15:48 07 Nov 20
John’s work was great! We love our patio. And he was dependable, too. Definitely recommend him!
15:08 07 Nov 20
Highly recommend. Great work, transparent and dependable!John poured a patio for us that transformed our back yard into a space we could really enjoy (since we are spending more time at home during the pandemic, we needed it!). He is an expert, especially with some water flow challenges around our house. We WILL be using him again as we continue next phases of our back yard space.We especially appreciated how transparent he was with our best options for our space and the pricing. He was always there when he said he’d be and HE ONLY DOES ONE JOB AT A TIME! No lingering jobs.
Bill Murray Jr
00:12 10 Oct 20
John Russell just left our house after a weeks worth of very hard work and we could not be happier with the way it looks. We had a bunch of old over grown shrubs and decided to start over. We pulled it all out and John designed a whole new low growing beautiful look with brick around the beds and landscape lights on the house, in several trees and walk way lighting. It looks amazing, better than we could have imagined. We would highly recommend John and his team. They do things right!
17:21 02 Oct 20
Mr. Russell and his crew recently completed a job at my house. They did a wonderful job, and were very accommodating to in-the-moment requests. Mr. Russell was very open about how he quotes and build jobs. His guys worked hard, were respectful, and left a clean job site. The main portion of the job was to install a lengthy french-drain to repair the non-functioning one I had. He walked me thru every step and guarantees his work. I would highly recommend Mr. Russell and would use him again for any future needs.
13:37 27 Sep 20
I am a VERY detail-oriented, (some would say OCD) person, and when I work on a project I insist on a perfect outcome. John and his crew (David and Daniel) never showed any sign of resistance to my many instances of stepping in and asking them to change, adjust, fix or redo minor details of the project. Always cheerful, courteous and cooperative, they truly do put the customer first.The final outcome was better than I had imagined. John arrived every day of the project to lay out plans, ensure materials and instructions were correct, and confer with me regarding any issues. He has a depth and breadth of knowledge and offered many helpful suggestions, even taking the time to advise me on plant choices for troublesome areas of the property which were not part of the project (A pavestone extension of our patio and a pavestone walkway). This project involved bringing in materials to build up a slope to level, and was more complicated than we had imagined; however they completed it on time and within budget.For any future projects, this is the only company I will call upon. Can't be happier. The outcome is beautiful and functional, and enhances the value of our home. As a retired teacher, I give them an A++
13:23 27 Sep 20
John Russell is a consummate professional AND a warm, friendly person. Thoroughly knowledgeable in soils, plants, planning and building, he guided us through the process making suggestions which enhanced our property and added further enjoyment to the final outcome.John and his crew do ONE project at a time. You can expect a bit of a wait for the start date, but once they arrive they stay on site each day until the project is completed to your satisfaction.They are not the low-cost leader. However, Skilled Labor is not cheap, and Cheap Labor is not skilled. When adding on to your home or property, you want to ensure a quality project. This company brings that and John will not leave until you are satisfied with the outcome.I highly recommend this company, we were delightfully surprised and impressed with their professionalism, courtesy and skills.
15:58 21 Sep 20
Our backyard exceeded our expectations. John is an oasis of great ideas.
15:00 30 Jul 20
Mr. Russell is an artist!! On our empty, bleak backyard canvas, I asked Mr. Russell to create beauty and happiness that drew birds, butterflies and bees. We envisioned a retreat, an escape from this time we are living through. His creativity and heart poured into his work had a hummingbird and monarch butterflies before the crew had even finished! It is wonderful and indeed, such a happy place. John gave me very detailed instructions in writing in order to maintain the beauty. He was so thorough, skilled and efficient. His staff are as professional as he! What else can I say but that he was our Claude Monet, and we are supremely pleased.Oh, in addition, his work was incredibly pocket-book friendly!
