Our Reviews

One of the advantages of being a small company is the personal service we provide. You can see this in our many excellent online reviews. Like any established business we aren’t perfect, but our reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Below is a collection of our online reviews. You can see more detail about many of these projects on our testimonials page.

Working with O’Connell Landscape to complete our back yard renovation was an incredible experience through and through. Michael and his team were prompt, professional, and thoughtful about every detail. Michael has such a creative eye for design and his masterpiece came to life beautifully. We needed EVERYTHING done, from drainage to root removal to hard scapes to artificial turf and garden installation. They proved to be experts with it all. I can’t rate them high enough. You won’t be disappointed!

Shanee Ben-Haim

I had a very vague concept of what I wanted for my backyard re-do. Michael O’Connell, with O’Connell Landscaping, met with me several times to get an idea as to my future plans with my yard. He came up with a plan that outlined what I wanted, was within the budget I set, and perfectly matched the surrounding areas of our family property. Prior to the commencement of work, Michael and I met several times to review the plans to ensure a smooth start to the project.

During the project, Ruben and Ubaldo were there every day! They were friendly and answered all my questions. The attention to detail was amazing to watch as the work progressed.

My project took 3 months, and it was seamless. My yard is beautiful, and I feel I’ve added another room to my house.

I recommend O’Connell Landscaping to anyone who is looking for a trustworthy, friendly, and detail-oriented company.

Natale Dougherty

I cannot recommend Michael O'Connell and his team enough. All of the work was done with the utmost integrity from start to finish. He was meticulous, organized, and knew exactly what I needed for my property. His depth and breadth of knowledge of agriculture, landscape, and carpentry is impressive. The transformation of my property was incredible. I started with a dirt lot and now I have an oasis I can relax in and enjoy every day. While he may not be the cheapest, he was worth every cent. I highly recommend you to contact him for landscaping.Services: General construction , Installation

Anna Di Grande

Working with Michael at O'Connell Landscape (OCL) was an absolute pleasure. He was extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of the work, collaborative, always managed our expectations, and used technology (website photo surveys, online forms, etc.) to roll thru the design process efficiently. OCL may not be the least expensive option out there, but if you want extremely professional work with an eye for quality control and responsiveness, you will find it here. He was able to make our vision into a reality that extended our usable space outdoors. We will definitely be working with OCL again!

Matt Johnson

5 star rating I cannot recommend Michael O'Connell and his team enough. All of the work was done with the utmost integrity from start to finish. He was meticulous, organized, and knew exactly what I needed for my property. His depth and breadth of knowledge of agriculture, landscape, and carpentry is impressive. The transformation of my property was incredible. I started with a dirt lot and now I have an oasis I can relax in and enjoy every day. While he may not be the cheapest, he was worth every cent. I highly urge you to contact him for your landscape needs!

Anna D.

We were in need of a completely new look for our boring, rectangular, flat backyard. Of the design/build firms we contacted, Michael O'Connell of O'Connell Landscape was by far the most responsive, thoughtful and creative. He was familiar with our neighborhood and was interested in working with the mid-century design elements we were hoping to complement. He was willing to work with our rough, preliminary sketches and bring them up to a highly professional level.
The O'Connell Landscape team was exceptional. Since it was COVID-time, Michael had the same two highly skilled workers on the job, start to finish. They showed up every day at 7:00 and did everything from complete demo of two patios, tree, root, rock and dirt removal, to laying the DG pathways, setting the concrete forms, laying electrical conduit and all new irrigation, building the fences and an outdoor shower and all the plantings. They wore masks consistently and Michael provided two separate portapotties to ensure their safety.
Michael provided regular updates on the job and detailed invoices. He did not go over budget, except for the changes we wanted and approved. There were some unforeseen issues (a second, old concrete patio hidden under the visible concrete that also had to be demo-ed, for example) and he itemized the extra costs clearly and in writing and made sure we authorized everything.
We just love our new yard. It is exactly what we wanted and the entire process was so much easier than some of our other remodel projects, due to Michael O'Connell's professionalism and attention to detail.

