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2200 Howard Rd. Petoskey, MI. 49770

© 2016 North By Nature Landscapes


Professional Landscaping Design, Build,

Gardening & Shoreline Erosion Control

"Because you love Northern Michigan... By Nature"

North By Nature Landscapes can handle all your planting, landscaping and shoreline garden needs. We build stone retaining walls and craft flagstone patios - help solve shoreline erosion problems - manage storm water - control invasive plant species - share our knowledge of the plants and materials used to express the natural beauty of your property, and restore natural habitats to sustain biodiversity.


Our professional design, build and installation team can help you create and maintain landscapes that reflect your passion for Northern Michigan. Guided by personal color and texture preferences, we expertly apply ecological landscape design principles to minimize the use of toxic chemicals and fertilizers, lower maintenance costs, and create beautiful outdoor living spaces. 

About Bret Huntman

Bret is a Michigan Certified Natural Shoreline Management Professional specializing in shoreline and landscape assessments, shoreline restoration, design and management. Shoreline services include EGLE (DEQ) and Army Corps permitting. He also works with restoration ecologists, native plant nurseries, and landscape design professionals to design and create attractive, sustainable and healthy outdoor living spaces.


With a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University, and experience operating a lawn and home maintenance company, Bret moved north. He studied the natural history and wildlife of northern Michigan forests while hiking, skiing, and hunting. Wanting to bring forest plants closer to home, he studied the use of Michigan native plants and native plant landscape design and gardening. 


With the help of numerous mentors, peers and cross country ski friends - thank you, David, Chris, Lee and Bill - he is "North by Nature".


North by Nature is a member of the Wildflower Association of Michigan and the Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association.

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Shoreline Erosion Control

From concept to completion, listening to customers, guiding their choices and helping them to visualize the future, we help bring dreams to life. Well designed and properly constructed natural shorelines stop soil erosion and lakeside property damage. They are easily traversed and provide access to the beach along the full length of the property. A lakeside garden will be designed to include perennial flowers, grasses and shrubs. It will be planted in the early summer of 2018. The deep rooted plants will help to anchor the stones into place and blend them into the landscape. Form and function are two of our guiding principles. 

shoreline erosion control

emergency shoreline repair, shoreline erosion control, natural shoreline restoration

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