Second Nature Gardens & Landscape (SNGL) believes that the landscape is not only desirable but
necessary. The landscape provides energy savings, carbon sequestration, and stormwater
management functions in addition to adding value to the home. In today's housing market all
of these functions are critical. Maintaining the landscape in its intended function is also
essential. If the plant, or landscape feature is managed improperly it is no longer serving the
desired function. SNGL will rely on the knowledge and experience of it's founders and employees
to properly interpret the needs of the customers in Lenawee County and the surrounding area
and the needs of the landscape to ensure the proper management of the built environment.
Andrew Leonard, M.C.N., President
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Design and Construction from
Michigan State University. Andy has been working as a designer, estimator, and salesman
in the green industry for the past 10 years. Andy has also received two environmental
achievement awards from the Michigan Green Industry Association. He has designed and
managed the installation of multiple projects ranging in value from $1,000.00 to $500,000.00.
He has also developed landscape management programs for individual properties and was
involved in developing the managment procedures and techniques. Andy was involved in testing
and evaluating the Dynascape Color module for the Dynascape CAD and estimating software.
This module generates a hand rendered quality finished product in a fraction of the time. He has also
been involved in testing new software and hardware for scheduling and routing landscape management crews.
David Leonard, Maintenance Supervisor
David earned a two-year certificate in Landscaping Nursery Management from the Michigan State
Agriculture Technical School through Michigan State University. Dave is a licensed commercial
pesticide applicator through Michigan Department of Agriculture, with specialized categories of
(3a) turf grass, (3b) ornamental tree, (5) aquatic, (6) right of way, and (7d) vertebrate. He worked
as a forman/manager for a local Landscaping company for the past 10 years. Dave has
overseen the completion of landscape installations, tended to the care of nursery stock, and
completed regular maintance on residential homes and business (e.g.: spring and fall clean up,
pruning, snow removal).
Nick Baker, Construction Supervisor
Nick comes to Second Nature with over 6 years of experience in all facets of the Landscape Industry.
Prior to his Landscape work, he was an Assistant Manager at Tractor Supply Company. Nick’s experience
includes operating all types of equipment, irrigation installation and maintenance, a vast knowledge of
mechanical repair and carpentry. Project work includes: Water Features, Pavers, Outdoor Kitchens, Planting,
Irrigation and Decks. Nick takes a personal interest and pride in each project he is involved and has
excellent customer rapport.
Second Nature Gardens and Landscape(SNGL) will focus on making smart environmental choices.
The company will operate on the principle of do no harm. The company will strive to meet the middle
ground between what people need, want, or desire and what is best for the environment.
SNGL will offer high quality plant material and services following sustainable practices. These
practices include, but not limited to, the right plant in the right place, use of weather sensors for
irrigation controls, and only applying the necessary nutrients. This 'GREEN' methodology will allow
our customers to receive substantial value from our services. Whether this is lower prices, low
carbon footprint, less chemical use, and water conservation.
SNGL will focus on efficient methods embracing new technologies that have proven themselves
and using long honored traditions that have yet to be contradicted. Examples of new
technology would be the use of GPS for monitoring truck and jobsite status, plant inevntory at
the nursery and the use of electronic billing systems thus reducing the use of paper products.
Time honored traditions include, but not limited to, use of cover crops in the field production,
and composting unwanted organic debris from customers.
SNGL employees will focus on customer service. They will be educated and instructed to make
responsible decisions and choices. Inevitably what is good for the customer is good for the
company. The employees will have the tools and equipment necessary to complete this in an
efficient manner. The equipment will be kept in good working order and will have the required
amenities to allow the employees to do their jobs as efficient as possible and to reduce