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.

About Us:

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, you can get started here.

We also have an award winning garden center that 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.


We are closed for the winter season.  We will be open the following weekends this winter: January 24th to 26th and February 7th to 9th.  We will reopen officially in the spring on March 23rd.

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2701 Cumming Avenue
Cumming, IA 50061

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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 drea