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Merit Landworks did an incredible job on our landscape project in DC Ranch - Scottsdale. Jamie is very collaborative, but also has very good ideas when you are starting from a clean slate. We had a small space to work with, but maximized the space with both beauty and functionality. In addition, for any post-project maintenance needs I have, Merit is also very responsive and does excellent work. I would highly recommend Merit Landworks for any landscape project you have!


Working with Jamie has been absolutely wonderful! I interviewed 7 landscape general contractors and hired Jamie without hesitation. He was prompt for every meeting we had. He quickly and efficiently answered my calls, emails, and texts. The entire process from discussion to demolition to installation was efficient! Jamie's crew is 5 STAR STELLAR. They are super courteous and respectful. My favorite part about working with Jamie was our collaboration time. He listened to my ideas and visions. He is extremely knowledgeable about the HOA hardscape and softscape regulations, planting materials, irrigation, and lighting installation. Sometimes, Jamie offered suggestions about minor changes to our landscape plans. His tweaks turned out fabulous! Additionally, those tweaks ended up saving us money, or we redirected the money to another area of our design to make it our own. Now that the project is complete, we have a beautiful backyard to enjoy. My neighbors have all been curious to see the results. When we walk people through our back yard, every single person seems to be delightedRead More

Outstanding job! Every detail was taken care of. It was so nice to completely trust the work and to see it turn out even better than imagined. Merit Landworks took special interest in what we wanted and stayed within our budget. No surprises. Honest. Reliable. Hardworking. Can’t recommend them enough. You will not be disappointed!!!Read More

We couldn't be more pleased with our newly refreshed backyard. The experience we had with Merit Landworks was top-notch from beginning to end. Jamie is a true professional who takes pride in delivering quality results. From the initial inquiry to project completion, Jamie listened intently, collaborated, shared his knowledge, and offered ideas. He communicated timely, often and clearly. His crew showed up on time and were extremely courteous. When changes arose, he was flexible, provided guidance, options and clearly communicated impact. There were never any surprises. Project progress was inspected regularly with attention to detail and delivered on time. Jamie is a rare experienced professional who plans the work and works the plan, an excellent communicator, and delivers quality results all while being friendly and fun.Read More

We recently had our backyard landscaping completed by Merit Landworks. We completely re-did our side patio, back patio and backyard. They did a great job, they got the work done on time, they delivered as promised and we are extremely pleased with the work they did and how our yard looks! Not only was the work well done, they provided excellent consultative ideas and recommendations while taking into account what we wanted. Our side and backyard landscaping looks great and we highly recommend Merit Landworks.Read More

Appreciate your professional hard working staff in reviving and maintaining my property. Very pleased with the results of Merit Landworks. I would recommend this company to anyone! Thank you Jamie and team.Read More

Jamie was patient with us during our backyard gut & redo. The end results were outstanding and he worked with our other contractors and vendors every step of the way.Read More

Jamie at Merit Landworks made my vision come true and more! When we met he came over to the house to go over our project. Once he understood the look I was going for, there was no time wasted.. he started shooting out different ideas and his enthusiasm and energy was very contagious; I was pumped and ready to start this project! Once they broke ground I was kept in the loop every step of the way! Jamie and his crew are professional, courteous and clean. He is extremely talented and trustworthy! Jamie's work has become the focal point of our home! I highly recommend Merit Landworks for any landscape design needs.Read More

Working with Jamie was a great experience. His customer service is top notch. He has great ideas and a good eye for design. He was at our home every day his crew was. We met with him regularly during the project and continually reviewed our budget versus actual cost. When he said something was going to be done it was and in the time frame promised. The workmanship is outstanding. We are so happy with our backyard remodel and highly recommend Jamie and Merit Landworks.Read More

We were lucky to find Merit Landworks on the Houzz site. Jamie took extra time to personally show us previous projects to help create a vision for renovating our backyard. He was very involved throughout the entire process and great at coordinating all the work. His team worked hard in the Arizona heat and were very detail oriented. The craftsmanship was superb. Jamie was very clear in his communications regarding budget and ready with add on's and adjustments as the project continued to come together. Our backyard has been transformed into a beautiful retreat for our entire family to enjoy. We plan to use Jamie again when we are ready to redo the front yard... he is happy to work in phases. We highly recommend Jamie and his team!Read More

Jamie and Merit Landworks were recommended to me by my neighbor. Jamie was prompt in his reply to me and understood what I wanted and needed in updating my landscape. They repaired irrigation system. They used my existing light fixtures but rewired them to increase efficiency by converting to LED. Also added some additional lights to enhance the effects. Also, Jamie moved some of our existing large rocks to enhance the front landscape while adding some drought resistant plants. The whole project was accomplished in a timely manner and I was always informed on progress and schedule. We are completely satisfied with the work, outcome, and cost of the project. We would hire Jamie again and highly recommend the company.Read More

