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Del Mar Landscaping Company

San Diego, California

Del Mar Landscaping Company logo

Del Mar Landscaping Company

San Diego, California



As a Berkeley graduate I just see space and configurations better than most. We are a Build and not a maintenance Landscape company. Please Yelp or google my reviews. I talk and see each customer, as the owner, for a very personal touch.


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Diane I.

5 August 2019

There awesome!!!!


Lisa Tischhauser

2 June 2019

We would definitely recommend Doug and his team to anyone considering a landscaping project. We had a very overgrown and weedy 10,000 sq ft lot that needed a major revision. Doug's team came in and transformed the space with flagstone, adobe, DG, plants, lighting, and a beautiful cobble paver driveway. We were so pleased with the quality of the work that we asked them to add a 130 ft fence to the plan. The project was completed within budget and on time.

Doug was very easy to work with. He immediately responded to our calls, texts, and emails. He was understanding and willing to work with us on changes we made along the way, tweaking the budget to accommodate us. His recommendations for the flagstone, rock, and pavers were spot on.

The entire crew, Ramon, Rigo, Jaime, and Oscar, were professional, respectful, and friendly. They were on site and ready to go by 7:00 a.m. each morning and worked tirelessly every day, even through a few days of crummy, rainy weather. Ramon, the foreman, is a highly skilled craftsman, who really cares about quality and promptly addressed any concerns we had. Under his direction, everything came together beautifully, and we couldn't be happier with the results!


David Sayre

5 November 2018

I was pleased with the job that Jim and his crew did at a fair price. My project consisted of the installation of some crushed gravel and DG. Both Max and Oscar were hard workers and both Jim and his crew were friendly and helpful. More...


Michael Foglia

3 November 2018

Over the last 2 months, the team at Del Mar Landscapes transformed our yard from a complete disaster to a beautiful functional paradise. We are extremely happy to have hired them. A detailed review follows but to summarize: they were very easy to work with during the bid/negotiation phase, followed through on all of their promises, and were very friendly, clean, timely and prideful in producing exceptional work. We highly recommend Del Mar Landscapes!
We first met Doug and Jim when they came out to walk through our property and compare it to the plans done by Ocotillo Design Group. They spent well over an hour walking the yard and asking pertinent questions, verifying measurements and confirming our thoughts. Our design encompassed various materials: pavers, trellis, sit walls with veneer, decomposed granite walkways, mow curb, plants, drip irrigation, lighting, and more. In each case Doug and Jim demonstrated their expertise and gave us a real sense of confidence. Before leaving they asked about our budget, timing and priorities, but there was never any salesmanship. About a week later, we met again and they presented us with one legal-sized page holding the complete quote. Jim explained each line item in great detail and pointed out a few places where the quote did not match the design plan. In each of these places he explained the reasoning, which was not only sound, but worked out in our favor. In addition to their expertise and professionalism, the pricing was extremely competitive.
Within two weeks of signing the simple contract and shaking hands, the demo crew was at the house making quick work of removing the old ugly cement patio. Our corner property is on a hill and there were many challenges in getting the equipment into the right locations, but in each case they figured out a way to get things done. After the demo was done, Ramon, Jaime and Rigo showed up. These three were friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. Doug brought in others to help when necessary, but this was our everyday team. I’m pretty sure that Ramon can not only do landscaping(masonry/drainage/irrigation/etc) but he could probably build an entire house. When we discovered that a previous owner used PVC to plumb the main water line, he was able to fix it quickly. (We had just hired some plumbers to do our bathroom and Ramon’s work was comparable.)
We had a design in place when the job was started but there were times when the design needed to be changed. An example of this was that the sit walls were too close to the fence for the plants I had chosen. Ramon was very flexible and knew just how much to move them out. We did this and everything looks/fits perfectly. Another example of their flexibility was that our sit walls were curved and a decision had to be made to either do poured in place cement or precast caps. We had no idea which way to go but after their detailed explanation of both processes, we went with poured in place (their recommendation.) We were given plenty of time to make this decision too. No pressure. The sit wall benches came out fantastically. A couple of similar things came up and all were handled with clear communication and cooperation.
We hadn’t ever done anything of this scale before and one of my worries was an escalation of costs beyond the fixed price contract we had signed. Of course, there were a few unforeseen issues...the aforementioned plumbing, a problem with one of our retaining walls, and an issue with an existing step. But there was no gouging here at all; the extra charges to correct these issues were very fairly priced.
Over the past few weeks a number of neighbors and family have toured the new yard and they are highly complementary but jealous! We are still in awe ourselves and utterly amazed at the transformation of the yard. It is like we doubled the square footage of our house as now we can enjoy plenty of time on the outside It is so comfortable and inviting. A huge thanks to Ramon, Doug, Jim and the entire team at Del Mar Landscapes!


