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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.

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

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 Durham landscapers
Abby B.
Cruz lawncare and landscape was wonderful to work with! Would highly recommend!
Cruz lawncare & landscapingCruz lawncare & landscaping
Herman T.
Johnson's Landscaping was very professional and flexible. I would engage them again for other projects.
Johnson's LandscapingJohnson's Landscaping
Raghu R.
Johnson’s Landscaping was prompt with their responses and easy to work with. They did an awesome job with my yard and I highly recommend them.
Johnson's LandscapingJohnson's Landscaping
Michelle e.
I would recommend New Rose Landscaping! Jose was very prompt in responding. The work that he did for us exceeded my expectations.
New Rose 🌹 Landscaping & ConstructionNew Rose 🌹 Landscaping & Construction
Stephanie K.
Danny and crew did a great job taking care of the absurd number of leaves we had in our yard and did it for a very fair price! Would highly recommend them for any landscaping job.
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Jennifer B.
If you are looking for quality landscaping done right, look no further. Derrick and staff are very professional and take pride in a job well done. I would recommend their service to my friends and neighbors. Job well done!
D&D Grass &Shrubs,Tree & Yard ServiceD&D Grass &Shrubs,Tree & Yard Service
Terry M.
Matt, is such an easy going one man operation. He knows what's needed to complete a landscaping job. He is open to suggestions and trys to make sure that the job is completed the way you want it. Just a pleasure to work with.
Bombadil HomesteadsBombadil Homesteads
Ashley J.
Alex and his father Jose did quick, wonderful work on our front and backyard for an exceptional value. I'm very impressed with their workmanship, and folks who have walked past our home since they completed the work have already commented on how incredible the job is. They removed a significant amount of weeds and leaves, laid landscape fabric, and spread a tremendous amount of mulch all over our yard, which has completely changed the look and feel of our home. We will definitely be using them again for any of our landscaping needs!
Alex 4 Seasons LandscapeAlex 4 Seasons Landscape
Elizabeth R.
Johnson’s landscaping did a great job on our neglected lawn! They were super responsive and actually were able to complete the job within a few hours of initially contacting them for a quote. Very reasonable price for the amount of work they did!
Johnson's LandscapingJohnson's Landscaping
Desaree H.
I highly recommend Alex 4 Seasons Landscaping business for all your Landscaping needs. Alex and Jose are a great team. I just moved into a house in Durham that has many leafy oak trees. It’s a large yard that was just an overgrown mess. It had not been maintained and had years of leaves and overgrowth of trees and brush. They worked diligently for hours professionally cutting down small trees and brush and mulching down all the leaves. They did a vey thorough fantastic job. I look forward to the projects they will be doing for me in the future to fill the grass in and maintain the yard.
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Allan V.
They are very knowledgeable and professional. Jose was good to work with. He took the time to answer all my questions before and after the work was done. I'm pleased with the results. If I need any future landscaping work done, I'd hire them again.
Hernandez LawnCare & Maintenance,LLCHernandez LawnCare & Maintenance,LLC
Elaine Z.
Chris did a fantastic job for us on some landscaping projects and he was a pleasure to work with! He communicated clearly and quickly every step of the way, from the initial response and free estimate all the way through the completion of the project. We had gravel installed under our deck and around our HVAC units (which included some grading and leveling and installation of fabric and edging) and he also trimmed our out of control hedges. He is extremely knowledgeable and obviously passionate about his work, and we are so glad to have found a landscaper who is reliable and reasonable. We will definitely be using him again for future projects!
Chris the Local LandscaperChris the Local Landscaper
Sudarshan U.
Reyes Landscaping service is one of the top quality service providers that I have experienced so far. They are skilled, knowledgeable, efficient, quick, knowledgeable, high quality, and friendly to communicate with ease. I highly recommend them and look forward to work with them in my next projects and also in our lawn maintenance.
Reyes landscapeReyes landscape
Katelyn R.
