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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 Bethlehem landscapers
Scott F.
John and his crew were very pleasant to work with and did an exceptional job. We are very pleased with the results. Our landscaping looks great!
John's Tree PlusJohn's Tree Plus
Thumbtack Customer
Mike provided landscaping along the front of our house. We were pleased with our quote, workmanship, and Mike's promptness completing the job. We plan to use Everything Outdoors for additional yard clean up and planting in the fall.
Everything Outdoors Lawn & LandscapeEverything Outdoors Lawn & Landscape
Sharon b.
JLS Landscape and Lawn Care completed a big job consisting of trimming, trees, bushes, hedges, pulling and clean of weeds, edging out, preen weeds, and mulching. The staff is very professional, on time and works hard. The pictures show the close-up finish work. There are still weeds in areas, see the previous 2yr. landscape fabric in areas, areas with no mulch visible to the eye. Contact Jason Santos to come back and make it right per his word of mouth. Plus, the proposal agreed upon. Personal I feel Jason underestimated the job and the amount of mulch needed to cover the grounds adequately. The mulch is very thinly laid out. I have been waiting today for two weeks for him to come back. I blessed him with this job because I was going with another landscaper, but he was hungry and guarantee everything was included in his proposal. Well look at the pictures and you be the judge.
JLS Landscaping & Lawn CareJLS Landscaping & Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
I am so pleased with the work that Everything Outdoors did for my yard. Mike was in contact with me frequently and followed up the night of the work to ensure that I was satisfied. I confidently recommend him to anyone needing quality landscaping at a reasonable price.
Everything Outdoors Lawn & LandscapeEverything Outdoors Lawn & Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Mike and his team did an excellent job edging and mulching my front and side flower beds. They also pulled out old stumps and installed an underground downspout. Reasonably priced and a great person to work with. I would highly recommend Mike for any landscaping services.
Everything Outdoors Lawn & LandscapeEverything Outdoors Lawn & Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
I hired All Things Done to do some landscaping, a spring clean up and recurring grass cutting for my parents. Can't say enough good things. Both pleasant and professional and exceeded my expectations at every turn. Went above and beyond and all at a good price. Would recommend Rita in a heartbeat. Great work.
All Things DoneAll Things Done
Jon B.
Trevor and his crew did an awesome job on our front patio and landscaping. Trevor worked closely and collaboratively with us in the beginning to help bring our ideas to life. Once we settled on a design, he worked quickly to get a permit, order supplies, and get our project on the calendar. When it came to begin installation, his team was on time and moved quickly, getting the entire project done in just three days! Would 100% recommend.
Trevor's LandscapingTrevor's Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Rita and Mike did weed whacking, weed prevention, shrub trimming/pruning and clean up at my residence. I must say they did a job well done. They were on time. They are friendly and courteous. They gave me some ideas on what to do next so that my home can look beautiful. I can’t wait for our next landscaping project! I definitely recommend All Things Done/Mike and Rita. –S.Vega
All Things DoneAll Things Done
Meghan W.
Mike and Kristen are incredibly skilled and knowledgable; they gave us a much-needed refresh on our landscaping that increased our curb appeal and lowered the amount of maintenance we will have to put in each year going forward (#goals). Their crew was skilled, polite and SO clean. Despite all the product they brought in and the waste they took out, you would never have known they were even here after they left. I highly recommend this team. You'll like their personalities and you'll love their work ethic.
Everything Outdoors Lawn & LandscapeEverything Outdoors Lawn & Landscape
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