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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Landscape Contractors
Cultivating beautiful communities from the outside in by creating a culture that fosters personal growth and community vitality while delivering World Class Landscape Services.
Striving to become the #1 Landscape Company in the World. We will be sought after as a result of our operational efficiencies, extremely high standards of quality, and how we value ALL relationships.
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Be considerate of your personal well-being and how it affects your work and family.
Respect All People
Treat all people with courtesy, respect, and kindness.
Operate With Integrity
Operate and communicate with honesty, trustworthiness, and intention.
Welcome New Ideas
Being receptive to new ideas and procedures encourages growth.
An Experienced, Highly-Trained Team Dedicated to Creating Fine Landscaping Solutions for Our Discerning Clients
Founded in 2014 by Pittsburgh natives Kenneth Deemer and Patrick Murray, Local Roots Landscaping has grown to include several of the area's top landscaping professionals. Together, they're building a more beautiful Pittsburgh through creative landscape design and durable construction, healthy plants, attentive landscape maintenance services, and a commitment to client satisfaction. With years of experience and extensive industry training, Local Roots has a reputation for creating high-level landscaping while being easy to work with, which has led us to become the highest-rated landscape contractors in the area.
With a built-to-last mentality, we embrace sustainable landscaping techniques to create an outdoor space you will enjoy for years as it increases your property value.
Our own local roots run deep, and it's an honor to give back to the community that has given us so much. We love putting our skills to work for our neighbors, but we don't stop there. Every month, we give a minimum of $1,000 to local non-profit organizations who are working to make Pittsburgh an even better place to live.
You can see examples of our work at commercial properties and homes in Sewickley, Fox Chapel, Shadyside, Valencia, Bradford Hills, and many other area communities. Each landscaping project is personal, designed, and installed according to the home or business owner's wishes for their outdoor space.
For us, going to work every day is a joy. We have a close-knit team of top professionals, long-lasting relationships with our suppliers and clients alike, and a passion for well-crafted landscaping. Contact us to schedule your consultation.
Your Full-Service Landscaping Company
Our residential and commercial landscaping services are customized according to your property and preferences. We offer turn-key solutions for projects of all sizes:
From outdoor kitchens and built-in grills to outdoor fire pits, fireplaces, and paver patios, we create backyard escapes that rival your favorite vacation resorts.
Every installation starts with a brilliant plan, and our in-house designers and architects work closely with you to design a one-of-a-kind landscape to match your wishes.
Our installation crews have specialized skills, including woodworking and masonry.
Save time and hassle by hiring professionals to take care of your lawn, garden, and more.
It’s time to reimagine what it means to add a pool to your home and jump into one of our client’s favorite additions. With a short, simple installation process and a variety of customizable options, your plunge pool will fit beautifully into your outdoor space and arrives ready for install.
Commercial Landscaping Services
Commercial property owners can take advantage of our full range of services, including power washing, tree removal, drainage solutions, sod installation, full-scale design, and so much more.
Low-maintenance, low-water, and better for the environment, we use local plants when appropriate, earth-friendly materials, and eco-conscious landscape design to preserve your property for the next generation.
Sod and Turf
Enjoy an instantly beautiful lawn, complete with expert care and management services to keep it at its best.
Have your Automower installed by our trained technicians, then enjoy a perfectly lush lawn all season long with this cost-effective, environmentally friendly alternative to regular mowing.
Meet Our Team
Local Roots Landscaping was founded with a clear mission: to cultivate beautiful communities from the outside in by creating a culture that fosters personal growth and community vitality while delivering World Class Landscape Services. Our team is made of Pittsburgh natives and long-time residents with a deep understanding of the local climate and community, a commitment to doing high-quality work, and a passion for building client relationships.
Every member of our team brings a set of unique strengths and skills to the company. Get to know these experts: you'll be seeing many of them as we complete your project!
Field Operations Team
Dylan joined the team at Local Roots as our senior project manager. He has worked his whole professional life in the landscaping industry and has extensive knowledge to draw upon to ensure that clients and crew members have the best possible experience with Local Roots.
Dylan was born and raised in Butler county Pennsylvania and still lives there with his wife and pets. He attended Penn State University and has a degree in Landscape Contracting and a minor in Arboriculture.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and dogs, woodworking, and tinkering with old trucks.
