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:

For our customers who require landscape installation, we provide dedicated landscape design services. Our design services include walkways, paths, and hardscapes, landscape lighting, retaining walls, planters, perennial gardens, and more. Visit our Landscape Design Page to learn more!

Better View Landscapes provides full-service installation for hard and softscapes, trees, paths and walkways, lighting, retaining walls, perennial beds, and more. With decades of experience in landscape design and installation, we will quickly and efficiently create a gorgeous landscape that you will love to come home to every day. Visit our Landscape Installation Page for more information!

In addition to horticultural knowledge, the experts at Better View have a wealth of design and installation experience that makes us uniquely suited to install outdoor living areas, including firepits, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, built-in grills, patios, and so much more. Take a look at our Outdoor Living Page to find out more!

We know that a beautiful landscape requires ongoing care and attention, which is why we offer personalized landscape maintenance plans. Our plans are specifically tailored to meet the particular needs of each property, including garden beds, fine gardening, tree and shrub pruning, seasonal cleanup, and trimming, among many others. Visit our Landscape Maintenance Page to view our full selection of maintenance services.

Our quality lawn care plans will keep your lawn looking lush and healthy. We provide a host of tailored lawn care services, including mowing, aeration, fertilization, hydroseeding, overseeding, turf care, and complete lawn renovations. See our Lawn Care Page to learn more!

We understand that commercial properties must look professional and clean at all times. We help smaller commercial properties and property managers, who value a higher level of care, attain a polished aesthetic. Our commercial landscaping services include commercial landscape installation, maintenance, irrigation, and snow removal.

Gutter cleaning is an efficient, cost-effective way to prevent a lot of headache and hassle. This should be done at least twice a year, though your gutters may require more frequent cleanings if you tend to get more build-up of leaves and other debris throughout the year.

At Better View Landscapes we offer residential and commercial snow plowing, roof ice and snow removal & plowing, salting and de-icing, snow blowing, and more. We put our dedicated team and top-of-the-line equipment to work all season long to ensure your driveway and sidewalks are clear, safe, and usable.

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!

ToryOwner/Lead Designer
Tory J. Chlanda…. Tory’s primary role is sales and designing the beautiful outdoor spaces our team builds and maintains.. Tory really enjoys meeting with clients to assist with their landscape needs. He is often found checking in on crews at the various projects around the Valley seeing his designs come to life.

About Tory: He has been designing stunning landscapes from as close as his native Massachusetts to as far away as the Tuscan hills of Italy (ask him about it, it’s a cool story and project).

Intimately acquainted with plants, water, stone, wood, and the combination of natural and human-designed elements, Tory specializes in landscapes that tap into the land’s natural power and create a positive transference of energy to the people who walk on it and observe it. He coaxes the landscape to reveal its power, beauty, and completeness in ways that fulfill the senses without overloading them – that maintain scale and proportion.

Tory is thoroughly comfortable with both traditional and contemporary, rustic/natural and polished, open, and woodsy designs. He is grounded in traditional materials such as granite, period brick, and iron gates-and has a skilled designer’s eye for what will work well in a particular landscape.

He’s been featured in Landscape Construction Magazine, New England Home Magazine, Living Spaces Magazine, along with other publications.

The son of a geologist and a science and math teacher, Tory has been playing with plants, watercourses, and ecosystems his whole life. Even as kids Tory and his brother would create “water features” in their parents yard

He is an avid skier and can often be found on the slopes of Berkshire East teaching his 2 girls how to ski or out in Colorado and Utah seeking out deep powder. He also enjoys hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with his wife Lauren, two daughters, the family Mini Dachshund, Lilly, and 11 chickens.

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.

Amherst, MA Landscape Employment

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.

Amherst, MA Landscape Employment

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.

About Derrah

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!

K. Labianca, Google Review

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

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!