Brick paver patio
Great job from start to finish, they went above and beyond.
- Steven H
I rarely, if ever leave reviews. However, I thought it might be helpful to other initially skeptical folks like myself to briefly share my experiences with TLS as an exception.
I had never hired anyone for this type of work but in early 2017 decided it was time. My landscape architect recommended TLS among several others. My initial skepticism with all of the choices focused on any one of them being able to execute the architect's vision of the project especially it being such a large investment.
TLS came out on top for me using several metrics, not in the least of which was overall cost but primarily quality of materials, workmanship, warranty, sustainability and commitment.
I became less and less skeptical when I watched (unbeknownst to them) Ernie and his crew start work after the initial contract negotiations. It became apparent that Ernie's crew believed in quality workmanship evidenced by several incidents whereby a crew member or lead removed or redid something they had done even though I would never have noticed afterwards. Just because it wasn't good enough for themselves.
Warranty or materials and commitment to honor was perhaps one of my biggest concern, especially with plants, trees and shrubs. TLS in this area also excelled. A year after the initial work was completed, Ernie and his team returned to take inventory and remedy problems that occurred during the harsh 2017 winter. What impressed me more than anything was their commitment to the overall goal of the landscaping. They repaired and replaced where needed, but, more impressively, they also ensured the overall scape stayed true to the objective of the initial design, even where the initial design fell short in hind sight. Evidenced by replacement of plants that, while initially called for, were not the right fit and others were added to present a more complete look.
I believe Ernie and his team are the increasingly rare breed of folks who, knowing their business has to compete, understand that to gain a customer is hard, keeping a customer is even harder, but, with their long term strategy of commitment to their craft, made it the right choice for me.
I hope this testimonial helps anyone facing the same choices I had to face. I definitely felt they wanted this project to succeed long term just as much as I did.
- Michael K
We live in a Townhouse Association and TLS is the company that provides our lawn care maintenance. We had multiple areas around our particular unit that needed attention - drainage and access issues for example. We contacted Ernie for assistance. He was prompt and spent two sessions with us to review the scope of work we wished to have completed, answer questions, etc. His design was fantastic! We chose to utilize TLS and one of the best decisions we have ever made. Ernie exceeded our expectations with scheduling and the crew were phenomenal! Our three man crew were prompt, respectful, and the most amazing workers. Thank you to Ernie and the crew - we are enjoying the results of your hard labor.
Exceptional service! Highly Recommend!
- John .
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We have had The Landscape Specialists mow our lawn for several years as well as complete Spring and Fall Cleanups. One year I went with another landscape provider and really noticed the difference. The Landscape Specialist do an excellent Job - are prompt and courteous as well as go one step beyond. . This winter we have decided to have them handle our snow removal. I realize we have had only one snow incident - again they were prompt and went above and beyond - salting the whole driveway and front walk. The one quality I really like about the Landscape Specialists is they take the one step further: - when they see my barrels are full from gardening waste they empty them. When they see the evergreens need trimming - they trim them. In addition Ernie will personally address your requests and his office staff is the best.
You will not be disappointed with The Landscape Specialists.
- Rita .
High quality service, very professional
The crew at the Landscape Specialists is very curteous and hardworking. They do their work very efficiently and I have never had any complains with them.
- Samra .
The Landscape Specialists are the BEST!
The Landscape Specialists completed multiple projects for our home. From retaining walls, to paver patio & fire pit, to complete landscape redesign including a 360 degree stone walkway, to monthly maintenance they perform at an exceptional level. Always quality work at a fair price. I am so confident in their work, I refer them to my clients knowing they will make me proud of the results they deliver.
- Jerry .
Professional, attentive to customer needs and continue to add personal touches to ensure highest quality of work and customer service is provided.
- John .
Ernie is the best. Wonderful ideas and always there to help. The crew are great and listen to my wishes.
- judi .
