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LandscapeR FAQ

Ready for some answers to Landscaper FAQ (frequently asked questions)? We hope you’ll find what you need here.

Mike’s Evergreen has been a family owned and operated landscape business serving Fresno and Clovis since 1987, and we’ve answered quite a few questions in that time. So if you don’t find the answer to your specific question here, we invite you to contact us directly.

Here are some of those most frequently asked questions about landscapers:

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What IS A landscapeR?

A landscaper is someone who creates and cares for green spaces. Those green spaces can be residential yards and gardens, landscaping on commercial property, or public green space like parks.

WHAT DO landscapeRS DO?

Landscapers work with you to create an outdoor environment suited to your tastes, lifestyle, and property. That can include design, construction, planting, installing irrigation, renovation, maintenance, repair, and so much more.

Landscapers add curb appeal to your property. They can give you the outdoor living space — including outdoor kitchens, fire pits and outdoor fireplaces, patios and pergolas, etc. — you’ve dreamed of. They can help you add koi ponds and other water features to your yard.

They give the green space surrounding your home or office the custom touch that makes it uniquely yours.


The difference between a landscaper and a gardener is the scope of work that they perform. Gardeners usually only work with plants and trees in a space, including the irrigation system to keep them alive.

Landscapers, on the other hand, work with plants AND all the other elements of your entire landscape, including hardscapes, waterscapes, outdoor living spaces, outdoor lighting, etc.


The difference between a landscaper and a landscape architect is also a difference in scope. A landscape architect typically works on the overall plan and design of large projects, often commercial or public properties. And a landscape architect holds a college degree and must pass an exam to receive a landscape architect license.

A landscaper may hold a contractors license, but is not required to have a college degree. It’s more common for a landscaper to work with residential and smaller scale commercial projects.


Any time is a good time to hire a landscaper. Landscapers can help you design and customize a brand-new space — literally — from the ground up. Or they can help you renovate and reimagine an existing space.

If you are dissatisfied, frustrated, or feeling anything less than joy and happiness with the green space on your property, you need to hire a landscaper as soon as possible. You deserve a beautiful space that you can be proud of and enjoy, and a landscaper can bring that to life for you.


Nobody wants to waste their time or money on a bad landscaper, and luckily there are some things you can look for in determining how good a landscaper is.

First, look for what other people have to say about working with them. Read their reviews and testimonials.

Also, check to see if they’re accredited by the Better Business Bureau and what their BBB rating is.

And, because seeing is believing, ask to see pictures of their work.

What should I ask when hiring a landscaper?

You should feel free to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable and confident with a landscaper. Here are a few questions you may want to ask before you hire one:

  • What services do you offer?
  • Are you bonded and insured?
  • What are your specific specialties?
  • How much experience do you have?
  • Can I speak to some references?

What things should I consider when hiring a landscaper?

Landscapers are diverse, so you need to consider your preferences and the specific scope of what you need done to be sure they’re qualified to do what you’re looking for.

For example, if you want a koi pond or other water features in your landscape, you’ll want a landscaper with experience and expertise in those things. Similarly, if you’re looking for an outdoor kitchen, custom concrete work, or retaining walls … to mention just a few.

You also want to consider their customer service and their overall approach to business. This is not a simple one-time transaction, you’ll be working with a landscaper over a period of time. So you want to be sure you like and trust them.

How much does landscaping cost?

The cost of landscaping is determined by the size and scope of the work. On average, homeowners can expect to invest several thousands of dollars up to tens of thousands when starting from scratch.

When construction is involved — such as outdoor kitchens, pergolas and patios, or fireplaces and fire pits — the investment is higher as material and labor costs are higher.

You should ALWAYS get a cost estimate before you hire a landscaper.

What are the different types of landscaping?

Some people think landscaping is just your lawn, trees, shrubs, and flowers in your yard. It is that, but also so much more.

Landscaping also can include the following:

Different types of landscaping also can be defined as new construction landscaping (starting from scratch), or renovation landscaping (taking existing landscaping and making minor to drastic changes and improvements).

What does landscaping consist of?

Landscaping Network defines landscaping as “a process that makes changes to an area of land in one or all of the following three categories: plants, terrain, and/or structures.”

It includes the planning, planting, installation, construction, and/or the maintenance of the outdoor spaces around a home or commercial property.

What qualities should a landscaper have?

