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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 Austin landscapers
Cora E.
Thanks for landscaping my front yard!
Dominguez lawn service and landscapeDominguez lawn service and landscape
Lindsay j.
Great lawn and landscaping! Quick response!
Classic Cleaning-E&R servicesClassic Cleaning-E&R services
Joshua P.
Easy to work with, and they responded next day. Thanks for the landscaping help.
Ascencio landscapingAscencio landscaping
Sai V.
One word — amazing! Skilled, great advice, and much better than most lawncare and landscaping specialists. I am looking forward to having LSI maintain my lawn moving forward and also doing my landscaping projects.
LSI LandscapingLSI Landscaping
Derrick D.
These guys did a great job on some difficult landscape. I will definitely continue to use this company.
Classic Cleaning-E&R servicesClassic Cleaning-E&R services
Robert O.
We are extremely happy we chose Basabe Landscaping for our landscaping/clean-up needs. They were professional and easy to work with. They went above and beyond what we asked them to do and did a quality job on our yard. We look forward to working with them again in the future!
Basabe Landscaping ServicesBasabe Landscaping Services
John B.
Highly recommend C's Landscaping! Excellent work at a fair price! Would definitely use again for a future project.
C’s Landscaping and More!C’s Landscaping and More!
Dawn W.
I can’t say enough great things about Teco Landscapes. I contacted them for leave clean up as well as some clearing. My yard has never looked so good. I will be having Pablo and his crew back for some landscaping in the near future. I’m so pleased.
Teco LandscapesTeco Landscapes
Misty F.
Babe landscaping was great! Replied quickly to my quote and set a date with affordable pricing. Would definitely hire again!
Basabe Landscaping ServicesBasabe Landscaping Services
Katie H.
Eli is the best! He is responsive, professional, and skilled. I’d highly recommend him for any of your outdoor landscaping jobs.
Texas High Maintenance, LLC.Texas High Maintenance, LLC.
Lina M.
Ascensio Landscaping did wonderful work installing sod, rock, and mulch. Professionalism and value for the project exceeded expectations! Highly recommend!
Ascencio landscapingAscencio landscaping
Martin B.
Vega's Landscaping worked hard and did a beautiful job! In just a little over one day, they leveled, stabilized, and installed my patio pavers -- and then also installed a full irrigation system with two zones, a new hose tap, and new sod. The results are stunning, and well done. I plan on hiring Vega's again for my hardscaping and landscaping needs!
Vega's LandscapingVega's Landscaping
Arvind R.
Very hardworking and fast. Were flexible and responsive to slight changes to landscaping once we started the job. Overall happy with the finished product.
Ramirez landscaping&MoreRamirez landscaping&More
Jonathan C.
Ascencio landscaping completed a small sod job for us. Easy communication, and quickly resolved our issue. Would hire again! Thanks!
Ascencio landscapingAscencio landscaping
Mary A.
We are very happy with the landscaping work done by Lucid Landscaping. Holly and Zack listened carefully to what we wanted and offered some good suggestions, both practical and aesthetic. They were extremely tidy during the job and in their cleanup. Their charges were reasonable for the work done. We will definitely call them back for future work and also recommend them to family and friends.
Lucid LandscapingLucid Landscaping
Phillip J.
Danny was awesome! Worked with me within my budget and got the job done flawlessly. I highly recommend him for any landscape gig!
Lion and Lamb FilmLion and Lamb Film
Matt P.
My experience with Basabe Landscaping was great - the prices were reasonable, they were quick to respond AND they showed up on time. Couldn’t ask for more than that.
Basabe Landscaping ServicesBasabe Landscaping Services
Tara R.
So incredibly happy to have had work done by Campuzano Landscaping. Excellent work quality and communication. I’ll call on them again for future projects!
Campuzano LandscapingCampuzano Landscaping
Michelle M.
Excellent experience working with Jeffrey on re-doing some existing landscaping and potting some large pots on my front and back porch. Highly recommended.
Golden tree landscapingGolden tree landscaping
Eddie R.
I'm very happy with the sod installation. They were very responsive and did exactly what I needed. I will definitely hire them in the future for landscaping.
Ascencio landscapingAscencio landscaping
Justin S.
Tikal Lawn Care did a great job on a landscape sequence of a project. They responded quickly and completed the work quickly. Great work! Would use again!
Tikal Lawn Care & Pest ControlTikal Lawn Care & Pest Control
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Nunez Landscaping Design was great! He responded very quickly to my Thumbtack request and was able to come out and provide an estimate for the work in a couple of days. He worked with my budget and was still able to provide everything I wanted. The yard looks great and I can't wait to have him provide lawncare! I will definitely use Pablo on my next landscaping job for sure!!!
Teco LandscapesTeco Landscapes
Leslie M.
Cesar and his team did a FABULOUS job landscaping our back yard! Cesar’s price quote was reasonable and he got the job done on schedule, in time for our outdoor social event. Cesar and his team are very hardworking, very agreeable and pleasant to work with, creative and professional. What a great team of men! Our landscaping involved planting trees and bushes, putting in new sod grass, putting in new pavers for walking, limestone edging, and new white river rock and new pebbles. The finished product looks beautiful! We will definitely hire Cesar to landscape our front yard and recommend him to our friends and neighbors. They did an A+ job!
C’s Landscaping and More!C’s Landscaping and More!
Katie R.
Francisco arrived with his crew on the designated days and installed a stone wall with river rocks and flagstone. It was installed just as it was described. Will be hiring him again for additional landscape work.
Campuzano LandscapingCampuzano Landscaping
Victoria H.
Agustin did an amazing job revamping all of our landscaping! He was so quick to respond and was excellent with clear and concise communication to come up with a plan. He did an exceptional job removing dead plants and replacing them with new ones along with new mulch to make our landscaped areas look brand new. I even had a neighbor ask for his information after he left because ours looked so good. I definitely recommend!
Agustin’s LawnCareAgustin’s LawnCare
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