Landscaping in Traverse City, Michigan



   "Having completely renovated our Victorian farmhouse, it was perfect 'inside', but the grounds were devoid of any flowers, shrubs and had only two big old Maple trees. I called the grounds the 'waste land.' I had some ideas of what I wanted in the way of landscaping and began my search for a landscaper, who would stand heads above all that I called on to create the perfect plan. I had several bad, to laughable experiences, with landscapers who wanted to create 'their look', not mine. We weren't even close to being on the same track. One suggested I should buy a rusty tractor and set it in the field next to my home as a 'symbol'. HELP! Then I met Randy Huffman. He listened and, actually, heard me. We walked the grounds, all the while creating 'dream come true' possibilities. I knew by the end of our walk that he was 'the one.' When he brought the detailed plan for us to discuss, I was overwhelmed with the creativity shown. I held my breath until he gave me the cost estimate, which was less than expected. So, it was a 'GO', and I couldn't wait to get started.
    Randy was true to his word and is, by far, the hardest working man I know. He and his assistant arrived perfectly on time, every morning, and often left as dusk was falling. The quality of all his stock was impeccable. The evergreen, hardwood, and flowering trees were amazing. I expected small trees, but after all were in, they appeared as though they had been planted years before, and kept perfectly groomed. His other stock of flowers and bushes were equally as perfect. He installed a sprinkler system that was perfect, and easy to operate. In the driest summer I could remember, our grounds could be seen, from a distance, like a beautiful oasis in a desert of dead vegetation. The perennial flower garden was amazing. The colors started at first sign of spring and lasted until a killing frost put them 'to sleep.' In every season, the grounds were colorful, elegant, and a pleasure to enjoy every day.
    From start to finish Randy was everything I had hoped for in a landscaper, and much more. He was extremely creative, yet realistic. What he said, is what was done and very quickly. The outcome was perfect, the expense was on target, and the entire experience was trouble free. Besides that, he was down to earth friendly, and as enthusiastic as I was. Since everything had gone so well, the following summer, I asked him to add more flowerbeds and trees, to the grounds behind the house. The second time around was just as positive as the first. I can sum up the landscaping by saying that Randy created the magic that our house had been longing for, since it was built 100 years ago."

- Sandra L.

   "Landscaping by Huffman designed and planted shrubs, trees, flowers in our yard, put in a patio, and put in an irrigation system in 2001. We have used Randy Huffman every year since for maintenance of the yard, planting new trees, flowers, and turning on and off the irrigation system. Randy always does an outstanding job, is punctual, and creative. We think of Randy as being an outstanding landscaper and highly recommend Landscaping by Huffman... Our yard always looks beautiful! Landscaping by Huffman is the only landscaper we have used in 12 years and we have no reason to change!"

- Bruce and Linda S.

   "We were scanning the photos stored on our computer the other day and ran across the pictures of our rock garden you designed and installed. What a warm blast of summer it was to see our rock garden in full bloom during the middle of winter. The enclosed photos will show you why we are proud of and treasure our rock garden. Thanks for a great job."

- Jim R.

   "For nearly a decade Randy Huffman has been a vital partner in developing and maintaining our landscaping.
   A creative structural designer and talented plantsman he presents thoughtful solutions to all our landscaping challenges."

- Catherine D.

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   "We were new to the area and did not know anyone to call for the large landscaping project we wanted for our new home. We could tell by Randy's website that he had accomplished attractive improvements for others.
   "He gave us a fabulous result and all our neighbors have complimented us on this project. Randy is a perfectionist and his work is the highest quality that we have ever seen done on any project. His friendly demeanor and attention to every detail made working with Randy both fun and completely satisfying!!

- Dennis and Sheila M.

   "From our first encounter with Randy at Landscaping by Huffman, we knew that we had found the right people to build our new patio. After looking over the site, he could envision exactly what we wanted. We didn't want to have something "over the top", but we did want to have something that would fit within our budget but be as esthetically pleasing as possible. Our site in the wooded dunes needed some creativity. Randy, right away, saw the possibilities and came up with a plan which incorporated the brick patio we wanted along with redesigning the plastic fish pond we already had. He incorporated a nice fire pit and added a walkway with berm along the back of our three season porch. The addition of colorful plants and ferns set among boulders was perfect for the slope to the lower part of our yard. He also incorporated a drainage system to take water off the roof of the house and let it run off into the woods instead of draining onto the patio. Relocating some sprinklers also made it possible to have a truly carefree space that we'll be sure to enjoy for years to come. Randy and his competent staff were easy to deal with and we truly enjoyed the experience of working with them to see our vision come to completion. Thank you all. "

- Alice and Webb B.

