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Finding Good Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in Marin County CA

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

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

Updated January 31, 2014

 The TOP 10 Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in Marin County CA

Creative Environments
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(707) 827-7980
1550 Gravenstein Hwy S
Sebastopol, CA 95472
State Contractor's License #638571
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Association)

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA, Kentfield, Greenbrae, Ross, San Anselmo, ...
Services: landscape contractors, landscape designers, garden designers for new landscaping and ...
Key Brands: Products from local companies including: Wheeler Zamaroni, Wyatt Irrigation, ...

Kaiser Gardens Inc
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(415) 699-7423, (415) 797-4237
17 Parkside Ct
San Anselmo, CA 94960
State Contractor's License #819850
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10  Better Business Bureau CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Association) Bay-Friendly Landscape Professional

Areas Served: Marin County incl. Almonte, Bel Marin Keys, Belvedere, Belvedere Tiburon, Black ...
Services: landscape designer, landscape contractor, landscape maintenance, water features, ...
Key Brands: Rain Bird Irrigation Systems, Toro

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

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Anselmo CA, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Almonte, Bel Marin ...
Services: landscape contractors, landscape designers, landscape maintenance, soil conditioning,...

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

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Mill Valley CA, Belvedere Tiburon CA,...
Services: landscape contractors, residential landscapers, commercial landscapers for all new ...
Key Brands: McNear Brick & Block

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

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Novato CA, Kentfield, Greenbrae, ...
Services: landscape designers, landscape installers for all new landscaping including ...

Leff Landscape Associates Inc
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(707) 789-0150, Cell: (707) 529-2015
40 Fourth Street, #244
Petaluma, CA 94952
State Contractor's License #954248
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 Chamber of Commerce-Sonoma Valley ADPSR (Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility) QWEL (Qualified Water-Efficient Landscaper) Build It Green-Certified Professional

Areas Served: Marin / Bay Area: Sausalito, Mill Valley CA, San Rafael CA, Ross CA, Larkspur, ...
Services: landscape design firm for all new landscaping & landscape design needs. Native ...
Key Brands: Landscapes Unlimited, Sonoma Cast Stone, Unique Lighting Systems

Finding Good Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in Marin County CA 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Some Landscaping Contractors & Landscape Designers in Marin County Are Better Than Others.
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these landscaping companies and landscape designers in Marin County: Creative Environments, Kaiser Gardens Inc, Heritage Landscapes, Donlan Landscape Contractors, Reilly Designs, Leff Landscape Associates Inc, Gardenworks Inc. Other landscapers in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: Simmonds & Associates, Garcia Brothers Landscaping. Didn't find what you wanted with the TOP 10 Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in Marin County? Then click here to see additional companies in this category.

 

 

Questions To Ask Landscape Designers & Landscape Contractors 



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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

• How will they determine pricing?

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

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

• Will they provide a written estimate that is detailed,

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

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

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

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


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

those companies?


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







 

 

 

 

Research About Landscape Contractors & Landscape Designers in Marin County 

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

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



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


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

94971, 94912, 94979, 94939, 94938, 94933, 94930, 94956, 94903, 94964, 94915, 94976, 94966, 94963, 94965, 94946, 94913, 94941, 94948, 94977, 94973, 94974, 94950, 94942, 94970, 94929, 94904, 94949, 94901, 94978, 94945, 94957, 94960, 94937, 94925, 94914, 94924, 94940, 94920 and 94947

 

 

Landscapers Tiburon CA
Cardinal Group Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Donlan Landscape Contractors Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920
Dramen Landscaping Inc Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920

Landscapers Bolinas CA
Colors Gardens Bolinas CA 94924
Permaculture Institute Bolinas CA 94924

Landscapers Corte Madera CA
David Erdmann Landscape Service Corte Madera CA 94976
Irrigation Repair Service Corte Madera CA 94976
Murata Construction & Landscape Corte Madera CA 94925
Wihlborg Design Corte Madera CA 94925

