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Bera & Son Landscaping Inc

Founded 2003 • With Angi since May 2011


(42) Verified Reviews

Business Details

Phone Number


1216 N Lake Shore Dr



At Bera ands Son Landscaping Inc. we aim to make landscapes more livable and memorable by enhancing the natural beauty of the outdoors. We work with a wide variety of clients, including homeowners and businesses, to provide thoughtful landscape design, turf maintainence and hardscape construction,

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Thomas L.

Ernesto reviewed all the details of how to correct the drainage problem and also identified that our new patio was in danger of being destabilized by the pooling water. He arrived at 7:00 an with a crew and they hand dug out a deep hole to install a dry well that can absorb all the excess water. He ensured “JULIE” was contacted to flag all the buried lines and all the digging was done by hand to minimize damage to tree root systems. They dug through the hard clay level that is common in Grayslake subdivisions and sunk a well below ground level that can handle large rain events. They also pulled out a collapsed railroad tie structure supporting my garden that was approximately 6 feet wide and 15 feet long. They also shifted it to allow proper drainage to the sewer drain rather than just keep the same footing. The new garden has 6x6 timbers that are resistant to rotting and are now anchored with rebar and nailed together. The trees were all hand pruned with saws and all refuse was cleaned up. The team was very polite and considerate of my neighbors with parking their trucks. Bera and Sons keep very busy so I made sure to book them in March because they have a solid base of repeat customers that lock them in by early April. His prices are appropriate for the quality of work and It is a family business that takes pride in their reputation. My neighbor saw what they were doing and booked them for lawn maintenance on the spot.

Description of Work
Our back yard had drainage issues and flooded the last three years. I needed my railroad ties removed from my garden and the structure rebuilt. I also needed to reroute all the gutter drainage that was causing the sump pump to burn out. We had major lawn damage from grubs and the drainage problem. All of the water issues needed to be corrected and we even had to coordinate with our neighbor whose ejector pump outlet was routing more water into our yard.

Category lawn service, lawn treatment, tree service, hardscaping

Service Provider Response

Thank you Tom for your business! It is our pleasure to have you as a customer and see our customers satisfied! If anything else we are here to serve you. Thanks!! Bera and Son Landscaping


Sharon K.

They have been very polite and professional. They have a competitive rate. We are scheduled with them to start the work on June 2.

Description of Work
We called them to get an estimate for a complete yard clean up, laying 15 yards of mulch, installing a paver walkway, and removing another concrete walkway. They are also planting some bushes and roses.

Category landscaping, lawn service



Jeremi H.