Dru Parker

Our experience with O’Connell Landscape from beginning to end was exceptional. Michael came to our house, listened to our thoughts and ideas and came up with the perfect design for our front and back yards. They took our ugly, weed infested yards and created an oasis. Michael and his crew were very professional and super easy to work with. Any questions or concerns were addressed in a very timely manner. We can not express how much we love our new "Shangri La"!

Melanie Walker

We would highly recommend O’Connell Landscape. From the initial meeting to our final walk through of the project Michael provided in-depth information, suggestions and knowledge of every facet of our job. Michael listened to our ideas and provided suggestions both verbally and visually for plants, hardscape, lighting etc. as well as provided recommendations for how to incorporate and refresh our existing elements so that we could stay within our budget. We have a small yard but it was divided into 4 somewhat distinct spaces that we needed to address and figure out how to have continuity throughout the project. Michael and his crew helped us achieve our vision and we can now enjoy our outdoor space for the years to come.

Valentina

This is a repeat performance (2nd home/landscape project) with O'Connell Landscape and we couldn't be happier. The first project resulted in an award-winning yard which undoubtedly helped last year's sale. In our current downsized home we didn't hesitate to call Michael and his crew, the same men we worked with 12 years ago. They transformed our overgrown, dated yard into a low-maintenance, attractive, and functioning living space offering detailed forethought, responsive collaboration, and quality implementation. Our next step is to add plantings with Michael's coaching! We can't recommend the O'Connell Landscape team highly enough.

Sharon Morgan

O'Connell Landscape worked with us on a complete re-do of our large backyard. We had done some preliminary work on the yard when we bought our house, but it needed a lot. We interviewed several companies, and were given huge numbers to complete our project. Finally, we met Michael O'Connell and he gave us the most honest assessment of our design plan and budget. He told us unequivocally that our design expectations far out-reached our budget. We so appreciated his straight-forward and honest approach. As a result, we began working with him on modifying our plans to meet our budget while prioritizing what was most important to us. Michael made this process seamless by providing lists of items to prioritize to get us where we needed to get. It would have been so overwhelming without his organization tools and calm demeanor. We were able to re-design and begin work in an efficient timeframe. Once work began, there were absolutely NO surprises. Michael's cost estimates and timeframes were met. Michael was engaged in the project at all times and available for questions, and on occasion minor changes or add-ons to the project. Our backyard is absolutely beautiful and we use it all of the time. Here are a couple of amateur photos of our yard.

Amy Schwappach

Michael and his work crew exceeded our expectations from start to finish. And even now he is still responding to our occasional emails in a timely manner. We liked that O’Connell Landscape did the whole project from the design to the installation and kept us informed step by step.

O’Connell Landscape did a complete landscaping of our back yard, and in the front yard built a beautiful side fence, added a new driveway and walkways around the house. We can’t say enough about his installation team lead by Reuben. They were hard working, very polite and Reuben always had great suggestions. The backyard planting looks great year round as something is always in bloom.

it is now five years after the initial installation and we could not be happier with the results. I highly recommend O’Connell Landscape. I am attaching a picture of our yard taken in June 2018.

Lorelei Farmer

Michael and his team recently completed a complete renovation of our outdoor landscaping. We did extensive use of pavers, woodwork, lighting, drainage and of course planting. Michael is clearly very knowledgeable about landscaping and provided excellent advice on design and implementation. We are very happy with the quality of his work and his very reasonable pricing. Highly recommended!

Loren Nickel

We retained O'Connell Landscape for the design and build out of both our front and back yards at our home in Cotati. We were very happy with the design process and their flexibility for accepting changes as we proceeded. The build out process was done very professionally and we were able to work with them along the way. We are very happy with the end product and have gotten many favorable comments from our neighbors. We have since had them do two smaller projects for us. They have also been very responsive on coming back out to deal with minor issues that crop up.