James Kagawa

20 October 2018

Doug did a great job, quickly and professionally. Have used Doug twice for front yard drought tolerant yard and back yard finishing year later. Both pretty much on handshake with contract following. Honorable, trustworthy and does the job promised with passion. Able to work with Doug on small issues and request with only handshake and job will be at minimal cost or no cost if work does not require much time. Always appreciate his follow up and making sure job is done properly and to customer satisfaction. More...


Douglas Kepner

12 August 2018

We love what we do, contact us with confidence for free consultation


Robert M.

5 August 2018

The work was done on schedule and within budget with top notch performance. Hard to beat! We will use them again for a couple of other projects that we have planned.


Anthony G.

8 July 2018

I am updating my review based on recent events. Doug has a great team of guys working for him. Doug and his team quickly understood what we were looking to do and they got to work immediately. They showed up early every day and cleaned up at the end of each day. We replaced a short wall, built a new fence on top, put in new steps with lights, and installed a large patch of artificial turf. They did a great job installing all of it. After they completed the work, I realized we overlooked some minor details and there was some paint that dripped onto the new steps. Doug quickly responded to our concerns and sent over his guys to address the areas of concern. They were able to remove the paint on the new steps and did some additional touching up to the paint on the fence that was missed. I would definitely recommend Doug and his team if anyone asked me for a landscape recommendation. We are very happy with the results and would consider the team for additional work. More...


Edward Smith

18 January 2018

Doug and his crew {Michael, Clay, Oscar and Matt] did a great job. We had them tear out our backyard lawn, and they built beautiful redwood planter boxes. The were tidy and very quick, and gladly made whatever changes we requested. We always had the sense Doug and his team were building a quality garden. I would highly recommend using Del Mar Landscaping. More...


Allen K.

1 August 2017

Del Mar Landscaping did a fantastic job building my front courtyard. The quality of their workmanship could not be better. The final product exceeded my expectations. The concrete work, stucco wall, fencing, irrigation, lighting and landscaping all came out perfect. Everyone on this project was helpful and had great ideas whenever I had questions on the project. I highly recommend Del Mar Landscaping. More...


Kyle S.

21 July 2017

They were great. I changed to requirements part way through sprinkler installation and without any issues, re-did some of the work to make things how I wanted them. Top notch quality of workmanship, customer service, and general attitude. They'll be my lanscaper of choice for life! More...


a homeowner

11 June 2017

Del Mar Landscape team is the A-team when it comes to problem solving, meeting timelines, and technical details. Ramon and Raun made sure our requirements were met and always offered good ideas/solutions to the construction project. Doug answered our questions and worked with us to address concerns. Our front yard is first class and we have received multiple compliments from the neighbors. Well done! More...


Kim C.

14 November 2016

They clean up after their work days. No problems. Ramon took charge and attended to all the details, provided ideas and made sure the work was done correctly the first time. They show up on time and work till the job is done. I tested them with a 60 foot retaining wall. Upon completion of the wall I was impressed so they got the job of install 600 sq.ft. of pavers as well. I chose Belgard blocks and pavers so Del Mar Landscape needed to know what they were doing for a successful outcome. I will refer them. More...


Faith L.

25 July 2016

Del Mar Landscaping came in, listened to what I wanted, made some recommendations then proceeded to go exceed my expectations. Doug and team were hard working, professional and effecient. Thank you for a great job!! More...


Susan B.

11 July 2016

Del Mar Landscaping accomplished multiple, fairly complex projects on our front back and side yards to give us a total landscape renovation, and did a good job to complete each one and it all looks awesome. Doug was responsive when I called him and willing to do what was required to get a quality job done and on time. They did stamped, stained concrete; some syn-lawn including bocce court and checkerboard concrete/lawn patio; a block-stucco wall; planter/garden walls; drip irrigation system; low voltage lighting; and a few different wood & metal combination fences. Some of his employees are more experienced than others and unfortunately one of the workers was underqualified for some of the specific tasks given, so some of the tasks were not done to our standards and perhaps were a little beyond the expertise of the employee assigned. More...


Roger L.

