Core Values

We know that our strong culture is the recipe for success. Demonstrating our core values in everything we do gives us traction on our journey to make a difference for our clients, our team, and our community.


Conducting our business in the way that we know is right for our clients when no one is looking is the center of our beliefs. An open and honest work environment is also essential to our growth as a team.


Our team would rather complete a few projects flawlessly than complete many jobs at the expense of our clients' satisfaction. From materials to craftsmanship, we deliver the best quality every single time.


We strive to make doing business with us effortless by improving the convenience of billing, accommodating our clients’ schedules, and completing jobs in a timely manner. Our clients’ time is just as important as our own.



Admitting and accepting responsibility for mistakes is paramount to our operation. Our team makes sure to double check each job before its completion and correct inconsistencies at our own expense.

Empathy & Respect

Over time, we have developed trusting relationships with our clients built upon transparency and providing fairly priced services to make their outdoor areas beautiful and enjoyable year- round, and we treat every clients’ property as our own.


When we say we will do something, we do it to the best of our ability. There is no need to worry about us holding up our end of the bargain.


"I had a problem with standing water on the side of my yard, misplaced rocks, and dull bushes. I felt in over my head, so I contacted Southern Grounds. Zack came out for a free estimate, and I had no idea what would look good. He gave me a lot of ideas and helped me envision his design plan with a drawing. He started on the job within a week, and my yard honestly looked better than all of the others in my neighborhood. My yard is low upkeep now, which I love, and I recommend this company to all of my neighbors!"

J. Davis (Fortson, GA)

Mission Statement

We strive to collaborate with our clients to develop and maintain custom and functional outdoor spaces that offer a lifetime of satisfaction.

Zack Schroer


Zack is a native of the Athens-Oconee area and grew up working outside with his dad, who taught him the values of hard work and integrity. Since he can remember, Zack had two ambitions for his future - firefighting and landscaping. As an active duty firefighter and a business owner, he is able to fulfill both passions... and stay very busy! After several years of developing other successful landscaping companies, Zack founded Southern Grounds Landscaping, as he was determined to deliver exceptional quality of work to consumers. In his eyes, any job less than perfect is not finished

Jessie Schroer

Business Development

Jessie is a University of Georgia alumna who has assisted Zack with growing Southern Grounds since 2015. She traded in her white collar in 2021 to begin overseeing various operations full-time. Some of her responsibilities include: office management, business development, and marketing efforts. With a background in sales and advertising, she works closely with the team on launching and optimizing services.

Nate McLean

Sales Manager

Nate lives in Oconee County with his wife and kids. Like Zack, Nate is a firefighter for the City of Atlanta and loves to serve in that capacity. After 15+ years of being in the landscaping business, Nate is excited to be a part of the Southern Grounds Landscaping family! He shares the same vision as SGL and imparts that to the employees he oversees. His eye for detail and desire for customer satisfaction makes him the perfect consultant for our customers!


"Professional, courteous, and a great value!"

S. Freeman (Bogart, GA)