Diane has over 35 years of diverse landscape contracting experience in hardscape and softscape installation. She is dedicated to helping develop and coach the team at Local Roots to help them achieve career goals and growth.
Diane is Landscape Industry Certified Hardscape and Softscape Technician CLT.
A Pittsburgh native, and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, riding quads and spending time with friends and family.
New to the Local Roots team in 2023, Alex has over 10+ Years in the landscape industry. Alex loves spending his free time doing pretty much anything with his family. He is always involved in whatever sports or activities they are involved in. Alex loves to travel anywhere where there is sun and water!
Born and raised in Penn Hills, Greg has a lifetime of landscaping experience, from natural stonework to drainage, heavy equipment operations, and more. He is certified in both ICPI and NCMA. Greg loves spending time with his wife and kids. You can usually catch him at one of his kids sports games cheering from the sidelines.
Tyler lives in North Huntingdon with his wife and 2 daughters. He has been in the landscaping industry for 12 years and holds a degree in Landscaping Contracting from Penn State University. In his free time Tyler enjoys golfing and working in his yard.
Tim has a background in mechanics and fabrication and also has years of landscape experience, from lawn maintenance, to building and maintaining bicycle trails, to site development.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his family, riding bikes, and photography.
As Patrick's father, he watched Local Roots grow from the ground up—out of his garage. Now (from a dedicated Local Roots office), Dave keeps the company running smoothly by managing phone calls, online inquiries, payroll, billing, and supply. He has three children and three grandchildren, and he's retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force.
Marcus is a Pittsburgh transplant from Conneaut, Ohio who also served in the US Navy. He moved to North Versailles in 2016 and has 5+ years of experience with Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, but still is a die hard Cleveland Browns fan.
In his free time, Marcus enjoys being outdoors working on his own lawn, playing golf and softball, camping, and spending time with his family here in Pittsburgh or Ohio.
Kayla was born and raised in Washington County, Pennsylvania. With 3 years of landscaping experience, Kayla is our go to person for all material selections.
She attended the Pittsburgh Technical College in 2005 with a degree in Graphic Design, where she met her husband Matt. They currently live in Oakdale and have 2 children, Arden and Max, and two beagles, Gemma and Lola.
When she is not working, you can find Kayla spending time with family and friends, catching up on pop culture and traveling. She also has a passion for the arts and loves music and has played the trumpet since 5th grade.
Outdoor Construction Division
Ken brings years of experience in the outdoor construction industry and a positive attitude to the team. He loves working with reclaimed natural materials as well as masonry projects. He is NCMA and ICPI certified.
Ken is a Pittsburgh native, but loves to travel to new places and try new things. A serious foodie, he enjoys going to the different food festivals the Pittsburgh region has to offer.
In his free time he likes to relax, work on home projects, and perfect his grilling skills.
Rob has been in the construction industry for 15 years. Seven of those years in the landscape industry, five years in the United brotherhood of carpenters union, and the last 2 1/2 years running his own contracting business where he’s done custom interior design and remodels, landscape projects, as well as finish carpentry. He attended Community College of Allegheny county for liberal arts and sciences, studied 2 years at Westmoreland Community College majoring in horticulture and landscape design, and is also a certified journeymen carpenter.
When he is not working, Rob enjoys camping, hiking, woodworking, traveling, home projects, enjoys outdoor life and spending time around a fire no matter what season it is.
With more than a decade of experience in lawn maintenance and installation, hardscapes, retaining walls, concrete, and more, Matthew also spent his younger years working at a greenhouse nursery and Christmas tree farm, and he studied automotive mechanics. He's as dedicated to the Pittsburgh Steelers as he is to outdoor living, and you'll often find him hunting, hiking, and doing other outdoor activities with his fiancé, three children, and black lab.
Christian Joseph (you can call him CJ) grew up in Monroeville and graduated from Gateway High School.
He has a passion for helping others, working out, and learning new skills. In his free time, CJ boxes at Boyce Boxing Barn for Formula A#1 Boxing.
He also enjoys going outside and hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, or rock climbing.
In the future, CJ wants to own his own company while flipping houses into section 8 homes for those in need.
Originally from Monroeville, Zac is currently serving our country in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he's a Team Leader specializing in transportation and heavy machinery. He brings that experience, combined with five years of hardscaping and construction, to work with us. When he's not running a construction crew, he loves mixed martial arts, dirt biking, and almost any other outdoor activity.