A good landscaper will be professional and detail-oriented. They will be a good communicator who listens to your ideas and keeps you up to date with their progress and any changes to the schedule.

They also should be experienced with the type of landscaping that you want to create. They should have positive testimonials and recommendations from other clients as well as a portfolio of their work (click here to see ours).

A good landscaper will be knowledgeable about growing conditions and environmental concerns in your area

In addition to looking for these general qualities, be sure to ask these 10 Important Questions (click here to see the questions) when you’re hiring a landscaper.

Is landscaping worth the money?

Determining the worth of something is somewhat subjective. How do you put a monetary value on your pleasure and enjoyment of your yard?

However, that being said, most real estate agents (over 75% of top real estate agents nationwide, according to HomeLight) say that well-landscaped homes are worth up to 10% more than homes with no landscaping.

And SFGate reports that landscaping is one of the few home improvements that not only adds to your property value immediately, but also increases in value as time goes by.

What is a good landscaping budget?

The parameters for determining a good landscaping budget have to include the size of your property, the type of landscaping you want done, and the amount of labor involved in the project.

On average, homeowners can invest several thousands of dollars up to tens of thousands on landscaping.

Because there are so many factors, it’s best to speak to an experienced local landscaper to get a better idea of what is an appropriate landscaping budget for the landscape you want at your home or commercial property.

Does landscaping add value to your home?

Real estate experts agree that landscaping adds value to your home. HomeLight research suggests that landscaping adds up to 10% more value to a home. While Better Homes & Gardens quotes Opendoor trends expert Beatrice de Jong as saying that a well-maintained landscape adds 5%-12% more value to a home.

To put that in perspective, if your home is valued at $300,000, landscaping can add $15,000 to $30,000 — or more — in value.

However, landscaping adds value beyond just the increased monetary amount that your home may be worth when you sell it. Landscaping also adds lifestyle value and personal enjoyment value. And those are priceless.

Why should I hire a professional landscaper?

There are many reasons why people hire professional landscapers. Here are a few:

  • To save time
  • To utilize expertise and skills you don’t have
  • To get better results
  • Because they can see more potential
  • So you don’t have to do it yourself
  • To save money due to costly DIY mistakes
  • Healthier plants and trees
  • To reduce future problems and issues

A beautiful, healthy, functional landscape doesn’t happen on its own. Hiring a professional landscaper is arguably the fastest, easiest way to get an outdoor space you’ll love.

Should I landscape before selling?

Landscaping adds value to a home, but you should consult with both your realtor and a landscaper to make sure that whatever improvements you make before selling make the most sense.

For example, adding a koi pond may not be a landscape improvement that would appeal to all buyers. Replacing dead grass with new sod, on the other hand, is probably a good decision.

You definitely need to tell your landscaper if you’re getting your home ready to sell so that they can work with you to make sure you get the most return on your investment.

What are the benefits of water features in my landscape?

Water features can turn a landscape from ordinary to extraordinary. Koi ponds, waterfalls, fountains, and garden streams can be focal points as well as provide a peaceful and calming ambiance to your yard.

They can even be good for you! Gardenerdy reports that “simply looking at water (a stream, waterfall, etc.) for some time can restore blood pressure and heart rate to normal levels.” Further, “having a water source in the vicinity helps lessen pain experienced by patients recovering from surgeries.”

Other benefits of water features in your landscape include:

  • Reduce noise pollution
  • Attract wildlife
  • Add property value

How do I know if I need to renovate my backyard?

The decision to renovate your backyard — or not — is yours to make. Among other things, you’ll want to consider your lifestyle, your budget, and the current condition of your backyard.

Sometimes small improvements can make a big difference. Other situations require a full renovation.

It’s always best to discuss your options with a professional landscaper. They’ll be able to tell you what’s possible and then help you determine your best course of action to get you the results you want.

Mike’s Evergreen is the right choice for your landscaping needs because we are the Valley’s premier outdoor living experts. We work hard to understand your goals and provide quality results that will exceed your expectations. We understand that one of your biggest and most important investments is your home or business. Your objectives, lifestyle, personality, as well as the specific needs of your property are carefully considered to reflect a landscape that will provide beauty, function, and value to your home or property. Mike’s Evergreen offers a complete range of landscape services so we can make your yard look the way you intend it to.

Choose Mike’s Evergreen as your landscaper!




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