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Finding Good Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in San Francisco CA

If you're having difficulty properly caring for your lawn and gardens, there's a plentiful resource available to homeowners like you for landscaping services in San Francisco. Landscape contractors and landscape designers in San Francisco incluce new landscape installers, garden designers, or landscape maintenance companies.

The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best landscape contractors & designers in San Francisco and issues related to hiring them.

Updated January 31, 2014

 The TOP 10 Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in San Francisco CA

Reilly Designs
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(415) 497-2514
3095 Kerner Blvd, Ste Y
San Rafael, CA 94901
State Contractor's License #873829
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Diamond Certified  Better Business Bureau

Areas Served: San Francisco
Services: landscape designers, landscape installers for all new landscaping including ...

Donlan Landscape Contractors
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(415) 435-8522, (415) 435-0041
PO Box 941
Belvedere Tiburon, CA 94920
State Contractors License #578041
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau Chamber of Commerce-Tiburon/Belvedere

Areas Served: San Francisco
Services: landscape contractors, residential landscapers, commercial landscapers for all new ...
Key Brands: McNear Brick & Block

Gardenworks Inc
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(707) 433-7368, (707) 857-2050
PO Box 326
Healdsburg, CA 95448
State Contractors License #669113
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Association) APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) Chamber of Commerce-Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce-Healdsburg IA (Irrigation Association) PLANET (The Professional Landcare Network)

Areas Served: San Francisco Bay Area
Services: landscape contractors & landscape designers for all landscaping, landscape design, ...
Key Brands: Hunter irrigation systems, SPJ Lighting, local material suppliers

Heritage Landscapes
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(415) 458-8151
21 Ross Ave
San Anselmo, CA 94960
State Contractor's License #523868
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Association) APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers) Marin Builders Association PAPA (Pesticide Applicators Professional Association) Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional

Areas Served: San Francisco Bay Area
Services: landscape contractors, landscape designers, landscape maintenance, soil conditioning,...

Finding Good Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in San Francisco CA 

Landscape contractors in San Francisco are required to have a state contractor's license for your protection, such as the C27 license for landscaping specifically. Landscape designers are not required to be licensed so long as they are doing designs only and not any installation work.  If the landscape contractors in San Francisco have employees, they're required to have workers' compensation insurance for your protection because if a worker is injured on your property and the company doesn't have worker's comp, you could be liable to pay for the injuries. 

Landscape contractors in San Francisco are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all those bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage which reimburses their client in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10  such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.

Landscape Companies in San Francisco Perform Numerous Services
Landscape contractors, landscape designers, and landscape architects are equipped to perform a variety
of techniques to convert your drab yard into your ideal outdoor environment, whether it's a small garden design or a business park. If you need a complete landscape renovation, they'll start that landscape renovation process by removing and disposing existing vegetation, pests, and weeds.

Because a beautiful garden requires thorough maintenance, landscapers will build certain features into the infrastructure of the landscape that make it easier for future care. They'll improve the foundation and water efficiency of the yard by installing lawn irrigation and drainage systems, installing sprinkler systems, grading the plot, and laying down new sod. After the initial landscape work is completed, the best landscapers will begin to sculpt the design of your choice. They can work with several themes appropriate to San Francisco, creating Japanese gardens, deer resistant gardens, Feng Shui designs, xeriscapes, permaculture designs, or eco friendly designs.

Once the decorative process begins, certain landscapers can construct and install trellises, gazebos, or arbors to give the area some texture. They may also be able to do hardscaping like walkways and other hardscape features. When it comes time to bring your yard back to life, San Francisco landscapers can plant nearly any flora you prefer, including California natives, olive specimens, junipers, berry vines, or fruits and vegetables.

Good landscapers in San Francisco usually supply the basics as well, like groundcover, flowerbeds, shrubs and trees. Other structural enhancements include stone hardscapes, terraces, lighting, firepits, outdoor kitchens,  and barbecues. Some landscape contractors  can also build a number of water features, including koi ponds, fountains, ponds, or waterfalls.

Landscapers even design and install systems to maintain your new water features or make your new garden design eco-friendly. Low moisture plants, drip irrigation, French drains, pond filtration systems, and water-wise irrigation systems can reduce your water bill and keep your yard looking good at the same time.

Many local landscapers in San Francisco can arrange for future maintenance servicing as well, with follow-up visits that include rototilling, seeding, pruning, weed control, fertilization, erosion care, and arbor care. The best landscapers are versed in all aspects of landscaping in the San Francisco climate, so you can trust in their landscape designs and expert advice for your next landscaping project.

Even if your outdoor environment has never been landscaped or the landscape design was done by another landscaping company, a handful of local landscapers in San Francisco are willing to perform ongoing landscape maintenance services that include garden care, lawn care, grass cutting and more.

