C.B. Conlin Landscapes Inc.
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C.B. Conlin Landscapes Inc. has received 5 out of 5 stars (A-rating) based on 98 customer surveys conducted by Best Pick Reports.
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"It's important for each landscape to be designed for the specific needs of your family. Our team of landscape architects provides a personalized design experience to create an outdoor space that's an architectural extension of your home. We care as much as you do about quality results, and what we plan, we install with pride."

C. Barry Conlin, Jr. | Owner
Company Information
Services Offered
C.B. Conlin Landscapes provides landscape design, construction, and maintenance. The company specializes in the turnkey creation of outdoor rooms, including features such as patios, plantings, pergolas, columns, water features, fire features, kitchenettes, and outdoor lighting. C.B. Conlin also offers full-service landscape maintenance.
Minimum Job
C.B. Conlin Landscapes requires a $5,000 minimum for design and installation projects.
Company History
Owner and Illinois Registered Landscape Architect C. Barry Conlin, Jr., founded the local company in 1985.
The company has earned the Excellence in Landscape Award from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) eight times. C.B. Conlin was named Best Landscaper by Naperville Magazine every year from 2009 to 2017.
Areas Served
Aurora, Berwyn, Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, La Grange, Lockport, Naperville, Romeoville, Woodridge, Addison, Batavia, Carol Stream, Elmhurst, Geneva, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Melrose Park, Oak Park, Saint Charles, West Chicago, Wheaton

“They maintained the schedule, excellent at communicating, responded to concerns and questions in a timely fashion, and did what they were supposed to do. I'd give them an A+.”

“They were great, they were professional, they came with great ideas, they are very easy to work with. Carter Conlin in particular, they actually did a patio so they did stone work as well as landscaping work it was actually remodeling, I would definitely grade them an A+. I would definitely recommend them.”

“They've been cutting my grass for ten years. They always show up. In fact, I can always set my clock by the time they're going to be here on Thursday mornings. I like that when it comes to cutting my grass and blowing my leaves, it's all clean for the weekend. All they do is cut the grass. They trim my bushes and they edge around the beds and they do a great job of all of those. I would give them an A+ overall. I would recommend them.”

“They were wonderful. I liked everything. They did a good job and we've used them for the last, probably, five years. They were taking care of the yard and some of the general stuff. I'd give them an A. They did a bang-up job for me. I would recommend them.”

“They just always do quality work. They get an A+.”

“They're always reliable and attentive to detail and I feel like they treat my property as if it were their own. They do an extensive spring cleanup. I don't think I've had them out since May of 2017. I would give the overall experience an A+. I would most definitely recommend them.”

“I liked their vision, their overall approach, and their thoroughness around design ideas. I would grade this company A+ overall.”

“C.B. Conlin Landscapes just followed through with what they said they were going to do, and they got the work done on time. I would give them an A for the entire experience.”

“I had no complaints with them.”

“They just did what I contracted them to do. I'd give them an A.”

“I had a positive experience with C.B. Conlin Landscapes.”

“They are good, I would give them an A.”

“They did quality work. Very flexible with our schedule. They deserve an A.”

“There was no mess and they got it done. C.B. Conlin Landscaping replanted a bush and replaced one that had died. It looked good, no mess, and so no problem. I'd say they're an A.”

“The workers were very good. They were very respectful of the property, they did hard work, and they cleaned up. They did landscaping, and they replaced the sidewalk. They did a great job with planting and putting in new brickwork. The architect was very good. It was a very positive experience. Everyone was very friendly. I would give C.B. Conlin Landscapes an A+ overall.”

“Their flexibility stood out. The timeline for the whole project was laid out, and it was all on time. It was a patio project, which was a three- to four-week project. I would give them an A+ overall.”

“It was landscaping. They were very professional, and their products are great. I would give them an A, and I would recommend them.”

“It was good service. They did landscaping. I would give them the highest rating.”

“They did a lot of work in a short period of time. They did everything from a new driveway, walkway, patio, landscaping, and plating. I would give them an A.”

“They've been doing it off and on for the past year. Carter, the owner, has been the person I've dealt with. He's responsive and he listens to my ideas, and then uses his expertise. We did completely new landscaping in the front of our house and part of our backyard.). Overall, I would give them an A-.”

“I used them for only a couple of months. So I don't remember that well. They did a cleanup and monthly maintenance. I would give them an A. Their quality of work was pretty good.”

“It was good. I think they put some plants in an area in my background. They planted some plants in a certain section around my patio. I would give them an A rating.”

“I would give them all good marks.”

“The carpenter they used was good. They did a pergola. I would give them an A.”

