Dear Bruce,

You have asked me to write a letter regarding the experience of the Parkview Homeowner’s Association with the work done by Down To Earth Landscapes. This I am happy to do:

As you know, I was the President of our HOA for approximately 10 years. In approximately 2002—after competitive bidding—our Board chose Down To Earth to install the new irrigation system, lighting, and landscaping at Parkview that had been designed by Landscape Architect, Phil Suding. Down To Earth performed the installations in accordance with the plans and did so on time and within budget. We were impressed. Thereafter, and for the last 10 years, our Board had renewed the maintenance contract with Down To Earth for its services on Monday of each week. During these 10 years, we have received economically reasonable, professional maintenance service every week from Down To Earth. The workers are neat, clean, personable, professional and just plain nice guys. The excellent service we received and continue to receive includes meticulous attention to detail and—on a few occasions—after hour services when we had a special problem.

I have no hesitancy wholeheartedly to recommend Down To Earth Landscapes.


Charles S. Bargiel

Parkview Homeowners Association
Santa Barbara, Ca.
January 13, 2012


“Simply The Best! Awesome to work with. Great team players with 35 years of Santa Barbara experience. They were everything we expected and more. Professional and Knowledgeable.”

Leland Walmsley, Landscape Architect.

“We would highly recommend your services to other homeowners. We cannot begin to express our delight and gratitude to you and your wonderful crew in taking a backyard full of rubble and turning it into a lush and private world of stone walls, artistic pathways lined with herbs, trees and shrubs that perfectly reflect the look we wanted to achieve. Your knowledge of horticulture, construction, and fountain installation made the project run smoothly, on time and on budget”

David and Betsy Freed, homeowners.

“My wife and I highly recommend Bruce and Mark Koehler of Down-to-Earth Landscapes for all your landscape planning and yard maintenance needs. For over twenty-five years, they have beautifully maintained the landscaping at several multi-unit residential rental properties that we own in Santa Barbara. In addition to providing weekly landscape maintenance, they have prepared landscaping and architectural plans for us, managed several major tree removal projects and advised us on California natives and drought-tolerant plantings and irrigation. They can do it all. They are well trained, extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and easy to work with. They are also reasonably priced and completely honest and trustworthy. You cannot find a better landscaping company in Santa Barbara. Thanks Koehlers for your many years of service to the Santa Barbara Community”

Mike and Ruth Ann Collins, homeowners.

“Having worked with the Koehlers since l990 on two houses, I can totally recommend Bruce and his marvelous construction crew. They work well with landscape architects such as Santa Barbara veterans Sidney Baumgartner and Grant Castlelburg as well as independently And their dry rock walls are superb. Mark and his maintenance crews are also excellent. Both brothers are exceedingly well trained, experienced and reliable. A great team, they are genuinely nice individuals with whom it’s a pleasure to be associated in the creation of a landscape that is site specific, beautiful, and sustainable. “

Thank you,

Jane De Hart, Phd, U.C.S.B. History Dept.

“I have worked with Down to Earth Landscapes for many years. Most recently they did a landscape lighting project for me. I have been consistently impressed with their professionalism; their reliability; the quality of their estimating, installation and service. I recommend them unqualifiedly. They are an outstanding firm with excellent customer service, quality of work, timeliness and overall performance.”

Good luck.

J. Robert Andrews, Mullen & Henzell L.L.P.

“Down to Earth Landscapes is fantastic. I have worked with Bruce Koehler and his crew on two separate residential landscape projects. The first home, on the Riviera received a Santa Barbara beautiful award. The second project, which has just been completed produced equally beautiful results.

Bruce and his main foreman Rufino possess a high degree of knowledge, professionalism and skill. What makes them wonderfully unique is that these skills are combined with an eye for esthetic detail. It is easy to talk design with Bruce and his team. They understand and appreciate style and design while incorporating the practical aspects of maintenance.

The Down to Earth employees show up on time, work efficiently and clean up daily before leaving. I highly recommend Down to Earth and would hire them a third time if the need arises. I also welcome prospective clients to to see their work in person. Down to Earth Landscapes is a top notch company.”

Walter Michajlenko, DDS, MD

“Dear Bruce,

Ruth Ann just came back from 1403 and she can’t stop talking about how beautiful a job you and your crew did. I haven’t seen it yet but she is ready to canonize you. We’ve never had work done like you’ve done. Excellent in all aspects – choice of plants and materials, layout, plumbing, workmanship. So many nice touches that we didn’t envision like the rock work, bricks under orange tree, lighting wiring, and nicely placed extra plants. We do so much of the work ourselves that we are in awe at your professional capability. Wow! Thank you so much. It is such a treat to have someone take over. The front tenant told Ruth Ann that she was thrilled as well.

Please focus when you have a chance on 1205 and thank your crew for us. We are thrilled.”

Mike and Ruth Ann McCollins

“Thank you for maintaining our lawns and gardens since 2003. You have always been attentive, caring and timely. You suggest upgrades to the gardens and perform installation well. You have also responded to calls for after hours or off days needs for repair of urgent issues. It is a pleasure to have Down to Earth Landscapes at our home.”

Thank you,

John Ligon

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