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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 Oakdale landscapers
Tessa C.
Dee and her crew did an amazing job. Her knowledge and expertise surpassed my expectations and we just love our new landscaping. I only had a general idea of what we wanted done. Dee made great suggestions, recommendations, solutions, and just all-around knows EVERYTHING about landscaping. The project was finished ahead of when we were originally scheduled and they even came back a second time to adjust a few irrigation heads that needed to be moved to coincide with the landscape design. We are looking forward to next Spring/Summer to complete phase 2 of our landscaping with Landscape Gal.
Landscape GalLandscape Gal
Chris J.
I enjoyed working with Greystone Landscaping. On my new gardens in front and back yard. The raised bed is just amazing!! Great crew. Great outcome. I am so happy with the entire experience working with Greystone Landscaping.
Greystone landscapingGreystone landscaping
Jesse C.
My experience with Justice Landscaping was a 10 out of 10. They guys were professional, up-front about pricing and the job at hand and quickly finished the job from start to finish. I would use them again for my future landscaping projects!
Justice Landscaping and Services, LLCJustice Landscaping and Services, LLC
Susan L.
Kevin is a true professional. He submitted a timely and detailed bid. He completed the work on time and now is our landscape professional of choice. We liked him so much that we will be adding and improving our landscape in the spring. I would recommend him without hesitation.
Loring LandscapesLoring Landscapes
Paul S.
I had had water leak into my basement and knew I needed some landscaping for drainage and another small landscape project. When Jordan saw how the apron to my garage was sinking he told us we should have a foundation specialist look at it. He went on the internet with us and found the ones that were most highly rated. I was impressed that he did not try to take on a job he did not feel he was qualified with. I have decided to hold off on my other landscaping but his quote for a retaining wall was very reasonable.
Katie M.
Roy did a wonderful job with a small landscaping project we had. He was responsive and prompt in his communication, and fit us in to his schedule quickly. He arrived when he said he would, gave helpful recommendations on types of plants we should use, and worked hard until the project was complete. I recommend Roy for your landscaping needs!
Sage EnterpriseSage Enterprise
Michael S.
They did a fall clean up and some other landscaping work. Couldn’t be happier with the result. Great work, great communication. Will def hire again.
Black Bull Landscape LLCBlack Bull Landscape LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I'm so thankful we found Chris to install the brick sitting area in our front yard. Chris is very professional, courteous, and reasonaby priced. He is very knowledgable about landscaping and very meticulous in his work and design implementation. I highly recommend Chris to anyone for landscaping or any yard maintenance! Chris is one of the hardest working and focused individuals I know! It was a true pleasure to work with him! And we love our brick sitting area in the front yard and so do our neighbors!
Ortiz Lawn and LandscapingOrtiz Lawn and Landscaping
Jenny U.
Friendly and responsive to what I wanted. Honest and upfront with questions on pricing. Their work was amazing!! I would recommend them to anyone who needed landscape work and will have them back to do future jobs
Greystone landscapingGreystone landscaping
Cecily L.
Dennys and his crew did a wonderful job. I had a retaining wall redone and landscaping for plants done in my front yard. They worked hard and even got done ahead of time. I recommend them highly.
B&B Pro Landscaping Lawn Care and Snow RemovalB&B Pro Landscaping Lawn Care and Snow Removal
Thumbtack Customer
The team did an excellent job on the project. They were personable and professional, arrived on time and worked very hard. They also did a stellar cleanup. I highly recommend Picture Perfect Tree and Landscaping and will definitely hire the team for future jobs.
Picture Perfect TreePicture Perfect Tree
Morgan S.
Needed to lay sod on a relatively short notice; Easy Landscaping got back to me right away and made the entire process painless and quick! Great communication and work for a good value. I'll certainly look them up again! :)
Easy Landscaping LLCEasy Landscaping LLC
Jason H.
Within two weeks of initial contact, had an estimate and my landscaping work done ! To put it into perspective it was laying a large area of sod, that had been partially cleared. Amazing job from this company, would use again for future projects!
Greystone landscapingGreystone landscaping
Lea C.
Roy I so great helping my parents with their landscaping. he is doing way more than they originally hired him for, and are beyond pleased with his work. He made suggestions my Mother completely agreed with, and she is picky!! Thank you so much Roy!!
Sage EnterpriseSage Enterprise
Alexandra R.
We had Oz Lawn Care help clean up our overgrown landscaping and lawn. We were so happy with the results of the service. They really went the extra mile. I have already recommended them to friends and plan to use them again in the future for all my lawn care needs.
Chris J.
