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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 Philadelphia landscapers
Robert S.
Ryan did a great job at a fair price. I highly recommend Ryan's Landscaping!
Ryan's LandscapingRyan's Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Garry and team were flexible, knowledgeable, professional, fast and kind. I would hire them for any landscaping needs you have.
General Moore Contractors LLC.General Moore Contractors LLC.
Steve K.
Ed did a great job, exactly what I needed done and very fast. I will be contacting R.L Landscape again. I sincerely recommend.
R.L Landscape. LLCR.L Landscape. LLC
Jennifer F.
Juan did a great job. He quickly cut the grass and cleaned my yard of all the fallen branches and leaves. I would hire Rojas landscaping again.
Rojas Landscaping LLCRojas Landscaping LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Mat Davis is an exceptional landscaper He takes pride in his work has great design ideas knows what grows best in Philadelphia and goes the extra mile l
Mathew Davis Landscape Architect, LLCMathew Davis Landscape Architect, LLC
Jaimi B.
It was so hard for me to find a landscaper that was willing to do the work. We needed winter cleanup. They did an excellent job in my front yard and my back yard. Very reasonably priced! Definitely using them again all season long!
Traderboyz lawn caresTraderboyz lawn cares
Brittanie A.
The team just finished my landscape design in front of our new fence. The work was BEAUTIFUL. They were not only extremely meticulous and neat with their work, but they were prompt and the price was fair. I was even convinced to add some design near my mailbox. I will use this company again for more projects in the future.
R.L Landscape. LLCR.L Landscape. LLC
Tom G.
Ryan did a great job with our fall cleanup and leaf bagging! The job ended up being bigger than we first thought and Ryan cheerfully took the time it needed. Ryan is an experienced landscaper who knows his way around a garden! We're planning to use him again again for our routine yard maintenance.
Ryan's LandscapingRyan's Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Joe and his team are amazing. Not many landscapers like to do work in Philly because the jobs are smaller, but he jump right on the job and did good work. We had a jungle in our back yard which included vines on the roof and side of the house. It was a major job and safety was a concern. Joe and his crew did an amazing job. I would hire them again.
J. Jansen Landscaping LLCJ. Jansen Landscaping LLC
Erika D.
Mr. Godboldt did an exceptional job with the landscaping of my front yard. The initial consult involved defining what was required. He took the time to come out, assess the property and then he remained in contact with me as he was choosing/purchasing the plants to ensure they met my expectations. He completed the job by taking his time to remove dead shrubbery and replace them. Completely satisfied with his work and definitely recommend him.
James GodboldtJames Godboldt
Keith W.
Do yourself a favor and hire someone else!!! If you’re considering JM Landscape Design, DON’T!!! Poor experience with Matthew, he wasn’t professional at all. After contracting with him he made several attempts to change the agreed upon price (which I wasn’t going for), didn’t purchase the specified shrubs, and lied about the purchase price of shrubbery. To add insult to injury he left bags of trash and clippings on the property. Don’t make the same poor choice I did. Hire someone else!!
J.M landscape designJ.M landscape design
Anisha S.
Germaine was excellent to work with - he clearly knows what he is doing, and took time to not only remove shrubs and hedges, but cleared our property of vines and overgrowth and removed a tree safely and cleanly. Thanks to him, we can finally plant grass! Throughout the process, he explained different options we could take and also gave us pointers on what we should do on our own as next steps. Incredibly professional, skilled, and thorough. I can’t wait for our next landscaping project because I know we will want to work with Germaine!
Green Tenacity ContractorsGreen Tenacity Contractors
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