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What is Rivertown Landscapes?
Rivertown Landscapes is an award winning residential and commercial landscape design and build firm.

What do you mean by design and build?
Design and build means that Rivertown Landscapes will meet with you as a business or home owner, discuss what your thoughts and needs are and then create a comprehensive landscape plan to fit those needs.  Whether it’s a deck or patio, main entry or office building, we’ll create a unique look that’s all your own.

What is the difference between a landscape and a hardscape?
As opposed to the plantings, hardscaping includes all the non-planting design elements of a landscape including paved walkways, retaining walls, patios, fences, firepits/fireplaces, and rocks. Hardscaping in essence represents the foundation and anchor of landscaping plans.

What are the most popular landscape/hardscape design trends right now?
We are currently seeing a large uptick in clients wanting functional outdoor living spaces. This can include outdoor fireplaces, firepits, kitchens, large patios, and built-in grill areas. Additionally, while we have always been big proponents of the use of native plants in our designs, we are having our clients request native plants on a much more regular basis.

What about our landscaping budget?
Our designers take an individual approach to each project to bring out the unique features of your home or business.  We create designs that seek to give you the greatest value for your investment.  We work with your budget to achieve the most dramatic results.

Does Rivertown Landscapes has experience working in critical dune areas?
Yes. We have performed numerous Lake Michigan landscaping jobs and understand the nuances associated with the permitting and installation of Lake Michigan landscaping in areas such as critical dune areas.

Do plantings come with any type of warranty?

At Rivertown Landscapes, we work directly with trusted, quality plant suppliers, individually hand-selecting all trees and shrubs for the highest quality and most favorable form. Additionally, we research and select all plants based on their ability to provide vigorous growth and vitality on individual sites and within the respective climates.  Even so, ALL plantings are warranted for a full 2 years.  That’s twice the industry standard.

Can I trust that I am working with an experienced company?
Our designers have an average of 18 years of experience.  Rivertown’s landscape installation foreman have an average of 15 years of installation experience.  Rivertown Landscapes is also a licensed contractor with the State of Michigan.


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