Landscaping Testimonials in Arlington Heights:
Rooney Landscape








I am writing this testimonial because I feel that it is strongly deserved by Dave Rooney and his team.  We had initially hired another landscaping company to re-do our patio with pavers and address a drainage and grading issue in the back yard.  My husband and I quickly realized that the company we hired was not going to be able to meet our needs and expectations.

In a panic, I called Rooney Landscaping.  I had heard that they are a state of the art landscaping company, but I didn’t call them because I knew that they would be more expensive.  I spoke with Anne on the phone.  She was super nice and she took the time to listen to our story.  She contacted Dave and he came to our house that same day!

Dave literally came in like Superman and saved our project and our sanity!  He took over and had his highly qualified team finish the project the way it should have been done in the first place.  The quality of work was evident from the very beginning.  After our lovely patio was completed, the drainage and grading issues were addressed.  Rooney Landscaping buried our sump pump pipe and two down spouts that were an issue.   It’s a beautiful thing not seeing puddles of water in our yard! 

The point of this testimonial is that Dave is not only a professional at his job, but he is true to his word, on time and an overall nice person to work with.  Although their work is a bit pricey, the quality of the work more than makes up for it.  We got what we paid for and had a very positive outcome.  Dave treated our home like it was his own.  We can’t thank him enough! He and his crew really exceeded our expectations! 

V.L. (10/10/17)


This is our second year working with Rooney Landscaping and we have been very pleased with the care and consideration for the customer as well as the attention to detail provided by Dave and his staff. The landscaping crew, led by Abel, is always a pleasure to work with. They are knowledgeable and very professional. Our front and backyards are stunning and we continually receive complements from our neighbors about our beautiful flowers! We are excited to work with Abel and his crew next year as we continue to enhance our gardens.

Thank you!
Laura Larson-G. (7/7/17)


Dear Dave and all your crew at Rooney Landscaping,

Ruth and I wanted to tell you how happy we are with the recent planting/transferring/sodding your men, especially Sabino and Antonio, did this past month.   Everything looks beautiful, in large part because of the skill and care of Sabino and Antonio.  Not only we they efficient, but they left our yard, Patio, walkways, etc. clean and free of any debris.  In addition, they helped us set-up/program our sprinklers to ensure proper watering of the plantings while we were away on vacation soon after.  Everything looks great.  Please accept our thanks.

Ruth and Rich B. (8/28/15)


I know we aren't done with the project yet, but I just want you to know how thrilled we are by the work that Caesar and Francisco are doing here. They are such hard workers who always have a sunny joyful attitude. They are a joy to have around.

Karen D. (6/1/15)

We just wanted to let you and Dave Rooney know what a great group of guys you have working for you.  Cesar and Francisco are extremely hard workers.
And they always have a smile on their face!  They really like what they are doing! We can't get over what these two have been able to accomplish.  Our yard looks amazing!!
This has been an amazing transformation and the process has been flawless!!
Thanks again and we look forward to the transformation to continue in the future!

Russell and Shaun C . (5/18/15)



The two guys who worked on our front and back yards today were outstanding.

They made an extra effort to keep leaves from blowing in the pond and they cleaned out any that did.

They also cleaned out leaves from the bird bath and they did a great job edging and getting rid of dead stuff.

We have never been unhappy with a Rooney crew and it looks as if this year will be another good one.

Ed (4/11/15)


Just want to let you know of the great job that your guys did last week with the landscaping project at our house. They did a great job, thanks

Aaron F. (11/3/14)


We just wanted to let you know that we are very pleased with the project you just completed at our home. Your crew worked exceptionally hard on a difficult job. They were always kind enough to take the time to explain what they were doing and how the drainage system was going to work. It works well and looks great! We are particularly grateful for the professionalism and dedication of your workers. Thank you!

Tom & Christine S. (8/1/14)



It was nice chatting with you this morning but I am really sending this note to commend you on the guys who are putting the stone in our  yard.  It's 6:30 now and they have been working virtually non-stop -- especially the guy who actually does the cutting and laying the brick.

I have been watching off and on and I know that is heavy work, it was a hot day, and the dust is incredible.  But he is a perfectionist and we will be very happy with the results.

I did tip both guys but I thought  you should know that these guys are great members of the Rooney team.

Ed (7/6/14)




My wife and I were outside this weekend looking at our new landscape design that you installed May of 2013 and were just amazed on how beautiful everything looks. We get compliments all the time from neighbors and complete strangers.  We also love the design that you and did this spring on our back yard. We would not think to have anybody else but you to work on our yard. Thanks again.

