Markstone Landscaping Ltd.

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Mississauga ON L4Z 3K8
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AN from Mississauga
AN from Mississauga
1 review Mississauga, ON
10/10

Landscaping and Pool project

We have used sister companies Markstone (for landscaping needs) and Mayascape (for our pool) on a few separate occasions over the last few years.
We have used them for building a concrete pad, they have done patio stonework for us in the backyard, porch stonework, and they have designed and installed our fiberglass pool.

Zak (Markstone) was really good in designing our landscaping and suggesting what stonework would look best. His quote was thorough and accurate. Any questions we had, Zak was very helpful, and returned our calls same day/next day at the latest.

Mark (owner) designed and quoted our pool and landscaping surrounding it. We didn't know anything about pools/pool maintenance and Mark was excellent in explaining everything. His quote was very precise and detailed. We had questions on several separate occasions and he was always available via phone/text and email. And he always answered our questions honestly and with knowledge. Mark is very professional, patient and honest.

During the construction phase of our projects, April (office)  and Dan (site) were our points of contact. We place great importance on hiring a company that is responsive, and this company is exactly that. April and Dan are simply excellent. They are both very nice, honest, extremely understanding and reasonable and they addressed any issues immediately. Throughout the construction process for all of our projects, all employees who came to our home were very nice, respectful and treated our property as if it were their own.

Our porch and backyard look beautiful and we are very happy with the work. As for any minor issues, Markstone has a warranty and they happily came back and rectified.

We are very happy with the work that Markstone and Mayascapes have done for us. This is an honest and well run company. Everyone at this company is consistent in their approach, attitude and professionalism.  Their pricing was very fair and the quality of work was excellent. We highly recommend them and would use them again.

Approximate cost of services:
$200,000.00
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Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Complete backyard renovation

The Markstone Landscaping team was a pleasure to work with. Everyone, from the team of hands-on workers to the great customer service made this huge project a great success. They were always kind, courteous and flexible with our schedule. They gave us a backyard we love. They showed up every time, on time. If we had questions or needed guidance , customer service was always quick to respond, always with solutions. We would recommend Markstone Landscaping to anyone that is looking for quality, flexibility, great design ideas at a reasonable price.

Approximate cost of services:
$60,000.00
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Thank you for your positive review and the pleasure has been all ours to work with you on your site to assist you with your landscaping/hardscaping needs.

10/10

Installed exposed aggregate on my driveway, porch and walkways

From my initial meeting with Zak, the Sales Rep, I knew that Markstone Landscaping was my choice to install exposed aggregate to my front porch, driveway and walkways. I am beyond pleased with the job they have delivered. The final product is 10+++, exactly what I had envisioned and much more. They have made my dream a reality.
The price is very competitive. April, the Customer Service Rep was very kind and patient and was always ready to answer my questions and take immediate action. I was very impressed with the way everything was presented, including the impressive company brochure.
Markstone have different crews for each step of the process and they also have an impressive team of young very talented, kind, personable and patient workers. The lead of each team took the time at the end of each day to ask if I had any questions and explained every process to me in great detail.
I AM OVER THE MOON HAPPY WITH MY YARD AND THE CURB APPEAL.
THANKS MARKSTONE FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!!

Loraine, Brampton, Ontario

Approximate cost of services:
$28,850.00
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Thank you for your review Loraine. It was a pleasure to work with you and on behalf of all the crew members at Markstone Landscaping, we thank you for your business and the pleasure was all ours to work with you this summer on your project.

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PS
8 reviews Brampton, ON
4/10

I would not recommend this company for your landscaping needs

I took some time since the completion of our project before writing this review. It has been about 1 month since Markstone Landscaping has finished our project. Overall, I cannot recommend this company to other people looking for landscaping needs. Numerous red flags and issues that came up during the project itself that left me very disappointed with my experience with Markstone Landscaping. I want to make it clear to people reading this - customers are not the experts. We rely on the guidance and knowledge of the people we hire to help us make decisions. Markstone Landscaping did not provide any guidance for us during our project until the issues were severe.

For reference, we asked Markstone Landscaping to expand our driveway to add an additional parking spot, replace the existing asphalt with interlocking stone, and to extend the interlocking stone around the front of the house to the side gate to create a walkway leading to the backyard. The space is approximately 1100 sq feet and the quote was approximately $29k for the project. They guarantee that projects will be completed in 2 weeks with a 2 year warranty.