26 March 2016

Doug was great to work with. My project was not an easy one with very limited access to the back. The goal was to install retaining walls to increase the usable space in the back, maybe even a pool. When we first met, I saw that daunting look in his face. But with an optimistic smile he made a few recommendations and we moved forward. Initially, I hired him to only do a portion of the property but after a few days, he came back with a vision of how he would do the job if he owned the property. I reluctantly agreed as my vision was a little different. His workers worked quickly (he estimated 9 days work; they were done in 6), they cleaned up their mess everyday, and were friendly and pleasant. As the work progressed, he added a few freebies such as installing steps, weed control and replacing a small wooden deck on the verge of collapse. No surprises or disappointments. I am extremely pleased with the quality of work, and the final result. Relying on his vision was the second best decision I made for this project. The best decision I made was hiring his company. At the beginning I thought his cost was a bit expensive but in the end, as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for." It was money well spent with the results exceeding my expectations. The work on the house is not complete but when it comes to irrigation and other finishing touches,I plan on using his services in the future. More...


Elisabeth B.

25 March 2016

Doug, his company and his team are the cream of the crop when it comes to landscaping. Value of money for service, timeliness, collaboration, bright ideas, they are perfect and a dream to work with. Thank you Ramon (you are brilliant at everything), Jaime, Oscar, Mike and last but not least Mark. They inherited a difficult project when we hired them and solutions were created every step of the way. More...


Shirley G.

24 September 2015

I have an extremely small yard. Four other companies turned me down due to the size (not worth their while). Doug, on the other hand, was helpful. He was professional and gave me a reasonable quote. His crew, Ramon and Jaime, were courteous, professional and on time. My small yard is now my sanctuary. Thank you, Doug, Ramon and Jaime ... you're the best. Will be referring them to others. More...


John S.

16 September 2015

Mark and his crew did a great job. Started early left late. Maintained their schedule and left the site cleaner than when they started.


Ashley L.

18 August 2015

My husband and I hired Del Mar Landscaping to completely renovate our front and backyard. We built a fire pit with seating, built-in BBQ island, installed turf, putting green, fence, retaining wall, walkway, landscaping, lighting, electrical, irrigation and new concrete throughout. It was a very large project that turned out amazing! From the time I met Doug, he was friendly, responsive, punctual and very easy to work with. He had a lot of wonderful ideas and continually worked with us to achieve exactly what we wanted. Doug, Ramon, Mark and the rest of the crew we had working at our house were all very pleasant, trustworthy and extremely hard working. They were knowledgeable and extremely professional. His crew had a lot of good ideas, and they did a great job communicating with us and making sure it turned out the way we envisioned. Our project was very large and they completed it quickly and truly went above and beyond our expectations to make our vision come true. My family and I are incredibly pleased with our project! I would highly recommend Doug and his crew. They are really exceptional and did an amazing job transforming our yard. I still cannot believe how quickly they completed the job and at such a reasonable price! We cannot thank you enough Del Mar Landscaping for a job well done! More...


Gordon nikkola N.

15 June 2015

They were very prompt and did an excellent job. They were honest, did know exactly what they were doing, etc.


Joe H.

1 June 2015

Doug and his crew were professional, courteous, and up front! He and his crew also offered alternatives as well as advice to the customer to help with designs. We are absolutely pleased with our landscaping from Del Mar Landscaping! Hamm Family More...


Karen S.

18 May 2015

Doug was able to take our goals for our backyard turf replacement and turn them into a fantastic vision for making our entire backyard more livable and drought tolerant. His crew was professional and efficient. We now have a fabulous outdoor space to play, relax and entertain. His price was affordable and has added tremendous value to our house. More...


Kevin G.

2 May 2015

Doug and his crew were awesome. From the first day to the last they were nothing but professional. Doug made sure we were happy with every step of the project. All of the guys working for him were great - they were able to problem solve challenging issues that in the end saved us money! They designed and built a great backyard for us n a very timely manner. We are very happy that we hired Doug and his guys! More...


Dan R.

20 April 2015

Good Work


Loralie W.

31 March 2015

Doug and his team did an outstanding job on our front and backyard removal and installation of turf and patio pavers. They removed a huge amount of bushes, trees, and sod for the complete change of our yard. The project was a decent size and I was happy to find 3-5 of Doug's employees onsite daily. they did an incredible amount of work in a short period of time. The project was finished in about 8 days total. Doug's employees do a nice job of communicating the current situation and any barriers they are facing to complete the job. I even added a couple small areas on to my project and the team was shared their ideas to ensure they met my vision for the project. At the end of the day, Doug's team did a great job with my property and we are very happy to recommend him for any project you have. More...


Steve M.

22 February 2015

Doug came to my house and help me plan out my concrete patio. The crew showed up on time on the day of the project and did a great job of installing the patio. Very good customer service through out this process. More...


Mary B.

19 February 2015

Doug and his crew did a great job. Doug went above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction. His pricing was great and he was always in communication. We couldn't be happier with the end result. They did landscaping, drip irrigation, synthetic lawn and concrete work. More...


