18:58 26 Apr 19
I am a first time homeowner with little knowledge of landscaping. I called John for consultation and I could not have been more pleased. He provided an itemized summary of everything we discussed, which included fence building, deck work, and many many types of plants that would fit with my style of home. John is very knowledgeable and I highly recommend his services.Update 4/26/19 - I hired John after the consultation to renovate my front yard. The result was great. The crew was very professional. The work was finished on schedule and on budget. I will definitely work with John on future projects.
15:55 02 Apr 19
We used John Russell and his crew to do a paver patio back in 2012 at our Condo. They did an amazing job with no drainage issues and it was beautiful. We moved last year and we are using him again for a patio extension and some work to our flower beds and landscaping. John does not work on multiple projects at a time. When he starts yours, he is there until the work is done. John also gives you a very detailed estimate. I am definitely a repeat customer for as long as he is in business.
02:54 26 Feb 19
I used Mr. Russell's services on two occasions and wouldn't hesitate to call him again should I need something done. He was on time for both appointments, accurate on the timelines of my projects, and reasonably priced considering the final quality of the work. Maybe I've had bad luck with other contractors in Birmingham, but it was very refreshing working with John and his team.
23:09 04 Feb 19
John did a great job helping my husband and I plan our landscape. He is knowledgeable and really pays attention to detail. Thank you!
22:08 28 Jan 19
John worked with my wife and I to design and create a plan for our landscape. John went above and beyond to help us. I would highly recommend Johns services for both design and build.
23:23 20 Jan 19
I’m writing on behalf of parents as they do not have a google account 🙂 “We have had John Russell do large and small landscaping jobs for us- He and his crew are friendly and professional. John listened to our concerns and made sure we were pleased with every aspect of the design process. They show up when they say, do quality work in a timely manner and leave everything neat and in order. We highly recommend John Russell Landscape Architect”. ~ Allen and Naomi Blackwell.
17:03 12 Jan 19
John and his crew did a phenomenal job turning a muddy, useless backyard into a gorgeous patio and garden area. After years in this house, getting almost no use from the backyard, we love the new space for grilling, relaxing around the fire pit, and greenery.
16:22 01 Dec 18
The work done by the John Russell Landscape group was excellent and on budget. The circular driveway addition is fantastic. Their plant and tree recommendations improved the appearance of our entire home. Thereby making the home look larger and aesthetically pleasing. The entire crew was easy to be around and easy to work with. These people deserve five star ratings.
02:44 31 Oct 18
John Russell changed my backyard from a yard with several very messy areas into a clean, smooth delightful yard. His team took down trees, removed many straggly shrubs, relocated several plants and shrubs, and repaired brick areas. They had a good work ethic and were patient and responsive to my requests for additional work. And John was diligent in his search to find a rain barrel that is a useful and charming addition to my landscape. Norma Aldridge
16:44 15 Aug 18
I highly recommend John Russell Landcape Architect! Recently an enormous tree fell across my swimming pool. It crushed my pumping & filtering equipment, knocked down several brick columns, and damaged several sections of wrought iron fencing. The downed brick columns were still intact so I wanted to reuse them to save money. I also wanted to repair the wrought iron fence instead of replacing it and use an identical section of fence I wanted to remove from another area on my property. Multiple companies came out to give me estimates and every single one said my existing columns could not be reused and the fence could not be repaired even with the additional section of identical fencing I had available. I was shocked at how expensive they were! I started my search over and found John Russell online and was impressed by the pictures of his projects and the great reviews from past clients. I gave him a call and he said he was booked out longer than I wanted to wait but he offered to come look at my job anyway. The first thing he said was “we can reuse those columns and repair the fence to save money on materials and labor.” I said “you’re hired no matter how long I have to wait.” Everyone else said it was a huge job that would take several weeks but John said it was a small job of about two days and he could fit it in when weather wouldn’t allow him to work on the huge project he was on at the time. He drew up a detailed plan and gave me an estimate which was about 50% less than the next closest quote I had. John stays on all job sites the entire time with his crew and supervises every single aspect of the work. He does large and small projects and never has two jobs going at the same time unless there are small projects he can fit in during bad weather that prevents him from working on his current project. John is a perfectionist and can find a solution for any problem. His crew is a fine tuned machine and you can tell they respect and work hard for him. They finished up my job under budget and quicker than projected. I can’t say enough good things about John and his crew. - Steven Sanders
02:00 10 Aug 18
Russell Landscape knowledge, attention to detail and customer service is the best in the business. I will never use any other landscape company. John continues to answer any question that I have one month later. Amazing customer service..
