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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.

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 Kettering landscapers
Don D.
Fast, friendly, quality landscaping job.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Would recommend to everyone that needs landscape work. ...thank you.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Hired city pro for landscaping, they did an excellent job. Will definitely use them for other jobs.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
This is an outstanding friendly and professional couple, who gave us good advice on what to do with our landscaping.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
Took a couple weeks to get going, due to weather, and demand for their services, but the landscape work was very good overall. Will hire again.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Thumbtack Customer
City Pro Services did such a beautiful job landscaping my yard! When I met with Andy the first time, he understood what I wanted from flower beds to the flowers and greenery I wanted for my yard. I highly recommend this company for any of your landscaping needs! I will be hiring them again in the fall to plant trees.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Kelli H.
Andrew was quick. He did great work. Great value for the work performed. Highly recommended. Will use him for all future landscaping needs.
Bowling GreensBowling Greens
Amanda P.
Lance was great to work with on our landscaping project. He was very responsive and flexible with time, he did great work, and it was a great value. Highly recommend!
Roberts Property MaintenanceRoberts Property Maintenance
Jerrod L.
Wow - what an excellent experience! Great communication throughout the entire outdoor hardscaping project, friendly and prompt. Will definitely work with Andy and Julie again for my landscaping needs.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Angela M.
We could not be happier with the services provided by City Pro Services. We had a landscaping project that included multiple phases over a span of several months, and with each new phase, City Pro Services was able to incorporate it to blend with a previous phase. It was admirable to watch the members of the family business work diligently together in all types of weather including the summer heat, pouring rain, and even snow. They were reasonably priced and significantly increased the curb appeal of our home. We will definitely call them for future landscaping needs!
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Kelly C.
We were very happy with our new landscaping!! They laid new black mulch, trimmed our bushes, and removed weeds. I'm excited with how well the house looks now! Thank you for your quality work.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Jana F.
While we didn't end up hiring City Pro for our landscaping project (we ended up changing our mind about the scope of work & delaying some of it!) they were a pleasure to work with --great communication, knowledgeable, prompt.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Kate P.
I cannot speak highly enough about our experience with Chad and his crew. We hired them for basic yard maintenance that included mulching and cleaning up our landscaping beds. We have a lot of landscaping so this was no easy feat. Not only was Chad's quote the most reasonable, he was incredibly helpful and generous with his lawn care advice and went above and beyond to make sure we were pleased with the work his crew did. He completed the work within the time frame promised and we would hire him again in a heartbeat.
C8ter Services LLC.C8ter Services LLC.
Mike J.
Fantastic service, great work, good value, and another satisfied customer. I really like with the landscaping work they did, and I’ve already hired them to do more work around my property. Hire these fine folks and you’ll be happy you did.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Beverly M.
I had a great experience with City Pro and would highly recommend them. I will definitely call them again if I need further landscaping. Andy and his wife helped me to figure out what I wanted at a price I could afford.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Patrick R.
Outstanding job by City Pro Services. I'm very happy with the landscaping work they just completed for me. Professional and courteous. Throughout the job they were responsive to any questions I had and always promptly replied to me. They worked their tails off! I can strongly recommend.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Patrick H.
I had a large bed put in, as well as six trees planted in several different spots in my yard. The trees and plants used were top notch and the installation was excellent. They left no visible signs they had been here other my new beautiful trees and bed. I would highly recommend them for any landscaping project.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Llana C.
Even amidst all the turmoil during the Coronavirus, City Pro Services really came through. They landscaped my corner lot in under 4 hours and took every precaution and used the guidelines set up by our government for safety concerning their workers and myself. It is a family run business and they are professional and friendly. I am more than happy with the quality of work.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Laura T.
If I could choose more values to highlight, I would - but Thumbtack limits me to 3. Andrew was so responsive and so on top of it and his pricing is amazing! He got rid of 3 bushes and put down some grass seed. I'm sure his quality of work will be exceptional -it will just take us a little time to see the results. Definitely plan to hire again when we need some help with landscaping!
Bowling GreensBowling Greens
Thumbtack Customer
I hired them to sod part of my yard and build a play area to put a swing set. They showed up on time on the day we had scheduled ahead of time (Actually we had scheduled earlier, but because of weather they had to reschedule, which they let me know about immediately. Loved the communication!). They worked diligently all day and were able to finish the project in one day! Courteous, hard-working, professional, and skilled. I will definitely be hiring them again for future landscaping needs!
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
June P.
City Pro Landscaping is an expanding business that gives you BEAUTIFUL RESULTS! Julie and Andy came to my home and walked my yard, which needed alot of help. They discussed what I wanted and gave me suggestions on what type of shrubs and plants to acheive the design I wanted. They talked with me and offered suggestions, and spent an hour with me in February. Julie stayed in touch with me until the weather was right for planting. The end of April came and their crew started working. I was amazed at how organizedthey were. They put in boxwoods and roses in front of my house. They added so much color with both annuals and perennials!! They then started on my courtyard, that has a pond and 3 areas for flowers. They made each bed special with the plants that I love! They worked on the pond, they cleaned, and placed new plants in along with my fish. Everdyday they worked, even when it was raining, Julie and Andy always stayed in contact with me. Both Julie and Andy, along with their crew were hard and fast workers! I am so pleased with everything they did for me, I feel like they are part of my family. If anyone needs a landscaping company that cares, then you need to talk with Julie and Andy. It is gratifying to know that there are businesses that care for their clients and work hard to make them happy. I will be using them in the future to make my garden beautiful next year! June P.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Alexander G.
City Pro Services did a fantastic job on our landscape. We were asking for a lot of work, and they delivered and gave us plenty of tips for upkeep and recommendations as far as design & which plants to use. They were very knowledgeable on the different plant types, which ones do best in shade, how much water needed, etc. They did a full job and did not take any "shortcuts" to get done quicker. They even swapped 2 of our plants that started to die after they had planted them with new ones for us. 100% would hire again. They were very responsive throughout the whole job, and did very professional work.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Iman D.
City pro was very responsive and worked hard to get the job done in a timely manner. I enjoyed their professionalism. The one thing I would recommend to someone hiring them for landscaping is to be present while they are working to make sure all the plants and shrubs are put in the right spots and the final result is what you had envisioned. I was not able to be there due to my work schedule and the end result was BEAUTIFUL, but just a little different from what I had thought we talked about. an example would be just like putting in the right plants that we talked about but mixing up between the locations of all of them. Even though it was not what I expected it was great work and I would definitely hire them again.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
Thomas S.
From the beginning, we knew that this would be a great company to use as the conversation leading up to our estimate was very professional and courteous as well as punctual. They showed up to do the estimate and were very knowledgeable and taught me a lot about the plants that were located around my home. They were very understanding and creative with their approach to how they were going to operate and explained it 100% of the way to ensure we were comfortable with the job. We agreed and they were out very quickly to complete the job and managed to get everything done within 24 hours of starting which was amazing. The quality is reflective of a job well done and now our house looks brand new and added the right touches to the outside to make it look beautiful! We will be using them again in the future and we recommend them to anyone for any landscaping needs.
City Pro Services Ltd.City Pro Services Ltd.
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