 6 fully grown oak trees plus 4 other trees on or adjoining our property. Leaf cleanup is a big job and hopefully, Morales Lawn and Landscape will be back next year!
Morales lawn and landscapeMorales lawn and landscape
Jason P.
Paul was absolutely wonderful in helping us improve the landscaping and install pavers on the front of our home, all while staying within our modest budget. Even though a couple of rain delays set him back, Paul and his team still showed up each day to work on the project as able and complete the work in a timely fashion. Will definitely utilize his services again!
Paul CollinsPaul Collins
Thumbtack Customer
Gerardo and his assistant did a great job with my yard! They were on time and hard workers and did everything I asked for. I now get a lot of compliments on the landscaping from my neighbors when before I didn't. I will definitely hire Gerardo again!! I can't wait to see theflowers he and his assistant planted this Spring:) I would highly recommend him!
Ilia landscape llcIlia landscape llc
Thumbtack Customer
I just had Gerardo & Alejandro redo the landscape of our recent purchased property couple days back. It was a time consuming & challenging task especially the house was abandoned for some time before we took over. We were extremely pleased with the end product & have also gotten multiple compliments from our new neighbors. Thanks again for all the hard work & job well done!
Ilia landscape llcIlia landscape llc
Holly A.
I’m extremely satisfied with Yaels landscaping. They responded right away and came the very next day to give a quote on my project. They were able to fit me in earlier than planned which I very much appreciated. They communicated throughout the project and are a very professional hard working crew that goes the extra mile to make sure you are pleased with the work they have done. I hired them to rebuild a paver patio that had sunk.
Yaels landscapingYaels landscaping
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