Synthetic Grass & Artificial Lawns in San Francisco
Many local landscape firms can install synthetic grass in San Francisco, often referred to as artificial turf, synthetic grass, artificial lawns or fake grass as an alternative to real sod. Uses for artificial grass include putting greens, bocce courts, playgrounds, sports fields, or other high traffic areas. Artificial lawns do still require some maintenance for the removal of organic debris, but maintenance costs are often still lower for artificial grass due to the lack of weeding and mowing service needed and water conservation. Some types of synthetic grass in San Francisco get hot with direct exposure to the sun, so the appropriateness of synthetic lawns in San Francisco depend on the site, the intended use, and exact material the artificial grass is made from.

Ask to make sure the landscape company you choose for artificial lawn installation already has lots of experience with synthetic grass and the issues that are specific to it. Also a company that can offer more than one type of artificial lawn gives you the advantage of options for cost and the material it's made from rather than be pushed into one kind of synthetic turf simply because the company only sells or knows how to install one type of artificial grass.

Synthetic grass and artificial lawns have varied lifespans so look at the manufacturer's warranty. Most artificial turf is warranted to hold its color and integrity for six years or more.  Common brands of artificial grass in San Francisco include Pregra Artificial Grass, SYNLawn, AstroTurf, FieldTurf, ForeverLawn, ProGreen, SmartGrass, Synthetic Turf International.

 

Some Landscaping Contractors & Landscape Designers in San Francisco Are Better Than Others.
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these landscaping companies and landscape designers in San Francisco: Reilly Designs, Donlan Landscape Contractors, Gardenworks Inc, Heritage Landscapes. Other landscapers in San Francisco CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

Questions To Ask Landscape Designers & Landscape Contractors 



When it comes to landscaping in San Francisco CA, ask these questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the companies you're considering hiring:

• How long have they been doing landscaping in San Francisco specifically? (Different regions have their own

unique soil conditions and weather that will effect choices to be made among plants, sprinkler system design and irrigation. Lots of experience in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)
 

• How many projects have they done similar to yours, in terms of size of job, residential versus commercial, drought-tolerant, etc.?

• Can the landscape company give you names and numbers of clients who had similar project to yours

who you can call as references? (All landscape companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)


• What is their repair or replacement policy for plants that might die after installation and for how long?

• Can the company vouch that all employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.? (All landscape companies in San Francisco bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• How will they determine pricing?

• Will they show you proof of active workers' compensation and liability insurance? (All landscape 

companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)

• Will they provide a written estimate that is detailed,

including the amount of the amount of material to be used, brand names if any, and product numbers if any? (This is key because cheap landcape companies in San Francisco often only appear cheaper by using less material or lower quality brands).

• What are the manufacturer warranties on the material to be used?

• Do they provide a written warranty for their labor, aside from manufacturer warranties?

• Will permits be needed? If so, will the landscape contractors be responsible for getting them or do they leave that up to you?


• Do they use only their own employees, or do they hire subcontractors, and if so, what are the names of

those companies?


When you've chosen the best landscape contractors in San Francisco for your specific needs, make sure they are properly licensed by the State of California. (All landscape contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)







 

 

 

 

Research About Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in San Francisco 

The following is a list of helpful associations and publications on landscaping contractors & landscape designers.

Associations & Licensing for Landscapers in San Francisco CA
ANLA American Nursery & Landscape Association (http://www.anla.org/)
APLD Association of Professional Landscape Designers (http://www.apld.org)
ASGI Association of Synthetic Grass Installers (www.asgi.us)
ASLA American Society of Landscape Architects (www.asla.org)
BBB Better Business Bureau (http://www.bbb.com/)
CLCA California Landscape Contractors Association (http://www.clca.org/)
CSLB Contractors State License Board (www.cslb.ca.gov)
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs (www.dca.ca.gov)
Diamond Certified (www.diamondcertified.org)
ELA Ecological Landscaping Association (http://www.ecolandscping.org/)
IA Irrigation Association (www.irrigation.org)
IALE International Association of Landscape Ecology (http://www.landscape-ecology.org/)
LDA Landscape Design Association (www.ldaonline.org)
NLAE Nursery & Landscape Association Executives of North America (http://www.nlae.org/)
PLANET The Professional Landcare Network (www.landcarenetwork.org)
WNLA Western Nursery and Landscape Association (www.wnla.org)



Web & Media Publications for Gardeners and Landscaping in San Francisco
Deck and Landscape Magazine
Fine Gardening Magazine
Flower and Garden Magazine
Green Industry Landscaping & Garden Magazine
Grounds Maintenance Magazine
Horticulture Magazine
Landscape Management
Lawn & Landscape Magazine
ProGardenBiz Landscape and Garden Magazine


The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Landscape Companies in San Francisco within the following zip codes:

94101, 94147, 94116, 94118, 94109, 94111, 94132, 94131, 94121, 94114, 94103, 94158, 94119, 94166, 94130, 94129, 94141, 94170, 94142, 94122, 94167, 94134, 94133, 94159, 94188, 94125, 94115, 94108, 94107, 94127, 94140, 94157, 94105, 94110, 94146, 94172, 94123, 94169, 94126, 94104, 94164, 94165, 94102, 94120, 94168, 94112, 94124 and 94117

 

 