Very pleased with the service and professionalism above all
- Q C
Where do I begin? For starters, Ernie Rico was the only contractor/owner-operator that came to my house on time, and cheerful. He was a pleasure to speak with from the start. Very down to earth and respectful of my wishes, ideas and time frame. He sent me emailed me a 3-D conceptual design based on what we discussed on our first meeting. He gave me terrific feedback and an honest, professional appraisal for the work to be done. Ernie took pictures, measurements and shared with me the history of his business. He takes his business very personal and perceives projects as if they were his own house and property. He’s been at this for decades and has put his body through a guanlet. This proved to me that he truly lives and breathes his work, and it shows. It is evident in his employees, their work and patience for their craft. This kind of work is truly a labor of love, I believe. This shows in the quality and attention that Ernie and his staff give to each project. I felt that we were in in together and that no matter what, my happiness was the desire and goal of The Landscape Specialists. The team that came out to my house every morning for two weeks were, punctual, respectful and patient with the plan laid out by Ernie and myself. When I had questions, comments, concerns or praises, I always got a timely response from either Ernie or his staff that landed the phones at the their office. Courtesy and respect for the task was what I received. I consider Ernie a friend now and he made the experience painless and personal. I so appreciated his approach. It’s a lot to consider as far as expense and final esthetics when adding a patio or landscaping to your home. I got really lucky finding these good people, especially Ernie. On the Landscaping, he made sure I received what I had envisioned and gave me honest feedback that would in turn, benefit the overall needs I had requested for our home. Great people. I will obtain their services in the future without question for other projects. I’ve received complements on his team’s work many times since completion in August of this year. When I needed follow-up care for whatever, he was there to help and assist in making me happy and satisfied. His people are loyal, experienced and talented, same as Ernie is. Can never thank you enough, Ernie!! He’s welcome at my place anytime, especially to enjoy the sweet fire-pit they installed:) Please consider and meet this man. He’s true:)
Dennis Pelaez (Dino)
- Dino .
Amazing work, professional and timely
As a new home owner we have learned the joys and perils of working with contractors. We’ve experienced contractors showing up late or not at all, doing poor workmanship or inflating their prices.
I can honesty say Landscape Specialist were none of those things. Their team showed up right on time (actually 15 minutes early), was courtesy and professional, and reasonably priced. We paved our backyard with patio bricks and they did some work on our flower beds. The space looked transformed after their touch. I would recommend they to anyone looking for great service.
- Ramon .
The company worked on 6 areas of my brick patio. Two of the areas do not appear to have been fixed in the way I was told they would, As a result the bricks are pitched and seem to be separating. This work was done a few months ago, so I am waiting to see hoe they will hold up over the winter season. The other four areas look fine and appear to be fixed in the way the company said they would. Their prices are competitive and Ernie is responsive, which says a lot as many people in this business are not responsive once the job is done and further work is needed.
- Rich .
I would highly recommend Ernie and his crew!!
- Dawn .
What you expect from a professional
I had been given Ernie's contact information from a friend who had used them.Every thing was very professional from start to finish.
After my initial email to Ernie, he replied in a timely manner.
We discussed the project and he told me he would price out the project in stages in case I did not want all of it done this year.
I really appreciated that. I received the estimate about a week later and Ernie gave me an idea on when they would be able to do the work.
I spoke with the workers on they day they did the job and they were very pleasant and did a great job. I will definitely use Landscape Specialists
- Nancy .
The Landscape Specialists, LLC
We had a patio and fire pit built, flagstone path put in and our landscape torn out and new plantings out in. Whenever we have needed Landscape Specialists, they have arrived (weather providing) early in the morning, worked very hard, did a wonderful job and always cleaned up when they were finished. We are now using the weekly maintenance, which is wonderful. Weeds are pulled, sticks picked up, bushes trimmed and driveway, patio, deck, walkway all blown off. My landscaping never looked so good. And of course, it is always great to talk to Ernie, he coordinates every job well and has a good working relationship with everyone. We would and have recommend them to others, including my husband's real estate customers.
- Gail .
Excellent service, professional and friendly
The representative that came out to quote the job was very professional and knowledgeable. He provided insight on the project and offered excellent advice. The work was done when promised and completed as I had directed. Cost was reasonable. I would definitely recommend this company for your landscaping needs.
- Joanne .
I have called several places just to have a few flower bed put in, but by far I have got the best service from Ernie, friendly and very quick to respond.We look forward to trees and other things done to our home. Thanks Ernie
- jennifer .
Front yard transformation
A very positive experience all-round. From the company representative who was enthusiastic about the transformation plans to the employees executing the design. Diligent, respectful and hard-working are some of the adjectives I would use to describe the team working on my front entrance. They understood and envisioned the importance to the customer. They did not make it seem as if this was just "another project". On time and within budget. Of all the highly respected companies who bid on the work, The Landscape Specialists LLC certainly stood out head and shoulders. Highly recommended and I would use them again.