18:56 25 Jul 20
John and his team were flexible and easy to work with.They did a good job of landscaping my sloping backyard. They had to address loss of topsoil and drainage issues, and do a lot of planting and transplanting. The backyard is quite transformed!
22:55 08 Jul 20
John and his hard-working 2-man team recently completed several improvements to our back and front yards, including a drainage system, stone steps, sod and bedding improvements. It is so nice to have a real back yard now! And really looking forward to seeing the new azaleas and roses in the front yard in bloom. John was professional and knowledgeable, and completed the job on time and on budget. Enjoyed working with him and his guys!
13:24 06 Jul 20
John did a great job! They were very efficient, and I loved how his work turned out. I would definitely use him again!
13:15 06 Jul 20
John and his team did a great job. They were quick, professional, and we loved the finished product. Would highly recommend!
14:17 03 Jul 20
We wanted to re-do our front yard after twenty years growth. THIS TIME, we wanted to have plantings that we WANTED versus what was available at garden stores when we had time to do yard work. We met with Mr. Russell and came up with a plan that involved some “statement trees” that were difficult to find. He really knows plants!! Every suggestion we made he advised us on and tried to source them. He never discounted our suggestions and made it seem like it was not a problem. We have had to wait for the trees to be installed AFTER his completion of the yard installation but we would rather have what we want than what we can get, now.JRL’s team showed up when he said they would, worked quickly and CLEANED UP AFTER THEMSELVES!(they took down a 20 year old oak tree, too). We have done many home projects and it is so difficult to find companies that do what they say they will, are easily accessible, will change your plan as you see fit, and clean up when they are done. He also gave us instructions on care and fertilization for success. JRL attention to detail and customer support is a testament to his being in business for 20+ years.
19:24 25 Jun 20
We hired John and his two man crew to landscape/level our backyard and help with water run off. They did a great job with our backyard landscape project. They were able to use large rocks from around our yard to create a beautiful finished product. In addition, on the final day John and his crew made sure to walk us around the yard and explain what all they had done and how the water should flow from down the hill. They ensured we were happy with the results and made sure we didn't have any questions or concerns.
19:06 25 Jun 20
John and his crew have done two jobs for us and both have turned out great. The first project was putting in stone stairs in our front yard. The second project was a massive undertaking to control drainage from mountain water runoff. His two crew members work extremely hard and it shows in the quality of their work.
12:02 20 Jun 20
John recently completed a project for us that included an under drain system and numerous other items and we were completely satisfied with him and his team. The level of knowledge that he brings is impressive and we would not hesitate to contract with him in the future for more work.
20:01 05 Jun 20
We used John and his team to landscape our project. During the initial consultation, he made some great suggestions that greatly enhanced the design. Once things got started, his team worked very hard, did excellent work, and came in under the estimate. Could not be happier with our decision to use John and his team!
22:01 28 May 20
John prepared a design to redo the landscaping in my house. It was priced fairly, and the design was intelligently done. The work was scheduled for 60 days out, but John was able to fit this job in earlier. His crew of two got the job done in 4 days. The work included a relatively large amount of construction- a gravel path, new beds, etc. They were careful and clean. In the end, the finished product is very attractive. I am quite pleased with the finished look. I would use John Russell again for another project and recommend him.
14:59 23 May 20
John and his crew did great work. Very detailed. Even used some river rock I had in the yard in a functional and artistic way! When we found a few small areas in our yard where the sod needed to be rolled a few weeks later, they came right out and fixed it! Thanks John Russell Landscaping. Our yard is gorgeous.
02:55 14 May 20
John Russell just last week finished up some much needed landscaping for our backyard. We were very impressed with John's professionalism, his knowledge of horticulture, his design ideas that would incorporate nicely with initial landscaping. His crew was very prompt, courteous, and diligent in their work. Pleasantly, they completed the job ahead of schedule and were meticulous with clean up. We couldn't have been more pleased with the whole process as well as the finished look. We would highly recommend John for any landscaping needs.13 April
18:21 13 Apr 20
John Russell just last week finished up some much needed landscaping for our backyard. We were very impressed with John's professionalism, his knowledge of horticulture, his design ideas that would incorporate nicely with initial landscaping. His crew was very prompt, courteous, and diligent in their work. Pleasantly, they completed the job ahead of schedule and were meticulous with clean up. We couldn't have been more pleased with the whole process as well as the finished look. We would highly recommend John for any landscaping needs.
