We Design & Build Remarkable Landscapes

We believe in details, problem solving, & artistry. Let's discover the possibilities in your garden.

Welcome to 1st Cut Landscape

At 1st Cut Landscape we create landscapes with character. We entwine man-made structures with the environment in extraordinary ways. We blend natural and manufactured materials to craft beautiful and functional landscape elements such as patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits, seating and retaining walls, pergolas, and more.

We strongly believe that, when warranted, a comprehensive design is not an expense but a wise investment. Before a shovel is put in the ground, every aspect of the landscape is considered. Whether it’s proper drainage, land form, light conditions and microclimates--nothing is left to chance. Our approach results in thoughtfully planned, meticulously crafted outdoor living spaces. Our landscapes settle into place, take root, and thrive. We enjoy providing beautiful outdoor living spaces that can be lived in--not just looked at.

We are passionate gardeners. Our designs are noted for their unique plant selections, four season interest, and sustainability. Attention is given to all elements of our custom landscapes.

Proudly serving

  • Downers Grove
  • Naperville
  • Bolingbrook
  • Darien
  • Oakbrook
  • Willowbrook
  • and all surrounding areas.
Work is not the right word to describe it. Yes, we sketch, draw, erase and draw again. We get our hands dirty and we sweat. But it feels like play. We play hard to surprise and delight our clients. We can’t help it.
Pedro Toledano, Founder


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As the owner of three restaurants and a board member of my townhome association, I have had the pleasure of working with Pedro Toledano and 1st Cut Landscape for several years. I have use them in many different applications ranging from landscape maintenance to project design and installation. The work has included plantings, concrete work, brick paving, fencing, and retention walls. Their work has always been of top quality and they continuously exceed my expectations. Pedro's contract bidding has been accurate every time and I don't have to worry about any surprise "hidden" costs. Their work has always been performed professionally and is delivered when promised at budget. I positively recommend using 1st Cut Landscape for any of your future landscape projects.
Dean Timson, President, Country House Restaurants
1st cut Landscape is amazing! I've used them for drainage, and paver stones. I had a terrible issue with a walkout basement patio flooding every time we had a bad storm. Pedro and his team dug out the old patio and installed an underground basin and sump pump. It wasn't cheap, but it was worth it. I've not had one drop of water in my basement since. Highly recommended.
Michelle Lynn, Downers Grove
We recently had work done in our backyard. We had an in-ground pool removed, and 1st Cut landscape backfilled it for me. They also restored the area, and now I have a backyard again! Access to the back was extremely tight, but 1st Cut did a spectacular job. Quick response, terrific clean up and they are local. This company is truly an asset to the community.
Patrick Murray, Downers Grove
Pedro, Thank you for your excellent services in 2016. Our lawn was expertly manicured, the pruning was artwork, and the planting beds look beautiful! Sincerely,
Bernie and Janice Murray, Lemont

Our Services


Each project begins with an initial consultation to discuss your ideas and define the scope of the project. We work with homeowners as part of a team. We study the garden, gather your input, toss around ideas and create possibilities. Once we understand your goals, we determine a budget, and then provide clear, strong design options.

Our process is simple and smart:

  • Initial meeting…gathering ideas
  • Ideas are converted to preliminary design
  • Second meeting confirms/updates plan
  • Agreement is finalized
  • Construction work can now begin


What sets 1st Cut Landscape apart is our uncomplicated 'design-build' process. We move seamlessly from our careful design development into a detail-oriented installation, making sure our clients are assured their vision is being realized, every step of the way.

Your vision begins to take shape as our craftsmen carefully constructs the components of the landscape plan. We understand that a well-constructed project goes beyond aesthetics. Whether it’s a garden patio, retaining wall or full-fledged outdoor living space, we build projects to last throughout the years.


Our clients prefer to spend their limited time enjoying and relaxing in the outdoors, rather than “working” in the outdoors. We service residential and Multi-Family properties alike. Our trusted team of professionals maintain the entire exterior of your home in all four seasons. From the most basic lawn-mowing to full-service monthly maintenance, we can design a maintenance package to fit your specific needs.

Expertise: spring cleanups and mulching, landscape detailing, pruning and plant care, fertilizer, aeration and seeding, mowing, snow removal and ice control.

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