Gary Ibello

We reached out to O'Connell Landscape to bid on a large landscaping project for our home in Marin. They were the only firm willing/experienced enough to provide us with line item estimated costs, which was incredibly helpful in deciding how to move forward. When we decided to implement our project in phases, Michael was flexible and worked us into their schedule with only a short wait. We were so impressed with their work -- it surpassed our (high) expectations in look, function and quality. They were mindful of every detail and it shows. When we had to make adjustments, they didn't hit us with change orders and additional costs. They started and finished the project on time, were here every day, provided progress updates, and were generally so professional and pleasant to work with. We've worked with many contractors for our landscape and home, and these guys are as good as it gets! We look forward to working with them again on future projects.

Dana M

Working with O’connell Landscape has been a pleasure. O’Connell Landscape has turned my once ugly back yard into a beautiful oasis where I could enjoy it for many years to to come. O’Connell Landscape has a wonderful dedicated hard-working crew and it was a pleasure working with them as well . I would definitely recommend this company to turn your yard from dreams into reality and to have a beautiful yard that you always wanted .

Robin Matsumoto

We hired O'Connell Landscape to re-design our backyard and improve drainage. Because they are a design-build company, the scheduling worked out perfectly. Once the design was completed we were able to start construction. Michael, the designer, was easy to work with and came up with a beautiful creative design. Best of all he was receptive to our input and the final result is even better than I had hoped for.
His team was very organized and tidy while working on our property.
The whole experience was great. We already have plans for the front yard.

Sylvia Wake-Hood

Michael O'Connell presented a very thorough design plan, continued to work with us and provide explanations as the project evolved and his team maintained a clean job-site We would hire him again in the future.

Greg Djick

We asked Michael to update our existing landscape and add some new elements. We had a fairly vague idea of what we wanted but Michael was able to create a design that brought to life exactly what we wanted. His design seamlessly blended the new elements with the refurbished existing elements and resulted in serene front and back yard areas that contain interesting focal points everywhere you look. The new elements are absolutely lovely and the work done to the existing elements made these look like new again. The dry creek bed and blue flagstone pathway he designed are just perfect. Michael’s crew have been with him for 10+ years and are all extremely knowledgeable, professional and reliable, especially Ubaldo, who executed Michael’s design beautifully. Michael took time to go over all the details, kept us informed on status and provided timely change orders as items were added to the wish list. All in all, Michael and his crew made the process fun and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We highly recommend O’Connell Landscape to anyone looking for a stress-free process and beautiful results in a timely manner.

Marie Girolo

O’Connell Landscape is the best!

Working with Michael and his team made the entire landscaping experience positive and productive – and one that resulted in landscaping that was completed within deadline and is exactly what I had hoped for – and more.

My new home had nothing but clay dirt in the back with a few grasses planted by the building contractor in front. It has now been transformed into a warm and welcoming Tuscan landscape both in front and in back.

Throughout the design process, Michael was patient with my questions regarding hardscape materials, design, colors, and plantings. He was excellent at listening to what I wanted and incorporating those concepts into a realistic design. He was also extremely cognizant of costs and budget issues – I always knew the cost of any of my “ideas” – in other words, at the end of the day, there were no budgetary surprises.

Rueben and his crew are expert and knowledgeable at all that they do. They are diligent, experienced, hardworking, and competent. They were never intrusive or disruptive to the goings on in our household, and always cleaned up before leaving the project each day.

Michael managed the entire process throughout the life of the project, regularly checking in with Rueben and his crew on-site, all the while maintaining excellent communication with me. He was extremely helpful when it came to selection of materials and a garden fountain, always providing samples and identifying vendors that carried materials that were of interest to me. When the project was complete, Michael prepared and reviewed with me, a booklet listing all the plantings and materials used as well as complete garden care specific to my landscaping.

Working with Michael, beginning with design, to material and planting decisions, and throughout the actual build-out, was a seamless process and a huge plus.

My landscaping is beautiful – and it was an absolute pleasure working with Michael.

Jayne D.

