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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 Herndon landscapers
Tuan D.
Very pleased with his work. Trees were planted with care and consideration to surrounding landscape and limitation. Cleanup was done correctly. Definitely would call again for future gardening/landscaping need. Thank you!
DiMarco Landscape & GardeningDiMarco Landscape & Gardening
Diane O.
This Landscaping service is top notch. They did an amazing job and they will not disappoint! I highly recommend!
Grass Monkey & Trees ServiceGrass Monkey & Trees Service
Tom D.
Green Wish did an amazing job landscaping my yard with new sod and fixing a drainage issue.
Green Wish LLCGreen Wish LLC
Sunny K.
Palmas landscaping did a great job getting my yard cleaned up for spring. I’d definitely use them again in the future.
Palma’s landscape llcPalma’s landscape llc
Abhishek A.
Great work ethic and great job of clearing out leaves from my yard. I will hire again for any landscaping needs.
Salamanca’s Landscaping LLCSalamanca’s Landscaping LLC
Patrick P.
I hired them for landscaping around an existing patio - installing a 2 ft border all around, putting stones and removing weeds.
Noel services LL.C Tree servc. & landscaping patioNoel services LL.C Tree servc. & landscaping patio
Anna B.
Mateo did a fantastic job with the landscaping at our house. He did exactly what we asked him to and made it look so much better!
Mateo’s Landscaping Services LLCMateo’s Landscaping Services LLC
Keith D.
I needed a quick turn on a project due to impending weather. KVA Landscaping was quick to respond, provided great communications in negotiating additional work that was needed, and completed on the time schedule allowing me to complete the work. Thanks, KVA!
KVA Landscaping LLCKVA Landscaping LLC
Mary D.
We're so glad we found Tony through Thumbtack to do all of our landscaping needs. He was very informative with the different types of plants and what would look nice in our space. He was always responsive and communicated to us regularly to figure out what we needed and our budget. It took him three full days to complete the work. This included prepping the land, planting ten schip laurels in the back, and adding a new flower and bush bed in the front. We highly recommend him for any of your landscaping needs. We'll definitely be contacting him again if we need any more work done!
Rivera Roots LLCRivera Roots LLC
Adam Y.
Red falls Landscape Designs did a really great job removing really large bushes and trimming the holly bush in the front. It was really a large amount of work and they did it thoroughly, cleaned up the backyard, and were really nice to work with. Will definitely work more in the future with this company!
Red Falls Landscape Designs LLCRed Falls Landscape Designs LLC
Alfonso V.
We hired Adrian and his company to cut down 3 big trees in our backyard that had exposed roots that were preventing grass from growing and getting dangerously close to the house. He also put topsoil and planted grass seed. From start to finish Adrian's crew was extremely professional. They were able to cut the trees quickly and cleanly, without even letting a leaf fall in the neighbor's backyard. They completely removed the stumps and got rid of most of the roots, specially the exposed ones. They cleaned the backyard from all weeds and put new soil and seed. All of this was done in less than a week, for a very reasonable price. He even gave me tips afterward on how to take care of the lawn. I couldn't be happier with Adrian's work, and I definitely recommend him for any landscaping-related job. He also has insurance which I found out some companies in Thumbtack don't have, which gave me peace of mind during the whole process. I will definitely contact Salas Landscaping when I need more landscaping work.
Da-Minh T.
Edgar is an expert at his profession and provided high quality work on short notice. He and his crew restored our overgrown yard to its former self and also gave great advice for future care. He is also courteous and professional. Janeth also provided great customer service by going above and beyond to schedule us on short notice. We will be trusting King Tree Services for all landscaping services in the future!
King Tree Services, LLCKing Tree Services, LLC
Reena P.
Victor and his team did an excellent job on our yard! I could tell he really appreciates landscaping and takes pride in his work and we could see it in the outcome. He’s very knowledgeable about the plants and one thing I noticed is he really cares about the plants/shrubs - esp ones that are healthy and can be used elsewhere. He asked if I was interested in using bushes that were in great condition from another client who wanted them removed from their yard, and he would only charge me a replanting fee. To me, that’s a very thoughtful “re-use” of the shrubs and really good for the environment. I’m glad we were able to be the new home for the bushes. In other parts of our yard, there were plants I wanted gone, and he suggested replanting instead to different areas that would look more empty (esp after weed removal). Now I’m glad I kept them! Highly recommend!!
KVA Landscaping LLCKVA Landscaping LLC
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