PROS:
1. April, our project coordinator, was the bright spot in this experience. She was able to get our project started early, she was available for all questions and maintained communication up until a point. I believe she tried her best to make our experience as pleasant as possible but there were too many issues that came up that were out of her control.

2. A professional opening experience with Zak. He came and surveyed our site, gave us a reasonable quote and slick materials for us to look through. All types of stone available, etc in the production materials. He was also readily available to help guide us in stone choice and directing us to their supplier, Tomar Garden and Supplies, in Mississauga.

3. The excavation crew was timely and completed their part within one day and had it cleaned up the next day. Very professional and courteous to our family for the time they were there.

CONS:

Installation Crew: Our initial experience with the installation crew was positive. For the first few days they were polite, hard working, and had put in 12+ hour days to get our project moving quickly. However, the issues we had were numerous:

a. Lack of communication: No initial walkthrough by the installation crew to give us some insight on issues that may come up with the installation. Better communication may have saved us a lot of trouble.

b. They made unilateral decisions on how the project should proceed. Our driveway expansion was supposed to have a gentle curve bordering the additional parking spot. On what was meant to be the last day of work they decided to change that completely to a 90 degree angle (they removed the curve without asking us). It was only because we saw them on our house cameras that we knew what was happening. When asked about this, they simply said We dont have the tools for the job. What kind of answer is that? There were multiple areas that required curved cuts and they had elected to not do that at all because they couldnt be bothered to be prepared. Unbelievable. We had to directly contact April regarding the unplanned change, who then contacted the crew and instructed them to return to the original plan.

c. Another change that was also made on the same day was the addition of a small, half-foot step just adjacent to the front steps of the house leading to the walkway. This was not in the original plan and the rationale of the crew was that the excavators made the grading too steep to allow a level surface. In fairness, they did inform us of this change before they proceeded with it and we did agree to the change. However, this was done only after we intervened regarding the issue with the curve. If we had not initially contacted April, allowing the crew to work uninterrupted, then they most likely would have installed this step without telling us.

d. They buried our water valve/curb stop (the emergency access point for
water shut off installed by the city). This valve was sticking up 2 feet above the ground and they somehow managed to bury it.

e. Lack of courtesy to our household. At one point they had asked us to open the garage to get some materials stored. Instead of closing the garage, they kept it open and proceeded to cut stone. Our garage was covered in stone dust. Our van covered, our kids strollers, all of our storage. All covered. Just lack of awareness.

f. Overall, upon completion of the project, we were not happy at all with the quality of the work and decided to escalate to the owner. The curved areas in particular were made up of stone that was unevenly cut, with irregular and inconsistent spacing compared to the rest of the driveway. Some areas in between the stones making up the curve were not filled in with polymeric sand - adjacent stones were directly contacting each other. The half-foot step frankly looked ridiculous and was a clear tripping hazard.

I raised numerous issues to my main contacts that included Zak and April over email. April had told me that people would be there the next Monday AM to address the issue. I wasnt happy with the lack of details, so I decided to comb through Google reviews and LinkedIn to find contact information for Mark, the CEO. I took the day off Monday so I could meet this crew and discuss all of the issues. Unsurprisingly no one showed up the entire day. At least Mark contacted me and said that he could meet Tuesday and he would call me Tuesday to arrange a time. Another day not at the office. I follow up with him Tuesday with a couple of calls with no answer. He elected to call me late afternoon and says he will be there by 4 PM. When he did show up, we at least had a productive conversation. However, another huge disappointment was that the installation crew was the same crew from the start coming back to fix the issues. After we had finished, Mark said he would follow up with everything we discussed over email. Guess what, no email. Another example of poor communication.

The following day, the installation crew showed up. Again, I had to work from home to be able to work with this crew. The demeanor of the crew was completely different. They were not interested in being there and the gentleman who was the site leader ended up in an argument with me about what was discussed with Mark. An actual heated argument with him not happy at all with what we were asking. Unbelievably he left and he did not come back. He left the work to the other 2 people there. Poor professionalism and poor communication again.

The remaining crew finished the changes by the end of the day. We were accepting of the changes, mainly because we wanted to be done with the project. However, the overall quality is lacking.

