Landscape Design

Beautiful Landscape Design In Powell, Galena, Plain City

Inspiring & Creative Outdoor Spaces

Welcome to GroundSmith LLC, your premier destination for exceptional landscape design and installation services in Lewis Center, Ohio, and surrounding areas including Dublin, Galena, Westerville, Powell, Delaware, and Jerome Village. Our expert landscape design team specializes in transforming your outdoor spaces into breathtaking landscapes full of seasonal color and interest.  You'll be amazed with the potential of your property when you have our creative expertise and know-how in your corner!

Before & After

Our team has the expertise to turn your ideas into reality. Let us help you redefine the concept of outdoor living with a new landscape design tailored precisely to your preferences, your lifestyle, and within your budget.

Why Choose GroundSmith LLC?

3D Design Brings Your Landscape To Life

We understand that picturing your ideal backyard can be challenging. That's why at GroundSmith, we develop comprehensive 3D landscape designs that bring your vision to life before the build ever begins. Whether it's a colorful front garden bed, a backyard patio to relax on a summer day, or a new paver pathway with steps for your front entrance to improve your curb appeal, our landscape designs are tailored to your imagination and your budget.

No More Guesswork With Your Landscape

We're committed to ensuring that you never have to live with the regret of inaction or wrong decisions.  When you're working with a professional team like GroundSmith, we're going to help you make those tough decisions.  With our expert guidance and transparent process you'll know and understand what your landscape is going to cost and you're going to know exactly what it will look like, before shovels ever hit the ground.

Trustworthy Execution Design To Build

At GroundSmith, we don't just design; we also have an experienced installation team that can bring our designs to life. Our team is skilled in both the creation and the actual construction of our landscape designs, ensuring that what you see in our plans is what you get in your yard. Trust us to transform your outdoor space into your own private retreat that you your family, and your friends, will get to enjoy for years to come.

What Our Clients Say...

Anne Miller
June 22, 2023

Ruger, the project manager was courteous, knowledgeable and professional. The crew was hard working and efficient. The office staff and administrators were accessible and helpful. We had a positive experience and we were very happy with the outcome.

Carol Harris
October 21, 2022

Groundsmith is the BEST landscaping maintenance company I have used for 6 years now. When we first moved to Westerville, I was very disappointed in every company I used. They did not show up when they promised, and then made up excuses not to return for a few weeks due to weather. But, Groundsmith arrives each time they promised or scheduled, even if it long as its not a down power. They mow perfectly, and when asked, they trim the shrubs perfectly. I am very, very pleased with Groundsmith, and so glad I found them. Carol Harris, Highland Lakes, Westerville, Ohio

Mike Criner
March 21, 2021

Great crew starring Ruger & Mikey

Marty D'Imperio
March 10, 2021

I had a fairly large design build landscape/hardscape project that Groundsmith did for me. It included patio and landscaping around our house, pool, and barn. We also did some fertilizing and grass "rebooting". It was amazing how much I got done with one phone call. The suggestions and pricing were sensible and easy to understand. The leadership of Groundsmith has excellent values and it shows in how they treat their customers and employees. The crew was professional, responsive, on time, and addressed any questions or concerns promptly. I consider these guys my friends and look forward to having them take care of my landscape needs for years to come. Great Work Groundsmith!

Tad Rhodes
February 18, 2021

Great company and good people that work for groundsmith. They have competitive pricing and a variety of services. Would recommend.

Julie Murray
December 16, 2020

After many months of planning with my husband, I saw a landscaping truck at my neighbors house and decided to call and see if GroundSmith could help with what my husband and I were thinking about. GroundSmith is an incredible company and I am so pleased to recommend them to anyone who is in need of landscape help. They built a beautiful retainer wall for us. It was an absolute pleasure working with them from the planning stage to the completion. Their employees are VERY customer focused and professional! Thank you GroundSmith!!