“They did some very basic landscaping and a little bit of hardscaping for us. The quality of their work and their responsiveness stood out to me. From the initial contact time, they were really professional and really good to work with. They get an A from me. I've already recommended them.”

“They did some brick patio work and minor planting. They did quality work; it wasn't shabby at all. I would give them an A.”

“They're very good at their architectural work and their design work. They're prompt, and their follow-up has been very good. They redid our backyard. We're still in the process of getting that done—we had some follow-up work that needs to be done, and we're just trying to schedule it. I would highly recommend C.B. Conlin.”

“They're great. They're very professional, and they know what they're doing. They've done mulching and trimming for me in the past. I heard about them through word of mouth.”

“C.B. Conlin planted a new tree for us. They were very professional and on time, and they gave us advice on our very small job.”

“They did good work. They did exterior landscaping. It was the first time I had used the company, but I would recommend them. I'd give them an A.”

“I'm happy with C.B. Conlin. They deserve an A.”

“We're having them come back again in September to do work in the front. They worked in the back, so we're asking them to do some more in the front. They installed a patio, landscaping, and plants. We're happy with that. Plus, they ran a line for us from the sump pump, and they took care of that problem at the same time. I'd give them an A grade for everything.”

“They did an additional patio extension and some landscaping. They also did some bushes and plants. I liked their customer service, the follow-up, and the quality of work. I went with them because of the same things—I didn't get to see that until the end, but the follow-up interaction and attention to detail were why I chose them. I'd give them a straight A.”

“C.B. Conlin Landscapes is great. I've had them do special work for three to four years. They've done tree replacements and shrub replacements, and they take care of all my garden beds, cut my lawn, and edge. What is wonderful is that I always have the same crew working every week. It's just great, and I'm quite pleased. I would highly recommend them. I'd give them an A+.”

“They dressed up our yard, putting in some plantings and ground cover. We were very happy with the work they did. Barry is extremely pleasant to deal with. If I had more work to do, he would definitely be the first one I'd call. I'd never hesitate to recommend them to anyone. I'd give them an A+ with a smiley face and a gold star.”

“C.B. Conlin is reliable and good—they're excellent. If there's anything you want them to do, they'll do it with a smile—A+.”

“I think C.B. Conlin Landscapes was great. It was excellent work, and I have no complaints.”

“They did some brick paver work for us. The whole experience, from when we first contacted them to the end, was positive. I chose them because they were referred to us by an arborist. Everything is still looking pretty good, so I'd grade them as an A+.”

“They put a paver brick patio in our pergola for us. They had a great crew, and they did what we wanted. The work has held up, and everything is looking all right. I'd give them an A+ all the way.”

“They did some general maintenance around my yard. That particular path needed some sod replaced and just some general cleanup to spruce things up. It was very trouble free and very professional. The gentleman who came out and estimated everything said he would take care of it, and I showed up one day, and it was all taken care of. I would recommend them. They get an A from me; I have no complaints.”

“It was a landscaping job—spring cleanup, installing some new stuff, put in some hardscaping, and stuff like that. They made it easy and came in on budget, so they were good. I would definitely refer them, and I'd give them an A.”

“C.B. Conlin Landscapes did backyard landscaping, a patio, trees, and bushes. They seemed honest and timely, and they will work with the customer. They should get an A.”

“C.B. Conlin Landscapes was fantastic. They did landscaping for us, and they were awesome. They were very personable and very professional, and they gave us really good advice. They get an A+ from us.”

“We were very satisfied with C.B. Conlin. We had them do landscaping around the entire perimeter of the house. They were responsive and polite, and they were involved every step of the way—they're concerned about what you want to get done. I would recommend them to other people. They earned an A.”

“I was happy with the end result of what they did—it was good work. They put in a short wall in front of my house and planted a tree in the backyard. The owner was very nice, and his business has been around for a really long time and has a good reputation. I'd give them an A.”

“They were very quick, and the design just fit perfectly. When we wanted to make some changes, they had no issues with that. It looks beautiful now, and I feel like I got what I paid for. Another couple that attended our church had used C.B. Conlin and told us that they had a very good experience with them as well. We've seen their patio, and we really liked it, so we were pretty confident that we'd get a good job done here. They get the A+ grade from us.”

“It was great—very good. They did everything. They listened to what we wanted, and they came back with a drawing of what they would do. They were flexible with our time; they adjusted to our changing needs and then did the work that we arranged for them to do very professionally. It was done very well. They did some grading, placing a downspout with water underneath, and building a well from the downspout. I'm not good at the technical things, but it was putting in a dry well. They were a referral from a friend of mine who had a lot of work done with them. I'd say they were excellent. I give them an A—no complaints. They came highly recommended, and they did a good job.”

