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Duran Landscaping Inc.
4.4
from 98 reviews
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
Vincent M.
Verified review

Revived my backyard. One year later and all grass are alive and well!

Lake WA Services LLC
4.7
from 87 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
Terry S.
Verified review

Sam built a patio and fire pit in my backyard. He did a beautiful job and conducted the project and himself in a true professional manner. Kudos Sam and I will recommend you to others.

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Herrera Landscaping
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allie S.
Verified review

He started the job earlier than planned and was very thorough. It wasn't an easy job, as my grass/weeds were over 3-4 feet tall, and my backyard is a pretty decent size, but he did a great job. I have hired him on for continued maintenance every 2 weeks.

Carlos Landscaping
4.5
from 78 reviews
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle P.
Verified review

Carlos was at my place within 30 minutes, cleaned up the entire backyard. Did a fabulous job.

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  • 48 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
James W.
Verified review

Gary Hartloff installed a new backyard fence and did it in a timely and efficient manner. Gary was easy to deal with and kept the work area clean. I would recommend him for anyone considering fence work.

  • 11 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie H.
Verified review

Just moved into a new house and needed the backyard fenced in for our toddler and small dog. Criss was extremely professional and explained every step of the project, making sure to consult me on any changes during construction. His team was very courteous and friendly. The fence looked amazing when they finished- which by the way they finished faster than expected. I would recommend them 100%!

G&E Landscape Contractor LLC
4.5
from 44 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Sherwyn S.
Verified review

We just did a complete remodel of our backyard. It was literally torn down to nothing and rebuilt. The job involved removing existing patio, cutting down a tree, clearing all the plants, removing steps, leveling the whole yard, building retaining walls, fence, gates, laying a fairly large patio area with pavers, building a fire pit area with flagstone, drainage, sprinklers and planting. I hired G&E based on the reviews on thumbtack and I couldn't agree more with some of the reviews about their professionalism. They are easily among the best contractors I have worked with. Reliability, Punctuality, Accountability, Flexibility, and Quality are some of the key qualities I was looking for and they fit it perfectly. We are very happy with how our yard turned out and it is better than what we have envisioned. I would definitely hire Polo and team again for any future work. If you are looking to get any landscaping work, don't think twice about G & E.

Herick's Landscaping
4.7
from 36 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa R.
Verified review

Erick and his team helped me with a backyard remodel, he showed up in time and finish it when he said. I am extremely satisfied with the outcome. I will be calling him in the near future for another project! Thank you again!!

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GraysLandscape/design
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tom L.
Verified review

Sheldon helped clear out our backyard and re-sod it. He provided a lot of great insight and suggestions on what could be done and was very responsive and easy to work with. He knows what he's doing and I would hire him again and recommend him!

  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Farhad S.
Verified review

I hired Lucas Landscaping to install a paver patio for me (with firepit), a fence around the yard, and a playground pit. As well as creating flower beds along the length of my yard and back. It was a large project and Julio and his team transformed our plain backyard into our dream backyard. He was very detailed in his work and was always making sure things were done the way we wanted it. I would definitely hire Julio and his team again for future jobs.

Green Giant Nursery
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Saharsh R.
Verified review

Arrived right on time and did a great job in uprooting the trees from my backyard.

Vision Landscapes
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Chaz L.
Verified review

Don and his crew redid our whole front and backyard, and in less time than they even estimated. Cleared old weedy, dead grass and laid new sod; weeded overrun planting areas; removed overgrown shrubbery and replaced with neat and tidy new ones; weeded graveled areas and laid down new gravel. Pricing was completely fair and the results are well worth the investment. One of the best elements of working with Don is that he answers questions, responds promptly, and is just an overall good guy to work with (his crew is polite and courteous too) - not high-pressure, wants to be sure you're comfortable with the plan and pricing. I've already passed along his info to my parents for work they were thinking of having done and will continue to work with Don for future needs. Neighbors have not only noticed their great work, but complimented it too.