Because I am a travel nurse and am often out of town, I had fallen way behind on the upkeep of my flower beds. So naturally, I turned to thumbtack for a little help, and there I found Chris the Local Landscaper! Chris was very communicative and thorough, ensuring we were on the same page about what I wanted for my flower beds. His prices are extremely reasonable, especially for the work he does. One of his main concerns is that his customers get the best deal for landscaping services, as many of the big dog companies tend to overcharge. He also went out of his way to help me figure out what plants were best suited for the size and location of the beds in relation to the house. Chris is just starting his business, so check him out! You won’t be disappointed! See some of my before and after pictures 😅
Chris the Local LandscaperChris the Local Landscaper
Sherry P.
Matt with Bombadil Homesteads responded quickly to my request for leaf removal/yard clean up. He came out the next morning to give me an estimate and completed the work the same day. His price was fair and he was professional and very detailed. I set up another appointment with him for February and will be using him for landscaping projects moving forward. Thank you so much, Matt!
Bombadil HomesteadsBombadil Homesteads
Allison C.
Jose and his team were great! Jose came out on a Saturday to do an estimate and scheduled service within the week. He complete landscape renovation of our front and side yard in 2 days. They were diligent and got the job done impressively. We were a little skeptical at first because he is pricier than some other quotes we got, but we were very happy with the final look and result and all the labor that went into it!
Hernandez LawnCare & Maintenance,LLCHernandez LawnCare & Maintenance,LLC
Wilbur W.
Danny is awesome!! He and his team showed up when promised, did a great job, and stayed flexible when I wanted to add to the project. We started with fixing a ditch and sod installation, and I eventually added a few trees to the yard. He and his team brought great ideas and were honest with me about what would work and not work. I’m going to hire him again in the spring for more landscaping. Definitely hire him for your next project!
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Kelly P.
We had hired someone else to complete a job and they completed half of it before ghosting us. We then contacted Chris the local landscaper and he salvaged the project! The original material that was selected for the walkway wasn't suitable, so Chris selected a different material that turned out absolutely beautiful! He was incredibly responsive, answered all of our questions, and completed the job quickly. His pricing was fair and he was very transparent with the cost of everything. I would 100% work with him again on any future projects.
Chris the Local LandscaperChris the Local Landscaper
Richard S.
I hired Tino a couple of months ago but it’s taken me some time to review him. He has been coming regularly every two weeks or so and does an amazing job. He also completed a couple of projects for me, he planted some shrubs and mulched along the back yard fence and he created a walking stone and paver path on the side of my house. He is very meticulous in what he does and always keeps the cost reasonable. I hope to continue using him for all of my landscaping needs. Thank you so much, Tino!
Cruz lawncare & landscapingCruz lawncare & landscaping
Ramona R.
JB has been out doing all sorts of work since the pandemic has hit and we’re going to keep using JB’s service long after this is over. They are so nice; no job too big or small; he’s excellent at suggesting items during the walk through but also listens carefully and always works within the owners vision and ideas. In addition to landscaping and clearing the property; they’ve taken trees put for us (medium to small - but he has a colleague who can do the big/huge trees); no job is too small or big. They are punctual, professional and amazingly quick - always leaving the property cleaner and better looking! We’re so happy to have found them!
JB Quintanas’s LandscapingJB Quintanas’s Landscaping
Thy c.
We can’t say enough good things about Boyz Landscape and Fencing! Gerardo, his dad, and brother worked so hard transforming our jungle of a yard. We had them clear out all the brush around the yard, mow, trim, mulch, and they’re also installing some fencing for us. We also had the team remove poison ivy and spray the ivy for us. Gerardo communicated clearly with us throughout the project and made recommendations for us but never tried to sell us on anything. They’re still coming back to finish up their work but we are so impressed and will definitely be having them come by for regular yard maintenance. Even our neighbor was impressed and is having them do work for their yard. Thanks so much to the Boyz team. I would honestly say that they are the best crew we’ve ever worked with. We will recommend them over and over again!
Aguilar Landscape and FencingAguilar Landscape and Fencing
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