“They did a very quick, very clean, and very neat job. Everything they said they would do, they did. They did some landscaping, and it was an excellent job. I think I found them through word of mouth. Their rating would be an A. I highly recommend them. I was very happy with them.”

“I'll say that C.B. Conlin Landscapes was excellent, and I was very happy with all of their work. They deserve a solid A.”

“I thought their design was outstanding, and they executed the plan. They basically did a landscape design, and then they installed it in our front yard. I chose them just because of reputation, I guess. If I ran the company, I wouldn't change anything. They get an A.”

“C.B. Conlin took down a couple trees for me and planted new ones, and they completed the project in a timely manner. They've done work for me before in the past; this is probably the third time I've used them. I would say they're excellent, and I would recommend them. I would give them the A grade. They did a great job, and I'm really pleased with them. I would use them again.”

“They were extremely professional, and they came in on time and on budget. They did landscaping in about a third of an acre of our backyard, so they did trees, shrubs, and plantings in the deck for us. I chose them because they were local; they were actually right down the street from where we lived. They definitely earned an A. They were a pleasure to work with.”

“They seem to have a lot of good ideas and good landscaping knowledge, and the crews that they send out to do the work seem to do a really nice job and clean up well afterward, which is always good. They've done several things for us—some hardscaping, creating paths, creating new beds, and planting trees. I would grade them an A+.”

“They reach out to you; they're very good about communicating with you about when they'll be out there and what you want. They're also very timely in terms of what they take care of, and the quality of the work is very good. They do monthly maintenance, so we redid both our front and backyard landscaping, and they come and do a large planting for us quarterly during the year. We've been using them for about three years. If I need anything done, I know that I can reach out to them, and they're very responsive. They deserve an A+.”

“C.B. Conlin has good communication; I felt that they kept us informed of the process. The work was done quickly and effectively, and we were pleased with the results. They put a patio in our backyard, and they also did some drainage stuff, put in some sort of mulch, and did some landscaping along the side of our house. I looked around and called them, and to be quite honest, they were the only ones who replied—I think I contacted three or four places. I wouldn't offer any suggestions for their work. I was pleased, so I'd say they're an A.”

“You don't have to really be behind them, I guess. They do what they have to do. Well, they haven't really started anything yet; they've just done general landscaping so far, like cutting the grass and maintaining what we do have. We don't have any other experience yet, but they're going to do some work later. The lawn maintenance has been going on a couple months. I would give them an A for now.”

“They're very professional. The workers they send are very, very good. They delivered what was expected, so we were very happy. They did the paver—the brick for the front yard. The whole thing that they had presented was acceptable to us, and it's not like we qualify ten companies, so if we have another project, we'll definitely give it to them again. We have no complaints. They get an A.”

“I've used them three or four times. Barry is almost a friend. We haven't gone to get drinks or anything like that, but he's been around a long time—as have I—and we hit it off pretty well. He has good suggestions. When I try to change some things, he always talks me out of it, but that's all right. It's always gone well. The last thing he did was a front brickwork patio kind of thing and a front porch. We took an old concrete stoop and made it brick. Then, we redid what he called an outside foyer. He had done one in brick for us, so we modified that using some of the same brick, and we added a little fancier stuff to match the brick on the new stoop. C.B. Conlin deserves an A.”

“I liked the consultation, because we had three different groups come out and talk to us, and we chose C.B. Conlin. We obviously liked the design work, and they did the job and completed it on time and on budget as they claimed they would. They replaced the whole patio and redid the landscaping in the back of the house. It came down to their consultation and design. I'd give them an A.”

“They were thorough, took their time with the design, and did good work. I would say it was a medium-sized job; they did about 500 square feet of patio and then landscaping along the back and front of the house. We had just a couple of questions, and the designer came out to talk with us about them.”

“I think C.B. Conlin is great. They bent over backwards to work me in when they were very busy. It was a larger job; they installed some plantings—some large bushes. I think they did a great job. I'd give them an A+.”

“The customer service stood out, and everything was very well done. They did landscaping for me. My husband knew of Barry; they were acquaintances. I would tell others who asked about our yard to use them. Really, we're pleased. We had a plant that didn't work out—a big tree or bush or whatever—and they gave us several options. They kept trying to do what they could when they couldn't find certain plants we had picked, so I don't have anything negative to say. I would say he earned an A. It was very well done.”

“The project manager was on-site often, and I had a good working relationship with him. They did landscaping and hardscaping with a fireplace and patio. I chose them because of the project manager. I would say they rate an A.”

