Selected as one of Inc. Magazine’s “Winning Workplaces” for our open-book management and innovative employee development, A Yard & A Half Landscaping is a landscaping company committed to sustainable and organic practices. Our mission is to design, build, and maintain beautiful and healthy outdoor spaces that enrich the lives of our co-workers, clients, and community. A Yard & A Half Landscaping has been designing, installing and maintaining Boston-area landscapes since 1988.
The landscape structures and stonework we install are meant to last. If for some reason they don’t, we replace, repair, or redo them at no additional cost to you. We call that our “Guarantee & A Half” — a serious, satisfaction-guarantee you can believe in.
A Yard & A Half Landscaping designs, installs, and maintains sustainable plantings, hardscapes, landscape lighting, and habitat ponds. We offer organic landcare & horticultural maintenance, tree care, hand-pruning, and garden mentoring. We provide environmentally sensitive solutions to drainage, rainwater recapture, urban & rooftop gardening, and the changing needs of families and communities throughout the lifecycle.
Our maintenance division serves Newton, Watertown, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Wellesley, and Lexington. Our design and landscape construction divisions serve residential and municipal clients in greater Boston, but we do travel for special projects.
A Yard & A Half Landscaping is a design/build/maintain landscaping company founded by Eileen Michaels in 1988. Over the years, she grew the company to a place in the top 15% of U.S. landscaping companies and the top 3% of all women owned companies by annual sales. Eileen accomplished this by by guaranteeing all of A Yard & A Half’s work and investing in her employees. In preparation for her retirement, she offered the employees the chance to buy the company, and we incorporated as a worker-owned cooperative. The company has historically operated with open books, shared profits with employees, and involved employees in decision-making, so the cooperative model is a natural step for us.
A Yard & A Half Landscaping Cooperative, Inc. was formed in 2013 to preserve and continue to develop a locally-owned, safe, just, and democratic workplace in an industry where workers often face exploitation, wage theft, and hazardous working conditions. Participation in the cooperative is a financial and career investment, not just a job. Worker-owners participate in professional development, learning transferable skills and creating economic growth and self-sufficiency. We also share in the profits of our labor, allowing us to reinvest in our own communities and families.
We are fully-insured, pay into workers compensation and unemployment, and offer excellent benefits and compensation to retain the best workers. Because we love what we do, we’re certified in various fields within our industry. We’re Master Gardeners, Massachusetts Certified Horticulturists, Massachusetts Certified Landscapers, ICPI Certified Concrete Pavers, and NOFA-Accredited Organic Landcare Professionals. We are always seeking new additions to our team of energetic, creative, responsible, caring people. Click here for more about employment/ownership opportunities.