We hired John Russell to landscape a portion of our yard.
“We hired John Russell to landscape a portion of our yard. He came to our home, and after discussion of our goals and priorities, drew up a tentative plan to include plantings, sod, and a walkway. He gave us an approximate start date and an estimate of cost. The work was done on time and on budget. Two aspects of his work are worth emphasizing. First, John has a great eye for the aesthetic. We are very pleased with the “look” of his work. Second, John and his crew are thoroughly professional; they show up on time, work hard, and clean up after the job is done. If you get several estimates for a landscape job, I suspect John’s won’t be the lowest. However, in my view, his estimate will be fair and well worth the expense. I recommend John Russell without reservation. He is a first rate landscape architect; his work is outstanding. I’d hire him again in a heartbeat.”
- R Douglas Watson
I highly recommend John Russell for any landscape job.
“I highly recommend John Russell for any landscape job. He designed and built my garden several years ago. It has matured very nicely. My neighbors and visitors always compliment my garden. I appreciate the fact that John has remained available for consultation on my garden plants.”
- Stephen Henson
We had a great experience working with John.
“We had a great experience working with John. He was incredibly helpful, giving a huge amount of useful information when consulting, and followed through exactly as described once we decided to move forward with our landscaping changes. Communication was excellent through the process. The job was done quickly and with care, looks amazing, and is one of the few times when everything was done to our high standard. I would and have recommended him to anyone who's looking for landscaping work. He's passionate about his work, good at it, and with attention to detail that's excellent. We couldn't be happier!”
- Garrett Hurst
John is very good at his job and he's very knowledgable about plants.
“John is very good at his job and he's very knowledgable about plants. He offered to replace any plants that died if I had been watering them enough . He had to replace just one (out of many) but we determined the area was too wet for that particular plant. After we discussed it together, he's going to replace it with a different plant. John is responsive and caring about the quality of his work. I would recommend him highly.”
- Janet Givhan
John Russell recently redesigned our landscaping and we are thrilled with the results.
“John Russell recently redesigned our landscaping and we are thrilled with the results. He helped us draw up some plans to submit to our HOA as well as gave his recommendations about what plants to use and how to care for them. John was very professional & his workers were very friendly. They replaced some of our top soil to assist in the growth of our new plants and they made sure to use a tarp to keep the soil from getting everywhere and causing a big mess. They left our front yard, sidewalk, and drive way very clean and even pressure washed when they were done with our job. John gave us a budget at the beginning of the job and came in right on budget upon his completion of the work. We were very impressed and will continue to highly recommend John Russell to anyone we know that needs landscape work performed.”
- Kimberly Miller
I've used John for two jobs now and am considering a third.
“I've used John for two jobs now and am considering a third. He is not the cheapest landscaper but you get what you pay for. Still, he is very considerate of my budget when planning the project and spent considerable time evaluating my yard and my wants before offering multiple options and prices. When your project is on his schedule he will finish it completely and clean up like he was never there, other than leaving you a nice new yard.”
- Phil Mazur
John has been doing both landscape work and drain work for us for eight years now.
“John has been doing both landscape work and drain work for us for eight years now. He drew up the plan for our landscape and has done the planting over the years. We are extremely pleased with how our yard looks and the fact that we have blueberries, a fig tree, and a pear tree that bear fruit each year. We recently had a problem with the drain that was put in our yard four years ago, and John came right over with his crew and fixed it. I would highly recommend John Russell for any landscape project!”
- Barbara Bowlby
I am so happy that I found John Russell.
“I am so happy that I found John Russell. I needed a professional that could help me meet the requirements of a Homeowners' Association. He was able to quickly present me with a landscape plan that I could give to the Association for approval. He also made some minor changes in the plan as the work commenced. He got my permission before any changes were made. All the changes were a definite improvement and actually saved me money. I highly recommend John Russell Landscape Architect. HCH Hoover”
- Harold Hamilton
Because of some significant drainage problems at my home
“Because of some significant drainage problems at my home, which had begun to compromise some of the integrity of my structure, it was suggested to me that I might need to talk to a landscape architect. Until that time I had been talking to various contractors and landscapers. After having a number of things done both in and outside house, the problem still existed. In 2013 I began to search for a landscape architect and came across John Russell. I contacted him and two other people. John was the first person to return my calls, and one person never got back to me. When John came to look at my situation, I experienced him as a straight shooter. He talked about ways to address my problems that made sense to me and seemed practical. He listened to me, really listened, about my preferences, lifestyle, and, aesthetic leanings. He also was very clear about the way he operated, emphasizing that he does “one job at a time,” (that impressed me) and clearly delineating when and how he would be available to me. As a female, and am accustomed to service people trying to deceive or mislead me. I experienced none of that with John. So, after careful consideration, I chose John Russell Landscape Architect to do my work, even though there was going to be a wait of several months before starting. John began the job slightly ahead of the proposed schedule. He did everything just as he said he would do, was on time every morning, and his crew cleaned up every evening. Before he did anything, he explained to me carefully what was going to be done. Whenever I made an attempt to contact him I found him available and responsive 100% of the time. (From the very beginning, he diligently explained that he takes one day off every week and would not be available for contact on that day. As a mental health counselor, I appreciate and respect that, and I honored that boundary in my efforts to reach him.) The work was finished in a timely manner, fully to my expectations, and below budget. The next week we had some very heavy rains that showed my problem had been alleviated. After the job was completed, I encountered one slight problem, which he quickly came and fixed without debate or argument. Should I ever again need a landscape architect, I would hire John Russell without even talking to other people. I can recommend him enthusiastically and without hesitation.”