13:56 13 Apr 20
John Russell just last week added some much needed landscaping for our backyard. We were very impressed with John's professionalism, his knowledge of horticulture, his design ideas that would incorporate nicely with initial landscaping. His crew was very prompt, courteous, and diligent in their work. Pleasantly, they completed the job ahead of schedule and were meticulous with clean up. We couldn't have been more pleased with the whole process as well as the finished look. We would highly recommend John for any landscaping needs.
13:24 24 Mar 20
We hired John to completely re-landscape our front yard, pour a new driveway and add a parking pad - the finished product was incredible and working with John and his team was a pleasure. We would definitely hire them again for another project!
22:17 07 Feb 20
We hired John Russell to put in an outdoor brick fireplace and brick and concrete patio. He gave us multiple options and was willing to make changes during the process. His estimate was detailed and comprehensive. He impressed us with his passion and interest in the project. His workers were courteous and professional. The final product is outstanding. We intend to hire him again for another project we have in mind.
11:34 24 Dec 19
We needed some work done on our front yard. We had an awkward spot in our yard that we didn’t ever know what to do with it. John was very thorough in his design and we love the outcome!
11:29 24 Dec 19
I would highly recommend John. When his team starts the job, they show up, work all day, and come everyday until it is finished. Our landscaping job went really fast, it was under budget, and looks perfect!
16:34 20 Dec 19
I would highly recommend John and his team. His quote was accurate. The actual cost came in a little under budget and we were able to even add in some late changes. They even fixed quite a bit of wiring on exterior lighting that was not part of original quote. They cleaned up the site when they were done and final product looks amazing. John was onsite every day making sure everything was done correctly per our design. We will definitely use John on future projects.
00:53 29 Aug 19
John’s team did a great job at executing our plan and giving us great advice along the way.
00:41 22 Aug 19
We recently completed a large project in our backyard and it came out beautifully. The initial consultation design meeting was very thoroughly done with the results able to be delivered to the HOA.The lead time for the project was a few weeks which I completely understand based on John’s way of working which I like. I never felt shuffled in order to do another job.During the job, John checked with us every day to make sure our expectations were being met. Honestly this is the hardest working, most professional crew I’ve ever had.After the job, we had to have 2 plants replaced under warranty. This was done promptly. I would highly recommend and would use again anytime.
00:39 06 Jul 19
We hired John to transform an unsightly hill in our yard. Due to the size of the project, I knew it would be a costly but necessary investment and I was very nervous. My concerns were unwarranted. I can be fickle at times, and John accommodated that by returning to draw up a second design and quote for the project. I have dealt with contractors in the past and felt I had to look over their work with an eagle eye to make sure it was up to my standards. I did not have to worry about this with John and his crew. For example, I noticed a singular tree was a bit crooked one evening after they had left. I didn't say anything at the time, but sure enough the next day the issue had been corrected. You want anyone you hire to have the same high standards that you would have for your project. John clearly has those same high standards. 10/10, would hire again!
23:06 03 Jul 19
We hired John to develop a landscape design for a large hill on our property. After going back and forth on several designs over the course of a few months, he nudged us in the right direction on what he felt would go with the design of our neighborhood and give us the erosion control and privacy we were looking for. He was present on-site during the job giving direction, and his crew arrived on time and always left the property looking clean when they left for the day. His attention to detail was very impressive and he came in right at the estimated quote. I wouldn't hesitate to hire John for any future projects--we were very pleased with the end result.
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.
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!
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.