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Meeting and exceeding the expectations of our discerning clients

The quote we were given was very reasonable, the workmanship was excellent and the job was started and completed ahead of time…”

“We hired Higher Ground Landscaping and Design to complete the landscaping of our backyard – a job consisting of preparation for and the installation of:

  • a paving stone sidewalk;
  • a retaining wall;
  • finishing an area around a newly installed composter area.

From our initial exploratory conversation, to the completion of our project – Mike Vandergugten, the project manager and owner of Higher Ground, was wonderful to work with. He was very knowledgeable, accommodating and reliable. The quote we were given was very reasonable, the workmanship was excellent and the job was started and completed ahead of time.

We highly recommend Higher Ground Landscaping and Design”

– John and Barbara F, Burnaby, BC

Higher Ground is a Landscaping Company that cares about and values people…”



“This past summer we chose Higher Ground Landscaping and Design to install a backyard patio and walkway. We had 8 detailed quotes from qualified installers. It was easy to choose Mike Vandergugten, of Higher Ground Landscaping, for several reasons:

  • their price was the best and it included more of what we needed,
  • their qualifications and training were the most advanced,
  • and most important to me was the confidence we had in Mike, the owner, that he is a man of integrity and operates his company as-so.

I was impressed to discover that Mike is a man who did more than make pretty back yards:

  • he has a young family to whom he is devoted,
  • he is the leader of an Agency that provides help to those in crisis and need,
  • he takes time to engage others in discussion about significant ideas and practices

So many other landscaping companies are all about themselves, but Mike at Higher Ground cares about people and has built a company with a crew that cares as well.

Mike and his crew began the job the day they said he would and they completed it when they said they would. They showed up every day promptly and left every day promptly so they had time to be with their families at supper. We appreciated that because it told us that this owner cared about more than work and pay, but valued people.

The Higher Ground Landscaping crew were very careful with the gardens surrounding the patio and cleaned up each day when the work was wrapped up for that day. They were thorough and completed each phase of the job to industry specs without cutting any corners.

Mike was always willing to discuss the job, make adjustments and offer his insights and experience to help make it the best he could make it in a way that would satisfy us. He had lots of interesting ideas and creative solutions that resulted in a better finish than we expected. He was not only a master installer but also a trained gardener with great knowledge of plants.

We appreciated the genuine caring and good natured demeanours of Mike and the crew at Higher Ground Landscaping and Design. They were so pleasant to have around and never seemed to be rushed or too busy to stop, talk or enjoy the snacks we provided. We felt like we had gained new friends.

They completed the job at the price that was quoted, in the time promised and it exceeded my expectations. We wholeheartedly endorse Mike and his company, Higher Ground Landscaping and Design, to anyone. We believe they will receive the same terrific service and results we did. We will certainly engage them for future projects.”

- Bev K, Surrey, BC

I run a business from my home and I am PROUD when my clients show up to such a beautiful space … Not only does it look fabulous, but Higher Ground Landscaping worked through hail, rain, snow and wind storms for 5 days straight to get everything done.”

“It’s very easy for me to sit down and write a reference letter for Higher Ground Landscaping and Design. I knew from our first conversation that I would be impressed with Mike Vandergugten’s (owner and project manager) knowledge and understanding of plants and trees, something I know NOTHING about!

Our yard needed a lot of work: lava rock removed, plants transplanted, and new plants added to better organize our space. Mike was our Project Manager and he had a plan from the very beginning and spent 45 minutes at our place, taking pictures before sending me a quote that I was within our budget! I was VERY pleased!

I love the flowerbed that Higher Ground added to our yard. It really does make our home more welcoming and every time we drive up to it, my husband and I look at each other and smile – we’re just so happy with how beautiful it all looks! I’m not going to lie, the first couple time we left the house we had to back up to get another look! I also run a business from my home and I am PROUD when my clients show up to such a beautiful space!

Not only does it look fabulous, but Higher Ground Landscaping worked through hail, rain, snow and wind storms for 5 days straight to get everything done. They were easy to contact, always answered my questions, and even wrote up a care plan for our plants, which went way beyond what he needed to do!

We are also pleased to have Higher Ground back to help us with our lawn. Again, the price was unbeatable and the labour unmatched as they decided to power rake our lawn twice to get in into top notch shape!

I feel very well cared for in the hands of such professionals. I have never come across a landscaping company with so much knowledge and passion. My husband and I have neither of these things, but we have a new passion for keeping things as nice as they look now!!

Thank you Higher Ground! You’ve lived up to your name in every way!!”

- Yvonne S, Aldergrove, BC

We highly recommend Higher Ground Landscaping and Design as a Landscaping Contractor that has a high level of skill and integrity.”

“We recently used Higher Ground Landscaping and Design on what we consider to be a major project on our residence. It consisted of a stone walkway, retaining wall, planted island, flagstone patio, and new sod in the backyard.

Mike Vandergugten, owner and project manager, came prepared and brought some great ideas to the table. Higher Ground’s pricing was fair and we were impressed with the fact that Mike and the crew took great care and pride in the finished product. They did a great job for us.

The project caused us very little stress as we quickly developed a very high level for Mike and his crew, and their abilities. They met our expectations and we highly recommend Higher Ground Landscaping and Design as a Landscaping Contractor that has a high level of skill and integrity.”

– John M, Surrey, BC
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