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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 Apex landscapers
Thomas S.
Lemus Landscaping did a great job for a reasonable price. I would highly recommend them for your landscape work.
Lemus Landscaping SodLemus Landscaping Sod
Dorie p.
We could not say enough good things about Eagle Lawncare and Landscaping! Not only did they show up when they said they would but they were professional and kind. Great quality and value of work. We had a difficult job that required extensive and dangerous work. Eagle Lawncare and landscaping were more than up for the job and completed the work in a safe but effective manner. If you are looking for lawn care or landscaping look no more!! This is a family business that functions as a well oiled machine! We were so happy to give our business to a company like Eagle and will be using them exclusively! Thank you Pablo and family!!!
Eagle lawncare & landscape inc.Eagle lawncare & landscape inc.
Steve S.
The Lemus team was great to work with! Very responsive, professional, and they did a great job. We will call Lemus again when we need other landscaping done.
Lemus Landscaping SodLemus Landscaping Sod
Veronica A.
I just bought a home in the Apex area and had absolutely no idea what to do with the lumpy, weedy backyard. I wanted something simple, clean and budget friendly. Eagle lawn care and landscaping team provided a solution that relieved my angst. Pablo is so friendly and listened to me. He had a solution that would work. He explained the timeframe and was knowledgeable about how to make my backyard look presentable, appealing and made the pricing discussion reasonable. They also trimmed a tree for me in the front yard! I am so happy I found and used Eagle lawn care and landscaping. I recommended them and look forward to some other landscaping projects in the near future.
Eagle lawncare & landscape inc.Eagle lawncare & landscape inc.
Patty J.
What a great discovery in Chris the Landscaper! Highly recommend him. We needed the usual fall clean up, shrubs trimmed, trees & shrubs shaped & readied for the cold winter Temps. Chrjs came out and toured our front & back yard, walked thru everything & made suggestions (like wait til after the knockout roses were no longer blooming to trim them, we'll have him back in January to take care of the rest) he is detailed & thorough, provided an estimate on the work to be done (very fair) sent a written agreement, and got us in before Thanksgiving. He did an excellent job, didn’t rush, took his time blew off all of the surfaces around the landscape like our porch, sidewalks & deck & cleaned up after. Both the back & front look terrific. It's not common these days to see prompt service & contractors doing what they say they'll do. Chris is someone who checks all the boxes, and takes pride in his work & is a professional. Call Chris to take care if your landscape/yard work, he'll do a great job! We'll continue to use Chris for all of our landscaping needs. My husband is extremely particular about the lawn & landscape he's sold, and so am I. Thanks Chris!
Chris the Local LandscaperChris the Local Landscaper
Sheshank C.
Very unprofessional. I hired to get my lawn core aerated. Came and quickly finished the job but hardly any plugs were pulled. On repeatedly asking, Jose said he’d come back but never did after getting paid. Save your money and spend with a better landscaper
Faraz K.
Associate landscaping advertises as a cost effective company but my experience with them was far from it! They quoted me $1000 for a backyard walkway project which was estimated at 2 people, 1 day job. I agreed given that is 16 man hours. The actual man hours was ONLY 4 and in the process they also broke some of our slabs. That is $250/hour which is INSANE!!! They did not do a stellar job either. I’ll not recommend them.
Associate Landscaping & Tree Service LLCAssociate Landscaping & Tree Service LLC
John C.
We had Hernandez Lawncare do a major upgrade to our landscaping. This included all the plantings and mulch beds in the rear of the house, along with fencing in the backyard. They also did the stonework in the front & side of the house for the plant beds and trees. His prices were less than others we contacted and the quality of the materials was higher. His crew was professional and did high quality Artisan style work. He also replaced, at no cost, some trees that died (due to issues with the nursery, not his planting). I also had him install a drip irrigation system to ensure proper watering. All in all, highly recommended and plan to use him again for any future work.
Hernandez LawnCare & Maintenance,LLCHernandez LawnCare & Maintenance,LLC
Jeremy D.
We had an amazing experience with Eagle Lawncare & Landscaping on our very large project. The end result is awesome, but apart from that, the thing that impressed us most was their ability to take on additional types of work. Pablo Hernandez and his crew took on: - Removing large hedges and trees - Shaping hedges and plants that we kept - Mulch with an aluminum edge between beds and grass - Trimming very large trees - Planting new shrubs to add some color where large hedges were removed - Fixed a drainage issue that would have impacted the new mulch - Painting of the lattice and handrails that were uncovered when the hedges were removed - Removal of a large, raised area in the yard and prepped it to just be grass. - Aerating and seeding in the fall - Mowing and edging I've probably forgotten some of the work they did as it was a big job. But they took it on with smiles and were always terrific to work with. The also demonstrated great flexibility as we added new work to the project as it went along. Eagle did such a great job we're going to keep them on to mow and edge the remainder of the year. Really terrific folks.
Eagle lawncare & landscape inc.Eagle lawncare & landscape inc.
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