Landscapers Fairfax CA
Buchholz Landscaping Company Inc Fairfax CA 94978
Coffey Landscaping Fairfax CA 94930
Garden Magic and Mystery Fairfax CA 94978
O'Donnell's Fairfax Nursery Fairfax CA 94930
Roseann Dal Bello Fairfax CA 94930
Scott Smith Landscape Fairfax CA 94930
Silver Leaf Landscapes Fairfax CA 94930
Soleil Gardens Fairfax CA 94930
Wolf Landscapes Fairfax CA 94930

Landscapers Forest Knolls CA
Richard Gray Landscape Forest Knolls CA 94933
RTM Landscape Construction Forest Knolls CA 94933

Landscapers Greenbrae CA
Avid Green Landscaping Greenbrae CA 94904
Dream Greens Greenbrae CA 94904

Landscapers Kentfield CA
Galli & Associates Kentfield CA 94904
Gary D Torney Landscaping Co Kentfield CA 94914
Growing Works Landscaping Kentfield CA 94914
Morley Landscaping Kentfield CA 94914

Landscapers Lagunitas CA
Blackwelder & Associates Lagunitas CA 94938

Landscapers Larkspur CA
Blue Rock Landscape Service Larkspur CA 94939
Marion Landscaping Larkspur CA 94939
Office of Lawrence Halprin Larkspur CA 94939
Tischbern Design Studio Larkspur CA 94939

Landscapers Mill Valley CA
Bradanini & Associates Mill Valley CA 94941
Britting's Gardens Mill Valley CA 94942
Casper Landscape Design Mill Valley CA 94941
Color Spot Landscape Mill Valley CA 94941
Eagle Landscaping Mill Valley CA 94942
Golden Gate Landscape Co Mill Valley CA 94942
Integrated Design Studio Mill Valley CA 94941
Johnson Landscaping Mill Valley CA 94941
Julia Howard Salz Landscape Mill Valley CA 94941
Kenneth Osaki Mill Valley CA 94941
Landvision Design Studio Mill Valley CA 94941
Lika Design Group Ltd Mill Valley CA 94941
M2 Landscape Mill Valley CA 94941
Nicholas W Young Mill Valley CA 94941
Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey Mill Valley CA 94942
S&S Landscaping Mill Valley CA 94941
Schwartz & Assoc Landscape Mill Valley CA 94941
Sequoia Landscape Mill Valley CA 94941
Shades Green Landscape Mill Valley CA 94941

Landscapers Muir Beach CA
Imprints Landscape Architecture Muir Beach CA 94965

Landscapers Novato CA
Alejandro Ruiz Garden Maintenance Novato CA 94948
Andrew McAghon Landscaping Novato CA 94945
Bill Doughty Landscaping Novato CA 94945
Budz By Boz Novato CA 94945
Cagwin & Dorward Landscape Novato CA 94948
Flores Landscaping Novato CA 94947
Habitats Garden Design Novato CA 94947
Jasmin Landscape Novato CA 94949
Jim Peccorini Irrigation Novato CA 94947
Luis Briceno Landscaping Novato CA 94945
Marin Landscape Management Novato CA 94947
New Western Landscape's Novato CA 94947
O'Connell Landscape Novato CA 94949
Rainbow Landscape Irrigation Novato CA 94948
Rayner Landscaping Novato CA 94949
Robinson Landscaping Novato CA 94948
Rocky Soil Landscaping Novato CA 94948
Sargent Landscaping Novato CA 94947
Shooter Co Novato CA 94949
Urban Habitat Novato CA 94945

Landscapers Point Reyes Station CA
Peter Gradjansky Point Reyes Station CA 94956

Landscapers Ross CA
McArdell Landscape Ross CA 94957

Landscapers San Anselmo CA
Avant Garden San Anselmo CA 94960
Beverly Sarjeant Landscape San Anselmo CA 94979
Clair's Gardens San Anselmo CA 94960
Forster & Kroeger San Anselmo CA 94960
Glanville Associates San Anselmo CA 94960
Jeffrey McLane & Associates San Anselmo CA 94960
Jim Catlin Landscape Architect San Anselmo CA 94960
Kaiser Gardens San Anselmo CA 94960
Several Seasons San Anselmo CA 94960
Simmonds & Associates San Anselmo CA 94960
Sosa Landscaping San Anselmo CA 94979
Studio Green San Anselmo CA 94960
Wittenkeller & Associates San Anselmo CA 94960