00:22 24 Jul 18
I hired John to analyze my property and draw up a plan to bring a large outdoor space to its highest and best possible use. The site was full of invasive plants (english ivy, wisteria, privet, etc.), had complex drainage issues, and was completely overgrown. For him to extract those ideas from walking my property speaks to his experience, keen eye, and attention to detail. His drawing gave me the blueprint and the courage to transform my personal Amazon into a Southern Living yard! The project has given my family an incredible space that we will enjoy for years to come. I highly recommend hiring John even if you are a DIY’r like me. Thanks John!
18:54 29 Apr 18
John Russell and his team transformed our backyard from a muddy mess into a peaceful retreat. We have worked with multiple contractors and crews since moving into our house and our experience with John was the most positive and productive. He is very creative, particular, professional, and detail-oriented. He listened to my vision, provided professional input, and together we created a wonderful plan. It was implemented quickly and correctly with fluid communication from beginning to end. His crew had a wonderful attitude and work ethic. I highly recommend John and his team for anyone looking for a quality landscaping experience.
19:12 24 Apr 18
We hired John Russell to address significant water drainage issues and to landscape our entire back yard. He worked with us on design and price and delivered a beautiful backyard that was even better looking than we had hoped it would be. I recommend him for your drainage and landscape needs.
14:45 16 Apr 18
I have worked with John on two projects at my home in the last 3 years and he and his team have done excellent work on each occasion. The work performed included re-sodding the backyard, re-working drainage as well as planting trees and shrubs. John has a wealth of knowledge and is very willing to share his insights on the general health and care of the total landscape. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of landscape services.
18:37 06 Apr 18
I recently purchased a home that I adored, however, the backyard was a disaster. English ivy populated nearly half the usable space. I had water control problems too. I spoke with coworkers about my backyard issues and received multiple glowing recommendations for a landscaping company run by John Russell. I called John and he quickly came to the rescue. He determined that I needed to remove the ivy, grade and re-sod portions of the yard. At first, I tried to do some of the work myself to help with the cost. After 10 months passed since John first came to my house, I finally decided to get on his list. We just finished the project and I couldn't be anymore satisfied with the work John and his crew just completed. I recommend John Russell's landscaping company for any sizable project and he will now be in my quick contacts list for any other improvements I think of in the future.
00:36 22 Mar 18
We had a great experience with John Russell and his team. He told us exactly what was going to happen, showed up when he said he would, and got the job done. He designed a great outdoor space for us and we are absolutely in love with it. His team is fantastic, and they only do one job at a time, so all of the attention is spent on you and your house/yard. Honestly, we couldn't be happier and I wish we would have done this project a few years ago.
07:17 16 Mar 18
John is your go to guy if you want your landscaping done right. John has done work for me on several occasions including a complete relandscaping of my front yard and each time the results have been fantastic. We get compliments all the time on our redesigned Italian/Mediterranean style yard which suits our home unlike the mismatched landscaping we inherited. I appreciate that he cares about the quality of his work and isn't like other landscaping companies that will just throw your stuff in the ground as quick as they can. He wants your landscape to look good and thrive as well, which makes sense because he stands behind his work. Highly recommended.
01:32 01 Mar 18
My neighbors must have hated me, the landscaping in the front of my house was way overgrown, scroungy and generally unkept looking. John met with me and designed a plan that fit my needs and took into account the amount of maintenance I was willing to do. John and his crew arrived when they were supposed to and transformed the curb appeal of my house with beautiful plantings in wonderful beds. My neighbors are speaking to a once more. Thanks John!