I really enjoyed working with Terry. She listened to what I was trying to do to my landscaping project and responded with a beautiful and clever plan to add texture and color to my new garden. The plan lays everything out and is beautiful. Now on to installing this fabulous plan to make the gardens come alive. Terry is wonderful to work with.
AvantGardener LLCAvantGardener LLC
Sonal S.
Isaiah did an extensive landscaping cleanup project for us. He provided the best value and excellent service. He was very responsive to what we wanted done and did it thoroughly. He also kept the area very clean and removed all waste . We are very happy with the work and will continue to do more work with his company.
Eureka Cleaning Pro’sEureka Cleaning Pro’s
Shannon T.
Initially Shelby was great to work with, and we had planned to move ahead with a few landscape design projects. I was told the designs were almost ready early last fall, but we have heard nothing since. She did a good job initially, but the communication was poor and ultimately she wasn’t reliable. We have since hired another professional.
Shelby LarsonShelby Larson
Matt G.
Ben and Carlos were great. We had a project to finish on a tight timeline and needed a quality finish. They installed the rock and landscaping on time, on budget and it looks fantastic. They took it to the next level cleaning up after my garbage man who spilled grass all over our street and replaced a sprinkler head that was faulty. Very professional team, with great work ethics and quality skills.
b.e. landscape designsb.e. landscape designs
Carrie A.
Jacob was great with email communication. He gave me his honest assessment of my project and didn't try to talk me into anything more expensive. He stayed within and even under my budget for this project (driveway retaining wall). I love the results! He also showed up when he said he would and the work was completed on time. I would definitely recommend Easy Landscaping!
Easy Landscaping LLCEasy Landscaping LLC
Alex w.
I had a request for a small job to remove two small stumps and plant a shrub. I am very happy with the work that was done. It was very convenient to message Roy directly through Thumbtack. He always responded in a timely manner. I am very happy with the finished project, and thankful he was able to help me with this small job. I will surely reach out to him if I ever need any other landscaping done.
Sage EnterpriseSage Enterprise
Anthony G.
Roy and his crew did amazing work on my landscape job. They were very thorough and exceeded my expectations. I was informed along the way of other potential concerns to be aware of as a home owner. Even with an unforeseen issue with his truck mid-day that made the same day service questionable, Roy and one of his crew left to fix it and still returned to finish the job after hours for a same day service as promised in the morning. Will definitely hire again and would sincerely recommend.
Sage EnterpriseSage Enterprise
Joy B.
I hired Easy Landscaping to repair some damage to my property and replace some sod. Jacob is great to work with! They were prompt, prepared, and professional! They even added on to the job by getting some gravel to spread on my driveway. Due to my own schedule, I won't actually see the final completed project until tomorrow, so I can't comment on the quality yet, but I expect great things. And his prices were very reasonable. I'll definitely hire them again!
Easy Landscaping LLCEasy Landscaping LLC
David P.
I don't really write negative reviews, but I feel it is warranted for my experience and hopefully will raise awareness for others. I started a project for patio, lights, and general landscaping. At first Fabian looked like he knew what he was doing, but quickly realized (after paying downpayment installment) that he had poor communication skills / timeliness skills. I was promised that he would bring a crew to finish the job in about 2 weeks. This project took about 2.5 months. Constant apologizing and no results was frustrating so to speak. The worst part is that we couldn't finish the total work and I paid him for the whole project. We couldn't finish the work due to winter coming and, after reaching out to him again, no response. Not surprising. I have unfinished, uneven landscaping, the 4/10 lights that he installed are broken (wiring issue), and he left random boulder rocks on the garden. I hate to write this review, and I truly do because saying anything negative is not my thing, but I think I have a moral obligation to alert the public so they may prevent wasting time / money. A person's name is important and Fabian has certainly tarnished his in my opinion.
Northern Terrain ConceptsNorthern Terrain Concepts
Jan M.
Jacob is a quiet man of few words. However, his work speaks volumes. I couldn't believe the amount of work he accomplished in a single day. He completed the job the dates he promised. He removed massive amounts of weeds, created flower and shrub beds, planted flowers, a tree and shrubs along with some grading of land and sod installation. He mulched everything with a nice thick layer of cedar mulch. My yard went from the worst on the block to absolutely radiant! Jacob is incredibly organized. He broke down my work request by areas and type of work. He detailed prices for each area so that I could tweak things or opt to do some work this year and save some for next year's budget. His final work order was very detailed and he provided signed and dated contracts to sign so that you knew both parties were fully committed to the project. He was very tidy and left my yard organized at the end of each day. (Full project lasted about a week) I highly recommend Jacob and Easy Landscaping LLC.
Easy Landscaping LLCEasy Landscaping LLC
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