Ernesto came over for the quote, and he was great... very nice and professional and I liked what he was telling me they could do for my yard. I guess I did not ask specific enough questions though, because I paid $600 for mulch, which is about average for what I have paid each year because I get premium mulch and all... but when they spread the mulch, it was barely half an inch in coverage. I questioned them, and they said they only do more for new landscaping projects... I let it go though because I did not specifically ask them... I assumed, as every year when I order premium at that price, I get at least 2, if not 3 inch coverage. I also asked about the trimming of all the bushes and pruning the trees and such... and he said yes it was included... I am not sure where that translation was lost, because they didn't do any of that... so when I asked, I was told it was extra. I specifically remember asking about it, but he said he recalled me asking about trimming/edging the grass.... anyways... I let that go too, even though I have not known a spring clean up to not have that included in the package price... but whatever... I asked Marisa in the office how much extra and asked when they can do it, but she never responded, so I left it alone and ended up doing it myself. I also specifically asked for weed control in the mulch beds during the maintenance in the weekly lawn service and he agreed to that... so when I questioned it (as the weeds went incredibly insane in my yard, both in the mulch beds and in the lawn itself) only after I questioned that as well did they start to do a little bit... but all they did was just spray weed killer on the giant weeds and fried spots in my lawn.... anyways, I ended up doing all the mulched areas myself as well.... and to top it all off, before agreeing to the contract, I asked if they can do any day after 5pm for the weekly service, and he said yes and told me Tuesdays would work... so I shook his hand and each day on Tuesday I came straight home from work to get there just before them and unlocked the gate and kept the dogs in so they can work. So anyways, as I already stated a few of the problems that came about after the first 3 or 4 services... but then it just kept getting worse and they just went downhill... along my back lot line, they were supposed to keep it cleared to a certain treeline that I told Ernesto about during the quote... but they never did... they just cut one line with the mower behind the chain link fence, and the rest became wildly overgrown... they also were very unprofessional and sloppy in their work and they would just ram into my fence gate when they needed to get the rider mower in and out of it... I thought that was so rude and unprofessional, but the gate looked ok so I let it go.... UNTIL... I noticed the guy turning around in the back at the fenceline and seemed to be in a weird spot.... anyways, the next day I was outside to do weed maintenance (because the people I had paid to do so, weren't....) and I noticed a HUGE dent in my chain link fence... in two spots! and it was the exact spot where I saw the guy turning around weird on the mower... and after looking at it closer, it is definitely from the mower ramming into it trying to turn around... and he never told me! so I reported it to Marisa... twice, because she never responded until 2 days later! and then I was told that Ernesto was going to come out and look at it... but he wasn't going to come until the next week's Tuesday service... well the next Tuesday I rushed straight home as usual for them.... and waited.... I realize they can get behind because of weather or whatever, so I was not too concerned... but... after 2.5hrs of waiting and no word from them at all, I contacted marisa to ask where they were and how much longer till they get there.... she responded that Ernesto said he was coming out tomorrow to mow the lawn himself and look at the fence.... I asked why she didn't tell me this earlier and why she didn't tell me until I contacted her after waiting 2.5hrs for them... she did not respond.... so then Wednesday, Ernesto showed up... to look at the fence... not to mow... ??! but anyways... he acted genuinely like he cared- he said the crew was switched for my property and guess they didn't get all the info on what was to be done.... I showed him the fence and he assessed it and said he could definitely fix it and he measured the area that would need the links replaced.... I showed him the areas that were looking very bad and the mulch, etc... he really did seem to care, and again, he acted so genuine that I was not even mad- I really felt like he cared and was going to make it better and fix everything... he said the crew could get out the next day, but I couldn't do that, so he said Friday, and I let him even pick the time... and he said 6pm.. so I said that's fine, I would make sure to be here... and I did.... Friday at 6pm came.... and went.... and I waited over another hour.... and I contacted them to find out what was going on... and absolutely NO RESPONSE whatsoever this time.... well I had things to do, so I left a message that I was leaving and for the crew not to come out now till Tuesday at their regular scheduled time..... Marisa never responded at all..... AT ALL! so the next Tuesday, I contacted her four times from 8am until 4pm asking for them to confirm that the crew was coming at 5 for the service.... NO RESPONSE at all.... but I got there by 5 anyways.... and I waited... and they did not show.... so this time I decided to call them... nonstop.... but of course it is marisa's cell phone so she has caller id and did not take my call.... so I left a message asking where they were... then I kept calling and leaving the same message, varying slightly each time, nonstop... and I also sent text messages.... I pretty much blew up her phone... until she finally responded..... by EMAIL.... what a coward!! she said that the crew will not be servicing my property anymore... she said that it was because they changed their entire schedule just for my property at 5pm and the guys wanted overtime because of it.... and that because the yard wasn't coming out, that it "wasn't fair to us to continue giving you the service".... yes... that is what she said..... she claims they will pay for the fence to be fixed if I mail them the receipts... we shall see on that part... but for their sake, I sure hope they do..... but I was absolutely LIVID!! I told her not to dare blame me for rearranging their schedule... I asked if there was a day they could do after 5... and I was told yes..... if they said no, then I would have picked something else?!?! how DARE she blame me! and also- what lawn company doesn't have several crews and work after 5 when majority of people are home?? if they don't, then fine... but they never told me it was a problem at all.... !! And for her or Ernesto to not tell me of their decision... to do it the way they did... I will never forgive them- and if this is how they treat customers, then people need to know! This is supposed to be a family business?? What a shame!!! So now, my lawn hasn't been kept in over two weeks.... and there have never ever been more weeds right in and throughout my entire lawn ever before... it is disgusting... and now I have to find a new company to start it up practically from scratch and need another whole 'cleanup' service.... Ernesto and Marisa should be completely ashamed of themselves! and I feel bad for 'Bera' and the bad name they have put on his company....