You can often find Robert behind the lens of a camera. We are proud to have him part time as our marketing specialist as well.He enjoys digital as well as film photography and uses his artistic eye when working, traveling, hiking, camping or snowboarding. If you want to make Robert’s day, you can feed him sushi or mashed potatoes.
Brandon lives in Liberty Boro with his wife and son. He has many years in the landscape industry with experience in wall building and heavy machinery. Brandon has his Class A CDL and is a certified wall builder by R.I. Lampus. You can always find Brandon working on his truck, doing projects at home, or spending time with his family.
Dj is a Monroeville native who completed his education at Gateway Senior High School. He cherishes quality time with his loved ones, indulging in dirt biking and playing sports. Dj aims to venture into real estate ownership and flipping in the future.
Jack is new to Local Roots as well as Pittsburgh, moving here from New Wilmington, PA. Jack has a bachelor's degree in Landscape Contracting Design and Build from Penn State University. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking and lifting.
Doug has been around landscaping for pretty much his entire life. Growing up living on about 20 acres doing work around the house and working for neighbors and neighboring farms. For the past 5 years he has owned and operated his own landscaping business doing everything from lawn care and maintenance to hardscaping with retaining walls and drainage and operating heavy equipment, as well as landscape design and installation. If Doug isn't working you will more than likely find him outside either in a tree stand hunting or on the water somewhere fishing or working outside at home.
Logan grew up in Plum on his family’s fam and loves off-roading, hiking, and riding quads in his free time.
He has a degree in horticulture and a sustainable landcare accreditation with Phipps Conservatory. Logan specializes in Water Features and Ponds and hopes to grow into a career in Landscape Design.
Born and raised in Elizabeth Nick has been in the landscaping industry for several years. He started his own landscaping and maintenance company. Nick loves being outdoors, snowboarding, traveling, hunting, and fishing. Nick graduated from Penn State with a degree in Landscape Contracting.
After 15 years in the industry and a lifetime in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Known for his exceptional joy and kindness, you know your home is in good hands with him. Aside from working outdoors, he loves camping and live music (and, in the best-case scenario, both of those things at the same time).
Originally from New Jersey, Lindsay recently moved to the Pittsburgh area with her cat Earl Grey. Lindsay majored in biology in college, and has a passion for conservation and the environment. She previously worked as a trail builder and wildland firefighter in different parks and forests across the country.
When she's not at work, you can find Lindsay doing just about anything outdoors: hiking, camping, climbing, playing hockey, or playing disc golf (badly), or taking her cat for a walk. She hopes to make a positive impact on the environment through her lifestyle and work.
Will has lived across the United States including Everett, WA and now lives in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
Will has his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor’s in Geology with a minor in Biology. He is currently experimenting with vermicompost, biochar and recycling plastics. Using his knowledge and skills, Will plans to grow within the company and find solutions to environmental challenges the Pittsburgh community faces today.
In his free time, Will enjoys spending time with his girlfriend trying new food, camping, hiking, fishing, traveling, karate, exercise, writing short stories and serving as a caretaker.
Mario has been in the landscaping industry for over six years. In his free time, Mario enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, and eating spicy foods.
Growing up in Pitcairn, and has lived there his whole life. When he isnt working Nevin likes to be in nature, whether it be fishing or going on overnight hiking trips with his friends. Nevin has been around outdoor construction since he graduated high school working with his wrestling coach to build retaining walls and patios. Then did work remodeling kitchens learning plumbing electrical and hvac. To get more experience he joined the army reserves corps of engineers as a plumber and spent time at Sheppard Air Force base for training learning large scale outdoor plumbing along with interior plumbing.
Landscape Maintenance Division
Jamie has been in the landscape industry since 2001. Jamie is a father, a hard worker, and strives to better himself. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing video games, and fishing with his family. His end goal is to work for himself and retire in Hawaii.
Bob has over 30 years in the construction industry. He has his PA Electrical License as well as Waste and Water License and Pesticide License. In his free time Bob enjoys hunting and the outdoors.
Robert is 36 years old and from Jeanette PA. Robert has 5 children and is happily married. He has been in the landscaping business for over ten years, and it’s always been a passion of his. Robert ran his own landscape business for over 5 years and when he moved to Allegheny county he started with local roots. Robert loves working, spending time with his family, traveling, and watching his sons play sports.
