Who We Are

Nate’s Living Landscapes is here to offer a fresh take on landscaping while providing quality and service you can always depend on. Serving the Twin Cities Metro area since 2016, we are passionate about what we do and how we do it. As a company rooted in environmental stewardship and honest business practices, Nate’s seeks to build and maintain landscapes that are evocative of nature and at the same time, functional. We work with you through each stage of the process and are eager to help solve the challenges you are facing. Whether it’s creating a new garden bed in front of your home or preventing a hillside from eroding away, we have your back!

In short, there is no one-size-fits-all mentality here. Just a willingness to work with you so the job gets done right at a price that matches or beats the competition. Schedule your appointment with Nate’s Living Landscapes today!

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Meet Nate

A University of Minnesota graduate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Nate considers natural landscaping to be one of the most meaningful ways to apply his education. How we design our outdoor living spaces says a lot about what we value. During a time when organic foods have gained immense popularity in the marketplace and the need to protect pollinators is beyond question, Nate seeks to combine his traditional landscaping, gardening, and arboriculture experience with his background in ecology and habitat restoration to re-imagine what landscaping can do in an urban environment.

After leaving his Downtown office job of three years in Minneapolis, Nathan set out to build his landscaping service in the Twin Cities by connecting with homeowners who were seeking something different.

In his spare time, Nate likes to go camping, rock climbing, cycling, and miniature golfing. Let Nate know how he can help you bring your home closer to Nature!

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What makes NLL a “Green” Business?

No harmful, persistent chemicals are used on the land during projects and landscape maintenance activities. All fertilizers, insect controls, and foliar disease treatments are selected with minimal impacts to the environment in mind. Nate’s Living Landscapes aims to enhance the quality of our urban and sub-urban ecosystems through each project undertaken. You can rest assured that your yard will be safe for pets, children, and you soon after we are done working on it.

Here is a short list of ways that Nate’s Living Landscapes practices “Green Thinking” every day:

  • Herbicides are used sparingly to prepare a site for planting, and only when absolutely necessary to clear out specific invasive plants or treat an area for site restoration.
  • Compost and peat moss are the primary fertilizers and soil conditioners used when planting trees and shrubs. Other soil amendments include manure, vermiculite, sand, and lime when needed.
  • To control weeds, permeable landscape fabric, thick applications of woodchips, and rocks are used rather than herbicides whenever possible.
  • In designs and plantings, deep-rooted, native perennial plants are preferred over shallow-rooted, exotic species that will require more care and are susceptible to environmental stresses. Every tree, shrub, grass, and ground cover used is carefully matched to the site it will be planted on. Soil composition, daily sunlight levels, soil-water retention rates,  topography, site elevation, and proximity to other plants are just some of the factors that go into choosing where to place a living element on the landscape. Selecting species that are a “best-fit” for their site increases their chances of thriving without the need for constant human intervention.
  • Using mulch generously after planting trees and shrubs boosts their liklihood of developing into healthy, mature adults. Different kinds of mulches are chosen to suit the water and nutritional needs of selected cultivars, as well at to meet the aesthetic needs of the project. Mulches are not seen as “one size fits all”.
  • Hardscape projects completed by Nate’s Living Landscapes use locally-sourced stone, such as Kasota Limestone or glacial river rock, both commonplace throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Retaining structures incorporate natural drainage techniques, such as pea gravel and limestone base material to channel water through the structure without causing damage.