Description of Work
I hired them for spring clean up and regular lawn maintenance

Category lawn service



Lee M.

I originally contacted Bera & Son through Angie's list messaging service for a quote on removing a few trees as well as trimming some trees. Marisa responded to me and we set a date and time for Saturday, July 18th at 12:30 pm. They never showed up and I ended up calling them at 1:30 pm and leaving a message. Marisa contacted me back right away and stated that Saturday was actually the person who does the quote's day off and she accidentally booked him. I was understanding, but still frustrated that I waited around for 1-2 hours and he never showed up. We re-booked the quote for the following day, Sunday at 12:30. I specifically asked that if he was going to be late to PLEASE CALL ME. Guess what? They never showed up again!. No call no show two days in a row. If these guys can't even get their act together to give me a simple quote, how can I trust them to take down huge trees? I'm extremely disappointed in this company and their follow through.

Description of Work
They were supposed to give me a quote on removing and trimming some trees, but never showed up

Category lawn service



Michael R.

Ernesto and his crew did a great job! The work was completed in a very short time.

Description of Work
Landscaping was completed before I put my house on the market for sale.

Category landscaping



Richard S.

It didn't go well. I asked about lawn service during a vacation. I guess the job wasn't worth their time, but it would have been nice to get a response back. You never know who may have future work and the lack of responsiveness is offputting.

Description of Work
Replied to a message asking what I was looking for and never replied back.

Category lawn service



Brent G.

They pay attention to detail, clean up areas around trees and bushes, and my lawn has never looked better. Highly recommend!

Description of Work
Weekly lawn care service

Category lawn service, tree service




I emailed them back with add'l questions and to have them give me a call. To date they have not contacted me. I emailed them again with specific questions and that I wanted them to start, pending answers to these questions. As of 6/11/2015, they still have not contacted me or returned my emails. I's confused as to why they are on Angie's List, if they are not looking for referrals.

Description of Work
I contacted Bera & Sons Landscaping in May for a quote on our lawn maintenance. They did come back with a very competitive quote. They quoted this without seeing my property.

Category landscaping, lawn service



Jim S.

Initial estimate included clean up, weed and feed, mulch, power raking, aerating, seeding. We requested advance notice of service because of dogs and locked gates. After a no-show, called and was told we'd see them Monday morning, early. Showed up afternoon Monday, again with no notice. Spring clean-up was done satisfactorily, as well as mulch in front garden. It does appear fertilizing occurred and that power-raking was performed, There was no aeration. As days and a couple weeks passed, it also appears there was no seeding done, and there isn't a single sickly weed in the yard. If anything, they've been fertilized into growing more than ever. Grassless areas remain grassless. Invoice received included an extra charge for lawn service, which wasn't performed beyond spring clean up. Initial phone call message to discuss was never returned. After another invoice was received, another voicemail was left, with follow-up taking a couple days to occur. It was agreed that lawn service charge was inappropriate and could be removed. Expressed concern about lack of any dead weeds and was told there'd be some sort of follow-up. Inquired about next service and nothing exact could be provided. Another few days, and nothing heard back, so paid the invoice minus the lawn service and cancelling any further service.

Description of Work
Spring cleanup, mulch in front flower garden, trimming, fertilizer.

Category lawn service



Judith R.

They are are on time and quick. They do good edging around the flower gardens. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Description of Work
Lawn care one a week.

Category lawn service



victor V.

We hired Bera to do our fall cleanup. We were please with their services, but were charged for things we didn't ask for. We decided at the time to not make an issue of it and hired them for spring clean up. The service was acceptable but the same thing happened with the invoice. There were extra charges that should have been included in the price. During this time in discussing their invoice with them, I found out that they are not honoring the contract I signed with the company for bi-weekly lawn service. Apparently between receiving their proposal for bi-weekly service; receiving, signing, and returning the contract to the company, they decided they could not honor the contract unless I agreed to weekly lawn service. Extremely disappointed they could not honor their contract.