   "Landscaping by Huffman has played a big part in my life. I have owned my home for many years and the landscaping that completes the total look was done by your company over the years. As you know I have many windows and therefore do not need a lot of art work as the view out my windows is a natural art. Your artistic eye has given me beauty that cannot be accomplished on canvas."

- Pat A.

   "In one word: Wow! A couple of years ago we contacted several contractors for design ideas and estimates for a problem area in our yard; it was so frustrating that we almost gave up on the idea, nobody seemed to understand what we envisioned or our budget. Then we found Randy; not only was his design idea spectacular, it fit into our budget. We could not have been more pleased with his work, so much so that last summer we had him design and install a new deck complete with under-decking. His design, attention to detail, and level of craftsmanship far exceeded our expectations and created a great outdoor retreat. We are looking forward to having Randy work on our next project and highly recommend Landscaping by Huffman."

- Jim & Chantal T.

   "A fresh creative approach. Very professional service (always with a smile). Excellent, reliable followup and ready advice if needed. Randy is like a co-owner of our landscaping. Can't imagine a better company to work with!"

- Anne G.

   "The pictures say it all. We had an original plan in mind for the landscaping and hardscaping that we shared with Randy during our first consultation. Randy listened to all of the ideas and presented some alternatives and the reasons for his recommendations. He spent quite a bit of time at the site studying the house and contours of the property, the excessive water drainage issues that needed to be taken care of, the lake and landscape views from inside the house that needed to be maintained, walking and traffic patterns to and from the lake and around the property and landscaping that could provide privacy. We ended up taking his recommendations and have ended up with a very natural beautiful look that enhances the house instead of making the landscaping the focal point. This is the key difference with Huffman landscaping. He strives to enhance the look of your house and property versus making it all about the landscaping. Randy and his crew worked tirelessly and coordinated with the other contractors during the build process. He even went beyond his duties and helped provide input on the design of the driveway and walkways. With Huffman landscaping, the job does not stop at installation, after a few heavy rainstorms and very hot days, Randy stopped by to make sure everything was still in tact. I am anxious to see the landscape evolve over time as the perennials mature and create an even more natural look around the rockscapes."

- Jenny P.

   "As we were planning and building our dream retirement home here in Leelanau County we realized that because of "Parade of Homes" requirements we would need some landscaping help immediately. We are proud of the appearance of our home and wanted landscaping that we could be equally proud of. During a week of interviews and discussions with several area companies we were somewhat discouraged until you provided your proposal. Your ideas and proposals were a breath of fresh air after listening to several "landscapers" who did not seem to know one perennial from another or how a residential project differs from a commercial one.
   The completed project was every bit as breathtaking as you said it would be. We were so pleased that we brought you back the following year to work your "magic" in the area of new construction on the property. Everyone who sees our home is very impressed with the landscaping and some have actually engaged your services at their new homes. We thank you every spring as our plantings just get better and better."

- John & Bonnie W.

   "We would highly recommend Landscaping by Huffman. Randy and his crew did an outstanding job in solving a difficult drainage problem for us by changing our property grade and installing an underground drainage system. They installed a very effective sprinkler system and created a beautiful lawn from hydro seed that is still the best in the neighborhood. Workmanship and the materials used were top quality and all work done was timely and at a very reasonable price."

- John & Judy R.

   "You have done such a wonderful job on our two homes in Traverse City and a spectacular job on our golf course home in South Bend. Your artistic vision and engineering skills are what make your landscape projects works of art. You are a true artist and the most professional contractor we’ve hired. Keep up the great work. Thank you so much!"

- Lois & Doug W.

   "You and your guys did a fantastic job. Marie & I couldn’t be more pleased with the results! Must be the rocks with all that character!! Appreciate the lower bill too. Keep in touch to see how everything turns out. "

- Mike & Marie P.

   "If you are looking for the yard of your dreams, then Landscaping by Huffman is your choice. He is a true artistic genius with landscape designs. He demonstrated a creative ability to work within our fixed budget yet still give us the yard we were hoping for. We received proposals from 2 other companies and were disappointed with the lack of design ideas and poor customer service. Randy demonstrated initiative, excellent customer service and was personally involved in creating our yard until the end. He finished the job within the specific time frame and budget we asked for. With our landscaping expectations high, Randy exceeded them above and beyond and we couldn't be happier!"

- Henry & Heidi H.