- M K
Ernie and his crew did a great job! We were out of town the day they came and were pleasantly surprised when we came home. I was surprised everything on the quote was completed in one day.
- Karen .
Professional and Efficient!
Ernie and everyone at Landscape Specialists are all about quality and efficiency. We've used them for two separate jobs this summer/fall. The biggest job was a patio install using Unilock brick pavers. I was hesitant to using brick pavers as I thought it would have a low-quality appearance. How wrong I was! The team laid a custom pattern with a gorgeous border. The patio itself looks amazing, and they also moved an entire flower bed to better compliment the design of the patio. All in all, we're thrilled with the work. The best part about working with Landscape Specialists is that their pricing is extremely competitive and fair, and they honor the terms of the quote.
-Happy customer in Wheaton
- S K
Love our new patio!
Ernie and his crew did an incredible job with our new patio! We are looking forward to the many years we will be able to enjoy it with our family!
Anytime we had a question Ernie was available to answer it...he walked with us step by step, giving us ideas and helping us to come up with ideas that both suit our needs and that we loved. We are looking forward to working with Ernie and his crew on our next project.
Thanks so much! We would recommend them to everyone!
- Jeffrey and Carol .
Responsive and Good Follow Through
We had an existing brick paver patio removed and a new Unilock Richcliffe patio paver installed (larger area), along with the same material used on a front walkway.
Ernie was responsive and overall executed on the timeline and cost promised. We also had a seat wall installed. It was initially done poorly and when I raised this with Ernie, he did have his team adjust the seat pavers on top to make them symmetrical. Also, I stressed the importance of drainage (ie Pitching the patio away from the house). While the pitch is away from the house, it is more gradual than I would prefer given rain patterns and I also have a couple of low areas that hold water after rain. I did raise this with Ernie, but it has not been repaired to my satisfaction.
I had his team remove some boxwood shrubs temporarily for the project, which they did, however, when they were reinstalled, they were done very haphazardly and not professionally. It is probably my fault for using a hardscape specialist for this task.
Overall, TLS was competitive on price (not highest, not lowest) and completed the project on time. These projects can be expensive and therefore I expect the details to be completed to a high level. Overall, we are satisfied, but for the couple of items I mentioned.
I would recommend TLS, but would suggest being very clear with your expectations and be present on a daily basis to provide feedback, if you are able. All this said, Ernie is very reachable via email or mobile phone and is professional and polite, which is important in this line of work.
- Brian .
Great team, very reliable, terrific work product, trustworthy and detail-oriented
We had reached out to several landscape crews for some work on our yard and decided to go with The Landscape Specialists really because I liked their style and easy-going, value-add approach. That was three years ago and we are still having them do work for us because they stand by what they do, and they get the work done really well. All you can ask for so I have no reason to move my business to anyone else. I have recommended this team to several close friends and they are all very happy as well.
- Quinn C
Quality work, and Ernie is very easy to work with!
- Drew .
Very professional and did a very nice job
John was very helpful and listened to exactly what we wanted done.
His crew was very professional with high quality of work. I would certainly recommend The Landscape Specialists to others.
- Kevin .
I have used TLS to take care of my yard for a few years now and have always been happy with their excellent work and reasonable prices. Good job with mulch installation as well. would definitely recommend
- Mark .
We are very happy with the clean up and mulching of our yard! The previous owners of our house planted a bunch of varying greenery and all of that greenery was trimmed and cleaned to make the yard absolutely beautiful!
Thank you!! We will definitely be hiring them again next year!
- Chelsea .
Over the years, my brick patio was sinking. I tried to do it myself, but I just couldn't get it right. I called the Landscape Specialist and came over and checked it out. I called other places too, but nobody returned my calls or would not do repairs. LS came earlier than I expected and finished the job in one day. All the bricks were level and even. They could not have done a better job!! Thanks to all at the Landscape Specialists!
- David .
Professional yet Personable
Very professional, knowledgeable and personable team! Clean, neat, organized and design savvy! Many compliments on their work and designs! Happy Customer !!!
- John .
The Landscaping Specialist
They did exactly what we wanted. The crew also had great customer service. I would recommend them anytime
- Anselmo .
Excellent work; fair pricing
The workers were very competent and friendly. They did a great job in laying my sod.
- Larry .
