During the process of a large remodel and addition, both our front and back yards were completely ruined. We contacted a few landscapers to discuss our requirements, potential designs, and get bids.
Johnny was the obvious choice for a few reasons: he was willing to work within our budget; he's incredibly creative and immediately had ideas for some of our 'challenging' spots where others seemed stumped; and not least of which, he a very professional, energetic and all around nice guy.
The end result was fantastic. We consistently get compliments on our yard and have recommended Johnny to many. We have since moved to a new location (another project) and are eager to work with Johnny again on making this yard just as beautiful.
We recently completed construction on a second floor additon and expansion of our house in San Anselmo. Needless to say, after construction the previously lush yard was destroyed - bare dirt! We saw Johnny's work a neighbors yard and was attracted to the design. After a site meeting, he followed up with a proposal and estimate very promptly. While we were very pleased with his design, we made a few changes which he enthausically incorporated. The best part was that he and his crew began work within a couple of weeks as promised and finished the project within 10 days! We are delighted with the results especially the metal vegi bins. The final price was very fair for the work done and was only slightly over the initial estimate - but that is because we added plants and scope. We are now enjoying our new yard and definitely recommend Bon Terra Landscapes.
San Anselmo, CA
Had a couple bad experiences with other landscapers. Based on all 5* reviews for Johnny on Yelp and Marin Mommies, it was time to make a change for a large scale project in our front yard. I knew the first time I met Johnny it was one of the best decisions I've made.
With past landscapers/contractors, I learned the hard way that the design itself is not the key to success for a project. Equally important, if not more critical, are problem solving skills, managing expectations, attention to detail, and working within a budget. Johnny is a master in all areas. Our project was very complex in size and scope involving retaining walls, new driveway, gate, drainage, lights, fencing, irrigation, deer proofing, and approvals from multiple neighbors with our bizarre property lines. Johnny and his team handled most of the tasks and served as the contractor on the jobs that needed to be subbed out. Everything was well thought out, unexpected issues were brought to my attention and resolved, and the project went about as smooth as you could imagine with all the parties involved. There was no nickel and diming- Johnny was always looking for ways to save money or reallocate to get more bang for the buck. Not to mention being open and flexible to my non-conventional, contemporary/tropical/eclectic tastes. We couldn't be happier with our new front yard
Last but not least, Johnny and the team are great guys with the highest integrity. Really looking forward to having the Bon Terra team back in the coming months to redo our backyard!
San Rafael, CA
We are so lucky to find Bon Terra and Johnny Fort - they did an exceptional job from start to finish. Johnny listened closely to our goals and our concerns for our sloped, sunny yard. He was able to come up with many solutions that were both affordable and practical. He understood instantly what our style of living was in our outdoor space and what our needs were in terms of easy care and drought tolerance. There was a lot of "editing' that needed to be done of plants we already had (it was quite a jumble) and he knows his stuff - and came up with many great options for us that really improved the garden's look.
Finally, Johnny and his crew were always on time, pleasant to have around, tidied up after everything they did, right away. It was quickly apparent that if Johnny said it would be done in a certain way, at a certain time it was DONE.
We really are thrilled with his great work and fantastic attitude - hopefully we'll get him back in the Spring to help us sort out our front yard next!
Johnny and his team developed a wonderful plan for our large, sloped front yard. He did an amazing job of identifying our priorities and helping us make tradeoffs in a complicated design. He also recommended a perfect blend of California native and low-water plants which had style and visual impact. At night, the .ighting is subtle and highlights the best parts of the garden. The end result is easily the best feature of our home, and we feel relaxed every time we drive up our our street and see our landscaping.
Los Altos Hills, CA
I am very pleased with Johnny Fort's work. He is a skilled designer with very good knowledge of plants for the California climate. Throughout the interactive process, he listened and understood what I wanted and worked to accommodate my desires with what was realistic to do. He helped save money on the project by making use of existing landscape features that could fit into the overall design. Based on the work he did for me, I highly recommend him.
Bon Terra Landscapes did a wonderful job on our front garden. Johnny gave us a new perspective about updating our front flower garden and we were very pleased with his recommendations.
Mill Valley, CA
We chose Johnny Fort of Bon Terra Landscapes to design and install our first Urn Garden in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Mendocino, CA and we were extremely satisfied with the finished project. Projected expenses were in line with actual costs. The work was completed in a timely and professional manner and Johnny showed honesty, integrity and true craftsmanship. We look forward to working with this business in any future landscaping projects
Mendocino Little River Cemetery District
We moved into our place in the summer of 2011 and knew we eventually wanted to work on our back yard. Over the following winter we learned that the yard was not graded properly and we had some drainage issues when 1/3 of the yard was one big puddle and water seeped into our downstairs area. Once the rainy season was over we began looking into companies that could correct the issues we had and do the back yard project at the same time.
We had a few different landscape companies come and look at the yard, and while Bon Terra was not the cheapest (or most expensive) working with Johnny immediately made me comfortable and he drew up a ensign for the yard that fit what we wanted and made sense with our budget.
Once work began his crews were on time each day and did fantastic work. Our yard transformed from a wasteland of weeds, Bermuda grass, and ugly hard scape into an eye pleasing blend of new hard scape, grass and wood chips. In total Bon Terra ripped out the old yard, destroyed the old hard scape, rebuilt a bunch of hard scape, put in drainage and irrigation and then put in a new yard. 6 months on from the work the yard looks great and with the rain we've had there has been zero puddling and the drainage works like a charm.
I'd recommend Bon Terra to anyone looking for good quality work. Enjoyed working with Johnny and have recommended him to neighbors already.
We had a truly fabulous experience with Johnny and Bon Terra Landscapes. Our property was in serious need of a makeover and Johnny and his team did a great job all of the unsightly plants, creating a great mix of new plants and grasses, and recommending a nice lighting combination to highlight the design. His team works fast and efficiently and show up when they say they will. I'm so appreciative of Johnny's style of work as well. He truly listens to what you want, he's realistic, trustworthy, and respectful of your budget. We also had a smaller project that we needed in a hurry and I'm so grateful that he made the time to come out and take care of it for us eventhough he was busy on other projects. I would highly recommend working with him.
Mill Valley, CA
We just had Johnny Fort of Bon Terra Landscapes give our landscaping a facelift. He had really creative ideas that were very reasonably priced and made a HUGE difference! He was incredibly efficient, stayed on budget and was a pleasure to work with.
San Rafael, CA