Martha Magrum
August 17, 2020

We researched several landscaping companies and decided on Groundsmith. They did not disappoint! Todd is always very responsive, and the crew spent 8 hours in the hot sun doing summer cleanup after we moved in. Because of their hard work and reasonable pricing, we will be making Groundsmith our go-to for all landscaping maintenance and seasonal cleanup.

Andrew Cush
December 13, 2019

We've used Groundsmith for our ongoing lawn and landscape maintenance, and we've always been very pleased with their work. We often get compliments from friends and neighbors on how nice our yard looks. Highly recommend this service!

John Wylie
December 11, 2019

Todd and his crew are timely, meticulous, friendly, and well-priced! We have had a great experience with GroundSmith and would recommend them to anyone!

Michael Blackham
December 11, 2019

Groundsmith did some landscaping for us when we moved into a new home. We were very impressed with the quality of the work and the materials used. The job was done quickly and professionally. I would recommend them for any landscaping project.

Stephen McGuire
November 18, 2019

We have lived in our home in Dublin for 10 years and I have had 4 different landscapers; GroundSmith has been the best! The customer service is fantastic, they quickly respond to any request and will communicate when issues arise. In the past I had landscapers skip a week or two and never let me know when they were coming next and then charge me for the missed the mow. If GroundSmith has a weather delay they let you know, they will also address any issues they see in your yard. But there is more...we hired them to do a 60 foot paver walkway to the rear of our home from the driveway. I was so please with the work and level of detail I hired them to put in a paver patio and walkway to our new Hot Tub. Again, being thrilled with their work we had them build a paver fire pit. Our YARD looks awesome! I then needed to fix my front concert walkway; I had them remove the old walkway and install a new paver walkway to the front door along with replacing much of the landscaping. If you want a job done right hire GroundSmith. I enjoyed the personal service I received as I was dealing with a family owned business who wants to do it right. I was not just a number, I was treated like a friend.

Jack Green
August 6, 2019

Always a pleasure to do business with GroundSmith.

Fowler Family
February 6, 2019

We have had other companies in the past and haven’t had good results. Groundsmith is professional, courteous and they didn’t push any services that we didn’t need. They are competitively priced and the results and process is great. I recommend them to all my neighbors.

Ed Braunbeck
February 2, 2019

I was thrilled to discover GroundSmith since they offer a variety of services and are a family owned business. We started using them to cut down the ornamental grasses. Because of the timely and quality work, we hired them for our Spring clean up and mulch. It was nice to hear they also offered tree trimming, fertilizing and aeration work. It's a one stop business for all your outdoor landscaping needs.

Mike Popadak
January 18, 2019

I came across GroundSmith on a referral from a friend. Our yard had struggled since we bought the house but they got it in order very quickly. Appreciate the hard work!

How We Design Beautiful Landscapes

Designing a landscape that you can enjoy and be proud of is a complex and multi-step process.  Landscape design requires a great deal of thought and care to ensure that the end result will meet your needs and preferences. A well-designed landscape not only adds beauty and value to your property but also enhances your lifestyle and increases the enjoyment you get out of your property.

Design Considerations

Here are the factors that we need to consider when designing your new landscape:

#1.  Lay of the land: The topography of the land, including its slope, elevation, and drainage patterns, can have a significant impact on the design of a landscape. These factors can affect the placement of features such as patios, retaining walls, and water features.

#2.  Size of the area: The size of the area that is being designed will also affect the design. We must consider the amount of available space, and how best to use that space to create a cohesive and functional design.

#3.  Use of plants: Plants are an essential part of any landscape design, and the choice of plants must be carefully considered. We must consider factors such as the growing zone, soil type, sun exposure, and plant growth characteristics. We must also consider your preferences and the purpose of the plants, whether they are for shade, color, privacy, or aesthetic appeal.

