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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.

Start contacting landscapers near you to get free estimates and start planning your project today.

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 Auburn landscapers
Veronica A.
Jose, Tony, and Sergio did a great job. The blackberry and yard waste project was done to our satisfaction. We will definitely be using Maci Landscaping Service in the future!
Maci Landscaping Services LLCMaci Landscaping Services LLC
Kirk B.
These gentlemen did a great job. Absolutely happy with the work they did. Best review I can give is that I will be calling them to do all my future landscaping jobs.
Murphy’s landscapingMurphy’s landscaping
James t.
5 stars! So impressed that Dale and his team are now my full time landscapers! Very professional to work with. Communication is great from week to week and looking forward to them doing some bigger projects in the spring.
Gibbon Winter Service and LandscapingGibbon Winter Service and Landscaping
Carl P.
Did an extensive update on our lawn: removed the old grass, applied top soil, and seed. Trimmed trees and bushes. Moved existing landscape blocks to a more desirable location. Victor and his crew were very thorough and professional!
V & M LANDSCAPE LLCV & M LANDSCAPE LLC
Angela S.
Absolutely the best landscapers/hardscapers I’ve had the pleasure of working with! They always arrived on time, they always cleaned up any mess that was made during the process, and were very communicative every step of the way. We had a medium project that ended up becoming large and then extra large as we kept adding additional items. The initial project ended up expanding to 3 projects/phases. We have a fairly decent lot size, but unfortunately it is on a hill. Therefore we wanted to level out the entire back and side yard as well as adding multi-level retaining walls (~2-3 walls total) that all connected (1 lower level for a flower bed and 1 ground level). Furthermore, we wanted to make half of our side yard fully paved for a patio. I received quotes from 7 different companies before I decided to go with AL Landscaping. Not only do they have extensive 30+ years of experience in the field, but their work ethic exceeds any and all expectations! Another great reason to go with them is that they are a family company. Being a family company, they understand that this isn’t just another job, but rather a job that will brighten up your home for your own family. They have really beautifully, outdone and exceeded any vision I had created in my head when I was initially approaching landscapers for the job. I definitely plan on referring them to my family and friends as well as using them for all my future landscaping and hardscaping projects.
AL Landscaping LLCAL Landscaping LLC
Kim C.
Desiree was absolutely fabulous to work with. She was extremely responsive and did an excellent job on our yard clean up. She is a hard worker and we are looking forward to working with her on a weekly basis for regular yard service. If you're looking for a true professional landscaper that does what they say they are going to do and is ready to work hard, Desiree is the person for your job. Also, she is licensed, bonded and insured.
12th Lady Lawn Care12th Lady Lawn Care
Fred t.
We needed a new fence and some trees planted for privacy along with some clean-up in my backyard. Damion and David came to assess and help me with landscaping ideas. They are very knowledgeable and personable. They were able to squeeze our job in right away due to a cancellation. They worked quickly and thoroughly and we are extremely pleased with their work. We will be using them again and would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for quality work.
Orange Trees Garden and LandscapeOrange Trees Garden and Landscape
Patricia N.
All-N-One Landscaping did an incredible job on my yard which had overgrown during the last few months. They were able to adjust the quote based on my top priorities and with a budget I was happy with. They also answered tons of questions I had regarding my yards long term needs and services their company provides. Really professional team that worked quickly and provided high quality work. I would highly recommend.
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
Edros M.
I have nothing but great things to say about Audias (Polo) and crew! Audias was communicative from start to finish and kept me updated on the progress throughout our major landscaping project. During this project we regraded and leveled our backyard, added retaining walls, removed original patio and replaced it with new concrete, replaced the fencing and added brand new sod. His team was able to completely change my backyard to a space my family can now enjoy. His pricing was competitive and he was also flexible with our asks and adjustment requests throughout the entire duration of the project. I highly recommend hiring him and his crew for your next project!
General Contractor, G&E Landscape LLCGeneral Contractor, G&E Landscape LLC
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