Patrick Murray


Patrick was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and remains a local there with his wife and future dog. Through his younger years, he always had the entrepreneurial bug alongside having his hands in landscaping and the performing arts.

Pursuing his passion at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Management as well as Music. During his studies, he worked within the landscape maintenance and landscape construction industry at the University as well as in Sydney, Australia.

After graduating in 2014, his dreams of starting a company came true when Local Roots Landscaping was formed with Kenneth Deemer. Patrick now supervises the hardscaping crew (NCMA certified) and runs the logistics of the company.


Kenneth Deemer


Kenneth is another Steel City native, born in raised in the East Hills of Pittsburgh. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Kendall, and one on the way! He is so grateful to be able to serve his community in creating jobs and making it a more beautiful and sustainable place for all of us to call home.

He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and majored in Social Work. In addition to his time in the Chicago he has lived and worked in Philadelphia, Colorado, and Sydney. While extremely thankful for those opportunities, he was thrilled to move back in 2014 to start Local Roots Landscaping.

Kenneth runs the excavation and drainage crew (NCMA certified) here at Local Roots Landscaping. If you see him be sure to say hi - But, don't get him talking dirt biking or camping unless you want to get an earful.


William Deemer

Manager: Landscaping

William Deemer IV has been with Local Roots since 2015. An apprentice of Patrick in his earlier years, William has taken on the role as the manager of our Landscaping department.

He runs all of our day to day operations on our landscape removals and installs, lawn installs, sod installs, planting, stone edging, mulching, decorative stone, etc. His role consists of managing all landscaping crews, operating machinery, and daily logistics.

Outside of work he enjoys traveling as much as possible. If he has a hammock or a frisbee, he's a happy camper.


Jonathan Neff

Manager: Lawn Maintenance

John grew up in the town of Monroeville, PA. He has been with Local Roots for the past 5 years and has worked his way into his current management role.

John runs the entire maintenance department at Local Roots which consists of managing employees, scheduling, strict deadlines, a high pressure work environment, customer relations, machine maintenance, etc. John is a manager who shows his team what it means to work hard and get the job done.

Apart from work, he tends to enjoy the small things: Hanging out with loved ones, cooking, camping, playing frisbee, hiking, and relaxing in either a hammock or a hot spring.


Vince Verrenti

Foreman: Hardscaping

Vince is new to Local Roots in 2019 but he is everything but new to hardscaping and masonry. Coming from a long family line of masonry and craftsman, he has an insane talent and a strong passion for building and constructing.

With over 35 years of experience he is able to bring the knowledge and understanding necessary to make sure the job is done correctly and professionally. His strong background in concrete, masonry, stone, and brickwork has built him a foundation and reputation that makes him proud to know that each job is done right the first time without question.

On his downtime, he enjoys spending time with his family, his dogs, and his bass guitar. However, if the day has sunshine and Vince isn’t at work, you’ll most likely see him ripping up Route 30 on his Harley Davidson.


Zac Bell

Crew Lead: Hardscaping

DJ Fitzgerald

Crew Lead: Lawn Maintenance

DJ grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, spending three years of that time with Local Roots Landscaping. He has worked his through a few different roles with us and is now one of our crew leads. He also assists the company with their social media and photography.

DJ’s work ethic and willingness to push through the hot temperatures and grueling work day to day bring quality to the job, respect from his employees, and joy to the customer’s face.

Outside of work DJ loves watching and playing sports, traveling, taking photos, and making good times last!

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