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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 Tacoma landscapers
Kush P.
Great professional landscaping service.
Landscaper lifeLandscaper life
Tina T.
Curiel Landscaping was so quick to respond and further communication was effortless! They were out to the house within 24hrs for an estimate and completed the job 4 days later. They were quick and very efficient! I will always recommend Curiel Landscaping!!!
Curiel landscaping,Curiel landscaping,
Jo Q.
Awesome work, very knowledgeable about landscaping and lawn maintenance.....will definitely be a repeat customer!
pro landscape servicespro landscape services
Niina P.
Taylor Landscaping was quick, did a great job, and were reasonably priced! Will work with them again.
Taylor Landscaping LL,C & fenceTaylor Landscaping LL,C & fence
Kathi S.
Highly recommend Herick’s Landscaping! He and his crew came on time and did an amazing job mowing and edging our yard. Even gave some advice on what to do of a recent mole problem. Looking forward to utilizing them for other landscaping needs in the future.
Herick's LandscapingHerick's Landscaping
Kellie H.
Angel and his crew did an excellent job of landscaping my yard and making is beautiful. They got rid of the shrubs, plants, and weeds, and put in beauty bark. I am very happy with how everything turned out. I will most definitely use AL Landscaping LLC for future projects.
AL Landscaping LLCAL Landscaping LLC
Cliff C.
Hardworking Guys!! Very professional and always on time.. I will be having them back to do more landscaping in my backyard..
Richard a.
Our yard was in terrible shape from a previous lawn maintenance company. Maci Landscaping cleaned it all up and it looks great now!
Maci Landscaping Services LLCMaci Landscaping Services LLC
Katie N.
Miguel and his crew were amazing! The pricing was so fair and their attention to detail was spot on. I will recommend him to anyone looking for reasonable, quality landscaping services.
Miguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare servicesMiguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare services
Edwin and his team did an amazing job. They were prompt, friendly, and very respectful of our property. Looking forward to doing more business with TR landscape services in the future. I highly recommend them!
E n H landscape servicesE n H landscape services
Maria P.
Miguel was super quick to respond and put us on his schedule immediately. He completed the work in no time, and the yard looks amazing! He was also happy to consult me on other landscaping services I had some questions about.
Miguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare servicesMiguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare services
Hugh W.
I couldn't be happier with the work these artists performed. What they created, from a basic design I submitted, is pure magic. I highly, and unequivocally, recommend this company. You won't find a better company to meet you landscape dreams.
Orange Trees Garden and LandscapeOrange Trees Garden and Landscape
Kelly R.
The first time we spoke with AL Landscaping LLC, we had an instant calmness about hiring them. Beyond the great communication, their work ethic was incredible! I’m looking forward to keeping a business relationship with them, thank you sincerely The Rife’s.
AL Landscaping LLCAL Landscaping LLC
Ian S.
Geovany was very responsive and quick to get a estimate done and complete his work. He showed up exactly on time and finished ahead of schedule! I highly recommend using him for any and all landscaping needs. We would definitely use him again!
Arianne M.
Grays Landscaping did such an amazing getting my yard all cleaned up and looking so great!! They removed multiple large trees, cleaned out shrubs and then did an amazing job of laying down rock and bark in a beautiful layout that flows so amazing with the lawn and rest of the trees. Highly recommend these gentleman!!
Erik N.
He showed up the same day I posted on thumbtack to give me an estimate. Great value and did the work right then. He worked very quickly and did a great job. I also added another small project in which he accomplished quickly and cheaply. I highly recommend Carlos Landscaping!
Carlos LandscapingCarlos Landscaping
Tierra T.
Miguel was extremely professional and reliable and has excellent service all the way around I will definitely be referring him to all my family and friends as well as having him come back to upkeep my yard he did an amazing job and I appreciate him coming out! If you want great landscaping definitely give him a call!
Miguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare servicesMiguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare services
Alexander G.