Description of Work
Spring clean up and fall clean up services

Category lawn service



Paula C.

They are very good. They are great. They even weed in my garden. The price is very good too. They are so nice and they would do anything for you. I just like them. He is doing pretty good.

Description of Work
We have Bera & Sons. Today was regular lawn maintenance and getting rid of leaves and stuff.

Category lawn service



Norman N.

No work was ever done. Please see above.

Description of Work
No work was ever done. We contacted Bera & Sons on 9/30/14 and requested a quote for quite a bit of work we needed to have done. We promptly rec'd an appt. for 10/1. This appt. had to be postponed by one day because of a conflict in Ernesto's schedule. This was not a problem. We met with Ernesto the next day and explained all the work that needed to be done and gave him paperwork detailing what we had discussed. We found Ernesto to be very polite and professional. He put us on his schedule for 10/27. We assumed we would be getting a quote detailing what the work would cost. By 10/10 we had not received a quote and requested than one be provided. Later that same day we did receive a quote, but it wasn't for our property or the work we requested. Marisa apologized and ask if we could send another copy of the paperwork we had given to Ernesto on 10/2. We said we would but needed their FAX# or email address since we had no idea how to do an attachment to an email on Angie's List. We did not hear back. We made a 2nd request on 10/14. We still never heard back and no work was ever performed. We are very disappointed. We thought we had found a reliable company based on the reviews we read and our impression of Ernesto.

Category lawn service



Nathaniel M.

Great company! They maintain our lawn for us on a weekly basis. The team is efficient, professional, and does a great job with the lawn! We would definitely recommend! They offer a variety of services, such as fall cleanup and gutter cleaning, for a fair price. We really are appreciative to have found a reliable company to help us maintain our property!

Description of Work
Weekly lawn mowing service for our home

Category lawn service



Paula M K.

they do an excellent job. they will help and do anything i ask them to. they are reliable and dedicated. they know their plants and flora and do an excellent job trimming hedges, bushes and trees. i don't pay the bill, but my husband says they are very reasonable.

Description of Work
i have been using bera & son for many many years. i had no idea that they were on angies list so i wanted to sing their praise. they were recommended by my sister-in-law who uses them. we started out many years ago with them putting some landscaping stones around our house. they did some brick patio work as well. they made a brick patio for my neighbor. he's going to retire from mowing his lawn and will hire them to do the job. i totally recommend them. paula kramer

Category landscaping, lawn service, tree service



Janette M.

When I called for a quote, they made an appointment, and were ON TIME. I was given a professional estimate in writing, as well as direct line to owner. They return calls quickly and professionally.

Description of Work
Very professional company at a great price! I hired them in June and they have done a great job mowing my lawn, killing weeds, and clearing driveway and patio. They also keep brush areas near sidewalk cut back. For additional price they seeded an area and gave clear instructions of how to successfully grow grass there. When they charged for additional work I did not give consent for, they removed the charge. I highly recommend them.

Category lawn service



Tom C.

They do a really good job. The quality is excellent. They do exactly what you want done and are very nice to work with.

Description of Work
They come out every week. They provide lawn maintenance and trim the edges near the sidewalk, etc. We have an annual agreement with them through this Fall.

Category lawn service



Paula C.

They come every week, they have the best price they charge 27$ for the lawn, they did a lot of stuff in the beginning like spring clean up and they put in an underground pipe drain for 600$ and they cleaned up every thing. they saw any thing that needed to be done and they did it. They are always here, and the owner is always here to supervise to make sure they did the work well.

Description of Work
They fixed drains.

Category landscaping, lawn service



Michele A.

Ernesto was very professional and we were excited to work with him, especially since we found out that he also does brickwork in addition to landscaping. Unfortunately after contacting him and informing him that we would like him to perform the services quoted in his estimate (weekly lawn service, annual fertilization, spring clean-up, removal of bushes, removal and replacement of a French drain, and leveling and sodding of our backyard) we have had to inform him that we will no longer require his services. They came out unannounced in April to do the spring clean-up and power raking but we had to call him to ask when he'd be out to do the regular cutting as approximately three weeks had passed since their first visit and our lawn was getting very, very long. We were told that the work on the bushes, drain, and sod would be performed on two separate dates however they failed to show. They never arranged a schedule to be out to perform the routine services either.

