Landscaping Services

Every outdoor landscaping project is a completely unique adventure that we approach only after seeing your vision, learning about your preferred tastes and your long term goals for your property.  Whether you’re simply looking to refresh your trees and shrubs or are ready for a full-blown outdoor space complete with a paver patio, sitting wall, and custom outdoor fire pit, we can help turn your dreams into reality.

Transforming Homes, Cabins and Commercial Properties

The appearance of your property is important. First and foremost, the shape and overall condition of your landscaping sets the tone and gives off an immediate impression to your family, friends, employees, customers and all others who visit.

Combining these factors with Black Rock Landscaping's exquisite landscape construction services, you'll be set up to attain the impression and emotions of your property. Whether you want the focus to be lively and fun, or relaxing and private, our team can make your dream a reality. 

boulder retaining wall in brainerd

Hardscapes - Pavers and Retaining Walls

Paver Patios, Stairs, Drives and Sidewalks

If there's one thing that distinguishes Black Rock Landscaping from other landscape design and construction companies - it's the amazing design and flawless construction of our paver structures.

Our landscaping crews are highly trained hardscape building experts. Whether you prefer the elegance of natural stone, or the practical beauty of concrete pavers, we'll help you build your dream space, whether it is a paver driveway and sidewalk, or custom patio with fire pit and freestanding walls and a pergola built atop the patio.

natural stone rock patio with firepit
paver walkway
shoreline and paver stairs on a home
paver patio
patio with shrubs and mulch

Retaining and Freestanding Walls - Block and Boulder

Sloped areas can benefit from the construction of retaining walls to provide more level areas for planting and recreation, as well as erosion and runoff control. Walls constructed within the landscape can also serve to give definition by outlining your property, add privacy to your property, or to add additional seating for guest through a sitting wall on a freestanding wall adjacent to your patio.

Black Rock Landscaping can design and build retaining walls, privacy walls, and freestanding sitting walls for your property using materials including block or boulders.

paver patio with freestanding wall
boulder wall retaining a hillside
custom block stairs
block stairs
block retaining wall

General Landscaping

Decorative Rock

Rock gardens and dry riverbeds give a great visual interest and natural beauty to what could be otherwise a barren area. Rock gardens are also very useful in areas of landscape where the goal is to provide a very low maintenance area, another bonus is the ease of blowing out rock beds (compared to mulch beds) in the event of leaves or grass becoming present in the area.

A dry riverbed of rock is a beautiful landscaping approach for use in sloped areas to help control erosion. No matter what the original purpose, rocks are a naturally beautiful way to add color, texture, natural sculpture, and visual interest to your landscape. It is just one method we use to make your landscape beautiful and functional. 

landscape bed with rock and shrubs
landscape with rock garden
rock containment area and rain garden
rock near shoreline


Mulch installed in your landscape beds will not only give your property a crisp, clean, and manicured look, but it will also drastically reduce the amount of time spent weeding, watering and fighting pests. Mulching also helps with erosion control and keeps dirt from splashing up on your flowers, home, and hardscape features when it rains.  

In newly constructed landscapes we recommend a minimum depth of 3-4" to allow new plantings to retain adequate moisture, if your mulch just requires a freshening up, we generally install at a depth of 1"-2". Contact us today to inquire about the mulch type and color varieties we offer!

mulch bed with plantings
perennial landscape garden
mulch bed with perennials
fresh mulch installed

Plantings - Trees, Shrubs, Perennials and Annual Flowers

Trees not only provide shade for your house (allowing it to stay cooler in the summer) but also create great aesthetics. Bring together an assortment of evergreen and deciduous shrubs to splash in some color and you have the combination for an amazing looking landscape.

Our team will help you pick out plants that will thrive in tough northern Minnesota climate. We ensure the placement of each planting is in the proper location for its individual shade/sun requirements, soil moisture, and equally important - optimal color balance. At the completion of your project we provide you with information on how to care for them during the critical initial rooting period and continual maintenance and watering.

landscape plantings
mulch bed with plants
newly planted tree
mulch and newly planted shrubs
landscape with rock garden

Landscape and Garden Border Edging
Edging is imperative for any landscape or garden bed. If edging is not used, there is no degree of separation between the material in the bed (rock or much) and the turf, which could cause problems in the future such as a stray rock getting caught by a mower blade and being accidentally thrown at a high rate of speed.

boulder edging
landcaping with mulch boulders
landscape with bullet edging
landscape bed with rock and edging

Lawn Renovations - Sod, Seeding and Hydroseeding

We are the top sod installers in the Brainerd Lakes Area, for both new construction and existing landscapes. Installing Kentucky Bluegrass sod over top freshly graded black dirt creates an instant green lawn often takes up the most visual space within a landscape and gives it the final "wow" factor once the job is complete.

We also offer other options for cost-effective lawn establishment - traditional seed and hydroseeding. 

final grading and sod installation
new sod installed in a yard
new sod
new sod install

Lakefront Landscaping and Shoreline Restoration

The Brainerd Lakes area is home to the greatest lakes in Minnesota, and what better way to enjoy the warm summers with landscaping right along the lakeshore - whether it be a paver patio with a fire pit in the center or a simple natural stone patio built adjacent to a newly constructed sand beach.

lakefront landscaping patio

When it comes to your shoreline, if it is beginning to erode, you will need rip rap installed. Black Rock Landscaping is the top rip rap installation company throughout the Brainerd Lakes Area. 

shoreline restoration with red mulch landscape
shoreline restoration to hold back hillside
rip rap installed on lake shore
shoreline restoration project rip rap

Brainerd Lakes Area Landscaping Contractor

Working together we can transform your yard into a beautiful and functional space that you will be proud to show off to your family and friends. Every project is constructed using proper techniques and preparation in order to guarantee the durability and longevity of the design. Our talented team plus state of the art technology, we are able to create your landscaping dreams.