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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.

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 River Oaks landscapers
Velma S.
Working with Tulucca Landscape Solutions was a very positive experience.The entire team did an outstanding job. I strongly recommend them to others needing expertise in landscaping design and installation.
Tulucca Landscape SolutionsTulucca Landscape Solutions
Andrew D.
William did some landscaping for me and it looks great. He is a great guy, fun to talk to, has a great team, and has an eye for landscaping and what needs to be done. Extremely knowledgeable, and trustworthy as well.
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Thumbtack Customer
Ben and his crew did an excellent job on the landscaping for the front of our business. The crew had good customer service and were very professional. I'll definitely use Viday again when we have more landscaping needs!
Viday Landscape SolutionsViday Landscape Solutions
Mike R.
William and his crew did a great job on our entry path for a great price. I would definitely recommend Crest Tree & Landscapes to my friends and family and would hire them again for all my landscape projects.
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Anthony E.
Tony and Luis @ Mucho Landscape went above and beyond just a basic landscape service job. Tony came out and gave me an honest and fair price, and even went so far as performing a bit of extra work for me. That’s a rarity! It’s hard to find honest and dependable people nowadays. Tony, Luis and Mucho Landscape are now my go-to providers and I’ll be recommending them to anyone looking for “GOOD” people that do “GREAT!” work. (Before and after) Note: pardon the sidewalk. Picture was pre power washing. Trust in Mucho Landscape!
AB&C Home Renovation, LLCAB&C Home Renovation, LLC
Maureen T.
Fort Worth Landscape and Tree exceeded my expectations every step of the way! 5 stars!!!
Walker Bailey Landscape and Tree Services LLCWalker Bailey Landscape and Tree Services LLC
Mitch S.
William was great to work with and very knowledgeable regarding landscaping and other aspects of construction. I will definitely hire him in the future.
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Daniel D.
I so much appreciate the work that Omar and his crew did for me. They transformed my landscape from a brushy jungle to a clean, beautiful and manageable landscape. They did it all in 1 day,now I only hope I can keep it alive! He posted the before and after pictures, thank you Omar.
Perez Quality lawn service LLCPerez Quality lawn service LLC
Mary M.
A very professional landscape service, I give them a 5 Star rating. I look forward to using them again!
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Maria H.
Fidel did a great job installing landscaping fabric in my garden, and on very short notice! I’m very happy with the work.
Fidel Hernandez landscaping LLCFidel Hernandez landscaping LLC
Briana J.
Crest was amazing to work with. I'm pleased with the work they did on my yard. I would definitely recommend them for your landscaping needs.
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Brett D.
Definitely recommend Samuel. Everything you’d hope for with a landscaping professional. Responsive, does what he says he’ll do, and top quality work.
Samuels landscapingSamuels landscaping
Tasha N.
Crest Tree and Landscape did an awesome job cleaning out my flower beds and trim my tree. Took no time to do the job ..
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Jenny M.
They helped me clear out some overgrown landscaping and it went great. Exactly what we wanted and asked for. Thank you for helping us!
Onyx Landscaping & Window CleaningOnyx Landscaping & Window Cleaning
Trevor J.
A+++. One of the most responsive and knowledgeable contractors I’ve had the pleasure to work with. William spent a lot of time talking through some of our major landscaping projects to make sure we got exactly what we wanted. He was always communicating updates, showed up on time, and his crew was very courteous and professional. If you are looking for landscaping, save yourself the hassle of talking to multiple companies and just go with Crest.
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
Steve S.
Santos and his crew did an awesome job with my landscaping needs. I had sod installed in the back yard, tree rings put around 2 trees and had a tree trimmed. They completed all that and did a few minor additional things on their own. Santos gave me a very reasonable quote for this work. I would definitely recommend them and I will use them again if I have any landscaping needs.
Sants landscaping & painting servicesSants landscaping & painting services
Glenda T.
Working with Fidel was an absolute joy. Quality of work and value were top shelf. He and his team brought my vision to life. I will be using him for additional landscaping projects.
Fidel Hernandez landscaping LLCFidel Hernandez landscaping LLC
Sonya B.
Unified Landscaping Services did a wonderful job with replacing some areas of my St. Augustine yard. This upcoming Tuesday will make 4 weeks since the job was completed and my lawn looks gorgeous! The quality of the grass, along with installation were key factors in my lawn experiencing such success. I had the same areas replaced just last year, but I could automatically tell the quality of sod was like day and night. Thank you Unified Landscaping Services!
Unified Landscaping ServicesUnified Landscaping Services
Melinda v.
Omar did an excellent landscaping job at my house. He answered all my questions and helped me choose the plants that suited my needs. He and his crew were punctual and everything looks awesome.
Perez Quality lawn service LLCPerez Quality lawn service LLC
Nichole F.
Great service! Responded quickly to landscape request and provided different budget friendly options and suggestions on yard upkeep. In addition, went above and beyond and trimmed a few hanging branches and covered a hole in yard. Highly recommend!!!
Fidel Hernandez landscaping LLCFidel Hernandez landscaping LLC
Bob H.
I am very happy with my new lawn. they did an excellent job installing the sod. They also educated me on type of grass {St.Augustine], and to care for it. I highly recommend them for any landscaping needs. Bob H.
Dfw's J&A Landscapes IncDfw's J&A Landscapes Inc
Wei N.
Samuel is a great person to work with. He's a hardworking person and reasonable with his quotes. He responsed well and provide a good quality for the work he quote. I'll be inviting him again for my other future landscaping project.
Samuels landscapingSamuels landscaping
Kari S.
Ryan and his staff were professional, punctual, honest, hard working, and reasonable! We have made Ryan our landscape expert for all of our future needs! We highly recommend him and his staff! Kari Southard
Walker Bailey Landscape and Tree Services LLCWalker Bailey Landscape and Tree Services LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Great landscaper... He did all I ask and more, he went above and beyond what was need to insures I would have a great looking lawn. Class a service, Also came back quickly for a touch up.
Sants landscaping & painting servicesSants landscaping & painting services
Thumbtack Customer
Crest Tree Services did a great job on my front yard. William gave me some good ideas on the project such as design, budget and so on. I highly recommend Crest Tree Services for any landscape project. Very professional!
Crest Tree & LandscapesCrest Tree & Landscapes
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