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Our Difference



The Katerberg VerHage Difference

While we believe the end result of our work is critical, it is the journey in getting there that sets Katerberg VerHage apart.  We start by listening – finding out what a client may want, and guiding them when they are unsure of their options. 

We invest in experienced staff and continuing education, making sure our team has the tools required for any project, big or small, residential or commercial, start to finish.  We are much more than just landscapers, we are a full service operation – from site excavation to landscape design/build to ongoing maintenance and seasonal work. 

We also insist on continuous communication with our team and clients so that everyone is on the same page, understanding expected timelines, outcomes, and budgets.  We know working in someone’s personal space may be somewhat challenging so our approach is simple:

We treat every client as we would want to be treated, respecting their privacy, minimizing our temporary restrictions, and providing advanced notice on what to expect at each stage of the process.

Our work speaks for itself … the 30+ year relationships we’ve developed with clients and their referrals are what motivate us each and every day. 

Tom VerHage, President

Our 60+ Year History

In 1953, brothers Hank and John Katerberg founded the company as a modest peat farm.  With hard work, quality products, exceptional service, and high ethical standards the company grew, branching into commercial and residential landscape services with ten staff members.  Hank’s son Norm and his friend Tom VerHage purchased the company in 1971 and developed a team of skilled professionals in landscape design/build, site work, maintenance, and horticulture. Today, Katerberg VerHage Inc. employs over 90 full time workers and has become one of the most highly respected full service landscape and site work firms known throughout Michigan. 

Our Commitment

To our Customers ...

The greatest mark of our success is not measured in an award winning municipal landscape or backyard oasis. It is built on long standing relationships with clients spanning decades and spawning numerous referrals, project expansions, and second generation projects. We build such relationships by delivering and maintaining quality, value, and peace of mind.

To our Community ...

We believe in using our time, talents and resources to help improve the communities where we live, work and raise our families. To this end, we support and volunteer with a number of community service initiatives, including the Inner City Christian Federation/Kids & Plants projects, barrier free community gardens, festivals and fundraisers.

To Continuing Education ...

To ensure we continue to design award winning landscapes that reflect individuals’ and businesses’ ever changing lifestyles, we invest  substantial staff time and resources participating in continuing education classes, green building technology, certifications, training workshops, safety and first aid courses, new product demonstrations, seminars and webinars, and national conventions and trade shows.  Our motto: “Never stop learning.”  It keeps us fresh, engaged, and ready to serve.

To the Environment …

Long before green building was an architectural buzz word, Katerberg VerHage was teaching its customers about site plan optimization, water and energy conservation, landscaping to minimize erosion and maximize solar heat, planting with native and drought resistant species, composting, and organic soil enhancement. We also recycle our steel and waste oil, the latter reducing our need for natural gas. In the past decade, Katerberg VerHage has become a leader in Michigan in greenscape design, installation, and maintenance – as well as the largest installer of green roofs in West Michigan.

Our Guarantee

We stand behind our work, offering a one year guarantee on all plants, materials, and workmanship. Extended warranties may be available when contracting for plant care and maintenance services. Click or call us today at 616.949.3030 for details.

Landscapes for Life