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Could not ask for better service, yard looks great. Looking forward to doing business with Vanzelst again in the future.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Excellent company. Not inexpensive but they do it right. Have used them twice for big jobs (regrading for water mitigation, new driveway, redesign of landscaping on large lot as well as a new terrace on downsize). Work people are knowledgeable, friendly and thorough. Highly recommend.

We loved working with David and his crew. Dave helped break our giant project into smaller easier to manage steps so that we can start enjoying our garden right away as well as spread out the cost over time. He came up with a game plan to give us a chance to work on a few things ourselves in order to stay on budget. His crew was professional and they are true craftsmen. We have already decided to do another project with VanZelst next spring. His approach to business is to develop long-term clients, not just one and done. He cares about his job. They are top shelf!

My existing gardens were in need of a major makeover. The landscape project is taking place in phases. I’m grateful that I reached out to Van Zelst. I appreciate the professionalism, talent and sound recommendations.
DaShan is performing a wonderful revitalization and landscape transformation. I also wish to compliment Bill and Art and a shout-out to their hardworking and kind installation and maintenance crews. Another shout-out
to the friendly office staff.
I’m enjoying the gardens and noticed a lot of wildlife- butterflies and hummingbirds- enjoying the gardens too!
The Van Zelst team is top-notch!

Van Zelst designed and installed the landscaping and hardscaping plan for our 170’ x 200’ single family residential lot in two stages in 2015 and 2016. They have been contracted to provide ongoing maintenance and upkeep pretty much since that time. They showed careful planning in the sizing and placement of the initial plantings where the various plants, bushes and trees have matured into a very pleasant visual experience. There has been little crowding and very little mortality of much of anything. We receive nothing but compliments from friends and strangers alike.

Their initial and ongoing recommendations were and are spot on and their current advice is spot on. If you want a cheap lawn service that cuts your grass and moves quickly this will not be a fit for you. If you want something that is more comprehensive and professional this is the team for you.

DaShan C. Nixon, our Designer/Client Representative, from Van Zelst, Inc. was exactly who we needed to successfully see our project through to the end. She was always available for consultations when we requested options for a drainage problem on the property. DaShan consulted with her Design Team and the Project Manager to propose an attractive, effective, and affordable solution. The crew, working diligently, completed their task in two days while inconveniencing no one, considering they were working on our primary walkway. Congratulations on a job “well done.” And many thanks, Da Shan, for your patience; your experience in this field of work is most apparent.
Most sincerely,
The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

David and his team did an excellent job for my wife and I. Our project was very comprehensive and was completed on time with a high degree of quality. Would recommend and use them again. David provides a high degree of integrity and is very responsive to questions that arise during the project.

I asked Van Zelst to facilitate a memorial tree planting for my deceased wife. Their rep, DaShan, handled the very small project from start to finish and made everything perfect. Absolutely a wonderful experience.

We have used Van Zelst for almost 30 years for a wide range of landscape projects.. They have consistently supplied a superior product and excellent service. The staff are easy to work with and very accommodating.

Process was easy, smooth, and clearly communicated from initial contact, to design, through on-property work.
Designer/Project Manager was professional in all regards, worked with us on objectives and provided many flexible options… adjusting as we went. Crew was punctual, exceptionally good at their work, and respectful of property and cleanup. Without hesitation, very highly recommend Van Zelst for your work. They will be our partners for anything else we do.

Van Zelst did a great job in redoing our patio and planting new bushes. Was very timely in completing as well.

The Van Zelst team from the designers to the installers did an excellent job for us. We have enjoyed the results of their good efforts this summer and are happy to provide this recommendation. We would definitely use their professional landscape services again.

We love the garden design ideas and recommendations from Van Zelst. They did amazing job with our garden, great customer service.

Love our new patio. David Van Zelst was extremely responsive throughout the bidding process. The crew showed up when promised and completed the work in the time stated. They worked with us to make adjustments on placements and plantings. They were truly professional and we highly recommend them.