Description of Work
Lawn cutting.

Category lawn service




They've been very good. I would recommend them. It would be someone to call and talk to about estimate. They're very good and very polite. They did good work.

Description of Work
I've used Bera & Son Landscaping in the past.

Category tree service



Paula C.

We couldn't be more pleased. Ernesto had given me all the prices up front except the one drain because he wasn't sure what he would need to do until he dug it up. They were very efficient and got right to work. They even fixed our firewood rack. They came back another day to put down the mulch. It looks super. We are going to have him take care of our lawn all summer and fall. His prices are the best I've seen.

Description of Work
He and his team cleaned out all the gardens, aerated the lawn and put grass seed where needed, repositioned one drain, dug up and fixed the pipe of another drain, and mulched all the gardens. They also moved a rose bush for me. Then they cleaned everything up.

Category lawn service



Caroline C.

Bera and Sons does their work well and are very friendly to interact with. Some of their services seem overpriced (mulch is particularly expensive), but they are reliable and the quality of the work is high, so you get what you pay for. It's easiest to speak with them in person as they tend to be unreliable returning cell phone calls.

Description of Work
Regular lawn maintenance with seasonal clean-ups.

Category lawn service



June J.

He was a pleasant person and he went through the whole yard with me, but he never contacted me again. They were right here on the time they said they would be here. He was professional, but he wasn't as knowledgeable as Pouls or Greenhaven.

Description of Work
Bera & Son Landscaping Inc. came out and went through the whole yard with me and said he would be back in a few days to give me an estimate. I never heard from them again.

Category landscaping, hardscaping



Colleen N.

They are on Angie's List. The lawn is nice and they did a good job. They did pretty good on pricing. In terms of punctuality, it took them a long time to finish a small thing in the backyard. After they did the whole big thing they basically had other things to do which I understand. They kind of put me off for 3 or 4 weeks on finishing one small thing. They finished it but I had to bug them a little bit to get it done. Punctuality wasn't there. From the very beginning they did a great job. They worked real hard to get it done. After a while when the sprinkler system was put in they came in right away and did their job. Just to finish the drain in the back took them about 3 to 4 weeks. I would use them again in the future.

Description of Work
Bera & Son Landscaping Inc actually tore up our front yard and resodded it. They cut out some bad roots from trees. They re-graded it by putting more top soil on. They seeded the whole yard except the backyard. They sodded the front and the side. They dug a trench for draining of my sump pump.

Category landscaping, hardscaping



Kayelynn H.

Performed service in a timely manner. Lawn looks great and will use them for any future needs.

Description of Work
mowed lawn

Category lawn service

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    Frequently Asked Questions & Answers about Bera & Son Landscaping Inc

    How is Bera & Son Landscaping Inc overall rated?

    Bera & Son Landscaping Inc is currently rated 4.4 overall out of 5.

    What days are Bera & Son Landscaping Inc open?

    Bera & Son Landscaping Inc is open:

    Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM

    Monday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    Thursday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    Friday: 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    Saturday: 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM

    What payment options does Bera & Son Landscaping Inc provide

    Bera & Son Landscaping Inc accepts the following forms of payment: Check, Financing Available

    Does Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offer free estimates?

    Yes, Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offers free project estimates.

    Does Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offer eco-friendly accreditations?

    No, Bera & Son Landscaping Inc does not offer eco-friendly accreditations.

    Does Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offer a senior discount?

    No, Bera & Son Landscaping Inc does not offer a senior discount.

    Does Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offer emergency services?

    Yes, Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offers emergency services.

    Are warranties offered by Bera & Son Landscaping Inc?

    Yes, Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offers warranties.

    What services does Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offer?

    Bera & Son Landscaping Inc offers the following services: Lawn & Yard Work. Turf Maintainance, Tree & Shrub Care, Deliveries & Hardscapes