Sam and his team at Atlas Outdoor did a fantastic job on our new patio space! They were professional and receptive from the design phase through construction and also followed up afterwards to make sure everything was just the way we wanted it. We’ve already had many compliments from friends and family on the grilling island and firepit. Not sure if this is good news or bad news, but because our family loves it so much, we’ve been asked to host almost all of the events now! Thanks again Sam for helping our family make some great memories.
— The Coselmon Family.

We committed in the fall of 2015 with Atlas to redo the landscape around our older home that we recently purchased and had remodeled. As soon as the 2016 spring weather became agreeable, the guys showed up to work. Sam, Chad and all the guys that were here were wonderful to deal with. They coordinated the job with some deck work that had to be redone for safety and aesthetic reasons. They labored long, hard hours to get our job done right.

We were delayed a bit when they discovered that our existing sprinkler system had been ruined with lake sand, but they managed to get a new system in for us. The guys were extremely appreciative of the slightest hospitality offered to them, and they were very polite and respectful of our home, even cleaning off the driveway every day before they left to try to minimize the dirt we would have tracked inside the garage and house. We love our new patio, sidewalks, and plant beds! We now have lovely outside spaces to enjoy relaxing in as we take in the beauty of the lake.

— Carl and Sheila, Clarkston, MI

Atlas Outdoor has been serving our Multi-Family communities for several years. They handle Lawn Care, Snow Removal, Fertilization, and all other Landscape construction and maintenance projects.

Sam and his crews always represent our properties well with a clean fleet of trucks, equipment, and informed staff. We take great pride in our communities and Atlas Outdoor always helps make our properties stand tall. We frequently receive great compliments from our Residents on how great our properties look!

Without hesitation I highly recommend Atlas Outdoor for all of your landscape needs. Thank you Sam for all that you and your staff do.

— Ryan M Fox, Regional Facilities Manager, Thornridge Apartments, Charter Oaks Apartments, Shannon Manor Townhomes

It is my pleasure to recommend Atlas Outdoor as an outstanding company to work with. The Flint Farmers’ Market facility is the second location that I have managed with the help of Atlas Outdoor. Sam Gembel and his staff have been extremely helpful in our efforts to keep our property looking great in both the summer months as well as the winter.

The Atlas Outdoor staff always arrives on site looking professional and ready to work. Their equipment is always in pristine condition and you can tell that they take pride in conducting themselves in a professional manner while on site.

Our facility has gained regional, state and national attention since opening in June of 2014. Atlas Outdoor has played a crucial role in maintaining a an appearance that is in keeping with the status that we have achieved as a first class public market and events venue here in Downtown Flint.

— Sean Gartland, Facilities Manager

Atlas Outdoor has maintained the Lake Agency office complex for over 15 years and I wanted to take this moment to commend you and your professional staff for a job well done. Whether it’s cutting the lawn, edging, trimming, planting bulbs in the fall, snow plowing and salting, your crew is always on time and the job is done right. We take a great deal of pride in the appearance of our complex and your crew does as well. Your landscaping and sprinkler system services have also served us well over the years. Your crew is quick to point out maintenance concerns before they become serious and expensive. This year they reduced the number of sprinkler heads needed which helped reduce our water bill.

We’ve seen our share of sub-par lawn care. Atlas Outdoor is a true leader when it comes to quality and reliability of workmanship. I suspect you have grown to become the largest lawn maintenance service in Genesee County as I see your sharp clean trucks everywhere. Keep up the good work and best wishes for your continued success.

— John Racine, President, Lake Agency, Inc.


In the Summer of 2018, I decided my backyard needed a complete overhaul, a pretty sizeable project. Being that I wanted it done professionally and by the best, I chose Atlas Outdoor. I have already used Atlas for years for my yard maintenance and other smaller projects, so I knew I could trust Sam and his team.

Not only did my backyard turn out better than I could have ever hoped for, but it was also done in a timely manner. In addition, each worker that was there, was courteous, professional, and cleaned up after themselves every day before leaving. Since it’s been completed, I have received nothing but compliments from neighbors, and boaters as they pass by on the lake.

