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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Puyallup landscapers
Lea C.
We had a severely overgrown landscaping. Herick’s Landscaping was excellent. From original estimate to completion of the job, communication and quality was excellent.
Herick's LandscapingHerick's Landscaping
Gary L.
Dave, thanks for the quality work you and your men did on landscaping our back yard and we look forward to you landscaping our front yard as well. Gary & Patti
Buds&Branches NW Landscape & RemodelBuds&Branches NW Landscape & Remodel
Jennifer C.
DL Landscaping made quick work of our yard cleanup and went above and beyond!
DL LandscapingDL Landscaping
Martha E.
I hired Bross Landscaping to weed and mulch my widowed sister’s gardens. They did a beautiful job and her family loves how it turned out.
Bross landscaping servicesBross landscaping services
Sutania J.
Carlos and team are very professional and do an amazing job. I had a lot of over grown weeds and needed a ton of landscaping. Carlos and team made my yard look amazing!
Carlos LandscapingCarlos Landscaping
Tj L.
He is a good dude. Family man, that works hard. Our grass was a pain in the butt, but he did it and I know it wasn’t easy. Anyone needing landscaping should for sure use him.
Curiel landscaping,Curiel landscaping,
David P.
Great work. Reliable and timely. They made quick work of of my lawn and replaced all my red bark with rocks. I highly recommend them for any of your lawn care and landscaping needs.
Espinozas Lawn CareEspinozas Lawn Care
Bill R.
Carlos did a super job in cleaning up all our flower beds, trimming shrubbery, and spreading 15 yards of beauty bark on the beds. He was timely and let me know by text when he was arriving. I will definitely use Carlos and his crew for future landscaping projects.
Carlos LandscapingCarlos Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Sta-Built Construction completed the hardscape and landscape of my backyard in a timely fashion. I received text messages, on time commitment to excellence in completing the job, and professionalism from start to finish. My husband and I are very pleased with the results! Our backyard looks beautiful. Marta and Adam Cabeza, Puyallup
Sta-Built Construction LLCSta-Built Construction LLC
Joseph A.
We made arrangements with Mario and his brother, Luis to upgrade the landscaping in our backyard. They completed a new brick walkway. After some delay because of problems with the birth of their son, Mario was delayed a week in returning to complete the project. He has now in fact returned is doing a great job preparing the rest of our yard for a new sod lawn.
Green hills landscapingGreen hills landscaping
Rachel W.
Aaron was quick to respond to my request. I was currently using a company charging me way more than I liked for less than par service. After speaking with Aaron and receiving my quote it was a no brainier to choose him. He has come out twice so far and I am very happy with his service, will definitely keep him on as my landscaper!!!
Cloudy Sky LandscapingCloudy Sky Landscaping
Paul H.
From day one these guys were on point. Quick to come out and bid on the job (maybe not the cheapest - but they came in much lower than some that were high balling the job). They worked around my crazy schedule request. Always polite and friendly - the type you would want to have a beer with! (Side note - I worked in the landscape world for about 10 years - so I know what to expect). Have them bid your project!!
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
Paul H.
We hired Desiree (12th Lady) Oct 2021 for our residence. So glad we did! Interviewed 5 different companies. She was the most knowledgeable and professional. (I worked in the landscape build and maintenance industry for about 10 years - so I have fairly high standards for maintenance). She grasped the scope of the work (big yard, LOTS of trees, and a fairly ugly lawn!!) and even laid out a preliminary plan then and there! She was the most expensive of all the bids - but so worth it. Yard has never been maintained better over the 20 years I have lived here. Being away from home much of the time - her communication is the best ever - and so appreciated. Oh, and she is a delight to talk to as well!! Thanks Desiree!
12th Lady Lawn Care12th Lady Lawn Care
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