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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.

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.

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. 

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.

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 Lake Union landscapers
Sandra M.
Hiring Grays Landscaping was the best decision! Their expertise and professionalism were exceptional! Hardworking, timely, meticulous and creative insights are just a few of the qualities they possess. I highly recommend them for all your landscaping needs. My landscaping has gone from an eyesore to a beautiful oasis that I want to share with everyone. You can now find me outside enjoying the landscaping morning, noon and night, even in the rain, thanks to Grays Landscaping!
GraysLandscape/designGraysLandscape/design
Deborah S.
Daryl and Anthony made my landscape around my home look wonderful. They were professional & completed the work in a timely manner. I highly recommend All-N-One Landscaping
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
John M.
Spring Landscaping is by far the best landscaping service I have found in Thumbtack. They showed up on time, got the huge job done in one day, and went above and beyond our expectations. We will be hiring them again.
Oasis Landscaping & DrainageOasis Landscaping & Drainage
Philippe L.
I was really happy with the cleanup and landscaping work done at my previous house, so I’m reaching out again to Whittaker landscaping for my new one! They are easy to talk to and will make sure you get what you want.
Whittaker Landscape ServicesWhittaker Landscape Services
Toby N.
Great job! Seriously considering this landscaper first before you try someone else!
Landscaper lifeLandscaper life
Joseph M.
Great work on my townhouse front landscaping. Responsive and fair up front pricing
Landscaper lifeLandscaper life
Stanton C.
America Landscaping was an excellent choice for me. The owner was very responsive, and did a thoroughly professional job.
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Stephanie L.
The team did an excellent job with clearing out the weeds and landscaping. They were very responsive and communicated well.
Iconic Landscaping LLCIconic Landscaping LLC
Cash W.
Great service. Was responsive, which can be rare for some landscapers these days, and went above and beyond in his work
Blue SkyBlue Sky
Mascha K.
Super happy with my new sod! America Landscaping was super professional and did excellent work!! Thank you!
America LandscapingAmerica Landscaping
Kevin C.
Grays Landscaping does quality work. Sheldon is awesome to work with, gets input to make sure the project is what you want but also what will work well. Sheldon is also very knowledgable about hardscaping patios, as well as landscaping and horticulture. I will use Grays again and recommend to friends/neighbors.
GraysLandscape/designGraysLandscape/design
Mohammed K.
I had Christian and his team clean up and landscape my front yard, they did an excellent job at a very reasonable price
Angelica Landscaping .LLCAngelica Landscaping .LLC
Sara K.
Thanks for doing a great job with our landscaping! Appreciate the responsiveness with the estimate and also getting the work done. Would definitely recommend. Thanks!
King of Kings constructionKing of Kings construction
Hana P.
Out door landscaping and design is owned by Patrick Ulupano. I hired home to do landscaping on July 20 th . He didn’t follow any of the contract and the design that we have agreed on . H did. the complete opposite took off with a payment of $5,500 and disappeared. He is a sweet talker knowns how to sell himself but doesn’t do was he is supposed to be done.
Patiki TreescapePatiki Treescape
Brian D.
I hired Angelica Landscaping to plant some holly trees in a side yard if a condo community. We needed help as the area had a lot of maple tree roots. I contacted the right people! I feel lucky to have found them through Thumbtack. They had the holes dug and trees planted quickly. Cristian even sharpened a shovel with an electric sander to get the job done, which was just very cool. Left the work site clean and well tended. We will definitely be hiring Angelica Landscaping again for community landscaping needs and I would like to highly recommend.
Angelica Landscaping .LLCAngelica Landscaping .LLC
Seth O.
Great service and professional. Our garden looks the best it's looked in a long time! We'll use them again for our landscaping needs.
Miguelense LandscapingMiguelense Landscaping
Sree S.
We contacted All-N-One Landscaping for an initial consultation of our backyard remodelling. Given weekends works best for us, Anthony and Darryl accomodated to our schedule for the initial meet. We brainstormed ideas and agreed to proceed with the backyard work. Both of them are amazing to work with and they did everything we requested them for. Wow and the transformation is unbelievable. I highly recommend them for all landscaping tasks!
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
Mindi S.
They were friendly and were very fair on their pricing. We hate pulling weeds. Luckily, there are landscape companies like Iconic that make life a little bit better!
Iconic Landscaping LLCIconic Landscaping LLC
Marie P.
So happy with the work done by Jose and Iconic Landscaping! He was responsive & a pleasure to work with. Looking forward to being a regular client and having a great front & back yard!
Iconic Landscaping LLCIconic Landscaping LLC
Tia G.
Polo and his crew are fantastic. They installed two paver patios and a hedge. They do quality work and the pricing was very competitive. I’d highly recommend them for any landscape project!
General Contractor, G&E Landscape LLCGeneral Contractor, G&E Landscape LLC
Shami M.
I have had them doing my landscaping for a few months now. Super helpful and very responsive. My neighbors have commented how great the yard looks.
Aguayo Professional GardenerAguayo Professional Gardener
Jason S.
Their estimate was fair, they were very professional during our interactions, including with COVID precautions, and they did the job quickly and well. When I had a little extra work to tack on, they did so without hesitation and named a fair price. Other landscapers gave me quotes that required haggling. I am very happy with the experience, and will definitely look to come back to CG Construction when I have more landscaping work to do.
CG Construction LLCCG Construction LLC
Elizabeth P.
Highly recommend working with Leveron Landscaping! Very professional, knowledgeable, and efficient. They went above and beyond & made sure their work was exactly what I had in mind. Will absolutely recommend in the future
Leveron LandscapingLeveron Landscaping
Olivia Z.
Damien and his team did an amazing job tidying up my yard. He’s truly a landscaper, handyman and gardener in one. I’m very happy with his design and quality of work.
Orange Trees Garden and LandscapeOrange Trees Garden and Landscape
Kelsey V.
Fantastic job on our new property that’s been neglected for decades. He removed all the brush, weeds and debris form the yard. Would definitely hire again for maintenance and landscaping.
PezcoyPezcoy
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