Serving Chicago’s Western Suburbs since 1995, Green Grass, Inc. has established itself as one of the area’s landscape industry leaders. Green Grass specializes in residential and commercial design and construction, maintenance and snow removal.
At Green Grass, we believe that customer satisfaction always comes first. Being that customer referrals are our number one source of business, We strive to make the process of choosing a landscape provider an easy and enjoyable one. Our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the design, installation and maintenance of your new, renovated or existing landscape.
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, Operations Manager
With a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois, Patrick has been with Green Grass since 2008. Patrick wears many hats at Green Grass, most notably overseeing the residential 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.
Jason Turek, Maintenance General Manager
Jason has been in the industry since 1998 and recently joined the Green Grass team in July of 2013. Throughout Jason’s career, he has managed commercial portfolios for industrial, corporate and homeowner associations and has many years of managing the operations of the business. His focus at Green Grass is the Commercial Maintenance Division where he manages client portfolios for maintenance, enhancements and snow removal.
Carie Holeck, Residential Manager
Carie recently joined the Green Grass team in 2017 and looks forward to enhancing customer relations within our Residential Maintenance Division. Her industry knowledge and experience includes owning and operating her own landscape business, managing both commercial and residential accounts and a certification in landscape.
Todd Dickey, Senior Landscape Designer
Todd graduated from Syracuse University in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. For the first 8 years of his professional career Todd practiced at a residential Landscape Architecture firm in Washington, DC before moving to Glen Ellyn in 2010. Todd prides himself on creating new and exciting spaces that stand the test of time. Understanding and interpreting his client’s needs and translating them into the landscape are key elements of the design process he truly embraces. His skillset and “out of the box” design style have made Todd an integral part of the Green Grass team.
Craig LaBudde, Construction Supervisor
Craig joins the team and oversees the landscape construction crews daily work assignments and assisting them in using current professional installation procedures and techniques. Craig graduated from Southern Illinois University with a B. S. degree in Plant and Soil Science. He has participated in the landscape industry since 1978 with experience in both the maintenance and landscape construction fields.
Justin Applin, Landscape Designer
Justin received his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois in 2015. He recently joined the Green Grass team in 2018 after 3 years of working on the North Shore. Justin brings a very detailed-oriented approach to design and estimating that will allow customers to get the most bang for their buck. His artistic background has translated nicely to the landscape industry by experimenting with different materials and plants. Justin creates spaces that encourage people to connect to the outdoors.