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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 Fairfax landscapers
Thumbtack Customer
Carlos landscaping Carlos did a fabulous job, conscientious, efficient, and fast.
Carlos Landscaping
Mahfuza H.
I highly recommend this company to anyone needing landscaping and lawn services.
C Landscape & Power Wash LLCC Landscape & Power Wash LLC
Tim R.
Great experience from 1st call to appointment to job. Will definitely recommend this company for landscaping projects.
D&S Hard LandscapingD&S Hard Landscaping
Kristen H.
Marvin was awesome! We will definitely come to him first the next time we have a landscaping project.
J&T lanscapingJ&T lanscaping
Mohammad A.
This is by far the best landscaping company I have ever hired. It is a small family run business, but these guys certainly know what they are doing, and interacting with them has been a pleasure.
P&P Landscaping and Lawn Care, Inc.P&P Landscaping and Lawn Care, Inc.
Jayson J.
S&S Landscaping did a great job with a yard cleanup task, which included forming new edge boundary. Work was done efficiently and with great results. Will hire them again and recommend them.
D&S Hard LandscapingD&S Hard Landscaping
Lee M.
S&S Landscaping did a wonderful job of cleaning my flower beds, weeding the lawn and trimming, The team arrived on time and began immediately removing the weeds and cleaning the flower beds, removing the dead branches. I will definitely used them again.
D&S Hard LandscapingD&S Hard Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Big job, including tree removal, landscaping, mulching, brush trimming. He showed with friendly team of professionals and equipment and did excellent job, cleaned up and finished early. What more could you want? Glad I found Kenny Smoot. Will hire again.
Smoot's lawn and treeSmoot's lawn and tree
Laura M.
I've never done a landscaping project before, and pro worked extensively with me to make sure I got what I needed within my budget. All the workers took their time to do a quality job, and I'm pleased with the result. Their positive, flexible attitude is excellent customer service!
Sorto landscapingSorto landscaping
Susan G.
A&A came promptly, took time to understand what I wanted & immediately went to work. My front yard was transformed from a messy, undisciplined mess to a neat, tidy, appealing landscape. A perfect job, done quickly and at a reasonable price. Highly recommend this professional company. Before & after photos included:
A&A full landscapingA&A full landscaping
Michael M.
Freedom Lawn & Landscape has great communication. They responded to my messages very quickly and even were able to come earlier. They completed the job very quickly and got rid of all the leaves around my house. They even helped dispose of some sand and dirt I had sitting on a tarp. Highly recommend!
Freedom Lawn & LandscapeFreedom Lawn & Landscape
Kelly K.
We used Red Falls to pull out our overgrown front landscaping including a tree. They also buried a drain pipe. They hauled away all of the old bushes, put out mulch, and cleaned up. Pedro was always responsive, professional and friendly. We were very, very pleased with Red Falls and will use them again in the future.
Red Falls Landscape Designs LLCRed Falls Landscape Designs LLC
very professional, did a great job on my yard. The price was reasonable, I called Picon-Landscaping to return a second time and the work quality was great both time. I recommend them and will continue to call Picon as needed. I experienced great communication, my text were returned quickly, I didn't have to be home during the time they worked. when finished I received pictures.
Picon&Ale landscaping LLCPicon&Ale landscaping LLC
Stephanie T.
Noel and his crew did a fantastic job. We hired them to pick up all the fallen leaves, trim bushes, tree branches, lay down mulch, fix and clean out our stone path for water run off, and add a seal to the driveway. His prices were fair and really made sure to take his time and provide excellent work and customer service. I highly recommend you hire Noel for your next landscaping project.
Noel services LL.C Tree servc. & landscaping patioNoel services LL.C Tree servc. & landscaping patio
Jordan W.
Francisco and his team came to help me with my very overgrown and disorganized yard - and as you can see in these photos, they did an INCREDIBLE job. Everything was taken care of in a detail-oriented manner; Francisco was polite, respectful to me and my yard, listened to exactly what I said I needed, and was very timely and skilled in completing this job. I will be recommending his services to other homeowners, and I have already contacted him to perform other landscaping projects for me. Excellent work, period, and the pricing is exceptionally reasonable.
Brightside Landscaping And Renovations LLCBrightside Landscaping And Renovations LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Needed to have a brick walkway installed in the back of my home to connect my basement entrance to my driveway. Paul was prompt and professional with scheduling and communication. This was during the 30 days of rain. Paul was excellent in keeping in touch and making sure I was aware he was monitoring the weather and would get to my path as soon as the ground was dry. True to his word the very day the ground had tried he had his crew on site to install my walkway. He installed exactly what I was looking for at a competitive price. I will definitely use Paul again for my landscaping and hardscaping needs.
Blades Lawn & LandscapeBlades Lawn & Landscape
Charles M.
Ricky met with me to discuss a a grading and sod installation project at my residence. He discussed the project in detail to be clear on what I expected, and he provided an estimate that day. I chose him out of three other contractors I considered. Ricky and crew were all personable and customer-service oriented. They communicated with me frequently to make sure they were doing things the way I wanted and were happy to re-work areas as requested. The final results were great, and the backyard is green again. Everything was done right and with care from start to finish. He was also able to begin work two days earlier than expected, which I appreciated. I highly recommend this landscaping company.
Better Views Tree and LandscapingBetter Views Tree and Landscaping
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