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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Pittsburgh landscapers
Alex K.
Working with Vallip Landscaping was a great experience. The work was done better than described and very quickly. I received several quotes and theirs was the most reasonable for the work being completed. If I have further Landscaping needs I will hire this group again.
Vallip Landscaping & Vallip Gutter CleaningVallip Landscaping & Vallip Gutter Cleaning
Tandy C.
Kyle was prompt with a estimate. We needed landscaping cleanup and The work was exactly to my expectations.
KP Leaf and Lawn LLCKP Leaf and Lawn LLC
Cheryl B.
I had a small landscaping project and Matt did a great job with picking shrubs and trees.
Standard Home ServicesStandard Home Services
Stephen R.
Jake made my yard look beautiful. I went from probably having the worst landscaping on my street to one of the best, if not the best. Landscaping, retaining wall, and lighting look amazing. People all stop and look at it, admire it, and ask me who did the great work.
Blue Sky LandscapeBlue Sky Landscape
Katy G.
Robert did an excellent job on my yard. He worked efficiently and was reasonably priced. Would hire him again for future landscaping needs.
Robert Hobbs LandscapingRobert Hobbs Landscaping
Edith T.
Great job. I'm very pleased with the final outcome of my landscaping project. The price was right and the service was spot on. I would recommend this company. In addition I will use them in the future.
Vallip Landscaping & Vallip Gutter CleaningVallip Landscaping & Vallip Gutter Cleaning
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent job of trimming all hedges and trees, weeding all flower beds and mulched areas, clearing a hillside of prolific vegetation. Everything is neat and clean. Very welcoming look. Look forward to landscaping the hillside in the Spring.
Paslow Landscape MGMT LLCPaslow Landscape MGMT LLC
Meggan K.
Spoke with Josh on a Wednesday afternoon about taking care of the lawn and landscaping for our two houses in Bellevue and he was out at both of them by Friday to complete the first mow. Very responsive and professional. We are using him for our continued lawn care at both homes.
Allegheny Premier LandscapingAllegheny Premier Landscaping
Megan U.
Matt and his crew just finished up a landscaping job at our house and we couldn’t be happier with it! Everything looks great and Matt definitely took the time to make sure he knew what we wanted. I would highly recommend and we will be using them again.
Standard Home ServicesStandard Home Services
Kevin C.
ACR contacted me right away and gave me a quote within one day. There price was fantastic and the work quality was beyond expectations. I’ve decided to have them do all my landscaping going forward. If you’re looking for someone dependable that does a great job, I would highly recommend ACR
ACRACR
Thumbtack Customer
I hired 21st Century Landscapes to fix up the mulch beds in front of my house and replace the mulch with stone. Andrew was very easy to deal with and responsive in setting up a time to do the job. He and his crew were extremely polite and professional while doing the job, and I am very satisfied overall. Would hire again.
21st Century Custom Carpentry21st Century Custom Carpentry
Thumbtack Customer
Everything from start to finish with Paslow Lawn Service was just wonderful. We received a fair quote for a landscaping and hedging job, the workers showed up EARLY (who does that these days?! awesome!), everyone was very professional, and the lawn looks better than it has since we moved in over a year ago! Thank you so much!
Paslow Landscape MGMT LLCPaslow Landscape MGMT LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had requested to receive bids on my mom's overgrown backyard as a Christmas present from my siblings and I. Bill immediately took interest and wanted to be the guy to do that for us. He gave us the best bid from all of the quotes we got from other landscapers in the area. By far the best bid. I thought it was great he was willing to work with our budget! Other landscapers said it was a large enough job for a full crew of 4 guys to take at least 3 days for nearly 3 times the amount of the total cost plus other fees as it was for Buchanan Services. It was a no brainer to go with Buchanan Services for this job and I'm glad I did! Bill and Josh were eager to get the job done and finished in less than two days! Everything was cleared out and when my mom walked back there, she was ecstatic with the end result. Overall, they did a great job clearing the backyard! I'd recommend their services to anyone in the region looking for the best price and the job done in a timely manner! They offer a wide variety of services!
Buchanan ServicesBuchanan Services
Thumbtack Customer
Michael with INKS has been truly outstanding in every part of customer service. I now know how his company has been in business around 20 years! He arrived on time or early exactly when he said he would. His crewmen were also very professional and polite. In my opinion, his prices were spot on. I am grateful for the expertise, and plan on using INKS again. I will recommend his company to anyone looking for landscaping needs.
Inks Excavating, Inc.Inks Excavating, Inc.
Mark A.
I wanted to give this landscaper a chance and I was hoping to grow his business. After seeing the work done, more specifically mess left for my wife and I, I would not recommend. I'll start with the basics, communication was poor and lacking. Coordinating a date for service was drawn out and often delayed. I know weather plays a factor but a courtesy call or email to let us know we were in queue would have done wonders. After several failed attempts to start this project, we were finally able to begin. Unfortunately i was required to be out of town during a bulk of the work. We had family update and track the progress during our absence. What was left, to our disappointment and disgust, was an uneven, foul smelling, stagnating ponds that extended from our back to front yard, traveling down the entire lateral side of our home. Most upsetting was what our discussion entailed prior to the beginning of this work. First, the drain was to extend across the entirety of our backyard. In reality, it is short 5 feet. Second, we were told that the work site would be made level and acceptable. As the photos show, the dirt was simply pushed over in a hurried fashion. Third, our fence was damaged during entry to the back yard. It is bent and uneven. Lastly, grass seed was to be sewn over the dig site. What was spread amounted to a small, localized region in the back yard, barely covering the mess. Mind you, this work extends to our front yard- 175 feet total. My thoughts are this- I would never hire this professional again. Additionally I question if this professional has installed many drains. If so, then this was either and incredibly sloppy and hurried job or this professional grossly underestimated the work involved with the drains. I cannot state how upset we are with the end result. We will now be forced to find another landscaper who can level and plane the mess left. While our drains show minimal water flow, the mess left by this individual is inexcusable and completely unprofessional. Don't waste your time and find someone else.
C.B. Landscapes & ExcavatingC.B. Landscapes & Excavating
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