Since Better View Landscapes’ establishment in 1995, we have worked to enhance the natural beauty of the Northampton area by providing quality lawn care and landscaping services. With friends and family throughout the Pioneer Valley, Better View Landscapes is committed to enhancing the value of homes and businesses throughout the area. As landscape contractors experienced in design, installation, and maintenance, we understand that every property is different. We work closely with each customer to create unique landscapes to complement your outdoor space, using a variety of local plants and premium materials. With more than 25 years of experience with the local climate, moisture, and soil, we are capable of creating enduring landscape designs that will look stellar in every season.
Contact the experts at Better View Landscapes to learn more about our selection of landscape design, installation, and maintenance services.
Reliable Full-Service Landscape Contractors in Northampton, Massachusetts
In addition to landscape design, we provide a variety of landscaping services for our customers in Northampton, Massachusetts. With decades of hands-on experience in landscape design, installation, and maintenance, we are committed to offering superior service. Our comprehensive line of services includes:
To learn more about our extensive selection of landscaping services, visit our Services Page!
Leading by Example: Meet the Owner
In 1995, owner and lead designer Tory Chlanda and a high school friend started a lawn mowing service with a few push mowers and a 1984 Ford ranger (bandaid in color) truck. That company, named Lawn Jockey, Inc., was the seed that sprouted our current company, Better View Landscapes. The transformation of the company into Northampton’s premier full-service landscaper is the result of decades of hard work and dedication. Throughout college, Tory kept Lawn Jockey up and running (driving 3+ hours to and from school), constantly providing local property owners with reliable maintenance services and high-quality lawn mowing. While studying business, Tory received direct mentoring from Master Landscape Designer Gordon-Fletcher Howell. On his quest to learn everything he could about landscaping, Tory traveled the world, gaining extensive horticultural knowledge and hands-on design and installation experience.
After 25 years of growth and experience, Tory updated the company’s name to Better View Landscapes, which he felt was more consistent with the company’s expansive service offerings and mission of creating better views for homeowners and commercial properties. While serving customers throughout the Pioneer Valley, Better View Landscapes has earned a reputation for quality landscaping services and professional integrity. We strive to create stunning, timeless landscapes that you will appreciate for years to come.
Meet the Better View Team!
Rich | Landscape Construction Foreman
Rich… a native of Deerfield Ma, joined the Better View Landscapes Team in 2010. As our Lead Construction Foreman he has been behind each one of our construction and design projects in that time. He admires the beauty of nature and genuinely enjoys being outside and working with his hands. Trained by Owner Tory Chlanda he is a skilled stonemason and enjoys putting his touch on every job he does. Rich has acquired a variety of industry achievements and certifications. Rich ensures that all construction projects are executed to perfection and our team is compliant with all safety regulations and standards. Rich is cool, calm, and collected, and those traits further enhance his great attention to detail. In his free time, Rich enjoys watching sports (Go Pats) and enjoying the great outdoors.
Eric | Lawn Care Team Lead
Eric… joined the Better View Landscapes Team in 2015. He is our Lawn Care Team Lead and he also takes the lead for all repairs to equipment and company vehicles in the shop. He is our go-to staff member when it comes to any job requiring a chainsaw. Eric is very skilled in the use of a chainsaw and is always up for a challenge. He is a certified pesticide applicator, which means your lawn will be in good hands. Eric is personable, outgoing, and friendly. Off-Season, he really does look forward to executing our snow removal services and can always be counted on during those brutal winter storms. He loves to work outside and enjoys the flexibility of seasonal work which allows him to spend time with his family and kids. Some of his favorite activities are fishing, snowboarding, video games, and eating BBQ.
Ken | Head Gardener
Ken….Is Passionate (to say the least) about plants and shares this through teaching and working within the green industry. He is so passionate that he made the decision to become a Massachusetts Certified Gardener and is very active with the WMMGA community. Ken loves getting in the soil and teaching others that soil is fun.
Ken’s overall role here at BVL is to maintain the high-quality care our customers expect for their Pioneer Valley homes. He does this by building and executing customized care plans for our maintenance clients. Ken is responsible for teaching and training our Maintenance division staff (something he loves to do) communicating best practices, proper pruning techniques, etc. Ken will be directing our teams and keeping them up-to-date on our client properties’ needs, ensuring his staff has what they need day-to-day. Ken is also responsible for tagging and selecting plant material at the many nurseries we work with along with making perennial orders for our planting installations.
