Meet the Team
Matt was born and raised in Southampton, NY and began as a landscape apprentice at the age of 18. However, even before this, his adventures in landscaping began when he bought his first ride-on Craftsman mower at the ripe young age of 14. Matt loved working with his hands outdoors and soon began cutting trees, splitting wood, and mowing neighborhood lawns.
As his knowledge of plant and tree species grew, so blossomed his fascination with transplanting large specimen trees. Moving historic trees requires a certain understanding of physics which is something that comes second nature to Matt because his father was the local high school physics teacher. Between his work ethic and passion for the industry, it was only a matter of time before Matt established his own landscaping business.
Matt can now swing a shovel with the exactitude of a surgeon and wield a chainsaw with the precision of Nasa Laser Communications System! He has an uncanny ability to place trees and plants with such grace that they appear to have grown naturally from that very location. His fascination lies with grading the surface of any topography, especially for drainage. Matt takes great satisfaction knowing a project is done correctly the first time, and all within budget.
Don was born and raised in Smithtown, NY and has had an interest in the outdoors since being a young boy. Don gained much of his heavy equipment skills during his career in the U.S. Air Force. His unique skill-set would be later honed and adapted to the landscaping industry. Upon moving back home to Long Island, Don realized how specifically his ability to precisely operate heavy machinery was well suited for large estate construction and landscape installations in the area.
Don has now lived on the East End for the last 23 years, nine of which he has been partnered with Matt in the landscape industry as owners of Hampton Rustic. Over this period he has relied on his reputation as a well-respected expert on heavy machine operation and safety. He can smoothly pluck a tree from the earth with a back-hoe, leaving little trace of his machine tracks. Don is sensitive to his client’s established environmental surroundings, always mindful not to disturb existing eco-systems and structures with his heavy equipment. Don takes great pride in his ability to expertly maneuver large machines within narrowly set confines. This leaves many clients relieved knowing that their irrigation system, stone pathways, and cobble stone driveways will remain intact during a big project!