A Guy and his Dog Landscaping. 513-542-8609
Our Team:

Mike McCleese graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the social sciences. After college, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Central African Republic and began a career in social services. In the early 1990s, Mike discovered a dormant passion: plants and gardens.

From that time forward he began a course of formal and informal study in horticulture and landscape design. Mike studied landscape horticulture at Cincinnati State College, and attended workshops and seminars around the country including design workshops with renowned British garden designer Robin Templar Williams, Julie Moir Messervy, author of "Outside the Not So Big House", and Mike Linn, founder of the Mike Linn Graphic Workshop.

Mike launched a A Guy & His Dog Landscaping, a design/build business in 1996.

Mike is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA), and NOFA (Northeastern Organic Farmers Association Organic Land Care Program). Mike recently earned accreditation with NOFA as an Organic Land Care Professional, the only such accredited landscape designer in Cincinnati. As a member of the APLD, Mike has toured and studied gardens throughout the U.S. and Europe. Current interests include stone and water in the garden. Gardens of note include 'Imagine', a Peace Garden designed for the Cincinnati Flower & Garden Show, edible landscapes with rainwater harvesting systems installed around the greater Cincinnati area, and currently a design for a community park using Ohio native plants.

Mike is also passionate about all animals, especially canines. In September of 2005, Mike travelled to New Orleans to participate in animal rescue with the organization Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. You can read about Mike's experiences in New Orleans and see a photo of him with a dog he rescued in the book, Pawprints of Katrina, by author Cathy Scott and photographer Clay Myers.

Lou Meyer has been involved in the land care business in one way or another ever since graduating from high school. With a degree in Communications from the University of Cincinnati, Lou manages the operations of A Guy and His Dog. Currently he is a student at Cincinnati State in the Sustainable Horticulture program.

In the spirit of sustainability, Lou works part-time at Greensleeves Farm in Northern Kentucky to learn organic practices in edible planting. He is very interested in finding creative ways to introduce edibles into the typical landscape.

Lou is also involved with Dreamhouse Rescue, a dog rescue operation that pulls pups from kill shelters and finds loving homes for them in the Cincinnati area and beyond. In his free time, Lou is usually found at the dog park with his beagle mix, Charlie.

Gretchen Vaughn grew up on a small family farm in northeast Ohio, and is now proud to be part of the local food movement in the Cincinnati area. She owns Greensleeves Farm, 12 acres of Certified Naturally Grown land near Alexandria, KY. Since 2006 Gretchen has grown produce for CSAs, farmers' market sales, and for restaurants. One of the particular joys of the farm is the greenhouse, where food grows year-round. In the spring the space is filled with vegetable, herb, and flower plants, started from organic and non-GMO seeds, and all grown in certified organic soils.

Since CLASP (Center for Learning Applied Sustainable Practices) is the education center future of Greensleeves, Gretchen is delighted to be part of the team bringing edible landscaping to the Cincinnati area. It's time for Food, Not Lawns!

Richard Tufnell, master stone mason from the United Kingdom, has been crafting dry laid stone walls for over 30 years. Richard is an expert in the history and craft of not only stonewalling but the use of stone from pre- historic to modern times. From the oldest structures known, to a rebirth in modern landscaping, dry stone encompasses most of human history including engineering, archaeology, geology, ancient landscapes, rural employment and third world development.

The USA, particularly areas in central Kentucky, has a substantial dry stone heritage that is very little known, even among those that are in charge of preserving the past. A past winner of the BBC's Small Rural Business Award and Rolex Award for the Environment, Richard has given numerous lectures, including at the National Building Museum, and has been involved with dry stone in more than forty countries. He has also worked with a number of US National and State Parks, and was awarded the keys to Lexington, Kentucky, for his role in reviving the craft and for co-founding the Dry Stone Conservancy. He has written many newspaper and journal articles, and has appeared on national TV in a number of countries. Richard and his wife Amanda recently moved to a small village in the south of France where they are restoring an 18th century stone farm house.

Mike met Richard at a dry stone walling workshop at the Pine Mountain School in Southern Kentucky. It has been Mike's good fortune that Richard continues to come to Cincinnati from his home in Southern France to supervise and construct some of the most beautiful stone walls ever built in this region of the Midwest.

Mark Anderson has been building cutting edge hardscapes in the Cincinnati area for over 20 years. In April of 2000 Mark founded and became president of Greystone Landscape Construction. Mark studied landscape design and construction at Cincinnati State & Technical College and was awarded a degree in Landscape Horticulture in 1982.

Before starting Greystone, Mark worked for years as a contracted project manager and facilities grounds keeper at the Proctor and Gamble Company. While working at Proctor and Gamble, Mark supervised the installation and maintenance of commercial landscapes.

Next, Mark worked as a design/sales professional and hardscape crew chief for Earthscapes Nursery. At Earthscapes, Mark committed himself to mastering the more intimate, artistic details of constructing residential hardscapes. Mark approaches his work as a craftsman. The unique beauty of every custom designed hardscape depends on the skilled hands putting it together. To compliment his artistry as a craftsman, Mark brings some of the best carpenters, masons, and electrical/mechanical workers in the area to his projects.

Mark is an asset to the design build community in Cincinnati and Mike is pleased to work collaboratively with him to achieve the highest standards when installing his designed garden plans.

EcoFriendly Irrigation, LLC was started in 2009 by Jeremy Link, CSFM. Jeremy (known by all as "Link") has more than eight years of irrigation experience and is one of just 102 Certified Sports Field Managers in the United States. Link earned an Undergraduate Degree from Hanover College, a Master's Degree from Xavier University, and is a graduate of Toro University.

Link is a specialist in designing and installing sustainable drip irrigation systems for residential landscapes.

Memberships include:
    • Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
    • Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association
    • Sports Turf Managers Association

Last, but certainly not least are Gabe and Sonny, Mike’s Labrador retrievers. Gabe and Sonny have no real horticultural skills, but as full business partners they do reserve the right to ride up front in the trucks and boss everyone around! Gabe and Sonny spend their days travelling about the Cincinnati area making canine friends wherever they go. On occasion they have been known to befriend a cat or two but this is not a regular occurrence!

Association of Professional Landscape Designers