Regards, John and Maribeth L.  Mount Prospect





Your guys, again, were remarkable. John made sure that every plant that was disturbed by the project was used and transplanted. I was impressed because I hate not using what we have already invested in. We felt that he really understood us and was a good steward with our money. It was nice to see Abel again and that made me feel an even greater sense of confidence in the project. He was able to manage the typical "Mario" demands and requests throughout the work process, and did so with a smile. It was interesting to see your guys phenomenal work ethic when compared to other workers. They did a fantastic job with the an landscape and compared to xxxxxxxxx guys, well there is no comparison. The other guys couldn't wait to take their breaks and lunch. And even through they didn't finish the job they were packing up as soon as they could to head out for the day at 300. Your guys never leave a job undone or a jobs site blemished if more time was needed. Plus they hand watered everything they planted and then some. They even watered Claudia's baskets and pot - all of them, and there are a lot of them! They stayed late each day and showed no signs of being aggravated or they had somewhere else to be. This included Friday evening as they waited for the mowing team to come  back so that they could finish behind them. I've said it before and I'll say it again, your people are the best and please let them know. I love hearing someone in my house say, "Dad, Rooney's here."

Let me know when you have time for that glass of wine. 

Thanks so much,

 Mar (6/4/14)

 PS the peonies that you planted nearly 20 years ago for me as my Mother's Day gift for Claudia just popped again this morning.   






Thanks for scheduling the big red trucks at 106 S Belle Ave last Friday and today. Great to see Abel again. He and I guessed it was two years ago since he was here. Another terrific Rooney guy is Abel, as was Armando and a third guy whose name I didn't get. They worked very nicely with Barbara.

And Barbara. My oh my. She is awesome. Has great ideas and can change on the fly when the nursery can't get the stuff she wanted by today. And her designs and approaches have us in awe. Our yard has never looked this good.

I didn't realize until Barbara left that the four planters for our back patio haven't arrived. I hope they are still on the agend and will be delivered soon.

We love the big red trucks, the Rooney guys, Barbara, and of course the guy who keeps it all going, Dave Rooney.

Tom S.(6/2/14)


Dave: We wanted to thank you on the nice job you did on our yard. The crew that you sent out was very polite and helpful. They made sure everything was ok before they left. Thank again. John and Maribeth L. (6/1/14)


Jon and John

The work done at our home last week turned out
beautifully. We cannot say enough about the two crew members that performed
all the work : great guys, extremely professional and friendly, and the
quality of their great work was clearly evident. Please ensure Dave Rooney
receives this feedback - we could not be more pleased.

Jason R. (5/26/14)


To whom it may concern,

I just wanted to send a special note to thank Herardo and Tino for the amazing job they have done on our front steps.  They worked so hard, through good weather and rain, and did a beautiful job cutting, and fitting the bluestone to cover our front cement stairs.    It looks absolutely perfect!

Both of them  were always willing to answer questions, smiled a lot, worked hard,  and never complained when they had to move things so we could come and go out of our driveway.  They were there on time, and always cleaned/straightened things up before they left each day.

Just wanted to let you know what wonderful workers they have been on our job, and what a pleasure we have had working with them.

Thank you for the WONDERFUL work they have done for us


Jean and Larry K. (5/20/14)



As usual your crew did an amazing job on the dry river bed.  It looks
fantastic.  Although I am not looking forward to the next 5 inch rain -
it will be interesting to see it in action.

Barb F. (8/9/13)


Dear Dave and John,

My husband and I are thrilled with the final project. The workmanship of the crew was evident to the finest detail. We had an inaugual party last Saturday night and our guest loved what they saw and the experience it gave them. The crew of Sabino, Anthonio, Angel and Daniel worked tirelessly to complete the project in the time frame we requested. It is obvious they care about their work and that must mean that you care about them! It was a pleasure to work with you both and the crew. We will without a doubt recommend your company to others and will not hesitate to call with future needs.


Lynne and Bill L. (7/16/13)


Hi Dave & John,

Judy and I want to express our gratitude for your efforts to make our home look the best it has ever looked in the 42 years that we have lived here. You are both very professional and great to work with.

Adam's crew finished the plant replacement on Thursday and it is perfect. We are both thrilled with the plants John suggested and that you were able to find our first choice.