Landscapers San Rafael CA
4 Seasons Landscaping San Rafael CA 94903
Abey Arnold Associates San Rafael CA 94901
Allstar Landscaping San Rafael CA 94903
Antonio Farias Landscape Contractor San Rafael CA 94901
Arbors to Zen Garden Design San Rafael CA 94901
Artistic License San Rafael CA 94903
Breaking Ground Landscape Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Brian Powell & Associates San Rafael CA 94903
C&C Landscapes & Irrigation San Rafael CA 94903
C Blakeley San Rafael CA 94901
Dan Fix Landscape Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Dave Cericola Landscape Service San Rafael CA 94901
De Leon Landscape & Concrete San Rafael CA 94901
Diane Licht Landscape Architect San Rafael CA 94978
Donald L Blayney & Associates San Rafael CA 94901
Donald L Blayney Associates San Rafael CA 94901
Efrain's Landscape San Rafael CA 94903
Elizabeth Navas Finley Garden San Rafael CA 94901
Equinox Landscaping San Rafael CA 94901
Erdman Landscape Service San Rafael CA 94901
Felix Landscape San Rafael CA 94903
Fernando's Landscape San Rafael CA 94912
Frank Bidaurreta Landscaping San Rafael CA 94901
Garcia's Landscaping San Rafael CA 94912
George W Girvin Assoc Inc San Rafael CA 94901
Gonzalez Gardening San Rafael CA 94901
Gonzalez Landscaping San Rafael CA 94912
Green Thumb Service San Rafael CA 94913
Henry Buders Landscape Restoration San Rafael CA 94901
Henry Cole Landscape Architect San Rafael CA 94901
Integrated Design Studio San Rafael CA 94901
Julianna Landscape San Rafael CA 94903
Leogarden Landscape Advisory San Rafael CA 94903
Leslie Simons Landscape Architect San Rafael CA 94901
M Fernandez Landscaping San Rafael CA 94903
Merryvale House & Garden San Rafael CA 94901
Mol Iver Landscape San Rafael CA 94903
Moliver Landscaping San Rafael CA 94903
Monarch Gardens San Rafael CA 94901
Oasis Landscape Construction San Rafael CA 94901
Ovelle Irrigation & Landscape San Rafael CA 94912
Pedersen Associates San Rafael CA 94901
Philip L Walters Landscaping San Rafael CA 94903
Quinn California Landscape San Rafael CA 94903
Reilly Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Scott Colombo Designs San Rafael CA 94901
Sidney M Lewin & Assoc Landscape San Rafael CA 94901
Takio Nozu San Rafael CA 94912
Vita San Rafael CA 94901
William Peters Landscape Architecture San Rafael CA 94901
Zone 17 Landscape Architecture San Rafael CA 94901

Landscapers Sausalito CA
April Philips Design Works Sausalito CA 94965
Atlas Landscapes Sausalito CA 94965
Baronian Whisler Sausalito CA 94965
Blasen Landscape Archtechture Sausalito CA 94965
Dennis R Hansen Landscape Architect Sausalito CA 94965
Elizabeth Clark Landscape Architecture Sausalito CA 94965
Greenman Garden Design Sausalito CA 94965
Growing Image Landscape Sausalito CA 94965
Heacox Associates ASLA Sausalito CA 94965
JVL Designs Inc Sausalito CA 94965
Krajeski Associates Sausalito CA 94965
Lak Associates Sausalito CA 94965
Landscape Office Sausalito CA 94965
Leffingwell Associates Sausalito CA 94965
McCrea Design Group Sausalito CA 94966
Shades of Green Sausalito CA 94965
Shades-Green Landscpe Sausalito CA 94965
SWA Group Sausalito CA 94965
Zone 17 Landscape Architecture Sausalito CA 94965

Landscapers Woodacre CA
Harmony Landscapes & Design Woodacre CA 94973
Heritage Landscapes Woodacre CA 94973
Sweetbriar Landscaping Woodacre CA 94973