Tim has over 30 years of landscaping, fertilization, and pest control experience. Tim is excited to be at Local Roots because it is closer to his home. He loves spending time with his grandkids and dogs. As well as hunting and fishing when he can. Tim mainly enjoys Italian, Mexican, and Thai foods.
Zac has been in landscape maintenance for four years now. He is experienced in mowing, bed preparation, and planting. Zac loves working in the outdoors and making Pittsburgh a more beautiful place. You can find Zac playing with his dogs, working out, and hanging out with friends in his free time.
Drew is a transplant to Pittsburgh, previously living in Massachusetts. Drew has many years of landscaping experience working for his own company as well as others. In his free time, Drew loves watching sports and hanging out with his family. Drew has also coached high school football for the past three years.
Growing up in Pittsburgh Matt has been in the green industry since 2012. Matt has earned over 130 credits from PITT and is OSHA 10 certified. In his free time he enjoys being in the outdoors hunting, camping, fishing etc. Matt has a 2 year daughter and loves spending time with her.
Innovative Solutions Team
Paul is a transplant to Pittsburgh who grew up in the Washington DC area and moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a degree in Communication Studies and Business at Grove City College over a decade ago. Other than his allegiance to Washington sports teams however, he has become Pittsburgh through and through.
Paul lives in Bellevue, PA with his lovely wife Cailee and (soon to be) five children. He and his wife have a passion for foster care and at-risk youth and have had the privilege of fostering a number of children since their certification in 2020.
In his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with his family, golfing and watching any sport that they will put on tv.
Mollie is new to Local Roots this 2023 season, she has several years of sales and estimating experience. Mollie graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. Mollie loves running, working out, and spending time with her son in her free time. Her goal here at Local Roots is to make the clients dreams and visions come to life.
Evan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, currently residing in Point Breeze with his lovely wife, Emily and their adorable rescue cat, Aurora.
He graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Landscape Architecture and his postgraduate experience includes both designing residential landscape plans, and the hands-on installation of them. He truly values the input of walking through the site with a client and hearing how they imagine utilizing their space in the future.
He finds the real joy of the job to be the peacefulness of a day spent enriching people’s experience with their environment.
In his free time, Evan enjoys playing sports, watching movies and spending time with his family and friends, paired with the occasional drink or two!
Growing up just outside of Pittsburgh, in Weirton, WV, Donnie earned his Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University in 2011. After calling Pittsburgh home for the last 10 years, he currently lives in Crafton with his partner Garrett, their dalmatian Coco, and cat Layla. In his free time, you can usually find Donnie and his partner traveling to a mountain to ski or sitting on the beach in Aruba with a drink in hand.
Gina has over 25 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Accounting, and Customer Service. She is responsible for all office procedures and uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations within the organization. She is responsible for monthly billing, payroll, accounts payable and receivables as well as anything else that happens to fall on her plate. She is a proud Pittsburgh native who loves sports, music, outdoor activities, and heading to the Beach.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Viola is a Trinity Christian School senior. You can often find Viola baking bread or sweets. She loves spending time with her family as well as her dog Bear.
April was born in Florida but raised in Pittsburgh. She has a degree in Occupational Therapy and has a passion for helping others. In the future she would like to train therapy dogs for people. April enjoys outdoor activities like hiking with her dog and kayaking. She also enjoys going to concerts and the beach. April is also a die hard Pittsburgh Penguins fan!
James has been managing our day-to-day operations since 2020. He brings an extensive background in operations and logistics, with a focus on safety and ongoing improvement. A Pittsburgh native, he enjoys going on adventures with friends and family.
Though born and raised in Pittsburgh, Kenneth lived and worked in Chicago, Philadelphia, Colorado, and Sydney, Australia before returning to Pittsburgh to start Local Roots Landscaping, where he has led the company with Patrick for over a decade. When he’s not building the best team in the world or creating beautifully crafted living spaces, you can find him loving life with his wife and two little boys, dirt biking, camping, traveling, and enjoying God's beautiful creation.
Patrick manages logistics, hiring, and general management at Local Roots, calling upon his degree in business management and his landscaping experience in Ohio and Australia. As a Pittsburgh native, he, his wife, his daughter, and his pup are proud to call this city home. Mountain biking, traveling, and the finest of coffees and wines will get him talking faster than you can keep up!