We are very happy that we went with the large flagstone walkway rather than grass. It really adds to overall impression of our home. Savino (Sabino?) and Jose were very meticulous in the placement of the walkway and we are amazed at how well  it turned out.
Everyone who has seen it admires the overall results and you inspired me to get to work on the rest of the landscaping and patio repair that needed to be done.

You may rest assured we will be suggesting you both whenever we have the chance to influence anybody who wants to improve their landscaping.

                                                          Thanks a million!

                                                          Bud & Judy U. (6/24/13)


Dave & John, Sharon and I wanted to thank you both. What an awesome job you and your staff did in transforming our yard. the brick work and landscape is off the charts. I would also be remiss if I did not mention how hard your team worked while at our house. They were courteous and professional the entire time. Thanks again! We look forward to enjoying our yard for years to come!

Stephen G. (6/23/13)



Dave and John and your whole crew,
I am a little late with this, but I wanted to give you all a big THANK YOU for the BEAUTIFUL job you all did with our front yard landscaping. We are so very happy with how it turned out. I told Dave the other day that people walking by stop and tell me how great it looks (they see me outside dutifully watering, John!)

I am sorry I couldn't be there myself during the installation, but I gotta tell you that coming home from some long days in the hospital with my mom to pull up into my driveway and see such an incredible transformation --- it was awesome. Gave me a huge smile. I can't thank you enough.

We are so happy with the entire job(s) - front and back.  Your creativity, communication, workmanship and clean up are all first class. We couldn't be happier!

Judy and Mike (6/6/13)


Despite project, rain, irrigation, gate conduit & stump delays, overall the project went pretty smooth. I would like to thank you both for your care and attention to our project. I would also like to recognize the good work by Ben and his crew who kicked this project off. Abel and his crew were outstanding and really treated this project as if it was their own. Lastly, many thanks to Juan for supply and equipment support.

JT (6/5/13)



Wow!  You really meant it when you said "as soon as possible."  The guys were here early this morning and, as always, did excellent work. I always admire how professionally they do their job,   Thanks for making it happen.

Mary W. (5/29/13)



“The Garden of Eden.”
“Your yard is gorgeous.”
“Do you spend every hour you can out there?”
“It is so beautiful!”
“Did you get a chance to see Mario and Claudia’s backyard?”

These are a handful of the responses that we received about our landscaping, and the backyard specifically, over the weekend. I cannot thank Doug and Caesar enough for replacing the sod edging, laying the mulch, and installing all of the plants that Claudia and I purchased last week. It should come as no surprise to you and your wonderful team of colleagues that people said these things when they saw our yard. Those reactions came because of Doug and Cesar.

A few weeks ago Doug walked the landscape with me. He listened, asked clarifying questions, took detailed notes and photographs, and sent his ideas with “photo-shopped” images of plant suggestions into the pictures of my yard. He worked with me through a few iterations of the proposal that ultimately resulted in the first proposal for mulch, and replacing the sod edge installed last year that was inadvertently cut back during spring cleanup. Doug was gracious because my satisfaction is what mattered most, not whether or not a sale was made by him. Plus, he went beyond his role and responsibility, and took on the servicing function of the landscaping, never hesitating or giving any impression of “that’s not my job.” His representation of what “Rooney” means became more evident later.

Last Monday, Claudia and I went to the Home Depot and purchased our plants for this year, increasing the number of perennials as we do every year. We planned to installed them ourselves over the week to prepare our yard for Prom pictures this Friday, and wedding photos for our daughter Jane on 6/22. Unfortunately, the need to have our yard look immaculate became immediate. Last Wednesday morning Claudia’s Mom died. There was no way that we could complete the planting while planning a funeral and preparing for out of town guests to stay with us. So, in a bit of desperation, I got in touch with Doug.

In the truest sense the meaning of client service, Doug worked hard to help us, and said he would do whatever he could to take care of us. Even though he couldn’t commit to getting the plants installed on that day or next, he promised that everything would be finished on Saturday – the day before the visitation, funeral, and reception of nearly 75 people at our home. He and Caesar made this happen, even though bad weather stuck its big nose into a couple of days last week that would ordinarily push the work back a few days. But this was not an ordinary situation, and “Rooney” is not an ordinary company. Doug came out with Caesar’s crew, and patiently walked around with me to identify where everything should be planted, and confirm all that needed to be done. I made sure that I found Caesar and said hello because we go back over the years. He greeted me with that huge, wide Caesar smile, and happy eyes. Considering the personal situation I was in, that meant more to me than usual. At that point my heart rested, I took a breath, and knew that “Rooney” was coming through for us, again, and at the most important time ever.

