Chris Paul (President/Founder) Chris graduated from University of Illinois in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Chris began the expansion of Green Grass in 2001 with the principle that customers need to come first. He heard so many stories of landscapers not returning phone calls, not following through on their commitments and genuinely letting people down. Chris sought to change that stereotype by creating a company that follows through on their word.
Chris is currently involved in all aspects of the company but his favorite part is helping a client’s vision become a reality. “With all of the success we have had over the past 15 years, I feel our greatest achievement is the relationships we have developed with so many clients.”
Jeff Johnson (Landscape Architect): Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois and is a licensed/registered Landscape Architect in the state of Illinois. Jeff is involved in client relations, site analysis, project design, estimating and construction supervision. Jeff’s main area of interest is formal garden design, as well as designing site elements such as natural stone hardscapes, fountains, pools, outdoor kitchens and pergolas. Jeff has been designing all types of residential and commercial landscapes since 2001 and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Patrick Cronin (Project Manager) : With a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, Patrick has been with Green Grass for seven years. Patrick wears many hats at Green Grass, most notably overseeing the entire maintenance division, construction supervision, project coordination and client relations. Patrick has experience in both building and landscape construction, giving him an unparalleled advantage in the field.
Alex Gallegos (Head Construction Foreman) : Alex has been with Green Grass for nine years.
Gregorio Sanchez (Head Maintenance Foreman) : Gregorio has been with Green Grass for nine years.
DIEGO MORENODiego Moreno (Maintenance Foreman) : Diego has been with Green Grass for nine years.
Reynaldo Jasso (Logistics Manager) : Reynaldo has been with Green Grass for seven years.
Francisco Rodriguez (Construction Foreman): Francisco has been with Green Grass for nine years.
Q : Do you have any guarantees or warranties on your work?
Q : Where do you purchase your plants?
Q : How often should I water my new plants?
Q : How do I water sod and seed? When can I mow it?
A : If sod is laid in hot, dry weather, water it every day for the first two weeks. The sod should be soggy to the touch. After that, reduce watering to every other day for 2-3 weeks. The ground should be soft. After 4-5 weeks, water the sod once a week if there has been no rainfall. If sod is laid in cool weather, water every 2-3 days depending on rainfall. DO NOT allow the sod to dry out, it will shrink and leave seams. Also, avoid walking on sod after watering as best you can, you will leave impressions. When the sod is about 3”high, check for knitting. Knitting is when the sod’s roots take hold to the ground below. You can check for this by gently pulling up a corner of sod. If you cannot pull it up, it has knit. Now it’s time to mow your lawn. However, do not water for a few days before mowing and set your mower blade at a high setting. The best time to water is early morning or early evening.
Water seeded areas two times a day in hot weather and once a day in cool weather. Keep the seeded areas moist and do not allow to dry out. Mow your lawn 4-5 weeks after germination. Early morning watering is best to help the new grass endure the day’s heat. Do not fertilize until the following spring or fall.
Q : What are the advantages of paver patios and walks over concrete?
Q: What is the difference between a Landscape Architect and a Landscape Designer?
A : A Landscape Architect is required to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited university. He or she is then required to serve a minimum of two years in an apprenticeship position underneath a licensed Landscape Architect. After gaining two years experience, he or she is then allowed to sit for the Landscape Architect Registration Examination (LARE). The LARE consists of five separate tests, including Project and Construction Administration; Inventory, Analysis and Program Development; Site Design; Design and Construction Documentation and Grading, Drainage and Stormwater Management. After successfully passing all five sections, he or she then becomes eligible for licensing and registration in their respective state.
A Landscape Desginer must obtain a two year Associate Degree from an accredited college. Landscape Designers are not required to work as an apprentice, pass any state exams or be licensed in their respective state.
Our Landscape Architect obtained his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and became licensed to practice Landscape Architecture in the state of Illinois in 2009.
NEW HOLLAND Experts
We have 8 New Holland machines - 2 tracked and 6 with tires. We use them for grading and moving materials from one spot to another. Out on our job sites they're used to move pallets of brick and sod, as well as dirt, gravel and sand - just about anything heavy we work with. We also do quite a bit of commercial snow removal with the machines in the winter.