Working with Jamie at Merit Landworks has been a pleasure. Working long distance can be quite a challenge but Jamie stayed in touch and made it a nice and uncomplicated process. His design skills are spot on, and his understanding and use of materials (both plant materials and hard-scape) is excellent. His crew is professional and highly skilled. The project was finished on time and turned out beautifully. I highly recommend Merit Landworks.Read More

I was lucky enough to find Jamie on line on a Saturday and he was at our home within a couple hours notice! Put together a bid for us in a timely manner and executed the job to perfection! But most importantly stayed right on budget! Whatever Jamie tells you something will cost, that's what it will be! A true professional and great guy to work with!Read More

We had the opportunity to work with Jamie and Merit Landworks for our new home landscaping. Jamie and the crew were fantastic! He was onsite almost every day overseeing the work and ensuring everything was just right. Jamie also worked closely with us to adjust the design as we evolved our thinking and saw how it was coming together. I would strongly recommend Merit Landworks to anyone looking for beautiful and top quality landscaping.Read More

Jamie is a professional in all definitions of the word. He has incredible vision and can help bring the wow factor to your front and backyard! He will work with you at every step along the way to make sure you understand and are happy with how the project is progressing. There are no surprises because he is always a step ahead in his communication. His attention to detail is paramount and he and his team care about quality standards from demo to clean up. Most impressively, he takes the time to really get to know his clients. During our job alone, two other neighbors hired Jamie because they were so impressed with his team. Whenever we have a landscaping need, Jamie is our first call.Read More

Merit Landworks and its owner Jamie Santiago completed my backyard renovation in North Scottsdale and have my highest recommendation. Jamie allowed me to design-as-we-went and this flexible approach gave me confidence in the process. I also appreciated his meticulous - and I mean meticulous- eye for detail and commitment to quality. We never proceeded to the next step until he was 100% satisfied with the work to date. Furthermore, he personally checked on my project on a daily basis and sometimes multiple times a day. I couldn't be happier with the outcome and with Merit's overall performance.Read More

Design and execution of front and back yard landscaping. Jamie was a true professional in every way. He took our ideas and made them better. The work was done in a timely way and his communication was consistent and clear. He followed up when he said he would and the work he did was excellent. I would highly recommend Merit Landworks!Read More

We initially used Jamie Santiago and Merit Landworks in 2013 for a complete re-do of our back yard. What initially started out as a small addition (by another contractor) quickly morphed into a large scale project with removal of existing pavers, BBQ and fire feature, and an overall re-design of the back yard spearheaded by Jamie. From start to finish, he was on site every day supervising and directing the laborers and tradespeople. While the project took a little longer than I had hoped, it was no fault of his - the scope of the project was just that big. Gas lines had to be relocated, a new BBQ island/kitchen was constructed, water lines moved and pool equipment repaired as a result of another contractor's poor workmanship. Even if it was not his responsibility he remained in the loop to ensure his project kept moving forward smoothly. At the end of the day, when the project was finished every person that has seen it has said it looks just like a resort! In fact, the professionalism and vision that he brought to this project are just part of the reason we brought him back last year (2014) to re-do the front yard and courtyard. This project, again was rather extensive in scope with a complete make over of the landscaping as well as adding stone and tile work to the facade. The courtyard saw the removal of a water feature, new pavers, new lighting, construction of an herb garden and shade structure. Again, he nailed it and we could not be happier. And he did something I did not quite expect. As the end of the plant warranty approached for both projects, he contacted us to walk the property and identify areas and plants where replacement would be necessary. Now, that is a true professional. We highly recommend and trust Jamie's work and that of the people that work with him.Read More

We hired Merit Landworks for a particularly difficult landscaping and pool renovation that required, in essence, the services of an engineer. Jamie Santiago proved that and more with a creative design that met all our criteria and fit perfectly in what was a challenging space to navigate. His energy and enthusiasm never flagged, nor did his dedication to the project. He was on site throughout using his skill and keen instinct to envision problems before they would occur, then engineer a solution. This enabled us to be continually confident in the management of the project from our home overseas. We have nothing but high praise for him and his excellent team.Read More

Merit Landworks did an incredible job on our landscape project in DC Ranch - Scottsdale. Jamie is very collaborative, but also has very good ideas when you are starting from a clean slate. We had a small space to work with, but maximized the space with both beauty and functionality. In addition, for any post-project maintenance needs I have, Merit is also very responsive and does excellent work. I would highly recommend Merit Landworks for any landscape project you have!Read More