   "We have worked with several contractors, by far working with the wonderful people at Landscaping by Huffman the last seven years has been unparalleled. Randy has been instrumental in making our Traverse City dream home a reality.
   His creativity in design and products have been an an integral part of our home. Randy takes our input and molds it into a beautiful landscape.
   But foremost, the work is completed on schedule and in the manner it was planned. The Huffmans, without question will be utilized for our landscaping projects for many years to come. We would not hesitate to recommend Landscaping by Huffman to anyone for any project."

- Henry and Sandy P.

   "We utilized the services  of Landscaping by Huffman on two personal residences and Copper Ridge, our medical / office development in Traverse City. They handled all the projects from start to finish including the design to the actual work.  The creativity and vision of Randy Huffman is the difference.  His passion for creating something extraordinary while understanding the budget sets him apart.
    Copper Ridge presented many challenges including vast areas and hilly terrain as well as transforming the old Grand Traverse County Road Commission property into the regions premier office complex. The landscaping had to not only be beautiful but functional for surface water flow and future maintenance costs. The results speak for themselves.  The landscaping continues to be one of the most talked about aspects of the development including the receipt of local Landscaping and Beautification awards
    The best part about dealing with Landscaping by Huffman is the fact that Randy not only designs the project but is on the project each day during installation.  This ensures that the design works and allows for improvements and modifications during installation.  I am proud to recommend them to anyone for their personal residences and other projects."

- Connie & Rick D.

   "Randy Huffman, owner of Landscaping by Huffman installed a sprinkler system for us a couple of years ago.  We are extremely happy with the results.  He quoted us a price for the system and time frame in which he would complete the work.
   He and his employees worked diligently each day (even in the rain) and completed the job within the time frame allotted.  The price he quoted was also right on the mark.  We are not only more than happy with the results but also with the attention Randy has given us each spring and fall when the system needs servicing.  We would highly recommend his service to anyone. He is truly a professional."

- Ron & JoAnn S.

   "Thank you! We are thrilled with the outcome of our recent landscaping project. The "blue stone" patio is spectacular and all of the stones and perennials really make our yard pop.
   This, of course, is the second major project that you have tackled on our behalf. And we couldn't be happier. Your design instincts and ability to visualize the outcome are amazing. Your work ethic is equally impressive.
   Continued good luck and we look forward to working with you on our next landscape upgrade."

- Darlene & Charlie C.

   "We wanted to have a garage built so we started by checking the lumber companies. We got prices on material and builders to do the job.
     We called five different builders for estimates including Randy Huffman. Randy's estimate was in line with the rest of the builders. We chose Randy because we saw the quality of work he has done. When Randy started the job, he worked every day until the job was done.
    He does quality work in a timely manner. We would recommend Randy Huffman for any building projects. "

- Art & Betty H.

   "Randy Huffman met with my wife and me to discuss a complete landscaping plan for our new home in the village of Glen Arbor. We emphasized our interest in a natural plan which would complement the house and the adjacent wooded areas. In the initial meeting, Randy determined the final grade surrounding the house. Because the front of the house sits above street level, and the grade slopes a full story in the back, Randy's plan had to account for substantial stonework at each end of the house.
A few days later, Randy returned with a sketch of suggested perennial flower beds, ground cover, shrubs, evergreens, grasses, trees and rockery. The entire yard would be mulched to enhance the natural look. A complete list of plants was included with the plan.
Three cost structures were presented and we chose the most comprehensive plan that included extensive use of boulders and "Huffrock" formed concrete steps at either end of the house that lead to the back yard. The proposal also called for an underground irrigation system.
When construction of the house was far enough along, Randy and his crew began the three-week installation of the various elements. First, the boulders and "Huffrock" steps were placed and the irrigation system was installed. In the back yard, two large fern beds were developed, along with a number of large flowering shrubs and hardy geraniums. Perennial plants were placed in openings in the boulders along the hillside leading to the back yard at each end of the house.
In the front of the house, imaginative gardens were developed and planted with flowering perennials and ground cover, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, grasses and forsythia. In addition, an island in the front yard was created by a circular driveway. The island features a number of existing hardwood trees and small white pines. Randy added two large blue spruce trees, flowering service berry and crab trees, and hardy geraniums.
My wife and I are thrilled with the finished look of the landscaping. Neighbors and passersby have been very complementary of the Huffman work. Randy and his crew were very thorough and professional, and we are pleased to recommend them to anyone seeking a landscaping company with a full range of creative capabilities. "

- Robert S.

    Landscaping by Huffman : 2878 Cass Road : Traverse City, Michigan 49684

Phone: 231.946.4233      Email: info@landscapingbyhuffman.com    

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