Chris Griffith, owner and designer for Allandale Land Design, the creative wing of Allandale Lawn and Landscape, met with us on several occasions to discuss our concept of turning yards that were primarily St. Augustine grass lawns into much lower water usage landscapes. We wanted to create a dense Texas woods look in the back yard, with mature trees and shrubs that, once fully established in the ground, would need little or no watering during much of the year. For the front yard, we were inspired by the natural wildflower gardens at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and wanted a combination of wildflowers, drought tolerant native ornamental grasses, native sedges, and a bit of Thunder Turf grass seed mix to hold the soil together in areas where there might be erosion in heavy rains. Chris was always prompt for meetings, notepad in hand, and was very helpful in conceptualizing the new yards, roughing out sketches, choosing appropriate trees and other plants, and providing a photo layout showing us suggested plant material, so we could see how they might work together before they went into the ground. Chris line-itemed each plant and service, so there were no 'extras' or hidden surprises. The installation schedule was set. Chris' seasoned crew was on schedule, on time and very good at their jobs. They removed some bad dirt, unwanted grass and weeds in the front yard first , did beautiful work leveling and grading the space in preparation for planting and seeding. Chris came by numerous times each day throughout the installation week to supervise and double check his team's work. His lead installer, Jeremy, always checked in with us if they had any questions or if a decision needed to be made. They allowed us to help position and rotate trees in their pre-dug holes, so we could get the orientation just right before final dirt went in. Each day, the crew cleaned up empty plant containers and other debris. We were extremely impressed with their professionalism and integrity. By the time the final layer of mulch went down over the seed mix in the front, and around each of the trees or shrubs in the back, Allandale had transformed our yards and had more than met our expectations. The plants they brought in were mature, high quality and very healthy. We felt as if we got our money's worth every step of the way. Highly recommend.