Landscapers San Francisco CA
Admiral Green Landscaping San Francisco CA 94132
Adrienne Wong & Associates San Francisco CA 94107
Alder Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94132
Alexis Woods Landscape Design San Francisco CA 94117
Alida Blair Design San Francisco CA 94133
American Society of Landscape San Francisco CA 94103
Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94107
Angels of Ireland Landscape San Francisco CA 94112
Antonia Bava Landscape Architect San Francisco CA 94107
Appleseed Garden San Francisco CA 94127
Arterra LLP San Francisco CA 94107
Artisans Landscape San Francisco CA 94124
Bay Area Landscaping San Francisco CA 94124
Bay Horticulture & Urban San Francisco CA 94123
Bella Vita Garden Design San Francisco CA 94110
Bio Gardening San Francisco CA 94123
Brignoli Landscaping San Francisco CA 94108
Broucaret Landscaping San Francisco CA 94110
Buddhist Feng Shui-Zen Landscape San Francisco CA 94122
Burton Power Sweeping Landscape San Francisco CA 94124
Carducci & Assoc Inc San Francisco CA 94133
Catalyst San Francisco CA 94107
Cheryl Barton Office San Francisco CA 94103
Christopher Yates Landscaping San Francisco CA 94107
City Life San Francisco CA 94110
Conger Moss Guillard Landscape San Francisco CA 94107
Costello's Tree Service San Francisco CA 94116
Danielson & Associates San Francisco CA 94133
Deanna Glory Landscape Design San Francisco CA 94131
EDAW Inc San Francisco CA 94111
Edward A Nicolaus III San Francisco CA 94123
Extravert Landscaper San Francisco CA 94127
Ez-Land San Francisco CA 94112
Frank & Grossman Landscaping San Francisco CA 94124
Garden Belle San Francisco CA 94114
Garden Route San Francisco CA 94107
Gardenart Group San Francisco CA 94117
GLS Architecture & Landscape San Francisco CA 94110
Guzzardo Partnership Inc San Francisco CA 94133
Hargreaves Associates San Francisco CA 94103
Ithurralde Landscape & Maintenance San Francisco CA 94122
Jan Longwell Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94117
Janet Moyer Landscaping San Francisco CA 94110
Jay Thayer San Francisco CA 94107
Jose's Unique Landscaping San Francisco CA 94110
Katsura Garden San Francisco CA 94115
Kimio Kimura San Francisco CA 94122
Korotkin Associates San Francisco CA 94124
Landscape Architects San Francisco CA 94133
Liquidambar Garden Design San Francisco CA 94110
Living Land San Francisco CA 94117
Lutsko Associates San Francisco CA 94110
Magrane Associates Landscape Design San Francisco CA 94114
MD Fotheringham San Francisco CA 94102
Merrill Morris Partners San Francisco CA 94111
MFLA San Francisco CA 94107
Miller Co San Francisco CA 94103
MPA Design San Francisco CA 94102
New Worlds Homes & Landscapes San Francisco CA 94117
Noble Gardens San Francisco CA 94107
Osmundson & Associates San Francisco CA 94107
Outer Space Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94110
Pat O'Brien Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94103
Plants By Shimamoto San Francisco CA 94121
Quadrant Landscape San Francisco CA 94133
Randy Thueme Design San Francisco CA 94107
Rare Earth Landscapes San Francisco CA 94110
Richard Schadt Associates San Francisco CA 94118
Robert Koch Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94109
Robert La Rocca & Associates San Francisco CA 94104
Robert Mowat Associates San Francisco CA 94107
Robert W Poyas Inc San Francisco CA 94107
Rosalind Wheeler Landscape San Francisco CA 94118
Rose & Thistle Landscaping San Francisco CA 94118
Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey San Francisco CA 94102
Smith & Smith San Francisco CA 94123
Spinola & Schwartz Landscape San Francisco CA 94118
Spry Scapes Construction San Francisco CA 94116
Stanley's Garden San Francisco CA 94118
Stephen Marcus Landscape Co San Francisco CA 94114
Stephen Wheeler Landscape San Francisco CA 94107
Surface Design Inc San Francisco CA 94114
Suzman & Cole Design Associates San Francisco CA 94111
SWA Group San Francisco CA 94105
T Delaney Inc San Francisco CA 94107
Taber Coppola Landscape Architect San Francisco CA 94111
Tamate Landscaping San Francisco CA 94131
Tanaka Design Group San Francisco CA 94103
Thomas Bassett Landscape San Francisco CA 94105
Thuan Landscape & Gardening San Francisco CA 94121
Tin Landscaping San Francisco CA 94122
Tito Patri & Associates San Francisco CA 94123
Valerie Remitz Associates San Francisco CA 94123
Van Dorn Abed Landscape Architecture San Francisco CA 94105
Vegas & Ward Landscaping San Francisco CA 94110
Warnecke-Rosekrans San Francisco CA 94133
William F Peters San Francisco CA 94127
William F Stepka & Associates San Francisco CA 94109
Wrt-Solomon Etc San Francisco CA 94103