- The curved area bordering the driveway expansion is minimally improved from the previous version. Inconsistently shaped and spaced stone comprises the curved border, compared to the straight border areas of the driveway which is made up of consistently shaped and evenly spaced stone laid out in a regular and repeating pattern. Several adjacent stones remain directly contacting each other, with no polymeric sand in between, and 3 of the stones already have large, visible chips. Not surprisingly the chipped stones are the ones directly contacting other stones. Now, we can appreciate the technical difficulty involved in creating a consistent, curved border. However, when we are paying $30k then we are expecting that level of skill and craftsmanship. At the very least, ensure that areas in between the stones are filled in with polymeric sand

- They found our water valve and cut out a small area of the overlying stone to allow for access. However it is still fairly recessed and difficult to access if needed - the city would have likely have to break up more stone around the valve or remove the overlying stone entirely

- The crew was able to get rid of the half-foot step with a barely noticeable grade of the resulting surface - a welcomed improvement. However, given the final result, not sure why the crew had initially insisted that the step needed to be installed

The last aspect is clean up. It is unbelievable what this company believes is acceptable.

- For nearly 2 weeks we had a large pile of gravel and cut stone sitting with pylons around them. The court where we live was essentially inaccessible for maintenance vehicles including garbage trucks for 2 weeks

- They did not clean up on a regular basis. Empty skids were on our grass for 2 weeks that killed the grass that it was on. The loose garbage was tidied but not taken away and again sitting on our lawn

- The reason was because of a lack of resources and a broken truck so only one crew was available for clean up. Whatever the reason may be, still unprofessional that they treat customers and their neighbours like this.

As mentioned, Markstone Landscaping offers a 2 year warranty on their work. However, I do not expect that they will honor this warranty if and when issues arise, which they already have. We are now actually looking at our landscapers to fix the dead lawn that we now have and to examine the work they have done. I will not be surprised if they have to tear up areas to fix their work.

Overall, I cannot recommend this company. If you are looking to hire them, please do your due diligence and look at the negative reviews. Those reviews reflect exactly what we experienced.

Approximate cost of services:
$29,000.00
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Company Response

Hello,

We are terribly sorry that you had this experience with our company. We put pride in our work and try to always accommodate everyone! Thank you for the constructive criticism and pointing out where we can do better. Hopefully this does not prevent you from coming back to us as you are a valued customer. If there is anything you need please do not hesitate to call the office.

Thank you.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Mississauga, ON
10/10

The final product is awesome

They were on time every morning and the pace of work was amazing. They bring a lot of manpower and equipment and get the job done! The final product is awesome and our neighbors have all marveled at how fast interlocking pool deck was done and how great it looks.

Approximate cost of services:
$5,700.00
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Hello,
Thank you for the positive feedback! We love to hear customers are enjoying our work.... and having others admire it as well! We hope to work with you again!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Totally impressed

Markstone Landscaping came and did our driveway, a patio, and our front yard. I can't say enough about how impressed I was with this crew!

Approximate cost of services:
$6,800.00
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Company Response

Hello,
Thank you for the positive feedback! We are super happy to hear you are satisfied with the work! The crew we have works really hard so it makes us smile knowing our hard work pays off!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

I recommend you to use this business

I recommend you to use this business for all your personal landscaping needs. Will never disappoint you with your personal pride.

Approximate cost of services:
$8,700.00
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Hello,

Thank you for this positive feedback! Glad we could get the job done to your satisfaction!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Mississauga, ON
10/10

Everything was completed on time

Markstone Landscaping team is fabulous. They completely transformed our backyard! There were many different layers to the project but everything was completed on time and we couldn't be happier with the end result.

Approximate cost of services:
$8,900.00
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Company Response

Hello!

Thank you for taking the time to write this and appreciate the intricacies that go into completing a multilayered project! The team at Markstone Landscaping thanks you for your business! If you ever need any other work to be completely please give us a call!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Mississauga, ON
10/10

An excellent job done

Wonderful experience of brush concrete installed by Markstone Landscaping! Would highly recommend them if you’re looking for a hard working professional crew to do an excellent job!

Approximate cost of services:
$6,800.00
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Company Response

Hello,

Thank you for your review! The team at Markstone Landscaping works hard to make sure customers are always satisfied! If in the future you have any other jobs to complete please give us a call.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Mississauga, ON
10/10

Highly responsive to any concerns

Based on my experience I would highly recommend Markstone Landscaping. They listen to your needs, are receptive to your ideas and most importantly are highly responsive to any concerns you might have.

Approximate cost of services:
$3,800.00
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Company Response

Hello,
Thank you for your feedback, always great to know that our customers are fully satisfied and all concerns have been taken care of! If you ever have other projects to be completed we do hope you come back to work with us!

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