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Creative Landscape
Design + Build

Ted Lare Design Build has been the premier design build landscaping company in Des Moines since 1982. Take a look at some of the landscaping projects we have completed in Central Iowa to see what is possible for your home.


Creative Landscape
Design + Build

Ted Lare Design Build has been the premier design build landscaping company in Des Moines since 1982. Take a look at some of the landscaping projects we have completed in Central Iowa to see what is possible for your home.

The Ted Lare Promise

​Ted Lare is your local source for expert landscaping and garden care in Des Moines. Whatever your project, you can be confident that Ted Lare has the help and advice you need to create the outdoor living space of your dreams.

Ted Lare is the Des Moines expert in landscape design and installation. 

With thousands of landscaping projects completed in the past 37 years, our philosophy of doing it right carries with it the Ted Lare promise of the best results, the first time.


If you are looking to upgrade your landscaping in Central Iowa, our designers can help you with any aspect of your home. Some of our most popular projects are front entry makeovers, backyard patios, fire pits, and complete outdoor living installations. We also do a lot of planting makeovers that can enhance any part of your yard. If you are looking to start a landscape project in the Des Moines area contact us to get started.

Landscaping Trends

Our award winning garden center is the best in Central Iowa.

If you love gardening and DIY landscaping projects, the Ted Lare Garden Center is the place for you.  If you have not visited us, you will love all the landscape installations we have as examples and the enormous selections of flowers, shrubs, trees, fountains, pottery, and locally sourced garden art. If you love gardening or are looking to get your hands dirty for the first time, you will love our Garden Center and friendly staff.

Come in and see for yourself everything that comes with the Ted Lare experience.  Whether you are looking to start a new landscape project in the Des Moines area or just looking to add some colorful flowers to your front porch, we are confident you will find what you need at Ted Lare Design Build.

Container Gardening Trends

Ted Lare is a family business that has been owned and operated by the Lares since it opened over 35 years ago in Des Moines.

We work hard to make your dreams into a reality, to enhance your everyday life making new memories with friends and family at home. We have a team of highly qualified experts with a wide array of landscape experience that they love sharing with others. We are always ready to answer your questions or lend a helping hand for any landscape project in Central Iowa, big or small.

Iowa Territory Covered for Landscaping Services

We cover a wide range of Central Iowa. We have installed landscapes for many years in all areas of the Des Moines metro, including West Des Moines, Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, Johnston, Ankeny, Altoona, Indianola, and Norwalk. We also travel to other areas within a few hours of Des Moines. We do charge a little more to visit these further locations, but we are happy to complete your landscape project, wherever you are located in Iowa. Check out our design process for more information.

Services Offered

Residential Landscape Design and Installation for Central Iowa

Residential design build landscaping has been the core of our business for over 35 years in the Des Moines area.  We have six landscape designers with a ton of experience and creativity that can help you tackle any landscape project around your home. We work on a lot of large landscape projects, such as backyard pool installations, covered patios, and outdoor kitchen areas. However, we also work on a lot of small landscape projects that may only take several days to complete, such as front yard planting makeovers.  We pay attention to the details, for projects big and small.  We want to make your home and your life the best it can be. Check out our Landscape Portfolio and Landscape Materials for more information on what we can do.

Outdoor Living, Pool Design, and Installation

We have been fortunate to work on a lot of fun back yard projects in the Des Moines area that include pools, spas, outdoor kitchens, and covered patio areas. If you are looking for a company that can handle a complex backyard project, we can handle anything. We are confident our landscape designers and experienced landscape construction teams can make your dreams a reality. The range of landscape materials offered for these projects has never been more diverse or impressive. We strive to make every project unique and personal to the home owner. Check out our Landscape Portfolio and Landscape Materials for more information on what we can do for you.

Commercial Landscape Design and Installation
Commercial Landscape Design and Installation

If you have a commercial project that you want to stand out above the competition, then Ted Lare Design Build is your best option. Do not let your business landscaping be an afterthought. We can install stone work and quality plantings that will have your business looking amazing from the 1st day it opens. We are happy to help with new construction installations or makeover your existing landscaping that was originally installed years ago. Learn more about our services.

landscaping maintenance
Landscaping Maintenance

After a quality landscape installation, maintenance is the most important aspect of having a beautiful landscape that will thrive for years to come. We offer spring, summer, and fall maintenance packages that will have your landscaping planting beds looking gorgeous all year long. Some of the typical tasks we complete during maintenance stops are: leaf removal, weeding, pruning, dead-heading flowers, fertilizing, insect control, mulching, edging, and watering. Contact our office and we can get you a free quote for any maintenance services you need.

Retail Garden Center

Our retail garden center is second to none in Iowa. Our variety and quality of materials is only matched by the friendliness of our garden center staff. You will love the selection of annual flowers, perennial flowers, shrubs, flowering trees, shade trees, pottery, fountains, garden art, and indoor garden décor. We also host a variety of events throughout the year at Ted Lare Garden Center. We offer several art shows in the spring and fall, as well as monthly farmer markets on the first Saturday of each month from May to October.

Weekend classes at the garden center have been a big hit with a lot of our customers. Most classes weave creativity with learning, often allowing you to leave with a beautiful piece of garden art. Some of the recent class topics have included: driftwood succulent air plants, terrariums, garden art poles, fall centerpiece, and so much more. Check out our class list for more details.

Come visit us and see for yourself. After you visit our store, you will have a hard time thinking of it as a Garden Center. The name simply does not do it justice. The outdoor displays and wide range of weekend activities make this place so much more.

Ted Lare Garden Center






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