16:24 12 Jan 18
John's work is excellent! He has done 2 jobs for us and we couldn't be happier with his work. He has a real talent for spatial organization and laying things out correctly the first time, highly recommend!
15:53 27 Nov 17
John did an excellent job with my project. We had a long-standing erosion problem in my back yard, which he corrected. He was very thorough in his analysis of the issue and worked to make sure the solution would work for my particular situation, i.e. dogs, grandchildren, etc. I was informed up front as to the timeline and he was true to his word. He gave me detailed instructions on how to care for the project afterwards, as well. I am extremely pleased with the outcome and will be contacting him the next time I have a landscaping need.
15:53 17 Nov 17
John Russell and his team of experts just completed a 2nd big job at our house. We are really pleased with the excellent work they did. Multiple trees were cleared from the lot and a garden area was redeveloped for planting all new shrubs and trees. Also, a 50 year-old wall was restored with newly added mortar and shoring up. The landscaping work JR Landscape Architects did added $1,000s to the property value, but more importantly to our pleasure of looking out on the new garden. We will enjoy these improvements for years to come.
15:49 09 Nov 17
John and his crew do fantastic work! A++
18:58 06 Nov 17
Highly recommended. John has completed several landscaping projects for us and each one has been an entirely positive experience. John takes the time to listen to his clients and then designs a plan that is both attractive and functional. His crew is very professional and they are committed to excellence. We couldn't be more pleased with their work.
13:34 27 Oct 17
Knowledge, experience and a relentless pursuit to satisfy the customer are all qualities that John Russell has shown during the two projects that he, and his crew, have completed for us this year. In addition, John focuses on each project, one at a time, which means the work is completed either on time or ahead of schedule. My wife and I have found John to be very easy to work with and we'll continue to call on him for some future projects that we have in mind.
00:11 24 Oct 17
I couldn’t be more pleased with the work John and his crew did! I’m a novice when it comes to plant varieties and plant care, so I was looking for something low maintenance for my sloped backyard. I really appreciated the time John spent with me to discuss which plants would work best for my situation, and on creating a layout that had a very natural yet groomed look to it, which I love! He also spent plenty of time covering long-term maintenance and care for my plants, which I was really worried about since I don’t have much experience in this area. He charges a consultation fee, but this comes off of your final bill if you end up booking him. You’ll receive a detailed estimate after the consultation, which was very accurate in my case ( I think my final tally ended up about $10 under what he estimated). While you do have to book him a few months out from when the work will be completed since he focuses on one project at a time, he is very up front about this and can give you a good estimate of when he expects the work to take place. I would highly recommend John and his team and would definitely use them again!
19:01 28 Sep 17
John Russell really went out of his way to make us happy. He took our little, plain, bare backyard and turned it into a haven for us. He custom-made me a waterfall feature that gives me the wonderful look and sound that makes me happy and relaxed. Add to that the beautifully-laid pavers, stone bench and firepit, leveling, and plants, and we now have our dream backyard. While I was disappointed the job ended up being 25% over budget, I understand why, and I don't know how it could have been done differently. John was really responsive to any issues or concerns, and made sure everything was done right. Thanks John! I can hardly wait to see everything in bloom next year.
Jo Anne Lindley
14:35 27 Sep 17
REPEAT CUSTOMER! Knowledgeable, professional, courteous describes John Russell and his crew. Had to wait several months each time, but the high demand speaks to the quality of the work. It was worth the wait!
A. G. Madi
02:05 30 Jul 17
Incredibly pleased with the whole experience! John was so easy to work with, and it was so helpful to have a professionally made drawing at the end our meeting to submit to the HOA. We had some ideas of what we wanted, and with John's expertise, we were able to fine tune which plants would be best for us. Next step was the installation: he and his workers showed up right on time, every day. Even better was that they finished in 3.5 days (half a day was lost to thunderstorms). Definitely recommend. And, if I have another project, I would only hire him.