#4.  Plant Growth At Maturity: When selecting plants as part of your landscape design, we must consider how they will grow and how big they will be at maturity. Your landscape 2, 3, or even 5 years down the road will change as your plants grow.  This is an important design detail we need to consider to ensure that the plants do not outgrow their designated spaces or become an obstacle for maintenance in the future.

#5.  Hardscaping: Hardscaping, which includes features such as patios, walkways, and retaining walls, can be an integral part of your landscape design. We must consider the function and aesthetics of these features and how they will fit into the overall design.

#6.  Softscaping:  Softscaping is all of the softer, natural elements of your landscape.  This could include lawn areas, garden beds, landscape beds, hedges, shrubs, and trees.  Do you want a landscape that is low maintenance?  Do you want a landscape that reduces watering requirements? Or how about natural habitat for local wildlife?  These are factors we need to consider with your landscape design.

#7:  Budget:  We know not everyone likes to talk about their budget but this is critical to getting a great design.  We can design beautiful outdoor spaces but we don't want to provide you with ideas and concepts that are outside of your price range.  If we know and understand your budget we can ensure the options we provide are going to stay within your range.  We don't want to design a landscape that you cannot afford to build.

Design Elements

Design Elements

At GroundSmith, we pride ourselves on offering a comprehensive range of design elements to create your ideal landscape. Each element is chosen to enhance the beauty, functionality, and value of your outdoor space. Here's what we can incorporate into our designs:

Hardscaping Elements:

Paver Patios and Driveways: We design and install durable, attractive, and low maintenance paver patios and driveways, available in various materials and styles to complement your home's architecture.

Walkways: Functional and aesthetic walkways that guide movement through your garden and connect different areas of your property.

Pool Decks: Custom-designed pool decks using materials that are both safe (non-slip) and visually appealing, creating a perfect poolside ambiance.

Retaining Walls: Both functional and decorative, our retaining walls prevent soil erosion, manage water runoff, and add an aesthetic appeal to your landscape.

Natural Stone Features: Incorporation of natural stone elements, such as boulders or rock gardens, adding a timeless and organic feel to your landscape.

Softscaping Elements:

Lawn Areas: Creation of lush, green lawn areas that serve as a foundational element in your landscape, providing open space for activities and enhancing overall aesthetics.

Landscape Beds: Thoughtfully designed landscape beds that include a variety of plants, from annuals and perennials to shrubs and small trees, tailored to Connecticut's climate.

Seasonal Flower Plantings: Colorful and vibrant flower plantings that bring life and color to your landscape throughout the different seasons.

Privacy Hedges: Strategically placed hedges that offer privacy and a natural barrier, contributing to a sense of seclusion and tranquility in your outdoor space.

Ornamental Shrubs and Bushes: Carefully selected ornamental shrubs and bushes that add texture, color, and structure to your landscape, enhancing its year-round appeal.

Water Features and Decorative Elements:

Fountains and Waterfalls: Custom-designed water features, such as fountains and waterfalls, that add a peaceful and soothing element to your landscape.

Fire Pits and Fireplaces: Outdoor fire pits and fireplaces that create a cozy gathering space, perfect for entertainment or relaxation.

Gazebos, Pergolas, and Pavilions: Structures such as gazebos, pergolas, and pavilions that provide shaded areas, enhancing the comfort and usability of your outdoor space.

Lighting: Strategic landscape lighting that enhances the beauty of your outdoor space at night, increases safety, and extends the usability of your landscape after dark.

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Practices:

Native Plant Selection: We prioritize the use of native plants that are adapted to our Central Ohio environment, requiring less maintenance and providing habitat for local wildlife.

Rain Gardens: Implementation of rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff, reduce erosion, and improve water quality.

Our landscape designs are tailored to reflect your personal style and meet the functional needs of your property. With a focus on quality, sustainability, and aesthetics, we ensure that each element we include enriches your outdoor living experience.

The Design Process

Step #1.  Consultation: We will meet with you on your property to discuss your needs, preferences, and budget.