Chris A.

31 October 2014

Capable guys and timely work :) Yard is looking great and trees and shrubs are better than ever!


Debra E.

8 October 2014

Doug was great to work with , I didn't have to wait long. Talk to him on the phone describe what I wanted for the backyard and when we meet Doug had it all plan out I love it they did a great job


a homeowner

29 August 2014

Guys showed up on time did an greta job, with the exception of some minor details. How ever I have to admit after talking to 9 other contractors some of which gave me prices that made me want to laugh, and some of which just seemed down right shady, Doug was a fresh change. My wife even made changes midway through the job which added additional concrete and work . His crew did it no problem and he didn't charge us for them. More...


a homeowner

27 August 2014

I love my new brick patio and rock patio. I found a picture of the design on line and provided it to Doug to replicate. Not only does it look exactly like the picture, but they did an outstanding job all the way around. The work was done efficiently, and the crew was very respectful. Also, the price was competitive too. Very happy! More...


Apurva S.

22 August 2014

We waited for more than a year and interviewed 10 contractors before we decided to work with Del Mar Landscape's owner, Doug Kepner. We highly recommend Del Mar Landscape because Doug as the eyes for detail and aesthetic finish. His team members are experienced and work very fast to complete the project. Doug's quote is reasonable because he selected high quality material for your project. Last but not least, follow up after your project is completed is only a phone call away. Thank you Doug and your team for a great work. More...


Gary M.

30 June 2014

the only glitch in the project was my own fault. After I got the bid I changed what I wanted done.My advise would be to have your plan fixed before starting.


Foster R.

1 April 2014

did a great job in a short time -one day


Tri H.

22 January 2014

I highly recommend Doug and his crew. I had my front yard remodeled with pavers, artificial turf, wall extensions with brick caps and a water fountain structure. Doug was always responsive from the beginning and had some nice inputs, which turned out better than I planned. The turf came out beautiful and Efrem did an excellent job. His foreman, Ramon, did an excellent job on the pavers, walls and fountain structure. Overall, Doug's crew are very hard working, did great work and are friendly too. Doug is onsite everyday although I think Ramon does a great job keeping the project moving. More...


Dan L.

15 November 2013

Doug called me within 15 minutes of my request on Home Advisor. I met with him that day and we developed the plan for my yard. He was thorough, thoughtful, and worked with me to stay within my budget. Even though the job was small, the attention to detail was fantastic, and the end result was exactly what my wife and I wanted. I will be hiring Doug again in the future and highly recommend him to anyone who wants the job done right the first time! More...


Sue B.

19 September 2013

He did a great job. I was very happy with suggestions & work.


a homeowner

18 August 2013

Doug was very easy to work with and very accommodating when his worker didn't show a few times.


Brian H.

2 August 2013

These guys are great. They really know there stuff and I feel that they took care of me like a friend more than a customer. Two things...One The job I had them do was actually quite small but the attention to detail was like it was a huge project. Two, 18 days was the soonest another landscape company could get out to my house to give me a quote, Del Mar Landscaping was there the next day. Thanks guys. More...


Julkie H.

29 October 2012

I had a great experience with Del Mar Landscape. Doug was a pleasure to work with. He was very cost and time efficient. He was very hands on and very communicative throughout the job. I appreciated the suggestions he made in helping us to stay within our budget while still making my yard look amazing! His crew was great as well, Very reliable, reasonable costs and a great job! I would definitely recommend Del Mar Landscape. More...


Samantha D.

3 October 2012

I wanted to recommend Doug and his crew at Del Mar Landscapes for your yard. Doug has a great deal of knowledge. Knowledge about design, color concrete, synthetic turf, electrical, plants and irrigation. Doug was extremely detailed with all aspects of my yard; hands on too. Doug also has a nice gift to spatial configurations. He took a unsightly yard and made all of the above elements flow together beautifully. Where I did have an area that was not his expertise (acid staining my floor to my house), Doug also helped me get two contractor friends in for a bid. I choose the man I liked and I was also pleased with his referral. All in all, I loved working with Del Mar Landscape. The price was great, the work done on time and his follow-up after the job was also attentive. His prices are also great. Samantha. More...


Henry G.

3 October 2012

Doug and his crew completed the landscape of my backyard in a fast efficient manner and within my budget. The crew did an outstanding sleaning up after the job. I won't hesitate to recommend and hire again his company for future landsaping work.Doug is courteous and goes beyond expectations to ensure that my own idea is incorporated in the landscape design. More...


a homeowner

14 September 2012

I would recommend them.

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