If you’re even considering a landscape makeover, be sure to make Atlas Outdoor your first call. They are truly the best for so many reasons, and it stems down from Sam Gembel the owner. An honest, friendly, family man…. They’re the only place that will get my business! 

–The Holt Family, Linden MI 

Just a quick note to thank you for years and years of excellent service from Atlas Outdoor. I use Atlas for lawn cutting (such beautiful edging on my driveway) and your horticulture service. A few years ago Atlas also completely cleaned up my outdated landscaping and landscape lighting – installing low maintenance, low energy cost, dramatic lighting. I think it’s safe to say I’m totally sold on Atlas Outdoor.

As an aside, I recently had Comcast in for a service upgrade. He checked my wiring from the house to the cable box outside and realized that years ago they had “dropped a line” (his words) from the house to the cable box near the street and had never returned to bury the cable. We were both astonished that my lawn service had never cut the line! He just shook his head and said “You must have good guys.” Well, I already knew that. Please tell my lawn guys that I promise to have Comcast bury the line this spring!

Once again, thank you for offering a team that I can always trust and an owner who is accessible to his customers. The only way I would leave Atlas Outdoor is if I move into a condominium – and then I will try to convince the Homeowner’s Association to switch to Atlas Outdoor.

— Marge Rudder, Grand Blanc, MI

Back in 2011, I called Sam Gembel to come to my house to give me a quote on some landscaping and outdoor lighting. They came out, did the work and when they were done, the results were AMAZING!! They made my small home look like a mansion with some awesome landscaping and lighting. It was awesome!! Since then we have contracted their lawn services. They continue year after year to provide us with exceptional lawn service and the staff is friendly, courteous and very professional. I would recommend ATLAS OUTDOOR to anyone looking for landscaping, lawn service or any other outdoor needs.

— Renee Newton, Goodrich, MI

As a property manager working with several associations, it is important for me to be able to work with and recommend trustworthy, honest and reliable vendors. This has been my experience with Atlas Outdoor. They handle lawn care and snow removal at a few of the associations I work with and I can’t compliment Sam and his team enough. They are timely, willing to work with boards and managers as well as being committed to do the best job.

Even when there is an issue, Sam and has team have taken care of it without hesitation or question. I have referred Atlas Outdoor to personal and family friends for their lawn and snow removal needs. I trust them enough to take care of my mother’s lawn and snow removal needs. “

— Bob Nelson, Managing Agent

Our community has been working with Sam Gembel and Atlas Outdoor since 2011. We have used them for lawn, snow and landscaping. Over the course of the last 5 years, we have had to use other vendors based on company expectations. However due to the lack of quality of service, we have always come back to Sam and his team at Atlas Outdoor. We have a community that requires attention to detail and we expect the best service available. We have been happy with the service provided. If at a time the service didn’t reach our expectation, it was immediately addressed and corrected. I would recommend Sam and Atlas Outdoor to anyone looking for a committed lawn, snow or landscaping contractor.

— Nellie Klug, Westbury Apartments, Howell, MI

Just a quick note to say “Thank You” to Sam Gembel & Atlas Outdoor for taking such great care of our lawns & landscape. Their promptness and attention to detail is greatly appreciated! In 2015, we had a storm come through and blow down many limbs and debris. It was just an amazing thing that they had a crew to take care of our cleanup efforts within one hour of my call! Keep up the great work!

Rick Lamb, President, Swartz Funeral Home – Flint, MI

We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Sam for years.  Atlas Outdoor has maintained our property year round since 2011. Atlas has beautified our old flower beds, cut down trees and provided the landscaping detail surrounding our pool. There was never a question of who we trusted to create a beautiful outdoor space for our family.  We met with the team, talked about our needs and our wishes and they took it from there.   The space that was created is more than we could have wished for or even imagined.  The team listened to us, consulted with us and checked in on our satisfaction, every step of the way!  Every single member went above and beyond to ensure every last detail was perfect! Over the years, you have built a company based on integrity and superior work ethics. It is our pleasure to continue to watch you grow and succeed.

The Klasen Family — Grand Blanc, MI