King of Kings construction
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Sianita N.
Verified review

I had a fence installation done on my backyard. Jim and his crew were very courteous and did a nice job. I gave him 4 stars since my gate's framework is done inside out.

  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly C.
Verified review

I hired Creative Effects to clear my backyard and lay new aggregate to extend my patio. Wilson gave me a very good estimate and came out very quickly. The guys did a wonderful job clearing...and did it SO FAST! The patio was not done correctly, unfortunately, and had to be torn out. Even though it was not done right, I appreciate that Wilson attempted to fix it, but more importantly...when he realized it couldn't be fixed and had to be torn out, he was gracious to admit it. He then ripped out all of the concrete and hauled it off and refunded all of my money. This shows incredible honesty and integrity and I definitely would recommend his services to others.

Hogar y Jardín
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
TODD R.
Verified review

Ricardo and his team did a great job on our backyard fence project. Very quick and professional, also very flexible in adding on additional work on the fly as well as accommodating our specific requests. The end product looks great and the pricing was very reasonable. Highly recommend, we'll definitely be using him again!

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  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Sarah did an amazing job on our backyard!

Nature Breeze Landscaping
4.3
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
JJ L.
Verified review

Saul and his crew re-did my backyard and garage with a compeletly new look. The quality of work is outstanding. Highly recommend.

Craftsman Construction
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Vin C.
Verified review

Brian was just fantastic! We took 6 bids for our new deck project and we are absolutely thrilled we decided to hire them. We were confident in their ability from the first few minutes. Brian and Mike had great design suggestions, we really appreciated their input and the education. They worked with great skill, swiftly, within our budget and most importantly built a beautiful deck! Do not hesitate to hire these guys- you will not be disappointed!!

PLG Construction
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Mindy B.
Verified review

We had a large job that included taking out many plants and small trees, moving several plants, adding a great deal of "good" soil, constructing raised beds, an arbor, a large paver patio, walkways, gravel, lighting, bringing in a variety of new treees and bushes. All done with very limited access. The bid was fair, the quality was excellent; Gil and his sons and Eduardo were a joy to work with. They followed our initial plans, but were willing to give suggestions for improvements. We agreed with almost all, and the few we didn't agree with Gil accepted with grace. The job took nearly four weeks, they were always on time and kept us informed throughout the process of what would happen next. I would highly recommend them. Every day I look at my new backyard and absolutely LOVE it. Thanks Gil for a great exerience.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Tricia Y.
Verified review

Javier and his crew did a fabulous job hardscaping part of our backyard with stairs. Professional and punctual and easy to work with.

MLG Landscape Design, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Clare I.
Verified review

We have worked with Matt for the last two summers, and will tackle the third and final phase of our project this summer, 2016. Matt and his crew installed a stone path with steps down to our back gate, and a stone staircase up a steep slope from our back yard to our front, on the side of our house. The design included planting beds and lighting. MLG selected plantings for the pathway, and made recommendations for future plantings. Matt also built three garden boxes for our yard, out of sturdy and beautiful juniper. We so appreciated Matt working within our budget, and helping us break up our project into workable phases. We are excited to watch as the plantings fill in. This summer will see the design and installation of a new back gate, and more landscaping. It has been a pleasure to work with Matt and his crew. They were timely, worked hard, and cleaned up as they went. Matt was easy to get hold of, and always responsive. A great experience!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts 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.

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 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.

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Seattle, WA

  • Softscape services
    I don't need softscape services: No, Grass: No, Sod Installation: No, Tree/shrub planting: No, Tree/shrub removal: No, Flower beds: No, Gardening: No, Sprinkler installation: No, Drainage system: No, Outdoor lighting: No, Stump grinding and removal: No, Other: design that I can implement over time
  • Area(s) to be landscaped
    Entire property
  • Design preparation
    I have some design ideas in mind
  • Details
    this is a new backyard cottage that need to blend into main house
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