John Russell completely transformed our downtown small urban yard with renovation, turf, and beautiful choice of plants, a delight now and will be for years to come for my pups and me!

John and his crew brought my back yard to life. Had significant filling, grading, concrete removal, fence tear down, fence replaced, and sod.The crew was respectful of my time and property. Everything was left neat and orderly. They provided great care instructions. I'm eager to host my family when it gets warm.My friends have marveled at how inviting my yard is. I'm extremely happy. There may be a wait time to be on his schedule but it's welllllllll worth it. It feels like a new home.

It’s obvious that quality and integrity are important to John and his company. John has such an eye and made our vision come to life. Couldn’t recommend him more. If you want a trusted company, look no further. His credentials speak for itself! 🙂

I cannot say enough about the masterful work that John Russell created in our backyard. John and his team turned the desolate space behind our house into a garden oasis that we will forever cherish. If you’re looking for quality and expertise, look no further. His credentials listed on the website speak for themself. Best landscaping in the Birmingham area!

I chose John Russell and his company because my initial meetings to discuss a total landscape reno and was impressed by his knowledge of the types of sod and maintenance, as well as some great recommendations as to the new shrubs i wanted installed to replace the tired, worn out boxwood shrubs. His price was reasonable and the work was completed on time. My home looks lovely now, young and fresh. Many compliments from my neighbors. Thank you John, Daniel, David and crew.

Would recommend them to anyone. John and his son were awesome!

We have used Mr. Russell for two projects both of which was fairly large. He was fair with his prices and did very good work for us. He was very concerned that we were happy with what they had done for us.We recently had some issues with some of the shrubs mostly cold damage and some fungus problems. We asked Mr. Russell if he would come down and look things over in order to give us some advice as to what we needed to do.He was very happy to do so. He even said he would be willing to replace some of the shrubs even though we did not expect him to do so as he could not help the cold weather, we had last winter.We have been very pleased with his work and would recommend his company to anyone needing landscape work.Vivian and Mike Satterwhite

We first worked with John Russell Landscape Architect when we were trying to control rain water run-off that was turning our wooded back yard and swimming pool into a muddy mess after every heavy rain. This happened because our yard was at the bottom of a slope that collected all of the rainwater from six neighboring properties. John developed an attractive and very effective solution to our problem that created two stunning lawn areas and that completely protected our pool. This substantially increased our property value and turned an eyesore part of our property into an area we thoroughly enjoyed.We worked with John again after we moved to a new more urban setting where we again encountered water run-off problems following several what our city engineer called ‘100 year rains’. John again developed a solution that controlled the water while enhancing both our flower beds, vegetable patch, and lawn. John has a great aesthetic sense and a unique understanding of the power and value of rainwater. Although he can be busy, requiring his clients to wait for their turns, he’s accurate in predicting when he’ll be able to do the work. His cost estimates are detailed and very accurate. And his team of workers do a terrific job and show great respect for your property. When they’re finished, you’ll be ready to entertain the same day. He stands behind his work and has been very quick to come and deal with a couple of minor issues that developed several months after he completed the initial project. He’s our go to resource for all landscape problems.

Johns reviews speak for themselves but i recently had the pleasure of working with him on my backyard. I asked him to come in and design a solution to take care of water runoff that was coming off the hill above me... This issue i was experiencing was made worse by a crew with much less knowledge and expertise than John. John cleaned all that up and designed a project to address my issues and poured a pad for my building tying all of that together. John stays booked up because of the quality of the work he does. Do yourself a huge favor.... Get on the schedule and WAIT on John to get to you. He moved me up when he had someone else delay on him. You will not regret it and you wont be kicking yourself later for going with someone available "right now". I learned it the hard way..

John Russell was very responsive, completed design work in one sitting, and installed a few weeks later. Very transparent pricing and conscientious work.

Mr. Russell spent a few hours with us to talk through our vision, provide insight & direction, draw up the work, and provide a very detailed estimate. He was honest about what would work and not work, but kept space open for us to express what we wanted. It was a collaborative balance. That he guarantees his work and remains available to contact after the work is completed to consult if there's an issue or to provide direction as we "treat" our landscape project throughout the year was a selling point for us. The estimate was tweaked before the project started, so when it was time to settle up, the estimate closely matched the "out the door" costs. The work is beautiful and reflects our vision. When spending a sizeable amount of money for a significant project like this, the bottom line decision point is whether the landscape architect can be trusted, and we felt like we could trust Mr. Russell.

John and his team did an incredible job for us and were super responsive to us throughout the project. I highly recommend him for any outdoor project that you plan to do.

John was responsive in our initial consultation as well as throughout the process of scheduling and completing the project. He was reachable by email and phone when I had questions. His crew was respectful to our property and our neighbors did not have complaints when we asked. John provided good guidance and knowledge which I appreciated during the design of our backyard project. We would request his services for future projects.

Mr Russell assessed our property and our vision for what it could become. We have a detailed to scale blueprint he created. We are now waiting for installation, he completes one job at a time till it is finished with his own experience crew. I can't wait to see the results.

Mr. Russell took an entire day to talk with us about our ideas and preferences. We walked the property and went over design concepts and the best trees and shrubs to use. He then came up with a detailed archetectural drawing. Based on our experience with his design, we will be using him to do the job. He is great to work with.