Get to Know Us Better Through Our Client Reviews
We're proud to be the most-reviewed and highest-rated landscaping company in the area, but it makes us happiest to know that's because our clients truly love the work we do for them. Read what they have to say about their landscaping:
My experience with Local Roots was great from the first design consultation through the completion of my backyard retreat. I had a small backyard that was challenged by a steep hill. The team was able to install a beautiful, two tiered retaining wall that provided enough space for a dream patio and all-season plunge pool. Thanks for making the unbelievable come true for me!
- Ken Kmetz
Kenneth and his crew went above and beyond to satisfy the requests we had for our backyard hardscape. Professional from beginning to end! Greg and his team did masterful paving work - clean lines, improved the grades and left our place looking great! We will enjoy our yard for years to come.... These guys are top notch and I will hire them again!
- Mark Yocca
Local Roots did an excellent job on our back patio renovation. They stepped up when our prior general contractor fell through and left the project in disarray. They were able to complete all the remaining work, and work with subcontractors as needed. The end result looks awesome and we would definitely recommend them to our friends.
- Brian Pollack
I was extremely satisfied with the two landscape jobs completed by Local Roots for my city property in Lawrenceville. Ken did a fabulous job with the design and was very responsive to my ideas and questions regarding plant choices. The projects involved removal of old hardscape as well as very old, overgrown plantings. The workers were extremely professional and completed the work in a timely fashion. Wouldn't hesitate to use Local Roots services again!
- Michele Evans
Local Roots is extremely professional and has great quality. All of their crews are friendly and helpful and clearly take pride in their work.
- David Riehl
Local Roots is absolutely incredible! I would trust them with any and all landscaping and hardscaping projects! This may sound cheesy, but it is absolutely accurate to say that Local Roots will make your dreams come true! Their work is professional, custom, and of high quality. They will give you exactly what you want AND make suggestions to even improve upon on your ideas. Most of all, they are TRUSTWORTHY and of high character, which is hard to find these days. Highly recommend this five-star company.
- Catherine Agate
Local Roots Landscaping sets the bar high in the Pittsburgh area and delivers high quality workmanship. In working with their team, my experience has been nothing but awesome! If you are thinking about doing any type of updates or new outdoor areas, they are who you want doing the work!
- Nina Andaloro
Pictures say it all! Could not be happier with the outcome. Never thought I would be proud of the front of my house with how it looked before but now I love showing it off! Fantastic company and employees! Highly recommend.
- Dan Wisniewski
Local Roots has changed the way our house looks and feels by elevating our landscaping to the max! The crew is super friendly and professional and they really went the extra mile on cleaning things up. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for some help on landscaping design and execution. 10/10 experience.
- Kendall Hannan
Local Roots has very knowledgeable staff that complete the job well. They have been very punctual, communicate well before and after any job, and always leave a site looking at it's best. I have had many jobs completed by landscape companies that send people out to complete a job without any plant knowledge, and believe me its shows - Local Roots has trained staff that excel in their work and make sound and smart decisions when completing any job. Highly recommend!! The owners are really nice, smart and motivated guys as well - definitely give them a call for any landscape work you need!
- Marah Vecenie
Experienced Landscape Contractors Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Surrounding Area
You can see our work throughout the greater Pittsburgh area, including in these communities:
Pittsburgh • Sewickley • Sewickley Heights • Fox Chapel • Upper St. Clair • Mount Lebanon • Highland Park • Cranberry Township • Shadyside • Squirrel Hill • Lawrenceville • Warrendale • Valencia • Mars • Hampton Township • Gibsonia • Bradford Hills • Allison Park • Venetia • Wexford
Join Our Incredible Team of Landscape Contractors
If you're an experienced landscaping professional with a desire to build a career with the area's best landscaping company, we'd love to hear from you. We also love training individuals with little to no experience, but who have a passion for the industry and a willingness to learn! With a people-focused work environment, the area's top industry pay, and plenty of opportunities for education, training, and advancement, we're creating a great place to work as we create Pittsburgh's most beautiful landscapes. Visit our careers page to see our available positions and apply today.
We're Looking Forward to Meeting You
Our landscape contractors share our passion for high-quality landscaping, a sustainable, customized approach, and friendly client service. No matter the size or complexity of your project, our team manages it via our streamlined process, regular communication, an ear for your ideas and feedback, and unparalleled landscaping expertise. Contact us today—we'd love to get to know you and the plans you have for your outdoor space.