Long Grove landscapers dedicated to green spaces
Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery boasts 150 acres of nursery, a certified wildlife habitat, a wide array of certifications and a staff of 40 employees working on anything from a small planting job to a $400,000 installation. That’s quite a leap for a business that started nearly 50 years ago when Paul Kjeldberg formed the company with a pickup truck and flat trailer, and named it after the original spelling of his first name.
“My father founded it in 1966 after he emigrated from Denmark,” says president and co-owner Dan Kjeldberg. “We’re a family company, and many of the people who work with us have been here more than 30 years.”
President and co-owner Dan Kjeldberg of Long Grove inherited the Chicago-area landscaping company from his father, who founded it in 1966. The company received the Super Service Award in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
Poul’s Landscaping works primarily in the north and northwest Chicago suburbs. “We have an award-winning design staff, so we work with people from the beginning for their designs,” Kjeldberg says. “We’re a one-stop shop. We’ve been specializing a lot lately in outdoor living areas, including things like outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, as well as highly engineered drainage projects after some of the recent flooding the areas had.”
He credits the company’s stellar rating to its dedication to service and a broad talent pool. “We have people that are experts in certain things, so no matter what the task is, we have the best possible talent working on projects specific to their skills,” Kjeldberg says.
The company maintains affiliations with a number of organizations, including the Chicago Botanic Garden, Illinois Arborist Association and Illinois Green Industry Association. They emphasize eco-friendly work with things such as water reclamation, keeping water runoff on-site, and recycling as many materials as possible. “By keeping water runoff on-site to be absorbed or reused, we’re not contributing to storm sewers, which can cause flooding,” Kjeldberg says. “Water reclamation is going to be a much bigger deal in years to come.”
One of their locations has received certification as a wildlife habitat, a no-hunting zone with a population including minks, hawks, foxes, coyote and deer. “It’s an ecosystem unto itself, and we take great pride and pleasure in that,” Kjeldberg says.
Rebecca Lindell hired the company for a $6,500 landscaping and maintenance job and praised the crew for their great advice. “They did a tremendous job on my lawn, which had previously been an overgrown mess,” the Evanston member says. “The crew worked steadily during one of the hottest periods of summer, never complained and made sure all the plants stayed healthy in the heat. I was in awe of their work ethic.”
The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have maintained a stellar service rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.