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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 Watertown landscapers
Mo E.
Their team did landscaping work in 2 locations for us( Somerville and Watertown) did an excellent job, will hire them again for the next job and whenever I need landscaping work, were on time , reasonable and fair prices.
JR. Construction And. Excavation Inc.JR. Construction And. Excavation Inc.
Natalie c.
North Landscaping did an excellent job on our lawn cleanup, not a leave was left behind. I was very impressed with their attention to detail and they are one of the best landscaping companies I have worked with to date! Would highly recommend!
North Landscaping Corp Masonry ConstructionNorth Landscaping Corp Masonry Construction
Thumbtack Customer
Adelso and his crew at AC Landscaping did a fantastic job at our house in Watertown. We had large stumps and bushes to remove. He replied to our project on Thumbtack immediately and was over at our house the next day to quote the job. AC is very reasonable and his quote was very competitive. Adelso will meet and exceed your expectations. Beyond that he is a nice guy with great work ethic. I will hire AC Landscaping for our yard needs in the future and would recommend him to anyone considering a Landscaping job.
A C landscaping and constructionA C landscaping and construction
Vrej G.
They were on-time and did a great job on my backyard, great value! I will be using JJ landscape for maintenance of the new backyard.
JJ’S landscape & ConstructionJJ’S landscape & Construction
Kyra T.
Jeremiah made it easy to schedule a consultation, and he came up with a plan and quote quickly on-site. They were very responsive and showed up on time for both the consultation and work day. They did an excellent job installing garden beds and edging. Will definitely work with them again for other landscaping projects.
JJ’S landscape & ConstructionJJ’S landscape & Construction
Rick W.
We are so happy to have found Anibal Merida and are now using him and his crew for all of our lawn and gardening care. We found Anibal through ThumbTack last month because we were looking for a landscaper who could help us plant a row of large pines for screening as well as plant some other trees and shrubs in our yard. We were very impressed with the fact that Anibal had all five-star reviews. Anibal came out the same day I contacted him. It was clear that he was a great guy and also extremely experienced, knowledgeable and competent. He told us that for many years he has been the landscaper for the Commander’s Mansion in the Arsenal Mall Complex and also that he has done a lot of tree planting for several townships and schools, including the Town of Watertown. When Anibal came the first time, he advised that we install a separate drip irrigation system for the pines after planting them, which we did. Another landscaper had recommended that we use water bags for our irrigation, but Anibal explained why this was not a good idea. Anibal had lots of suggestions for our lawn and garden as well. Another landscaper had told us that one of existing small trees was ‘junk’ and should be cut down, but Anibal immediately recognized it as a Linden and suggested pruning it instead, which is what we wound up doing. We interviewed several landscapers and arborists and the two we like the best were Anibal and an arborist whose estimate for the same work was literally twice as much. We could not be happier that we decided to go with Anibal and his team. We were having trouble finding the kind of pine trees we wanted to plant. Anibal spent a good part of a Saturday going to several nurseries, including Cavicchio’s, where he was able to find us the 8’-10’ pines we wanted. He got the trees for us and had them delivered at essentially wholesale price. Anibal worked with us carefully in terms of the location of the pines and positioned them ahead of time so we could see their arrangement before planting them. When it came to the actual planting of the trees, Anibal needed to bring in both a tiny backhoe and a tiny forklift, and with his crew, skillfully and quickly planted the trees, making sure not to damage the lawn. The trees look beautiful. It is a pleasure to work with Anibal and his crew, who are friendly, efficient, experienced, and helpful. We were delighted to learn that Anibal and his team also do lawn and garden care. His crew beautifully sculpted the edges of our garden and put down much more mulch than our previous gardener had. He is going to aerate and re-seed our grass, which has looked pretty sorry for the last few years. We are now working with Anibal for all of lawn and gardening needs and couldn’t be happier. His prices are very reasonable and his landscaping, gardening, and lawn work is outstanding. I should add that Anibal likes to use organic material. For instance, he showed us the loam he used around the pine trees, which was beautiful. He explained that while it was more expensive and that he has to go to Vermont, I think, to get it, the results with it are so good that that this is what he always uses.
A.merida landscaping IncA.merida landscaping Inc
Sung C.
A.C. Landscaping is wonderful if you are a homeowner looking for prompt service at a great value with solid workmanship. They aerated, fertilized, planted, and mulched a garden for me in two days and did it over the weekend. He came early with his worker, and when I made additional requests, he returned the same day on a Saturday, no questions asked, and finished everything. You can’t ask for a more diligent worker at an Ana omg value. His work is solid, clean, and custom made. He will be in high demand very soon. I’ll definitely hire him again.
A C landscaping and constructionA C landscaping and construction
Thumbtack Customer
I hired AC landscaping to add curb appeal to a house I'm preparing for sale. My front garden was a mess, needing overgrown plants moved, flowers added and topped with mulch. I wanted it done fast. He was there immediately with a nice bid and ready to work. He completed the job in one day in extreme summer heat. Adelso was easy to communicate with, friendly and professional. I am very pleased with his performance. He does excellent work. I will keep his card and definitely use his services again. A great find I highly recommend everyone!
A C landscaping and constructionA C landscaping and construction
Brandon S.
Adelso at AC Landscaping was great to work with. He was incredibly engaged and attentive. His follow up was top notch. The fact that he offered a free quote was very helpful, allowing us and him to diagnose the work needed. He really went above and beyond, and really takes pride in his product. He was also able to work within our budgetary limits, and did not try to up-sell either which was appreciated. He has also been very responsive following the work, answering our questions on some of the plants and even stopping by to check on the project and seeing how it has turned out. Overall, I highly recommend Adelso and his team, they do a great job!
A C landscaping and constructionA C landscaping and construction
Robin P.
Adelso and his crew did a great job replacing our lawn and installing sod. They were quick to respond, took time to thoroughly explain their plan, and never made us feel pressured along the way. Our yard used to be lumpy, patchy, and had gravel through it the grass. Now it’s flat, green, and comfortable to walk on (see before and after - after with dog in photo). The crew showed up on time, wore masks the entire time they worked, and were great about cleaning up the yard, walkways, etc as they went along. Adelso even came back a few times after the install to check on the grass, and included our first mow, old edging removal + mulch with his pricing. I would use AC landscaping again in a heartbeat.
A C landscaping and constructionA C landscaping and construction
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