Michael is a true professional. He and his team are incredibly responsible, organized, detailed, honest, timely, and responsive. We hired O'Connell landscape to transform over two acres of farm property that had been left to waste for over a decade. The results exceeded our expectations, and we look forward to working with them again on future projects. Highly recommended.

Joe Flannery

If we had to pick one word to describe O’Connell Landscaping, it would be EXCEPTIONAL.

We met Michael O’Connell when we were putting a design to bid from a different landscape designer. In working up the bid, Michael realized that the work as envisioned by the original designer could not possibly be completed within our budget. Rather than just submitting the bid like the other contractors, he took the extra step to tell us that he’d be happy to work with us on a new design that would better suit our needs and budgets.

Thus, began our wonderful experience with Michael and O’Connell Landscaping.

During the design phase of the project, Michael broke down every element of the original plan and quickly guided us through a decision-making process to prioritize what was important to us, what types of materials would work for us, and how those choices impacted our budget. I was amazed at how quickly Michael was able to narrow down the often-dizzying array of options and through a series of questionnaires and design reviews lead us to a final plan that included ALL of the major design elements from our original plan at a price that met our budget.

The construction phase of the project was equally efficient and enjoyable. The O’Connell construction crew was wonderful—very respectful of our property, our neighbors, and our family—and completed the project on-time and on budget. Ruben, the lead on the project and a master at the art of using a Bobcat, has been with O’Connell for more than 30 years, a further testament to the quality business Michael O’Connell operates. Both Ruben’s and Ubaldo’s experience and skill definitely showed through in our finished project—expertly framed pergolas, beautifully crafted seat walls, exceptionally constructed fences and gates. Michael’s choice of sub-contractors was equally exceptional, with three colored-concrete patios that have literally caused our guests to gasp at their quality. Michael was frequently on-site during the course of our 20-week project, reviewing progress, answering questions, and otherwise making us feel that we were his company’s top priority.

To say that the finished product exceeded our wildest hopes would be an understatement—an absolutely remarkable transformation of our backyard and an absolutely wonderful experience with O’Connell Landscaping.

We couldn’t recommend his company more strongly.

Jim Schwappach

For the last 15 years we have had the privilege of supplying material for not just Michael, but his parents before him. Ruben is a gentleman who takes very good care of his clients. We always enjoy seeing them here in our yard.

Bay Area Bluestone

California real estate is expensive...that's why expanding our living space outdoors was so critical to my husband and me. We hired O'Connell Landscape to basically overhaul every square foot of our yard. This included hardscape, plantings, outdoor kitchen, water feature, drainage, lighting, fencing, gates and more. The end result exceeded our expectations and is a true example of craftsmanship you just don't see that often. Michael was meticulous with the details and was a real pleasure to work with. Backing him up is the most respectful and hard working team we've experienced. At the end of every day, we walk out into our yard and pinch ourselves! Bottom line, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend O'Connell Landscape.

Cindy Jepsen

We highly recommend O'Connell Landscape. We are delighted with our new front yard which eliminated the dreaded lawn and replaced it with an easy care, drought tolerant, very attractive landscape. Michael provided a design that incorporated all the elements my husband and I wanted, and expert advice and infinite patience on all fronts: Hardscape, plants, lighting, irrigation and more. O'Connell Landscape has a very efficient and yet flexible mode of operation; deadlines and the budget were meet. The crew is extremely hard working and highly skilled in all areas: Foundation work, paver fitting, soil preparation, woodwork and lighting installation. There was excellent communication between the crew and/or Michael and the client. In our case, approval of the plan was required by a homeowner's association. Michael provided the requisite documentation for this process; compliments were expressed by the HOA for the complete and professional plans. The overall care and attention that our project received from O'Connell Landscape was of the highest quality. It was a lot of fun to work with this company.