The visitors to our home, nearly one hundred over the weekend and reception after the funeral, almost everyone remarked about the beauty of our landscaping and how that must be a place of rest for us. That is definite, now more than ever.

Dave, you all know that I can be a very difficult and demanding client. I am very picky. I am quite particular about my landscaping. Claudia said it has become more so over the past few years since I retired from my disabilities, and the dozen hospital stays and four emergency surgeries the last two years. She is right when she says that it may be one of the few things I can have some control. I’m not sure that I control anything, but am sure that when we I needed your help more than any other time in our relationship over the past 18 years, you u delivered, led by Doug, and Caesar.

“Dad, Rooney’s here” never sounded as good as it did last Saturday. And “Rooney” helped us this past weekend. Marilyn loved our backyard, the landscaping, and sitting there enjoying a cold beer, or a nice glass of white wine, eating, laughing, barbequing. You helped make that happened.

Now we will celebrate Anthony’s Prom. He, like his two older sisters, asked to have pictures taken at our house because of the beauty of the landscaping. That is this Friday evening. Plus, we will celebrate one of life’s most beautiful and reassuring moments in a few weeks. On Saturday, June 22nd, Jane will be married uptown at First Presbyterian Church, and wants to come here after the service to take pictures in “her backyard.” As I think about being a father and of all the images that I’ve had over the past twenty five years, having a beautiful yard to capture life’s great moments like dances, and ultimately a wedding, will become reality. I am really glad and reassured when I hear, “Dad, Rooney’s here!”

Thanks again for all that you’ve done for us, and me. “The Garden of Eden” it is. Please send along this letter to your team as you see fit. I’d like them to know how we feel.

Mario (5/28/13)



Dave, We were very excited when John Fitzgerald called a couple of weeks ago and said your workers would be arriving the following Monday to start the landscaping of our yard. Sabino and his crew arrived early Monday morning and labored into the early evening on Tuesday to complete the job. As before your staff worked extremely hard to provide us with a fantastic new yard. What great guys they are: friendly, hard working in the extreme, anxious to please plus they do the work the right way. No shortcuts here. So thanks to John Fitzgerald, Sabino and his group of workers, and you, of course, for employing and leading such great people. Jody just sits outside and exclaims how much she loves it all! That pleases me very much of course and it no doubt makes you happy as well. Thanks again for the great work.

Frank S. (5/28/13)


I have had many years of working with landscape firms. The Rooney team is the benchmark. Their passion for excellence and commitment to customer satisfaction is inspirational.


Jody and I wanted to express our delight in the work that was done at our house over the last week. Ben and Tino exhibited not only great skill and patience but were willing to put in a very long day making sure everything was done right. This is particularly important because the cost of replacing poor quality brick work is high. Furthermore they were very accommodating in answering our questions and exhibited a positive approach in everything they did. Ben and Tino personified a high level of professionalism which reflects well on themselves and your company as well. Likewise

Sabino and Jose did a great job of taking out all the old landscaping, preparing the beds, planting new bushes, flowers, and trees plus installing the new drainage system. This demanding physical labor was performed with good humor, skill and dedication. They worked extremely long and hard making certain that everything was done correctly. Along the way our questions and concerns were patiently addressed in a timely manner. Similar to the above, Sabino and Jose were true professionals in every sense of the word. Thanks again to everyone for your great work in making our yard more attractive.

Frank S.

Dave, just a note to tell you that I am so pleased with the Hardscape crew, Ben and Dino, who worked on my patio today and yesterday. They were diligent, careful workers and always seemed to have "a job well done as a top priority". The work was at times demanding and required precise team work and they seemed always up to the task. I was also struck by how respectful they were to each other in their tone and actions. They were always courteous and pleasant to me and gratiously accepted my comments and requests. They were at all times great representatives for Rooney Landscaping.

Tana H.

Dave, We have lived in our home for 25 years and have taken great pride in our landscaping. We've endeavored to do much of it ourselves and have always employed quality, professional help when we couldn't. That said, our yard has NEVER looked as beautiful as it does today. Rolando and crew did an amazing job! I wish you could see it -- it looks like a park! it looks like the grounds at the White House. I felt badly the guys had to work on a Sunday but please pass on my thanks.

Sincerely, Bill N.

