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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.

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 Alexandria landscapers
Nicole M.
I cannot say enough positive things about the work completed on my yard. Southern Landscape was incredibly professional, responsive and reasonable. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for landscaping work to be done.
Southern landscape and tree serviceSouthern landscape and tree service
Brent M.
We couldn’t be happier with our newly renovated landscaping! Great job!
Gould F.
Cruz landscaping completed a paver pathway project that my wife and I started but did not finish. They actually ended up re-doing the entire path and it came out great. I appreciated Jose's patience as we had to wait several weeks for the rocks we wanted for our pathway to arrive. They were communicative and flexible. Highly recommend Cruz Landscaping for any landscaping needs.
J.C Landscaping ServicesJ.C Landscaping Services
Debbie L.
We were very pleased with Gabe at DiMarco Landscaping and would highly recommend him for your garden/landscaping needs. He responded right away, gave an estimate that he stuck to and provided the service the day he promised. Overall great experience!
DiMarco Landscape & GardeningDiMarco Landscape & Gardening
Douglas F.
EG LANDSCAPING did a terrific job on my front and back yards, both of which were seriously overgrown (see my comparative photos). Importantly for a landscaper, rather than just a lawn care specialist, Lorenzo and his team showed the aesthetic sense indispensable for shaping lawn, bushes and trees into an attractive property. The crew cleaned up and hauled everything away when they finished. EG is now my permanent landscaper. You should consider them for yours as well.
Eg landscaping and site work llcEg landscaping and site work llc
Casey R.
Marvin showed up promptly and got the job done quickly but with care. He did so well; we are having him come back next week to finish a few other landscaping projects around the yard! His pricing is competitive; I definitely recommend him if you're in the market for landscaping
J&T lanscapingJ&T lanscaping
Nicole O.
My yard looks great. Brown Landscaping did a fantastic job and I would highly recommend them.
Brown Landscaping, Inc.Brown Landscaping, Inc.
Blake H.
Landscape Therapy helped rein in my overgrown front landscaping, getting rid of several unwanted hard-to-maintain shrubs, replacing with some simple but beautiful plants and creating a more clean, minimalist look overall. The new yard will be much easier to take care of. And all at a reasonable price. Thank you.
Landscape TherapyLandscape Therapy
Sam P.
Great job! We will be using them again as needed for all our lawn care, outdoor projects and landscaping needs.
Lanee K.
Red Falls Landscape was professional and had great customer service. They were extremely responsive and offered fair pricing. I recommend!
Red Falls Landscape Designs LLCRed Falls Landscape Designs LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Amada Landscaping did an EXCELLENT job removing my trees. I will use them again when I put up a new fence.
Amada Landscaping Inc.Amada Landscaping Inc.
Martha K.
I highly recommend Amada Landscaping. I recently purchased a home with a poor curb appeal, dead or partially dead trees and several drainage issues. Santos made several excellent recommendations to improve the property. Despite the magnitude of the project, he accompanied four crews to complete the job in one day. I was so pleased with the outcome. The landscaping was beautiful! Amada was punctual and extremely professional. I will definitely call again.
Amada Landscaping Inc.Amada Landscaping Inc.
Denise C.
Reinaldo did a beautiful job in my backyard! He was very knowledgeable about landscaping and plants to use for ground cover. I would definitely hire him again!
Del Ray LandscapingDel Ray Landscaping
Amen E.
Heath was great to work with from the start. He understands landscaping well, and doesn’t cut corners. He does quality work and for a very fair price. I highly recommend him!
Southern Style CreationsSouthern Style Creations
Brege O.
What a professional business. I love the quality of work...my home looks great, and appreciated the clear communication and punctuality. Great experience! Will be my landscapers as long as I am in the area!
JMS LandscapingJMS Landscaping
Daniel S.
We are thrilled with our new front yard from Antonio and his crew! We had all existing landscaping in our townhome front yard removed and replaced with new fresh landscaping, to include a tree. They went above and beyond to make sure everything looked perfect and exactly as we wanted. We met a few weeks prior to the project and gave specs, and he provided suggestions on what would work best. He then went *way* out of his way to find the tree required by our HOA, made sure all existing roots were fully removed before planting, checked-in throughout the day as they worked, and also made sure our adjacent neighbors' landscaping was not disturbed. They cleaned up the site before leaving and gave tips to ensure everything grows properly. Have already recommended Antonio to our neighbors!
Southern landscape and tree serviceSouthern landscape and tree service
Dirk K.
Santos and the crew were excellent. Showed up on time and completed the work quicker than anticipated. Backyard lawn looks great. Based on that experience, we hired them to do work in the front of the house, including landscaping and lawn repairs.
Amada Landscaping Inc.Amada Landscaping Inc.
Sara R.
Reinaldo is a great guy to work with. He does quality work at a reasonable price. I’m thrilled with the job he and his crew did. I highly recommend giving them a call if you need any landscaping work done.
Del Ray LandscapingDel Ray Landscaping
Maria S.
We hired Reinaldo @ Del Ray Landscaping to remove the white rocks from the plant bed in our front yard. He did a reasonable job, however, we still found quite a rocks left around the edges and towards the back of the plant bed, otherwise I would have given him 5 stars. It was lot of rocks, at least 10 wheel barrows full. A nice guy and would hire him again. We changed the original scope of work because we decided to do the planting, landscape lights and irrigation system ourselves.
Del Ray LandscapingDel Ray Landscaping
Richard D.
Sorto did an absolute fantastic job on completely renovating our entire front yard. They arrived on time everyday, performed quality work, and finished on scheduled! I will definitely be calling them for any landscape work I need done in the future!
Sorto landscapingSorto landscaping
Samantha F.
Our home was a foreclosure and the yard was basically a jungle after years of neglect. Homero was great to work with! His team came and totally transformed our front and backyard in two days. We are so happy with the results and will definitely work with Lucas Tree and Landscaping again!
Lucas Tree & Landscaping LLCLucas Tree & Landscaping LLC
Sarah M.
I would highly recommend Freedom Lawn & Landscaping. We hired them to remove pavers and clear/level a small patio, and then re-install pavers and artificial turf. They were so responsive and communicative throughout the project, and their work was impeccable. We love the finished product!
Freedom Lawn & LandscapeFreedom Lawn & Landscape
Clif h.
Feliciano did a great job on my townhome landscaping. From scheduling to the actual work done, there were no issues . Feliciano is great at communicating, he confirms what needs to be done and does what he says. The price was reasonable and the quality of work was great. I plan to hire again.
Feliciano GonzalezFeliciano Gonzalez
David H.
We were very pleased with their work. I normally do my own yard work and leaf pickup, but due to time constraints and pending City of Alexandria leaf collection schedule, I got several estimates. C Landscape & Power Washing was very reasonable after getting several outrageous
C Landscape & Power Wash LLCC Landscape & Power Wash LLC
Blake B.
Reinaldo did an excellent job evaluating my project, explaining my different options and prices, then performed the service quite well. The scheduling didn't go exactly as planned, but all work was completed within a reasonable time frame. I would recommend Del Ray Landscaping for any yard work you have.
Del Ray LandscapingDel Ray Landscaping
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