High Quality, All Around
I have worked with The Landscape Specialists on multiple projects and each time the work is completed with the best workmanship, in a timely manner and at a fair price. Communication is great with Ernie and his proposals are above and beyond what you expect. I highly recommend TLS for any landscaping or hardscape needs.
- Kyle .
Always high quality--across a range of services
We have used the Landscape Specialists for a number of services. They do our weekly mowing, have installed larger trees for us (on a new build lot), have helped us stake trees against the wind, and have installed stepping stones / decorative hardscape rocks for us.
Ernie has always been exceptionally responsive to us. We can call or e-mail him and get a prompt response.
The crews have always been very professional, and our lawn and landscape always look great when they're done.
In addition, the Landscape Specialists stand by their work. For instance, we had them stake out a tree this spring, which they did by anchoring some stabilizing cables into the ground. Because of the wetness this spring, one of the cables came out of the ground. We called the Landscape Specialists as soon as we noticed...and within 1/2 day, the problem was completely fixed.
I would definitely recommend the Landscape Specialists.
- Steve .
High quality and professional people and friedly
I am having these landscape specialists since I moved to Chicago for the last 4 years. They never miss their work schedule and they do a perfect job. The manager responds quickly to my emails.
The price is reasonable.
- Sekhar .
Fantastic Landscape Design and Service
After researching and talking to many different landscape companies, we decided to go with The Landscape Specialists for all of the landscaping around our house, including some playground mulch and minor grading work in the backyard. Ernie came to the house for the initial quote and listened closely to our requests and preferences as well as provided some great design ideas and recommendations. Within a day or two he sent us an itemized quote and some color renderings of the yard showing their proposed design. Needless to say we did not get that type of response or service from any of the other companies we contacted. The price was fair and actually lower than some of the other quotes we received. When it cam time for installation, the crew arrived on the day promised and worked quickly and efficiently to have all of the work finished in just three days! We were completely satisfied with the results and will be contacting The Landscape Specialists for all of future landscaping needs.
- Ryan .
Excellent lawncare company.
Professional landscape company which provides excellent lawn service. Crew members are respectful, hard working and trained. I will highly recommend this company.
- Raj .
WONDERFUL JOB! Will use again
From the very start of our landscaping project, the Landscape Specialist crew were professional, efficient, and listened to what we needed and wanted in our yard. They were responsive to any questions we may have had whether it was about a type of tree to be planted to how often to water the flowers, shrubs, trees that were installed. A job well done! Thank you!
- Susie .
The Landscape Specialists - Know These Guys!
This is a family run business that treats customers like family. They are honest, hard working, and strive to exceed customer expectations.
I invited them back to quote on additional work for my home and recommended them to my real estate customer. Their work for my customer was a good reflection on my recommendation.
Keep up the good work!
- Jerry .
Great brick work
Ernie's team completed our brick walkway nicely and on time in preparation for our home going on the market.
- Nathan .
Am very happy withe the work that was done The BEST
- Lavel .
Exceptional Landscaping Services!
We've been using The Landscape Specialists team for over a year now and their work has been fantastic. Originally they built us a beautiful brick patio and have gone on to manage all of our landscaping needs ever since. They handle our weekly mowing and do all the spring and fall clean-ups as well. The crew shows up each week at roughly the same time and does a great job with all the weekly maintenance procedures. They're even careful to move all of the random kid toys that are all over the back yard. Our main contact person, Ernie, is never more that a phone call or email away. Overall, we couldn't ask for better service!
- Zoltan .
Surpassed our expectations
Our property has never looked better. The spring clean up the crew did after this year's harsh winter made our landscaping look terrific! Cleaned, edged and mulched beds gave our tired looking front yard a fresh maintained appearance again. Thanks for the great job!
- Irv .
Great guys and great work!
I have worked with a fair number of landscape groups over the years and these guys by far are my favorite. Respectful, punctual, thorough and complete work. Ernie, the owner, is a pleasure to work with. The guys planted two trees for us. The trees were beautiful and they did a great job of cleaning up after a messy job. They also reinforced a pergola that was beginning to lean and I can't believe what a nice job they did. Last summer I used a handy man to try and fix the issue. It was a temporary fix and we were left with a less than aesthetically pleasing result. This groups knows their soft scape as well as their hard scape. We are having them back to put in a patio.
Their pricing is right on. You will be glad you chose them.
- Megan .
Thanks so much for making our yard and landscaping look great!!
- Dawn .
Good and reliable.
- Sekhar .