Absolute professionals! My property has never looked so good after working with Van Zelst Inc. They are as ‘trusted partner’ for my home and they help create an amazing canvas of trees, seasonal plants, lawn care needs, etc. I credit the Van Zelst Inc. team to one of the major reasons why my family loves hanging out in our backyard so much! It is a place where friends and family can come and enjoy being outside and we constantly get raving reviews from all guests about how great the landscaping and lawn look. Great customer service. Example: We lost a bush a bush that was hiding the air conditioner and they proactively removed it and reached out to replace it and once I approved, it was done within the same week! That is customer service! They will guide you through the process and educate you on your lawn and landscaping needs and maintenance program. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. There is a lot of value in working with the professionals at Van Zelst, Inc.

Highly recommend Dave Van Zelst and his crews. His recommendations have always been well thought, flexible and responsive to our needs, taste, and budget. His crews are prompt, careful, and highly competent. Our yard looks great. And, he’s just a very nice, considerate, helpful guy.

Van Zelst dealt with my garden design in a professional manner. Their representative, DaShan, gave me very good advice and demonstrated her knowledge in the choice of plants she recommended. A few months after the work had been completed one of the shrubs died, but the company immediately replaced it and honored the warranty. In view of the efficiency of their work, I feel confident in contacting them again if I have further garden issues. I highly recommend this company.

DaShan and her team did a great job improving our muddy backyard by creating gravel hardscapes and sprucing up the grassy areas. We are pleased with the quality of work and happy that the team went above and beyond by doing a little extra.

They did a huge landscaping job for us and were just excellent! They put in a fire circle, a butterfly garden, a stone path, many new trees and bushes.

Great landscape design, installation and follow through. Have done 4 annual projects since 2017. Exterior has an updated, more current look.

We have used Van Zelst for a series of landscaping projects since 2014. He has a keen sense of what we want to achieve and how best to achieve it. His crews have been very professional in their work as well.

We had our plant beds redone in front of house, new plant beds installed in back, new tree planted, my driveway widened, and new outdoor in ground fireplace including pavers, and flagstone pathways installed. The work exceeded our expectations. The team was very professional, polite, and easy to work with. The work was completed on schedule. We are very happy with the result!

Had an outdoor built in grill/kitchen area and some other brick work done over the summer. I was so happy with the work! The team was extremely efficient, work was meticulous, and they showed up everyday until the project was complete. This is a great, family owned company that does top quality work, highly recommended.

I used Van Zelst for several projects including mapping and master plan for the whole yard. We executed several projects and I was satisfied. However it became clear that they were almost cookie cluttering the choices for plants and hardscaping. Plus the price charged was well above other landscapers for similar work. I then hot multiple quotes for each phase. VanZelst was always 20-50% higher. Ultimately I stopped using then entirely.

Dave Van Zelst has done an outstanding job transforming all the lansdcaping around our house. Beautiful and tranquil oasis with vibrant colors and amazing plants and shrubs

Van Zelst provided years of dedicated and professional services for me, from landscape design and hardscape phases as well as years of weekly maintenance work. Their plant material is beautiful and always guaranteed for a year, and replaced a couple things in a timely manner. I was always impressed with their work, and skills of their crew. I was never dissatisfied with them and they truly rate 5 stars. They are a bit high cost for maintenance work compared to others but do a wonderful job. Design staff and installation crews are second to none.

Dave and the team at Van Zelst were a pleasure to work with and the resulting work truly enhanced our property.

Even though ours was a small project, Dave Van Zelst treated it with full attentiveness. The price was competitive, the work was done when promised, and the result is very attractive. Because it was late in the growing season, when Spring and Summer came around, we had some concerns which Dave responded to very quickly and resolved fully. We would definitely hire Van Zelst again.

