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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 Fredericksburg landscapers
Amber M.
Very professional and affordable. Highly recommend for any landscaping needs.
Major League Lawn CareMajor League Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
Rhea and her crew worked hard and did exactly what we wanted with the landscaping. Any last minute changes were greeted with a smile and "I'll get right to work on that for you!" I will continue to use her for my lawn care and landscaping needs in the future.
The Garden Nanny, LLCThe Garden Nanny, LLC
Miya G.
Wonderful service! I’m super thrilled to have a landscaper I can trust and does a wonderful job!
Major League Lawn CareMajor League Lawn Care
Carrick L.
Hector was prompt, fair, and easy to work with. They did a great job on the landscaping. Would definitely hire again.
Hector LandscapingHector Landscaping
Michael L.
I thought it was a little pricey until I saw the finished job. Wow, hands down the best company to hire to prune your shrubs and remove leaf material. I am uncertain as to their other landscaping skills, however based upon what they did at my home, must assume they are skilled in all facets of landscaping. I thank them for a job well done. Highly recommend.
Smith Landscaping Inc.Smith Landscaping Inc.
Frantz I.
I hired Brett to plant a tree in my backyard. He was very reasonable and was eager to meet my requirements. I will hire him again to plant another tree for me or any other project that he might be able to handle. I highly recommend Lawn Gnome Landscaping.
Lawn Gnome LandscapingLawn Gnome Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
I work for a Keller Williams office. He was able to go to one of our properties and get the yard looking great again. He was super helpful, offered our client the best prices, was quick, and went above and beyond for us. We will definitely be calling him again if we ever have a client in need of landscaping. Highly recommend!
MDS Property SolutionsMDS Property Solutions
Susan B.
I contacted Hector and he responded quickly and came over to give me a quote. As promised, he arrived promptly for the job. He was very pleasant to work with and he and his crew made great suggestions about the layout of the landscaping. I am very pleased with the result and would highly recommend him. If I need further projects, I would definitely call him.
Hector LandscapingHector Landscaping
Lane S.
Unlike other landscapers we’ve had at our office over the years, Thomas’ first bid was reasonable and it was clear that he wasn’t just trying to get the most money at our expense. He wanted to give us a fair deal. His work was also exceptional and it’s evident he takes a lot of pride in his work. He has certainly made a customer for life!
Major League Lawn CareMajor League Lawn Care
Thumbtack Customer
I wanted my back yard grass removed and replaced with new sod and flower beds rejuvenated and mulched. Corey was personable and professional when he came to do an estimate. He asked questions to completely understand what I wanted and promptly forwarded a real, business estimate (not one scribbled on a piece of paper). He kept me informed of his schedule for the installation day (weather and sod availability concerns) and arrived right on time. I am extremely happy with the results of both sod replacement and flower bed work. Corey and David worked diligently, and everything was done with care and an obvious desire to exceed my expectations. My neighbors commented how impressed they were with not only the results but the attention to detail. I highly recommend JCD Improving for any lawn or landscaping project. They will be my first and only call for any other work!
JCD ImprovingJCD Improving
Suzanne M.
We had really neglected our yard and garden for years and needed help. I came to Thumbtack to get some ideas on contractors and decided on Smith Landscaping to do the work. I left a message on the app and Nick Smith got back to us immediately. He scheduled an appointment to meet with us and see what he was up against. He was very professional and spent time listening to our thoughts and concerns and took lots of notes. He was honest about the timeframe that he would be able to start the work due to previous commitments. As anxious as we were to get started, we were pleased about his honesty. Meanwhile a few days later we received a professional estimate with renderings of his interpretation of our thoughts. We waited for the day and when it finally came, Nick and his crew arrived a little later than they had hoped but called us to let us know that he had something he needed to complete for another customer. The crew again went over the expectations and went to work immediately. Dead Azaleas, leaves and many other things had to be done first but they got started right away and did not stop, except for lunch, until they finished. I do not have many photos of the “before” because there was not much to photograph and in front of the house was a large hill that we were unable to mow any longer and it was only a bunch of mulch. We will definitely contact Nick Smith for re-seeding some dead spots in the Fall. I only wish I could show more pictures to show “what a difference a day makes”!
Smith Landscaping Inc.Smith Landscaping Inc.
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