Miguel is really great to work with. He takes great care of my lawns, bushes, drains, and driveways - everything is always very clean and looks great when he's done. I appreciate his positive attitude, his work quality, and his responsiveness very much. I definitely recommend him - it's hard to find reliable landscapers out there!
Miguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare servicesMiguel Banuelos landscaping and lawncare services
Cleopatra B.
My yard was a complete wreck a mess still had trees and branches from last winter that fell off they did an immaculate job beautiful job teamwork was excellent my yard looked gorgeous still looks gorgeous very reasonable pricing I have a huge huge front yard with tons of landscaping couldn't beat the price with a stick love these guys recommend them fully
Curiel landscaping,Curiel landscaping,
Val B.
I needed pea gravel put down in a green house and a 4x40 foot area. Antonio answered quickly and showed up on time to give a bid. Another date was set to start the job, then he contacted me saying he could be here a day earlier. He showed up on time and started working and got the job done quickly. If I need more landscaping work I would hire Antonio again.
Antonio Landscaping and ConstructionAntonio Landscaping and Construction
Kelsey M.
Hired Damian and his team for some major yard work that I needed done urgently. Not only was Damian available to provide a quote same day, his pricing was very fair and he began work immediately. I even discussed some extra landscaping work I had been considering and Damian was able to include this extra work into my original bid. The final results were amazing!! Couldn’t be more thrilled and will definitely use his service again for future needs.
Orange Trees Garden and LandscapeOrange Trees Garden and Landscape
Arceil J.
We live in the North End of Tacoma and have a large yard that was overgrown and in need of mowing, edging and weeding. Herick’s Landscaping was the first to reply on Thumbtack, and am I glad they were. My yard has never looked as good as today. Everything is trimmed and neat, even outside out fence. The crew came early and started to work right away. I was impressed from start to finish. I will work with them to try to set up a continuing schedule because I don’t think I could get better service and product elsewhere.
Herick's LandscapingHerick's Landscaping
Briana O.
Anthony made the process so easy for me! I’m in the military and am gone a lot for work, but he still came even though I couldn’t be home at the time of the job. He was very flexible in his scheduling and allowed for a free quote walkthrough over FaceTime. He was extremely nice, patient, and provided a truly great service! My yard and bushes looks great and gave me instant peace of mind! Would definitely recommend All-in-One Landscaping to anyone needing some sort of lawn maintenance service!
All-N-One Landscaping & Property MaintenanceAll-N-One Landscaping & Property Maintenance
Effy D.
Excellent work! Geovany took care of my yard really well, the house has been vacant for more than 6month before I am ready to list it for selling, I reached out to several vendors and ask for quote, Geovany had the best price for same job I required - remove all the high grass and weed. I was not aksing Geovany to bring the yard like new, but he for sure complete the job in a good way, and clean up around the house in the end. Please check the attached before/after photos, if you have some landscaping working, ask Geovany for a quote.
Hope h.
Although we started off a bit slow, Jordy and his assistant did an outstanding job! The job included mowing a very large lawn, then fertilize, edge, and spray for weeds in our long driveway and our extensive flower beds. It took a couple of trips to complete everything we requested mainly due to wet weather, but they finished when the weather allowed. We were so very happy with their work that we have hired them to return and maintain the yard for us every 2 weeks to keep our yard looking as good as maintain the yard while my husband recovers from a heart attack. Jordy is still new enough to the professional landscaping profession (2 or 3 years I believe), that he tries very hard to make sure everything is done correctly and on time; he even offered a discount on his written estimate for not making a deadline! That was a first for me! His work was professional and thorough; he kept in touch with me via email on Thumbtack as requested; his price was comparable with the other bids received, but Jordy bent over backwards to come out and give us his bid the same day when others did not. The longer Jordy is in the landscaping area, his professionalism and time management skills will grow with him. He obviously takes pride in his work and it shows. I am looking forward to working with Jordy in the future now for a long time.
JB Landscape ServiceJB Landscape Service
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