“C.B. Conlin had good ideas. They were on time and on budget, and they're nice people—easy to deal with. Basically, I had them do a paver walkway. They were referred by the guy who put my pool in. There wasn't anything I wish they had done differently. It was definitely an A job.”

“Things, so far, have gone well. I was afraid that some of the plants that we had planted might not have survived the winter, but they told us that they would replace plants that did not survive. We expect that will happen, but we are very pleased with the job. I'd say C.B. Conlin gets an A-. We just started using them last summer. I would categorize their work as landscape architecture.”

“Scott's awesome. Scott was really responsive to my communications with them and really straightforward with his pricing, and I appreciate that. They did hardscaping around our pool. I actually found them randomly; they had done someone else's hardscaping, and I thought they did a great job. I'll give them an A rating.”

“They did our patio. They got it done within the time frame and at the cost they predicted, and it looks great. It's fine. They moved old landscaping, rerouted drainage lines, and put in a brick patio. It wasn't big; it was small. I heard about them through a recommendation from an architect friend, and they did a great job. They get an A.”

“They did the work they said they were going to do, and it was a big installation. I mean, we have a smaller lot, so it was a big deal for us. We had another company, and we weren't really satisfied with them, so we decided to look elsewhere and selected C.B. Conlin. We're satisfied with them.”

“They were just on top of the things that they said they were going to do as far as being there, and if there were any issues, they got back out there and took care of them right away. I just had some issues with some bricks and stuff, and they came out and fixed them right away. Everything is still holding up, so I'd recommend them. C.B. Conlin was a referral through somebody else. I'd say they get an A-because nothing's perfect.”

“Barry is incredibly talented. He takes a look at the feel of the house and combines it with your desires as a homeowner and his expertise. He and his company just redid the whole front of our house, and it's absolutely spectacular. They deserve an A+.”

“C.B. Conlin did a stamped concrete backyard patio for us, and we're going to be using them again later this spring for some additional landscaping projects. They get an A+. Our landscape designer was fantastic. It was a pleasure to work with him. He had really good feedback and design ideas.”

“They were really responsive to our questions, and they were good about keeping things moving forward. They redid our patio and did some landscaping—putting in plants and rearranging things in our backyard. They did some creative things for us that you don't see often. We're completely happy with it.”

“They're fantastic. He's done a lot of stuff for me. I really like their quality and their follow-up. When they do a job—let's say a ten-day job—every time they leave, it's cleaned up. They're just wonderful—never been disappointed. They're A+.”

“They were excellent. They were very efficient, and they showed up on time. The follow-up was very good. They were very pleasant to deal with. I'd say it was a bigger job that they did for me. They did a very good job. I'd give them an A+.”

“They did hardscaping; they put in brick pavers and a brick wall. I was happy with everything. I'd give them an A.”

“Everything was fine. Everything was good. It was a new-construction house, so they did a complete landscaping package. They're very organized. They scheduled everything right when they said they would do it, and they finished right when they said they would do it. The design came out just like the blueprints indicated. That was one of the reasons we went with them—because of their unique design. They should get an A+.”

“They were great. I have no complaints. They did a wonderful job. They cleaned up. Anytime I call, they spend time on the phone, answering my questions. I was really pleased with the work. They were all very pleasant; the workers were all considerate. I have nothing bad to say at all. They're definitely an A.”

“Everything they've done has held up so far. I liked their attention to detail, and it was a good design. They get an A.”

“It was excellent. It met and exceeded expectations, so it was great. They're neat, and they're clean. If they have a problem, they tell you what it is. Then, you come to a resolution, and you take next steps, so it worked out very well. We had two jobs done this past summer. I'd give them an A+.”

“It went wonderful. I know Barry; he's done work for us in the past, so he's easy to work with. I think the last job he did for us was smaller, and he's done larger projects as well. I've used him for numerous projects. We would give him an A.”

“We used C.B. Conlin for landscaping. They did fabulous work. We had one of the landscape architects come out and redo a huge area.”

“It went really well. They just did some work late last year, and they've done things for a couple of my other clients. All the times, it went very well. The girl I had and the crew that did the work were very professional in everything they did. I've already recommended them to some of my other clients. I'd give them an A+, because everything went perfect, and my customer was very pleased.”

“They were very good. They did a patio, a wall in the patio area, and a path. They really tailored it, too, so that we have a wooded area, and it's really nice. They came back when something wasn't right and fixed it. They were very good to work with. They get an A.”

“It's gone well. They did one large job and one small job. I haven't had any issues so far. We would recommend them to another homeowner. They're an A.”

