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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 Arlington landscapers
Mary G.
The best Landscapers around.
Palma’s landscape llcPalma’s landscape llc
Becca S.
Tony and his team are very hardworking and diligent with our landscaping. I tried many companies prior to hiring them and they are leaps and bounds better than the rest. I recommend S&S for all of your landscaping needs!
D&S Hard LandscapingD&S Hard Landscaping
Nalini R.
Reynaldo did a great job of cleaning up the landscaped area removing weeds and mulching.
Del Ray LandscapingDel Ray Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos and JP Landscaping were outstanding! Prompt, efficient, thorough and great follow-up. I am impressed and will be hiring them again for additional work.
JP Landscaping ServiceJP Landscaping Service
Thumbtack Customer
We had P&P Landscaping out to cleanup our overgrown yard, flower beds, and bushes. They were quick to respond to our request and were able to get us on the schedule within a couple days of the request. They were timely, polite, and the work they did was exactly as discussed. To ensure they did what we requested, they asked questions instead of plowing through something or ignoring it all-together. Our yard looks great! We will be using P&P Landscaping in the future.
P&P Landscaping and Lawn Care, Inc.P&P Landscaping and Lawn Care, Inc.
Alla Y.
Red Falls Landscape came to plant my tree. They were very professional, nice and did an excellent job. I hired people before to plant trees, but this company exceeded my expectation.
Red Falls Landscape Designs LLCRed Falls Landscape Designs LLC
Shawn W.
The team at W&L Landscapes worked with me to plan the work over a holiday weekend, then executed the plan in one afternoon. Their work was terrific and the entire team is easy to work with and professional. Highly recommend.
W&L Landscapes LLCW&L Landscapes LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Lissa was very prompt in responding to initial inquiry and questions. The crew showed up on time and cleaned up after their work very well. I had basic dirt grading and improvement done, so no opinions on landscaping or plating.
Lissa's Landscaping CompanyLissa's Landscaping Company
Kurt P.
P&P is a fantastic company to work with. They did a fantastic job adding shrubs to our front yard and re-leveling our back patio that was poorly installed originally and settled drastically. Highly recommend them for any landscape or hardscape work.
P&P Landscaping and Lawn Care, Inc.P&P Landscaping and Lawn Care, Inc.
Penny M.
I would highly recommend JP Landscaping. Carlos Castillo was extremely responsive to the needs on my patio -- he provided a detailed estimate and completed the job as promised. The work done was excellent and very professional. I would hire them again!
JP Landscaping ServiceJP Landscaping Service
Stephen S.
Great job!!! I landscaped my yard 20 years ago and let it fall into disrepair. The scope of the work included removing trees, trimming and shaping evergreens, spring cleanup, edging the beds and mulching. Every thing came out perfect at an excellent price.
Guiyas Landscaping and Tree ServiceGuiyas Landscaping and Tree Service
Michele F.
Joe was very nice and knowledgeable. He even did a mow before our scheduled appointment as a favor because the grass was so high. The yard looked fantastic, and we plan to use them for some landscaping later this summer. I would definitely recommend them!
K. B. L. P. Lawn and Landscape, LLCK. B. L. P. Lawn and Landscape, LLC
Mandy Z.
Decked Out Landscapes reached out to me about my project - which was a putting in turf in a small area in my backyard. They were extremely responsive and transparent about when they would be at my home as well as with their pricing. They did a wonderful job and I would definitely recommend them!
Meghan P.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was! We were in a pinch trying to list our home to be sold and Marvin’s Landscaping went above and beyond to make our yard look impeccable and managed to squeeze us in with an already booked schedule. Professional, responsive, and amazing results!
Marvin’s  Landscaping ServicesMarvin’s Landscaping Services
Sherrie S.
After having received 3 estimates from different companies, I chose Craigie's because of their responsiveness, honesty, knowledge, and reasonable prices. I hired them to create new flower beds, till ivy, plant shrubs and ornamental trees, and cut down overgrowth and an old tree for our new property in Falls Church. Daric is meticulous, thorough, and hard working, laying down mulch with his bare hands to make sure it was even. He was happy to accomodate a few last-minute changes to the landscaping design, including picking up extra trees and shrubs at the local nursery. His business is family-run, and he and his wife were responsive to my numerous questions regarding which trees and shrubs to plant. I plan to use them again for flower bed and yard maintenance, and highly recommend them for any landscaping needs.
Craigie’s Landscape Solutions LLCCraigie’s Landscape Solutions LLC
Kisiah T.
The rating as a top pro is well deserved. They were very responsive and reasonable for my landscaping job. I had a lot of vines and poison ivy growing in the backyard and they came cut them down, bagged them, and hauled them off. They also laid chemical to make sure they won’t come back, they removed leaves as well as applied black mulch around my home and trim my shrubs. I will definitely count on using them again.
Medway Yard-Care LLCMedway Yard-Care LLC
Marissa L.
Don and his team of guys were great. He was very responsive to my messages and arrived on time and ready for the job. They did a super job completing the project and we’re very pleased. Communication was easy and I felt he understood what I was asking him to do. He is also super knowledgeable about plants and landscaping and was able to help out with placement and location of certain plants based on their needs. It was a great bonus! I’m so glad he was there to help!
Johnson Lawn Land and Trees, LLLCJohnson Lawn Land and Trees, LLLC
Shine T.
Patrick did an amazing job with my re-sodding project. He tore up all of the old grass, installed a clay base and then resodded everything. It has now been 2 months since the install and the lawn is growing amazingly well and is full and lush and amazingly green! The job took about two weeks and Patrick kept me up to date on everything. He was professional, timely and did a great job. I will definitely use him again for any of my future landscaping jobs.
Just Aeration and MowingJust Aeration and Mowing
Thumbtack Customer
Kenny & Matt are awesome. I had them fix my lawn - grading, drainage, new sod, edging, cut back bamboo, etc - and my trees. They were competitively priced (I got three estimates). They diagnosed our tree problem (including that one tree was hollow) and turned out to be completely right. They brought down the huge, hollow tree. The trimmed the other 4 oaks we have. The job they did with the lawn is just, wow. The lawn is bigger. They didn't just cut the bamboo, they dug up the roots and stumps to make sure the lawn was smooth. The drainage was corrected so that there aren't pools of water on the new grass. They trimmed the trees back so we have a lot more sunlight. Great work. They also trimmed the front yard - pulled up the weeds, ivy and virginia creeper, trimmed some hedges, bushes and trees. As a courtesy, they planted some plants I'd bought. And they knew what they were doing; underneath the ivy and weeds they found a few azalea bushes and saved them. Anyone whose known the frustration of having landscapers pull up your "weeds" only to discover it was actually your beloved plant, Smoot's Lawn and Tree care are your guys. Oh, and they're really nice and pleasant, showed up on time, and finished in just two days. I've already asked them to come back to do some other stuff.
Smoot's lawn and treeSmoot's lawn and tree
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