Our project was to completely transform a 25+ year old, builder grade yard into a functional outdoor space for us, and for our dogs.John helped us understand the scope of the architecture to rework and expand the space, the horticultural landscaping to meet our vision and the engineering that would be required toclear and level the land (raised more than 5ft in some places, the new retaining wall is impressive in itself)He was very clear and direct with us on timing and costs, and kept his word. The project was completed on time despite the "supply chain" issues, which did limit our choice of materials but not reduce the quality of the finished work.His Team were phenomenal, punctual every day, diligent in their work, artisanal in their execution. It really was a great experience, almost an "HGTV" episode!John was onsite every day for the entire month, explaining the destruction, construction and landscaping as it happened. His "one job at a time" ethic showed; he was responsive to our questions (and yes, occasional concerns!) and kept a knowledgeable caring demeanor throughout the process that we really appreciated.Our yard is now something to enjoy and be proud of for the years to come. We have green space for the dogs, a huge patio for entertaining and are still marveling at the little details throughout.We highly recommend John Russell.

I can’t say enough good things about John and his crew. I had my first consultation with him last November, and all I knew at that point was that I wanted my front yard to be pretty. I am clueless about all things landscape, so he asked me to send him pictures of things I liked. He knew the names of every single plant, shrub, etc that I sent to him and came up with a whole front yard plan for me that day. He put me on his schedule and was due to start my job at the end of May/beginning of June. Fortunately for me, all of the rain over the spring and summer put him a little behind schedule, and during that time I discovered a whole new issue with my backyard. Flooding, standing water, mud, all the gross things. I called him up and he came out to look the very next week. He came up with a whole plan to resolve that problem (French drains, river rock, sod) and the next week sent me an updated estimate that included both the front and back yard. His crew completed my entire job in a little over a week and the end results are beyond any and all expectations. I mean, I knew everything would look great bc I read reviews and knew he was the best at what he does, but I truly thought there’s no way this backyard will ever be not gross. Seriously these guys are amazing, they are hard workers, and they do not leave your project unless or until you are 100% satisfied.

I first talked to John about fixing my yard almost a year ago. I had severe erosion on the side of my house by the woods. The woods drop off into a valley. I’ve been looking at this disaster or a yard for years!!! Finally had to do something about it. After a consultation, John put me on his wait list and worked with me when I had to reschedule a couple of times due to circumstances beyond my control. My side yard and back yard are beautiful now!!!! John and his crew fixed the erosion problem and planted azaleas everywhere!!! It took 5 dump trucks of materials - there’s no way I could have done this myself even though my yard is very small. His guys were great!! Hard workers and fixed some other minor things that I needed done. The final product exactly what I wanted. Great job , 5 stars!!

John Russell transformed our backyard into a beautiful haven. The area started as a plain yard requiring much care and he and his skilled crew turned it into a resort like environment. He is very artistic and was extremely helpful with details such as sizing of pool, patio, pergola and surrounding landscaping. He chose healthy plants which have thrived in their chosen locations. He also repaired a drainage system which has been working beautifully keeping our lawn dry, green and healthy. John Russell and his staff are very knowledgeable and hardworking and I would recommend them for any landscaping project.

John built concrete steps from our driveway to our backyard. The terrain was tricky, and the steps curve around more than 90 degrees. The work was done ahead of time and below budget, and looks great. As a late addition, he added some mulch and plants on both sides that help with runoff issues. We couldn’t be happier with the work he did and look forward to working with him again on future projects.

John Russell Landscape Architect did a project for us in Dec. of 2020.His company was on time and very concerned about getting it just right for us. Found them to be very helpful. Mr. Russell was a very hand on person and wanted placements to be in just the right location.The project turned out great. Already thinking about using him on another project we have. Out of all the plant we had only one to not make it. Mr. Russell replaced it very quickly.

John Russell Landscape Architect helped us create both a functional and beautiful patio space. John was both prompt and honest with all communication--he ensured we were comfortable, and up to date with any changes needed. Our project was completed swiftly (despite rain) and seamlessly. We would definitely recommend this company to anyone looking to transform their space!

John and his crew did an excellent job on the project he did. The project was a patio with pavers and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. The work is of very high quality. The final price was within a reasonable margin of the initial quote he gave. The cost breakdown is very detailed which I appreciated. I believe the cost of his services are fair and honest. My customer experience was very positive and would recommend him to anyone.Ultimately, I believe the quality of the work has increased the value of the home and given us a space to enjoy.

We hired Mr. Russell to replace a rotting timber retaining wall with a segmented wall, and we couldn't be happier. Not only does it look great, but I'm certain that the wall will outlast me. Our yard has a very steep grade with limited access, and our existing wall was nearly touching our deck. Despite these challenges, he and his crew were able to quickly and efficiently remove and replace the wall. He checked in with me frequently and kept me in the loop on what he was doing. I cannot recommend his services highly enough.

We couldn't be happier with the work that John and his crew did at our property in replacing our retaining wall. They were professional, prompt, and left the work site cleaner than it was when they arrived. Great work at a fair price. We highly recommend their services and will without a doubt use them again for future projects.

Our experience in hiring John to design and establish new landscaping, including installing maintenance free composite fencing and making dramatic improvements to drainage, was pleasant and rewarding. John and his team were polite, professional, punctual and tidy. Everyone took great pride in helping transform our side yard from muddy, unattractive space to an inviting, beautiful oasis. As a seasoned landscape architect, John has a keen eye for detail and is creatively flexible, while understanding the importance of frequent communication and feedback to ensure client satisfaction. We are quite happy with the outcome and highly recommend John Russell Landscape Architect and his team.

John’s work was great! We love our patio. And he was dependable, too. Definitely recommend him!

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.

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!

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.

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.

Our backyard exceeded our expectations. John is an oasis of great ideas.

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!

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!

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!

John did a great job! They were very efficient, and I loved how his work turned out. I would definitely use him again!

John and his team did a great job. They were quick, professional, and we loved the finished product. Would highly recommend!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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!