“I thought their design work was very nice. They've handled my front yard and entryway. There's nothing I would change. I'd give them an A.”

“They're a top-notch outfit. We watched them do some work for a neighbor, and they're detail-oriented. They clean up after. It's good implementation. I don't think they did any design work for us, but what they did was certainly satisfactory. I appreciate when crews leave, and the place looks sort of like what it was when they arrived. With a lot of landscapers, there's a lot of crap out on the street. These guys are pretty tidy and efficient. I'd give them an A.”

“They're doing softscape, because they're resculpting our gardens. They don't do any maintenance work. They're thorough with everything they do. We haven't had any scheduling issues with them. We'd recommend them.”

“Everything worked out fine. I think I've had some experience with landscapers over the years, and I would rate them up at or near the top. We had a project that we did, and they did half of it in the fall; we'll pick up the other half in the spring. I had some issues with tremendous drought last year, so they fixed the lawn. I mean, the lawn really came back right at the end of the year. Whatever they did, they did it right. I had a couple of pine trees that died, and they took those out, and they gave me good recommendation. They said, 'Just wait until spring, and we'll develop a landscape plan to replace what you lost.' I'd give them an A.”

“Their work is terrific—very, very good. I think they're sort of quality focused. I don't think they're cheap, but I think it's a function of quality. I think a lot of people have that point of view of them. I think you can get it done cheaper, but we had patios laid in by them, and for the most part, I think they're as good as we could have expected them without a doubt. They even hooked us up with some folks on how to handle keeping the weeds out of the cracks of the walk and what he recommended worked really well for a number of years; it's, like, a three-year process. He just seems to know stuff; that's all. Quality—I think I got what I paid for. It's a confidence thing; I think that's part of what you pay for too. He designed some of it too. We did some landscaping in the front and patios in the back. Some stuff that we'd planted wasn't working anymore, and the way that he just laid the whole thing out was pretty good. I just wanted to make that point from a design perspective. Give him an A.”

“They were good. I'd use them again. It was a very small job; they just planted some bushes for us. They did a nice job with it. The folks we worked with were pleasant to talk with, and they did everything they said they would do. They delivered on the project. It wasn't really big, but they did a good job. I'd give them an A.”

“They were wonderful. It was a whole, new patio area that they did for us. Carter was just really good to deal with—very accommodating, had good ideas, and just did a great job from start to finish. I haven't had to call them back in regards to that work. They're an A.”

“They did a nice and thorough job. They redid our landscaping. I would say I feel like I got my money's worth. I'd give them an A.”

“C.B. Conlin is local to the Naperville area. I've been using them for a really long time. They do just our cleanup—fall and spring cleanup and all that. The maintenance guy is a little guy on his own. His name is Miguel Castro. He does a lot of people out here all over the western suburbs.”

“They just did lawn maintenance, which is actually a little bit more involved for their company as opposed to other services we've had in the past; theirs is full-on maintenance. As opposed to just cutting the lawn, they would trim bushes, and they did edging every time they came out—collecting any debris and that kind of thing. They did a great job. The lawn looked fabulous all summer and fall. I think they're an A+. They did a beautiful job with our lawn.”

“I've been very pleased. I think they give quality work for the price. They're here when they say they will be, and the service is good. I think it's just really high-quality work. I would say they're an A.”

“They've done a good job. They've done landscaping. Specifically, they mow our lawn, prune our hedges, and also give fertilizer for the lawn. They have excellent communication. Every time I've had ideas about things we wanted to do differently, they've always been very responsive. There's never been an area that they've done anything deficiently in. They've always just been good about getting constructive feedback, and they're always available. They should get an A.”

“They're very professional. They've really kind of redone the whole front of our house, and they've done quite a bit of work in the back to update and improve—replaced some bushes and stuff like that. They've done quite a bit here. If we've ever had an issue with a planting, we call, and they take care of it. They're plants; sometimes, they grow, and sometimes, they don't. We'd give them an A+.”

“We use C.B. Conlin. They do both the landscaping and the maintenance. They have a great attention to detail, and their services are good quality. He did our brick paver drive.”

“We're highly pleased with them. They're excellent. They've done some landscaping plantings, built a retaining wall, and did a lot of irrigation work as far as downspouts underground and outside. Probably, a year or two after the year it was built, it had bulged out or slanted a little bit. We called them, and they came back out and just did it—very ethical. They did it themselves. They're absolutely an A+.”

“Everything they did was perfect. They did our driveway, they did plants and shrubs around the front of the house, and they sort of restructured our walkway. They're A+.”