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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 Charleston landscapers
Paul P.
A+ landscaping and top notch professionalism.
Stone & Oak LandscapeStone & Oak Landscape
Thumbtack Customer
Landscaping and sod job. The job was done on time and on budget. Will recommend to others.
Curb Appeal LandscapingCurb Appeal Landscaping
Crystal K.
My family was very impressed with Aaron's Landscaping. We will definitely use this service again!
Aaron LandscapingAaron Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Landscaping was done promptly and according to what was discussed and agreed to. Nice guy to work with, costs were reasonable.
Aaron LandscapingAaron Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent team and beautiful work! Micheal is incredibly responsive, reliable & honest. Great experience. Will use Barrier Islands Landscaping again and will recommend them to anyone looking for a great landscaping team! I was very impressed with their hard work, reliability and beautiful outcome. Thank you very much, Michael & team!
Barrier Islands Landscaping, LLCBarrier Islands Landscaping, LLC
Benjamin A.
I can’t believe how much of a fantastic job Marvin and his team did on my yard at a very reasonable. Out of all the landscaping businesses I’ve tried on thumbtack they are the best.
Peculiar LandscapingPeculiar Landscaping
Lisa C.
Nick responded within 24 hrs and when he was able to start the job he was there on the day he said and completed a beautiful sod job....very professional I would definitely recommend Oak Landscape Management.
Oak Landscape ManagementOak Landscape Management
Thumbtack Customer
Aaron installed a paver patio and a fire pit in my yard. The patio and fire pit look great and did a very good job on the foundation and on making sure everything was perfectly level. He has also done some landscaping work and he's done a great job on everything. Highly recommend.
Aaron LandscapingAaron Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Damon helped us with our sod replacement. He also installed a gravel pathway and a rock bed in areas of our yard where water collects and grass does not grow well. He was a pleasure to work with and I'm very happy with my yard. I will definitely use Damon for any future landscaping projects.
Curb Appeal LandscapingCurb Appeal Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Bruce, Matt and other guys take pride in their work. They have good communication skills and a great work ethic. They were on time and went above and beyond on re-sodding my lawn. They do fantastic work and their hard work looks great. We are extremely pleased with the service we received. Thank you Greatest Scape Landscaping.
Greatest Scapes LandscapingGreatest Scapes Landscaping
Shaw D.
Lopez was very professional and did good work. He was very responsive to messages, scheduled the job, and showed up on time. He listened attentively to understand the need (installation of a lawn drain) and did a very good job. He came prepared with materials, went out to get a part, came back and finished up. Fixed price deal, good value. I definitely recommed Looez Landscaping.
Lopez Lawn Service LLCLopez Lawn Service LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Last spring we started our landscaping project that required removing everything and installing irrigation, new sod, beds and plants, and trees. The crew we had first hired did the removal of old plants and leveling of some areas, but they did not have the experience required to do the installation we wanted so we decided to go with another company. Fortunately, we soon found Damon and his company, Curb Appeal. Damon came to see our property right away and after reviewing our plans gave us a reasonable price with a work schedule and an itemized list of materials and plants we wanted to install. Damon has a degree in horticulture so he knows plants and what plants do well in different light and soil conditions. He also works to find the best plants. When Damon's crew arrived they worked non-stop even through a weekend to get the job done. Throughout Damon was present to supervise and answer our questions and make adjustments that we wanted. We were very pleased with the result, our yard looks fantastic, and Damon has come back several times to adjust the irrigation system and check on the health of the plants. We later asked Damon to add some additional plants and to install landscape lighting. We couldn't be more pleased with Curb Appeal and their work and would highly recommend them to anyone who needs a genuine professional landscaping company for their project.
Curb Appeal LandscapingCurb Appeal Landscaping
Krystle S.
I contacted Oak Landscape after being stood up twice by other Lawn pros. Nick was able to squeeze me into his schedule on short notice. When he came out he walked my property and listened to my concerns. Nick discussed his plans with me as my yard needed some TLC! The value of work and professionalism was stellar. I can tell Nick was passionate about his job. Thanks again!
Oak Landscape ManagementOak Landscape Management
Monica C.
Leonard Landscaping was hired to install a stone path to the garage and backyard fence door from our patio in addition to widening our driveway. Mike responded pretty quick, made great recommendations on what type of pavers to use, his crew has excellent craftsmanship, and they finished the job ahead of schedule. The whole hardscaping experience from beginning to end was very positive. The finished work looks outstanding and adds so much character to the yard.
Leonard LandscapingLeonard Landscaping
Alan W.
Bautista did an amazing job on my yard! I’m not able to keep up with the yard work anymore since having to take care of my dad, so my yard has been neglected for months... He had it looking perfect in only a couple hours, and his price was more than fair! I was going to just have it done once and I would handle it after that, but since he offers a lower rate to do monthly maintenance I decided why not... I would highly recommend Bautista for all of your landscape needs!
Bautista lawn care service LLCBautista lawn care service LLC
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