Derrah | Office Manager
We LOVE Derrah, and you will too! Derrah wears multiple hats here, assisting in organizing crews, developing schedules for staff, accounts payable/receivable and provides customer service to all of our clients. She uses her positive attitude and energy to encourage others to work hard and succeed making her an ideal fit for her role here. In her free time, Derrah enjoys gardening, deep-sea fishing, sewing/crafts, singing, and researching her genealogy.
Derrah has 20+ years of experience working alongside executive teams in a variety of business industries including one of the country’s largest landscape companies The Brickman Group. Derrah specializes in production operations management, progressive technology, effective process control, quality customer service, contract management, budget control, and office management (awesome right?!). She enjoys the satisfaction of organizing processes to peak efficiency and executing them in an effective manner, harnessing the energy throughout the process resulting in A+++ customer satisfaction.
Derrah studied horticulture and business at UCONN and Colorado State University. She graduated from CSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Organizational Management and concentration in Production Operations Management. She was awarded an internship at Agilent Technologies/Hewlett Packard while at CSU which resulted in full-time employment upon graduation. She served on the Board of Directors for APICS and pursued her certification in CPIM.
Derrah also studied technology, communication, and education at the University of Hartford where she graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology. While in school, she earned a membership in the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education for exemplary academic performance.
Testimonials From Our Loyal Customers
Our landscaping services are second to none in New England, but don’t take our word for it! Take a look at our reviews to see what our loyal customers have to say.
I have been using the services of Better View Landscapes for decades. They do a thorough job with seasonal clean ups including removing leaves from a dozen oaks. I especially appreciate the attention to details like cleaning the drains and porch areas. They designed and built a beautiful dry “stream “ of river rocks with lovely flowering plants and bushes and a stunning Japanese maple. The landscape has been very pretty as it matures and acts as drainage on a steep hill as well. They also keep my driveway and walk clear of snow and ice in the winter. I really appreciate how dependable they have been. I highly recommend them.
BVL has taken care of multiple projects for us over the years. They prepped my land for our wedding and also did our beautiful patio and fire pit. We are always impressed with Tory and his staff: organized, respectful and all our projects have turned out great!
We recently moved to the area and decided to continue the service that the previous owner of our home used. The transition has been seamless! Communication is so easy as is the ability to pick and choose services that we need…all done electronically. Billing is also a breeze. All charged to our card on file! But, most importantly, their work is outstanding. Could not be happier to recommend Better View!
Service and quality is excellent! The office staff as well as the lawn service people are very professional, flexible and responsive. You really can’t go wrong!
We are committed to providing immaculate landscaping and exceptional customer service year-round!
Exceptional Landscape Contractors in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Pioneer Valley
After more than 25 years of servicing New England properties, we have a thorough understanding of the area’s unique climate , soils, and moisture, as well as comprehensive horticultural knowledge of local plant life. We are proud to provide exceptional landscape design, installation, and maintenance services to loyal customers in and around the Pioneer Valley. Our extensive service area includes:
Design build services only
- Longmeadow (maintenance coming soon)
- East Longmeadow (maintenance coming soon)
Don’t see your neighborhood? Visit our Service Area page for more details, or contact our office to request service in your area.
A Better Career with Better View
If you are an experienced landscaper with a commitment to safety and an eye for detail, we want you on our team! Better View Landscapes is dedicated to providing customers with beautiful landscapes with meticulous attention to detail. We are seeking responsible employees with a strong work ethic, and experience operating landscaping equipment. We know that happy employees mean satisfied customers, which is why we offer a friendly and safe work environment, comprehensive training courses, quality uniforms and safety gear, competitive pay, and benefits. Visit our Careers Page to learn more about our current job openings.
Unparalleled Landscaping Contractor Services in Northampton, Massachusetts, and the Pioneer Valley
At Better View Landscapes, we are dedicated to providing unique, superior quality landscapes that will last for years. As the local one-stop landscape contractor, we provide a comprehensive array of services, from landscape design and installation to lawn care, seasonal cleanup, tree and shrub trimming, and valuable outdoor living spaces. No matter what your property needs, we have the knowledge and experience to create beautiful and practical landscape installations that you will love. To learn more about our exceptional landscaping services, contact Better View Landscapes today to schedule your free consultation!