Step #2.  Site analysis: We will conduct a thorough analysis of the site, including its topography, soil type, drainage, and sun exposure.

Step #3.  Design concept: We will create a preliminary 2D or 3D design concept, including the layout of features and the selection and layout of plants.

Step #4.  Design development: We will refine the design concept, taking into consideration any feedback you have.  We want to make sure you're 100% happy with the design before proceeding.

Step #5.  Final design: We will present you with the final design, including a detailed plant list and hardscape specifications which will include the specific types and styles of materials being used.

Step #6.  Installation: Once the design has been approved by you, we will then schedule and oversee the installation of your new landscape.

How Much Does Landscape Design Cost?

This pricing information is only for the design aspect of the project and does not include the actual materials or labor cost

Small Landscape Designs

Smaller Spaces

$150 - $300

This would be for a smaller front or backyard with a few specific hardscape elements such as a patio and pathway and some surrounding garden beds designed.

Medium Sized Landscape Designs

Medium Spaces

$300 - $500

This would be for a medium sized front or backyard along with an outdoor living space, garden beds, seating areas, and a few other minor hardscape or landscape elements.

Large Landscape Designs

Large Spaces


This would be for a larger project including an entire backyard, outdoor living space, retaining walls, garden beds, and more.  This is landscape design for a very high-end, luxury home.

Landscape Designs Can Include

The sky is the limit when it comes to landscape design for your outdoor living space.  We can incorporate any or all of the following elements into your new landscape design.

New Lawn Areas
Retaining Walls
LED Lighting
New Flower Beds
Hot Tub Or Spa
Gazebos & Pergolas
Entertainment Areas
New Trees & Shrubs
Custom Stairs
Garden Beds
Outdoor Firepits
Container Gardens
Built-In Seating
Privacy Fencing
Dry Creek Beds
Edible Gardens

These prices are only ball park figures to give you a rough idea as to what you should expect for the cost of a high-end, true-to-life 3D rendered landscape design.  Your particular landscape design project may vary depending on the site, the specific materials chosen, and the overall scope of work.  If you need a firm price please request a consultation so we can view your potential project, listen to your ideas, and determine the actual scope of work required to complete your design.  After our on-site consultation we'll be able to provide you with a firm estimate to design your new landscape the right way.

Questions About Landscape Design?

We've tried to answer some of the most common questions our customers ask about landscape design.

2D designs are flat, blueprint-style layouts of your landscape plan. They're great for understanding layout and space. 3D designs, however, offer a lifelike visualization of what the final project will look like, including textures, colors, and how the space feels.

Absolutely! We can incorporate existing elements such as trees, structures, or favorite plants into the new design, ensuring a seamless blend of old and new.

In Ohio, sustainable and eco-friendly landscaping trends are gaining popularity. This includes native plant gardens that require less water, natural stone or paver hardscaping, and outdoor living spaces like kitchens and fire pits for year-round enjoyment.

Yes, strategic landscape design can enhance privacy. We use elements like fencing, privacy hedges, and strategically placed trees and shrubs to create a natural barrier while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your property.

The time to create a landscape design plan varies based on the project's complexity. For most residential projects in Ohio, it can take anywhere from a 7-10 days. This allows us to thoroughly understand your needs and carefully plan each detail.

Absolutely! Your feedback is crucial. After presenting the initial design, we welcome your input and will make revisions to ensure the plan meets your vision. We typically allow for a set number of revisions within the project scope to refine the design to your satisfaction.

Several factors influence material choice: aesthetic preferences, maintenance requirements, durability, and budget. In Ohio, we also consider the local climate and the material's ability to withstand seasonal changes.

In landscape design, flexibility is key. If unexpected challenges arise, such as site constraints or material availability, we communicate these promptly and provide alternative solutions. Our experience allows us to adapt and find creative ways to overcome such challenges.

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