We liked Dave Van Zelst’s plan which he fit into our budget and his crew did a nice job installing the plant material last fall. I waited until this spring to review the results, we are extremely please

They worked within our budget to determine and implement garden design ideas. We are quite happy with their work and look forward to continuing improvement of our garden as our budget permits.

Outstanding service and nothing but the top level of professionalism. Highly recommend!!!

Thoughtful advice and excellent execution on everything that they do. If you want a partner to help your home look even better – these are the folks

Great company, great service. Projects have all turned out great.

Good company. Great people.

Design and landscaping advice—superb

Flawless execution from design to installation.

Know there stuff!

I hired Van Zelst nearly 10 years ago to design my front and back yard. What was patchy grass under a Norway maple was replaced with evergreen pachysandra and beautiful perennials. The back yard has a large paver patio and perimeter plantings with shrubs for privacy. I LOVE it.

After moving into our new home, I hired Van Zelst to redo all of my shrubbery beds which had quite a number of diseased, dying, or dead plants and bare ground with only weeds growing there. I dealt with David Van Zelst who listened very well to my desires for ongoing color and interest in the beds as well as my past experiences with certain types of plants and proposed a plan that addressed all of it. While they were not the least expensive proposal I received, I picked then for the job and am glad that I did. The quality and size of the plants they selected were outstanding. The neighborhood association has to review and approve the design before the replanting can occur and plant size is an issue for them. The material Van Zelst planted easily met or exceeded the requirements. The crew that did the removal and replanting was great – they were pleasant, very efficient, and did a great job cleaning the worksite up when they were done – other than the beautiful plants that were there instead of the dead ones, you would never have known they were there. While they were not the least expensive proposal I received, I picked then for the job and am glad that I did. The quality and size of the plants they selected were outstanding. The neighborhood association has to review and approve the design before the replanting can occur and plant size is an issue for them. The material Van Zelst planted easily met or exceeded the requirements. The crew that did the removal and replanting was great – they were pleasant, very efficient, and did a great job cleaning the worksite up when they were done – other than the beautiful plants that were there instead of the dead ones, you would never have known they were there. During the job itself, Dave VanZelst checked in a couple of times to ensure things were going the way that they should, answer any questions I had, and that I was happy with the results. I was! I would recommend this organization to anyone considering an addition to or complete redo of their landscaping.

The year pass as Van Zelst Inc. builds waterbed on my back yard. It is all started in late spring 2018. I was very impressed how work was done from the beginning. Brian Robinson was leading all sales and work. I have to admit, everything what he told us and promise was done, even more. Many plants died after few months later and were replaced in yearly fall. Now, a year later, I found Brian walking on my backyard checking and evaluating job and plants again. It was not cheap, but quality of work, plants, customer service worst every penny. I would recommend this company, and especially, work with Brian, he will give you a reasonable estimate and keep his word.

We had cattails appear in our drainage ditch and they were TAKING OVER. The first few were cute but they quickly got out of control. I called VanZelst and described the problem. I had looked into trying to take care of them myself but it seemed nearly impossible. With just two treatments, the cattails were GONE! VanZelst removed them and everything, and even took the time to spray some extra product on the weeds growing in some cracks of our driveway Now I can plant Pickerelweed and other interesting natives in this wet spot and the cat tails haven’t returned. Thanks so much for your excellent service on a difficult job!

I called VanZelst for some lawn maintenance. I have 4 buried downspouts which were no longer draining. They fixed the issue on time and on budget and also did some lawn rejuvenation by overseeding and did a great job prepping an are that was very damaged and using the proper equipment to slit seed ( think that’s what it’s called) the lawn

Hired Van Zelst for my fall property clean up. Working with Art Torres was a pleasure, he got the work done as late in the season as I wanted, because my property contains so many trees. The job was done very well.

Great company, high quality, more expensive than others but you get excellent results

Knowledgable staff. Good outcomes.

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