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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.

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.

Start contacting landscapers near you to get free estimates and start planning your project today.

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 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.

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.

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 Medford landscapers
Carolyn S.
Very nice personality. Good knowledge of landscaping. Shows experience.
John's Landscaping & Plowing of MedfordJohn's Landscaping & Plowing of Medford
Laura C.
The landscaping company came and provided a quote right away. They did a great job and I am hoping to continue to use them.
MC LANDSCAPING AND TREE REMOVEMC LANDSCAPING AND TREE REMOVE
Calvin L.
These guys came in and did exactly what we discussed. I not only highly recommend Thunder Landscaping, but will be using them for some other projects.
Thunder Landscaping and contruction Mansory tre...Thunder Landscaping and contruction Mansory tre...
Katy C.
I had three different companies give me an estimate and suggestions for some landscaping I needed to do in my front and back yards before spring. Anthony was the only one who had a great vision for the project and offered a good price too. He is professional, punctual, and definitely works well with you. Don't hesitate to hire Thunder Landscaping. You will be a satisfied customer!
Thunder Landscaping and contruction Mansory tre...Thunder Landscaping and contruction Mansory tre...
Deborah L.
Benny’s Landscaping did an exceptional job with my front yard. I needed a Fall Cleanup and they took time to do the job right. I will be calling them again.
Benny Landscaping & ConstructionBenny Landscaping & Construction
Mark M.
Salvador and his crew did an outstanding job in my yard. It looks so great after he came. They cleaned up after they where done. He’s my landscaper for now on.
Salvador & Son LandscapingSalvador & Son Landscaping
Andrew S.
Hector was the first to respond to my task and was able to show up promptly for an estimate. He delivered on everything he said he would and his team did an outstanding job! Would gladly recommend Hector’s Landscaping to anyone in need of service.
Hector's Landscaping & ConstructionHector's Landscaping & Construction
Rebecca L.
Benny completely redid our landscaping from essentially nothing to an outside space we can enjoy. Benny added sod, a fence, a tree berm, decorative plants, stones for drainage, and mulch beds. Benny listened to our thoughts, added his ideas, worked with our timeline, was responsive, scheduled time for us to visit a nursery together, and searched high and low for our trees to find the best price (we needed many). Benny has continued to check in on the grass and project overall even after he has finished. He contracted out the sprinkler work and that was done quickly and he coordinated it all. I would definitely recommend Benny for a landscaping project!
Benny Landscaping & ConstructionBenny Landscaping & Construction
Susan A.
When I called E. Carias Landscaping I was desperate. I had let my yard get pretty bad this Spring/Early Summer. The weeds were out of control and I never got around to mulching. I reached out to E. Carias and he responded right away. He came by to check out the work within 24 hours and then completed the work four days later. My yard looks pristine. They got rid of all of the weeds, trimmed the plantings, and spread mulch over a really steep hill that is hard to landscape. They really left my yard immaculate and I could not be happier with their work. The price was very reasonable as well. Don't hesitate to work with them. They will be my first call moving forward.
E. Carias landscaping and constructionE. Carias landscaping and construction
Sarah O.
We are working with Medford Lawn Services for a number of projects with our house. We originally reached out for the removal of shrubbery and fall landscaping, but will also be working with them for snow removal and other projects in the future. We appreciated their responsiveness, fair rates, and the quality of work they completed! We also appreciated the care and pride they take in their work. We are looking forward to continuing to work with Medford Lawn Services in the future!
Medford Landscape-complete  hard/softscape serviceMedford Landscape-complete hard/softscape service
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