What Makes Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery Different

By Wendy Kjeldbjerg,

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Poul's Landscaping & Nursery


At Poul’s Landscaping & Nursery, our fleet of all-red trucks is not the only thing that makes us stand out. We are more than our landscaping services and nursery (although we like to think our top-notch products and services make us pretty exceptional, as well.) And while other landscaping companies may use the same brand of tractor, the foundation of our company is built on something more.

We are a family business.

The name Kjeldbjerg means “well on a hill” in Danish, and just like that legendary water supply, Poul’s Landscaping has a lineage that runs deep. After emigrating from Denmark, Poul Kjeldbjerg began Poul’s Landscaping in 1966 with one employee, a pick-up truck, a flat trailer, and a Ford tractor that he still owns. All three of his children grew up as little arborists working summers on the farm, and the childhood appreciation grew into a full-fledged passion for (and knowledge of) the field.

Dan Kjeldbjerg serves as the president and his brother, Alan, heads the nursery division. Alan’s wife, Melissa, worked for several years as a landscape designer and is currently managing purchasing and nursery sales, and for the last 28 years Dan’s wife, Wendy, has run the office, human resources and marketing. Children from both families have worked during the summer at the family business and Poul continued to come out to “the farm” and cultivate the fields up until he was a spry 85 year old. There were days in the not so distance past where we had three generations at our office at the same time!

We care about our employees.

Employees are the cornerstone of any business, and at Poul’s, we know that it’s the little things that make a big difference. When we moved to our Long Grove location, Poul was sure to put in a soccer field, and the guys still typically meet for a game every Thursday or Friday after work.

When the housing market crashed, landscaping companies were among the hardest hit, and there were many changes that needed to be made in order to make ends meet. One of the things that Dan refused to cut, however, was the monthly Poul’s Parties. Every thirty days the crew gathers in one our barns or out under a tent for food and music to celebrate their hard work with their fellow employees.

We care about our customers and take pride in our work.

Especially in recent years we have won many awards, but the Angie’s List Super Service Award might be our favorite. It is reserved for companies who have achieved and maintained a superior service rating on Angie’s List, and fewer than 5% of the companies meet the eligibility requirements. Dan explains, “The only way to survive in this economy is to have the best customer service out there,” and we make it a priority to ensure our customers are beyond satisfied with our work. We have a bulletin board filled with thank-you cards and notes from customers, and even receive Christmas gifts on occasion.

So what makes us different? Many things, but when it comes down to it, we’re a company with heart. We are a family that is invested in this company, our customers, and employees. See the difference for yourself, and call us for a free estimate and consultation today.

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