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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 Bellevue landscapers
Honglin Z.
It is a pleasure working with Whittaker Landscape Service.
Whittaker Landscape ServicesWhittaker Landscape Services
Ally G.
Polo's team is very professional, hard working and efficient. Polo has great ideas to make your yard look amazing. He is very responsive and listen's to the customer requests. They transformed our landscaping into beautiful, green landscaped resort that we enjoy. We have had many compliments on our new lawn, flowers. pavers, etc...Thank you Polo!
General Contractor, G&E Landscape LLCGeneral Contractor, G&E Landscape LLC
Lamar R.
All-N-One did an amazing job cleaning and landscaping our commercial property. They were prompt, efficient and super friendly! Highly recommend!
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
Sarah s.
We’re so glad to have found Whittaker Landscape. We recently bought a home and the yard had been neglected for some time. Bradley has been cleaning it up and getting it ready for the winter. He’s also given me some great suggestions and ideas for landscaping and maintenance. We’re super thankful to have his team on board and will continue using them for our yard needs.
Whittaker Landscape ServicesWhittaker Landscape Services
David P.
RCM Landscaping just finished the first of many jobs on my yard. They arrived when they said they would and completed the work better than I could have done. I look forward to seeing them again.
Mark D.
The final product was even better than we imagined. The estimate was provided to us on the same day as the first on-site visit and was the most affordable from other landscapers. Communication was clear and they were always on time. They kept the worksite clean at the end of each day. Couldn't ask for more!
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Erin S.
I hired All-N-One Landscaping today, I'm impressed with Anthony and his team. He was communicative and professional - He confirmed the time with me on his arrival for the next day and text me 45 mins prior to his showing up. He reviewed the damage from the storm over the last few days and we agreed on a number. He and his team member worked continuously to complete the job and it was no small job! I'm going to continue to use him and signed up to have the bi-weekly service to keep things maintained. I was looking to replace those I had before and I believe that I have found that in Anthony and his team. I would highly recommend All-N-One Landscaping.
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
Kalynn T.
We hired Roberto and team after another landscaper did a messy, incomplete job at cleaning up after months of neglect on our part. Roberto came in and did an excellent thorough job at both the clean up and laying some mulch. He was very professional, gave detailed estimates and did the work on time. He and team will be providing our ongoing service.
Werny's team did a great job on my garden and lawn. My lawn had a lot of mosses and there are various plants that I'd like to replace. I was trying to find a reliable landscaping contractor that I can work with, both in the short term and in the long term for maintenance. I contacted Werny and he has been very responsive throughout the project. I especially appreciated the fact that Werny always listened to my requests very carefully and made sure they are fulfilled, even though sometimes things could get changed. I'm looking forward to continuously working with Werny's team in the future!
González LawnGonzález Lawn
Colette S.
Oliver is amazing. I had an “idea” of what I wanted to do to create a backyard patio ‘oasis,’ but he really helped me refine my ideas and make them a reality. He worked with me on the plan and had great suggestions every step of the way. He is so knowledgeable about plants and was able to suggest which plants, trees, and shrubs would be best for my yard. He is diligent and works very hard and his work is extremely high quality. His crew is also great. He is responsive and easy to communicate with, and just a pleasure to work with! I would highly recommend him and Paradise Landscaping to anyone!
The Paradise LandscapingThe Paradise Landscaping
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