- Joyce McKay
We have used John Russell for several projects
“We have used John Russell for several projects (new sod, drainage problem, trimming and new plantings). He and his crew are knowledgeable, professional, and in general do excellent work. They show up when they say they will and usually come in under budget.”
- Charles Ellis
John Russell helped us design and then he and his very professional crew extended our patio
“John Russell helped us design and then he and his very professional crew extended our patio, rerouted our drainage, replanted and rearranged our shrubbery, and in general totally transformed our back yard and did so on time and on budget. We now consider John a personal friend as well as a former contractor.”
- Wally Gibson
We bought a new patio home that needed landscaping help as well as having serious drainage issues
“We bought a new patio home that needed landscaping help as well as having serious drainage issues causing ponding of water. The soil is clay so the ponding took a long time to percolate into the soil. I contacted John who was very professional and spent a good hour to two hours with my wife and I designing a solution to the drainage while beautifying our yard. We checked his pricing, found it very competitive, and hired John. He and his crew showed up on time, did the work as planned, cleaned up their mess each day, and completed the job within the schedule and only slightly over budget. (The overage on the budget resulted from a cobble stone vendor going up in his price after John had prepared the original cost estimate.) John went plant shopping with my wife and I, while his crew prepared beds, to pick out the plants and John's crew helped me plant some plants we chose that were outside the original scope. After the project we needed one more shrub and were unable to find it locally. I called John and offered to pay him for one next time one of his crew came nearby. A few days later, I came home from work to find the plant in the ground compliments of John! It has been a year and the drainage is working as planed, even with the heavy rains we've had) and the plants are maturing nicely. We only lost a couple of ferns during the winter and a couple of Lenten Roses. I have recommended him to neighbors and could not be more pleased!”
- Steve Bedsole
John Russell and his crew transformed our backyard
“John Russell and his crew transformed our backyard from a mud hole to a place where we can relax and enjoy the jasmine and honeysuckle. I highly recommend them. Thank you. Bob & Mary Sorrell”
- Bob & Mary Sorrell
I had John Russell handle the landscaping
“I had John Russell handle the landscaping of my existing back yard. I am very happy with the results. He built a large paver patio, re-sodded the back lawn, sodded a large, new section of back lawn, and added some beautiful plants and shrubs. He also took care of some masonry problems on a retaining wall and the front steps of my house. John's employees are friendly and very hard workers. I would heartily recommend John Russell Landscape Architect for any jobs such as this.”
- Tim Cuthbertson
We couldn't be happier
“We couldn't be happier with the landscaping work John did for us. He built a stone patio, with an outdoor kitchen and fire pit, in addition to some other grading and sod work for us. His and his crew's attention to details was remarkable. If you want a quality job you can't go wrong using him. Most importantly, I believe him to be honest and straightforward. We never at any point felt like we were being taken advantage of. He has also been willing to come back out when issues have arisen to stand by his work. I highly recommend John.”
- Eric Stafford
We've hired John Russell for two projects
“We've hired John Russell for two projects at our home, and are very happy with his work. The first time was to repair a brick patio and fix some related drainage problems. He and his crew did a great job. Our front patio looks great now, and water is no longer an issue. After seeing the quality of his work, we hired him for another, larger project. Our back yard is about 100 feet wide by 350 feet deep. Over the past 50 years it was overtaken by forest, poison ivy, privet, and wisteria vines. We had cleared a portion of it for gardening and a play set for the kids, but had always wanted to clear out the rest and make a woodland garden. We also had problems with water not draining properly across a low spot in the middle of the yard. Once again, Mr. Russell and his crew did an outstanding job of designing and building exactly what we wanted. They subtly re-graded a portion of the yard and used river rock and crushed pea gravel to create a swale. The rock looks like a natural part of the landscape. The swale drains water evenly from the rest of the yard, so there are no wet or dry spots – just well irrigated and drained soil that is perfect for gardening. Because they changed the geography instead of installing pipes, there is no extra maintenance. This was a brilliant solution I don’t think we would have gotten with another landscape company. Our woodland garden turned out great as well. They removed all of the junk - privet, wisteria, and dead trees – and saved some large and beautiful oaks, maples, hackberries, Virginia pines, magnolias and laurels. They installed a new sprinkler system that covers the full yard – about 50,000 square feet. Because the water meter is located at the back of the property, they replaced the main water line to the house as well. It was about 65 years old so I’m glad we did it. They also constructed a gravel road extending the driveway to the back of the property. It’s made of two sizes of crushed stone, packed tightly together, and is both strong and attractive. Once everything was cleared and the “infrastructure” parts were finished, they put in about 100 new plants and relocated another 30 or so from other parts of the yard. The property is surrounded by chain-link fence. To make it more attractive they planted several varieties of flowering vines. These are already spreading all over the fence, and the flowers smell great. He placed a sycamore and bald cypress near the drainage swale. Both species love the extra ground water and have thrived, easily doubling in size in one season. The layout of the landscape turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. Trails cut through the woodland garden creating a series of small meadows that function like rooms. There are lots of spots to sit in the shade and read or just enjoy the view. He left some very old and hardy muscadine grape vines they uncovered, and combined with the fruiting vines and flowering shrubs he planted, the garden attracts a wide variety of birds and butterflies. We are so happy with our new yard and gardens. I cannot recommend John Russell’s work highly enough.”
- Patrick McLendon
John fixed a drainage problem
“John fixed a drainage problem we were having in our yard. This is the third project he has completed for us with the highest degree of satisfaction. Not only does the work solve the issue, it looks great. He is cost competitive and meets the schedule he lays out for project work and completion.”
- Paul Bebenek