Carol Mirenda

We are extremely pleased of what Michael O'Connell helped us achieve in our front, side and backyard.
He listened to our ideas and with his, designed a wonderfully enclosed vegetable garden, which includes a greenhouse and water feature, planned out seating areas for our family and his placement of lighting is absolutely beautiful in the evenings.
This was truly a team effort. And we very much appreciate his staff of workers who were friendly and knowledgable of all tasks asked of them. They stayed on track and cleaned up each day.
Great selection of drought tolerant plants were chosen with just the right blend and size that will produce color for year round enjoyment.
Thank you Michael for all your advice and making yourself available to answer our questions evenings and weekends.

Gary/Tina Ibello

It was an absolute delight to work with Michael and his team. He was always available and very knowledgeable about all aspects of landscaping our front yard. Deadlines were always met and the workers were always on time and left everything neat when they left for the day.
The price was always broken down so I knew what each item cost. I would highly recommend O'Connell Landscape and Michael to anyone. Michael made the job seem so easy and effortless and he followed up after the job was completed to make sure everything was working correctly. I only wish all contractors were as friendly and as easy to get along with as Michael.

Carol Sikora

O'Connell just finished our project and we couldn't be happier! They were referred to us by another landscape company. They put in new irrigation, a bluestone path, and brick patio. Michael created a beautiful plant design that is perfect for our cottage style home. The crew took pride in their work and did a great job of cleaning up each day.

Lori

We absolutely loved working with Michael and his team on landscaping for our new home in Petaluma. Everyone of the team was very professional. Michael paid attention to all the details of design, budgets, contracts, schedules and overall customer service. All budgeted items and schedules were met. He was responsive to our questions nights and weekends and followed up on everything. We highly recommend them.

Peter

Michael O'Connell designed and installed our backyard landscape in late 2012-2013. We enjoyed working with Michael and his colleagues and thoroughly enjoy and love our landscaping, paths, patio and deck. In late 2014 we started having trouble with the irrigation system running very erratically. We called Michael and he was out within days. He fixed the irrigation system very efficiently. We are very happy to have such a wonderful professional in our area and really appreciate the quick response to our problem.

Susan

Our project was a rather small one involving "modernizing" our front entry, so initially I was concerned it was too small for O'Connell to be interested. But when I explained our budget constraints to Michael, he was very responsive in designing a project that met our needs within our budget. He incorporated existing elements so that the work was focused on the things that needed changing. The old and new were blended very nicely.

The project itself was on time and on budget and we are very pleased with the results, including Michael's design work, selection of materials, and the quality of the work done by the crew. Throughout the project Michael and the crew were very responsive to our questions and suggestions. Crews showed up on time, worked diligently, showed an amazing variety of skills, paid attention to detail, and did a good job of cleaning up at the end of each day.

Needless to say, we are pleased with the result and enjoyed working with O'Connell.

J.W.

O'Connell Landscape just completed a landscape project for our front and back yards. In the backyard they installed a new deck, blue stone patio, seating wall, pergola, paver pathway, seating area, fountain, vegetable box, drip irrigation and drought tolerant plants. In the front they installed a fence, driveway, blue stone porch and pathway and an enclosure for our recycling/garbage cans along with drip irrigation and more drought tolerant plants. All the work was completed by his crew except the cement driveway and cement pathways. We were very pleased with his cement contractor.

The design, quality of workmanship, plant selection and crew exceeded our expectations. Michael's attention to detail is reflected in how his crew approached each phase of our project. From the beginning of the project to the end, all the information we received from O'Connell Landscape was very detailed. Michael was always available throughout the process to answer any of our questions and concerns and provided us with knowledgeable guidance throughout the entire process. From the initial design to the changes/additions to the original design, Michael was extremely helpful in providing us with different options and the cost. All change orders were signed off prior to any additional work being started so there were no surprises at the end of the project. We really wanted a contractor who not only did the design but was there throughout the whole process. Our experience with O'Connell Landscape and his crew was outstanding.

