About Kelly Landscaping

After spending eight years working in the green industry both in the private sector and for the state of Maryland, Marty Kelly started Kelly Landscaping in 1980. The company gradually grew from a commercial lawn maintenance business to add landscape construction and a small nursery operation.  To diversify even further, in 1987 a 90-inch tree spade was purchased and the company began selling and moving large mature trees and shrubs.

As our landscape construction business grew, so did our need for more quality plant material.  We started growing a wide variety of trees and shrubs so we could provide our customers with locally grown quality plant material that would transplant well and thrive in their landscape.  In the early 90’s a 25-acre farm was purchased and a few years later Kelly Tree Farm became a reality. 

We purchased two more tree spades as our expertise and reputation in the tree moving business spread throughout Washington- Metro area.  Our satisfied customers are our advertisement and our business has been built mostly on word of mouth referrals.  Our customer list is long and includes not only homeowners, local and federal government sites, schools and commercial sites, but also many landscape contractors in the area.

Mature specimen tree planting has become one of our major endeavors.  As we all get older, we do not want to wait along time for trees to reach a mature size.  To fill this need, we are constantly buying and moving specimen trees from other locations and planting them in our nursery for future growth and sales.  They are planted at our nursery where they are pruned, fertilized, and irrigated with drip irrigation.  We know that when we transplant it to your site, it will do well.  Our specimen tree inventory is always changing.  You can see pictures of the selection of trees we have in the Plant Catalog section of this website.  We also have smaller specimen trees for those customers who are willing to wait a little longer  and  enjoy  watching  their landscape  grow.   Pictures of some examples of these trees can be viewed  in our  picture gallery by Browsing Plant Types.