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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.

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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 Nashville landscapers
Ryan P.
Martinez Landscaping was the best landscaping experience I could have wished for. They came and completely redid our landscaping and were great to work with.
Martinez landscapingMartinez landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Antonio did a great job on my landscaping! He came out to my house promptly to discuss landscaping ideas and go over the whole project with me. I was very impressed with his professionalism and overall knowledge of the landscaping business. If I need more work done I will definitely call Antonio!
Antonio's lawn care serviceAntonio's lawn care service
Andrew H.
I highly recommend this company for landscaping/sod work.
Alexander Lawn & LandscapingAlexander Lawn & Landscaping
Max E.
Great job! Will definitely use Martinez Landscaping again
Martinez landscapingMartinez landscaping
Zach F.
Did not landscape correctly and never fixed the problem. Completely ghosted me.
Alexander Lawn & LandscapingAlexander Lawn & Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Provided a wonderful landscape design at a very reasonable price. Thank you!
JML Landscape Management, Inc.JML Landscape Management, Inc.
Kristen M.
I hired Martinez Landscaping to clean up my front and side flower beds, install new landscape fabric and mulch. They went above and beyond. It looks phenomenal. I will definitely use them in the future for my gardening needs.
Martinez landscapingMartinez landscaping
Laura A.
Wil did a great job landscaping the side of our house and mulching the yard.
Kanagy's Kustom KuttingKanagy's Kustom Kutting
Brittany P.
-Landscaping services Very nice and easy to work with. Got the job done quickly.
Nolan’s Window, Junk Removal & LandscapingNolan’s Window, Junk Removal & Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
I had a super-late, last minute request from my CEO -- I needed our landscape tuned-up for a client visit. I contacted Jared and he came to the rescue. So pleased with the responsiveness and professionalism of Landscape Giants!
Tree GiantsTree Giants
Katrina M.
I was needing last minute work done to our very neglected landscape. Cooper Landscapes was able to come out to give me an estimate and complete the project within a week in order to have it done for an event I was hosting at my house. They were very easy to work with and had great communication when working around my tight timeline and the weather. I would highly recommend for any landscaping needs.
Copper LiningCopper Lining
Thumbtack Customer
I am thrilled to have found L.A. Landscaping!! They were fast and efficient. They planted 7 new boxwood bushes and moved four more. My home has never looked better! I will always use L.A. Landscaping from now on!
L.A. Professional Tree Service, Shrub & Landsca...L.A. Professional Tree Service, Shrub & Landsca...
Kerstin S.
They did a quick amazing job landscaping my yard. Very quick and the work is meticulous!
Antonio's lawn care serviceAntonio's lawn care service
Rebecca B.
Cleaned out weeds in my landscaping and trimmed everything down. Very quick and efficient!
Castillo landscapingCastillo landscaping
Jack C.
Did a nice job w landscaping and setting up flower beds. Hard working.
Martinez landscapingMartinez landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Josh and the AFA team responded quickly to my inquiry, presented a range of landscaping pans that fit my budget, and worked around my schedule. They provided solutions to every concern that I presented and finished the job in a timely fashion. They also gave me advice on caring for the landscaping and will contact me seasonally to come back out and treat to ensure the performance of the grass and landscaping. This was, by far, the best experience I have had with any service in Nashville.
AFA Lawn CareAFA Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
Antonio and his team did an amazing job on my yard! I had some severely overgrown landscaping and they cleaned the weeds up while being careful to not disturb the landscaping that was there. They got a large job done in 1 day. Antonio was very professional and easy to work with!
Antonio's lawn care serviceAntonio's lawn care service
Anne S.
Diana’s team helped with an overgrown area in our backyard and I would recommend her for your landscaping needs!
Castillo landscapingCastillo landscaping
Daniel B.
Ben did a great job weeding, laying landscaping fabric and mulching my front beds. They look awesome!
Nature’s Green KeepersNature’s Green Keepers
Rae K.
We got four estimates for our project, and LA Landscaping was the lowest by $800 (and a mere quarter of the highest estimate we received!). However we were very pleased with the work, it was just what we had in mind. Alex is very hardworking and professional. I would certainly recommend LA Landscaping!
L.A. Professional Tree Service, Shrub & Landsca...L.A. Professional Tree Service, Shrub & Landsca...
Thumbtack Customer
Professional service, quality work, and reasonably priced! Jared and his crew are fantastic! I highly recommend Landscape Giants!!!
Tree GiantsTree Giants
Cara Y.
I always call Martinez landscaping to assist us in planting our trees! I look forward to using them again-
Martinez landscapingMartinez landscaping
Sean S.
They were prompt and did a fantastic job with a small landscaping job in front of my house. It looks so much better now.
JML Landscape Management, Inc.JML Landscape Management, Inc.
Jordan T.
These guys are great! They came out to quote very fast and got to work within the next few days. My landscaping looks so nice. I had 2 neighbors come up to me within a few hours and say now nice it looks. If you guys a looking for someone to improve your landscaping please consider these guys.
Antonio's lawn care serviceAntonio's lawn care service
Courtney O.
Came and did some minor landscaping for us and wow, they knocked it out of the park. So quick and efficient. Will be back in the spring for more services!
Hernandez lawncareHernandez lawncare
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