Dave and Cyndi, We just wanted to thank you for the work done on our yard. We absolutely love it and will be enjoying it for years to come. Please thank Abel and his crew for all of their work. What a fantastic group! They were so conscientious, helpful, and kind. We were very impressed with the work they did. I know that John had them working later on Tuesday so that when I came home from my business trip I would see the completed garden and I thank them for staying to complete it. Dave, you are very lucky to have men like that working for you, as we are sure you know. On a related note, we are very pleased to have Rooney taking care of our yard. We have worked with others in the past and your business is set apart from all the others when it comes to customer service. Kudos to Cyndi.

All out best, Tom and Robin S.

Hi Dave – I am writing you as our Paver Project will be completely finished this afternoon and I wanted to advise you regarding the “team” you put on our job. Ben (the foreman) and his constant right hand man (Dino) were Absolutely Fabulous!!! They were prompt, hardworking, polite, and cleaned up spotlessly at the conclusion of each day. Their craftsmanship was tremendous – the mix of old and new pavers and the time and attention to detail they put into our project is highly commendable, especially in this day and age when quality of work is not considered as important as quantity of work. Dave, we couldn’t be happier that we decided to have Rooney Landscape reconstruct our original front walk and pave the front porch at the same time. I highly recommend these two employees and would welcome anyone to come and see the finished product as you continue to quote on future jobs of this sort.

Thanks so much for everything! Kit & John


Thanks so much!  It is so refreshing to work with such a genuinely honest and direct business owner.

Enjoy the sunshine today!

~Brittany C



·With the kids going back to school, I am hearing a lot of compliments on our new patio.  One neighbor said, "My husband said when he saw your patio, we should have used Rooney". 

I thought you might like to hear that one.  Have a good weekend.

Stephanie W.

Our first day back began with bright sun, a temporary momento in our trees from past students, and beautiful new landscaping to welcome our students back. And so we begin!

The property looks phenomenal.  Thank you for sending me the list of the crew who put their muscles and hearts into this transformation.  I will get letters to you and Dave and soon as I am able to get them translated.  I will let you know as soon as I do when that will be.

We are only as good as the people who support our mission, and in the case of Rooney Landscaping, you have the finest people supporting you.  As I watched them each day, it was inspirational to view those who take pride in what they do.  I hope to be able to communicate to them on behalf of the school administration, families and students that what they have done not only is making a positive impact in the lives of others, but providing inspiration to others to be the best they can be each and every day.

Saint Viator High School

· I just wanted to say how impressed my husband and I were with your crew today.  I know one gentleman was Caesar, and I didn't get the other's name.  But they were so professional, pleasant, helpful, diligent and knowledgeable that I can't say enough about them. 

They had suggestions about future improvements; were very quick (and quiet!) in dispatching some really ugly growth; knowledgeable about what to keep and what to get rid of, and were very diligent in searching out the bad stuff; did really nice work in edging out the beds and creating holding borders; and were careful of some poor cyclamen that were trying to grow amidst the debris they were clearing out of the back, standing them back up so they can flourish again.

You know when someone is "putting in the time" and when someone cares.  These two could have been working in their own yards they were so conscientious.

And through all that, they were so nice and so courteous they were a pleasure to work with.  I hope we can schedule more work in the future, and I really hope we can have the same crew back again.

Marion B


·....just wanted to say the men have done a GREAT job at our home so far. 

We're very pleased and we want the workers to know it if you could pass it along to them. 

Heather T


I can't thank enough all of the crew at Rooney for the wonderful job that you did with the Spring clean-up and mulch application at our home last Friday.  Nothing could have been better than to arrive home at the end of a very long day and week and see our yard looking so beautiful. What a special treat!  I even said to my husband that I don't need anything else for Mother's Day as this is the best present ever.

Again, thank you to everyone for all of your hard work and dedication. 

You are the best, and it shows in the pride you all take toward your work.

Ruth B



By the way, they did an excellent job.  We, my wife and I, were very pleased.

Brad S.



I spoke to Dave the next day and told him what a wonderful job they did.  It’s always pretty simple to do a major job but to me whats more important is when I need service.  You and Dave have been wonderful to us and I will always recommend Rooney Landscape when anyone asks who did our patio. 

Thank you for following up!!

Dawn L


·Angel and his helper did a very nice job repairing our door stoop.

Gary D.



·    ...just wanted to tell you, how pleased l was with what the crew did today, it was the 1st time this season, that l felt like the landscapers came & the grass, the cut out areas & my garden off of the patio looked like they had been given some extra T.L.C. that is the way it should have been all summer, one thing compliments the other & it showed today, Thanks Again for following up on this.                                                  

Eva L



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