Lorelei

5 star rating We hired Michael/O'Connell Landscape to assist us in creating a plan to demolish our pool and then re-landscape our backyard. We had been told they were one of the top firms in our area and thus had high expectations. At our first meeting, after having met with others that had been recommended, I was extremely impressed at the extensive knowledge that Michael had in all aspects of the job. He was the only professional we interviewed who recognized that we had drainage issues and included that in the scope of our job. He worked with us to create and then modify our plan to fit our budget and timeline. He was always responsive to questions and would offer alternatives. Their employees were always professional and incredibly hard working (even when it was sweltering outside). When the job was done we were very pleased with the design and the workmanship, and felt that we had received an excellent value (not the lowest price, but the best value due to the excellent workmanship). Best of all we get constant raves as our friends and family see the transformation for the first time.

Donna

5 star rating My wife and I would be delighted to refer O'Connell Landscape to anyone and know they would have as good an experience and outcome as we did. We're proud of the finished project, especially in the sense that what Michael created for us incorporates all the elements we had in mind but had difficulty visualizing without his help and complete conceptual plan.

For the bid or proposal process in particular, I especially liked Michael's approach of packaging the proposal so we could pick and choose those features we had prioritized. It made the decisions much easier.

My wife and I agree the design and outcome was even better than our expectations. We're very pleased and continue to enjoy our yard.

Michael M.

5 star rating O'Connell Landscape has been fantastic to work with. We bought a house that needs the entire yard redone - but we're not in the position to take it on all at once. Michael came out and took painstakingly detailed measurements of the entire lot complete with identification and location of all existing structures and plants. Within a few days he had sent us the drawings of what exists as well as several 'getting started' ideas. They have been great to work with as we think about what to tackle first and have made great recommendations. They have also been respectful of our budgets and not afraid to advise us on whether ideas we have are in our price range or not.

Josa T.

5 star rating Great experience working with O'Connell Landscaping! They did a great job from beginning to end in dramatically changing our backyard.

Michael was great through all phases of our major backyard project - planning, budgeting, execution and follow up. It was really helpful working with the same company through all phases - no opportunity for surprises or blame games between design and build.

Michael gave us good guidance on budgeting, showing us how to get the best bang for the buck in materials, and executed well on that plan.

We are very happy with the results and would recommend them highly...

Scott R.

O'Connell Landscape is an excellent landscape contractor who did a fabulous job installing a large and challenging landscape project for my Clients in Marin County. The project was multi-faceted and required considerable coordination with the General Contractor, Sub-Contractors, Owners and Architects over a 7- month period. Michael is very knowledgeable in all aspects of landscape construction, and very experienced in suggesting ways to economize but not cut quality. I would highly recommend O'Connell Landscape and look forward to many more collaborations.

Bradanini and Associates

We were very pleased with O’Connell Landscape, from our first meeting with Michael to the completed project of our frontyard, backyard and driveway. Michael was able to take our vision and with his expertise in landscape design exceeded our expectations for our project. The crew was great, they were always on time and at the end of each workday the work areas were straightened and ready for the following day. We had a lot of cement work done and were very pleased with the concrete contractor’s skill with color and design.

We appreciated the landscape drawings that Michael prepared which helped us visualize what the project would look like at completion. The informational booklet that Michael put together for the types and care of the many different plants and trees is proving to be very helpful.

We would highly recommend O’Connell Landscape for anyone contemplating a landscape project.

Ed and Diane Landman - Petaluma

ed landman

5 star rating We were looking for a landscape design firm to redo our backyard and put in a built in BBQ. The first two firms we met with had great ideas but their estimates were two to three times our budget, and they did not seem enthusiastic about working on a project of our scope.

O'Connell landscape listened to our needs and came up with a plan that fit our budget. Our project included replacing toxic wood with redwood for our vegetable planting bed, redoing the irrigation, extending our patio, building a seat wall, installing a built in BBQ and putting plantings in the new patio areas.

We could not have been more pleased with our backyard remodel. O'Connell landscape was responsive to our questions throughout, and all e-mails were answered promptly. The project was completed on budget and in the time frame promised. All changes/issues were promptly raised. The few concerns we raised regarding the project were promptly addressed to our satisfaction. The crew was onsite everyday, was polite and left the job in clean condition each evening. I highly recommend O'Connell Landscape.

Mike W.

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