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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 Norwood landscapers
Raji J.
I called them for landscaping work and they did an excellent job.
Pri's Property ServicesPri's Property Services
Jerry D.
I am very pleased with the landscaping work RNR did for me. They were friendly, communicated well, and worked steady. I'll be sure to call them should I need landscaping help in the future.
Richard EnterpriseRichard Enterprise
Kendra B.
They did cleaned up our landscaping and everything looks very nice
Schroer's Property Solutions LLCSchroer's Property Solutions LLC
Roland c.
Great experience. Mears and her team did an exceptional job on our landscaping.
Green Girl GardenGreen Girl Garden
Alaine N.
Tim and Mary were helpful in advising us on landscaping a shade garden in our yard.
Plant World Nursery And Landscaping LLCPlant World Nursery And Landscaping LLC
Janet D.
Mr. Bosley did a very nice job on my landscaping. He planted shrubs, and replaced new mulch. He also did design work on my cement patio which turned out lovely. I would hire him again for my landscaping work.
Bosley RestorationBosley Restoration
Kelly C.
Highly recommend for any landscaping needs! Love the way ours turned out, great quality work!
KPS Architecture & Landscape, LLCKPS Architecture & Landscape, LLC
Whitney H.
BJ did a great job cleaning up my landscaping! Very excited to hire SOL for future projects.
S.O.L. Management Services, LLCS.O.L. Management Services, LLC
Thomas D.
Very professional. Robert did an excellent job at cleaning and sprucing up my landscaping. He was quite timely in completing the work.
RC Hobbs LandscapingRC Hobbs Landscaping
Emily W.
KPS did a stunning job on our project. They really cared about the long term results of our landscaping and gave our lawn a lot of attention and care.
KPS Architecture & Landscape, LLCKPS Architecture & Landscape, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Thrilled with the work by Craigslist from Ground Command. I called him with a last minute landscaping job- he responded promptly with an accurate, reasonable quote and completed the work the next day. Quality exceeded expectations!
Ground Command Landscaping LLCGround Command Landscaping LLC
Mark H.
Although I did not hire Craig, that was not his fault, there were extenuating circumstances on my end. Craig was great about coming to the house promptly and providing me with solutions and quotes. Would recommend somebody contacting Craig for their future landscaping needs.
Ground Command Landscaping LLCGround Command Landscaping LLC
Amy C.
Mears and her team did a great job with our landscaping! She was very professional and was quick to respond! She made good selections for our ideas and also had good suggestions for substitutes. We are very pleased with her work and professionalism and would highly recommend!
Green Girl GardenGreen Girl Garden
Cindy M.
Russ and his men did an outstanding job for us! We needed our backyard re-graded so water would run away from the house. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the work and Russ’s prompt and professional service. We look forward to using Russ again on our next landscaping project!
Schroer's Property Solutions LLCSchroer's Property Solutions LLC
Ryan C.
Tom and his team were wonderful to work with. They completed a fairly large landscaping project for me. Communication was great and I had no surprises at all. Tom was professional from start to finish and offered a very fair price. The workmanship was awesome and the team was courteous. I highly recommend Pri's Property Services and will be using them again myself.
Pri's Property ServicesPri's Property Services
Prabu R.
Keith performed the job really well. He was honest about the pros and cons of the job and provided suggestions which turned out to be really valuable in making my front yard look great. He worked with me on pricing and was very flexible on the time and length of work as well. I would certainly recommend him for landscaping and yard work.
ProWorx Lawncare Ltd.ProWorx Lawncare Ltd.
Julie C.
I can’t say enough good things about Travis. Her response time exceeded my expectations. He is a hard working man. He is honest and completed everything he said he would and more!! Travis has a great work ethic! We will definitely be calling him again for future projects. Thanks Travis! My Dad’s landscaping looks fantastic!!
Bosley RestorationBosley Restoration
Christy L.
It was a pleasure working with Travis from beginning to end. He promptly reached out, advised and sent a reasonable proposal while providing a professional and accountable feeling. He was in close contact and did an awesome job taking my old and overgrown landscaping to a new look including grade and stone work. I am very pleased and will definitely recommend to friends and use again in the future. Thanks, Travis!
Bosley RestorationBosley Restoration
Melanie P.
I cannot say enough good things about Rivera Stamped Concrete. Not only did Felipe give us a better price than other companies, but the quality of work cannot be matched. We were very impressed with Felipe's communication and diligence in completing our many projects (stamped concrete walkway, retaining wall, driveway, and landscaping) in a timely manner. Our outdoor space now looks so beautiful that we have had several people stop by to ask us for our contractor's contact information. We were actually sad to see Felipe and his crew go after the project was completed!
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