15:47 23 Jul 17
I hired John to fix some brick work around landscaping in the front yard. He personally came to the site, took a look at my whole front and suggested my front steps needed some attention, which they did. The work was done just as promised and the cost was very reasonable. I highly recommend him and his team.
21:28 20 Jul 17
John just completed a project at my house (on time AND under budget), and I am very happy with his work. I had some pretty unique ideas/requests that weren't necessarily in John's comfort zone, but it became a fun challenge and the results were amazing. I think he might have been as excited about the project as I was. The best thing about John is his work ethic. He is a true professional, communicates timely and honestly, and acts with integrity. He is a straight-shooter and let me know upfront what his concerns were about my project. My husband and I ended up liking him so much (even after he expressed his concerns about what we wanted) that we were more than willing to take a chance on him and we are so happy we did. I believe John is as much of a Type A perfectionist about his work as I am (and I'm a CPA so I know about being Type A), and it was so nice working with someone who treats your yard as if he was working on his own. I've worked with other landscapers in the past and my experience was the complete opposite. I plan to use John on other projects in the future, and highly recommend him to others.
04:20 20 Jun 17
We couldn't be happier with the work that John and his crew completed for us! John was great to offer low maintenance solutions that still looked beautiful. He addressed both cosmetic and drainage issues. We would definately use him again for any future landscaping.
17:27 05 Jun 17
John did an incredible landscape job on our entire back yard and patio requiring resurfacing our entire area which was plagued with drainage issues. It is immaculate and we have enjoyed it so much that I am going to get him to work on our front yard now! Thanks, John!!!
21:38 04 Jun 17
We hired John Russell to help us with some problem areas in our yard. Grass world not grow in some shady areas causing soil erosion. John's very professional crew installed grass, built some very nice flower beds with hydrangeas, and laid rock underneath our deck and in a walkway. Everything looks great and should solve our problems. John provided an accurate estimate and was available for questions and feedback. I highly recommend John and his crew.
19:32 30 Jan 17
We hired John Russell to build our outdoor fireplace and back patio. I would highly recommend him and his crew. Very professional and took the time to explain to us what he was doing during each phase of the construction. His attention to detail was very reassuring. He even went the extra mile to communicate with our HOA and make sure everything was compliant. We will definitely be using him again on our next project.
16:39 06 Sep 16
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.
17:08 12 Aug 16
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.
01:11 12 Aug 16
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.
23:17 05 May 16
John Russell and his crew (Diego & David) 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
22:18 30 Apr 16
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.
15:20 30 Apr 16
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
R Douglas Watson
04:14 05 Apr 16
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.
16:14 04 Apr 16
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.
13:52 30 Mar 16
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!
15:15 24 Mar 16
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.
23:40 23 Mar 16
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.
18:01 23 Mar 16
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!
23:17 22 Mar 16
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!
19:32 22 Mar 16
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.
19:03 22 Mar 16
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.
02:24 02 Mar 16
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.
22:31 17 Jul 17
i struggled with what to say here .John Russell has done two jobs for me . I was happy with the first and had him do a second job for me . I was not as happy with the second job .
21:40 04 Feb 19
I was really excited to have John Russell help me with my landscape. The design he came up with anyone could have designed that does landscaping. The mistake I made was hiring him to do rock borders around my gardens. I chose the rock but told him any type of rock would work that wasn't one color. He didn't estimate the right amount of rock and labor it would take. Therefore, the job went over several thousand dollars. He argued with me about the job and made it seem like it was my mistake that he couldn't estimate correctly. I ended up paying a lot more money and my front rock wall has a dip in it that isn't level. I was ready for the nightmare of working with John to end. I mentioned the dip in the wall but he acted like he couldn't see it. Even though earlier in the job he said they would fix the dip in the wall. I would never hire him again and he has been the worst professional I have ever hired to do anything for me.