About Us


From The Ground Up is a family-owned Decatur Company that actually started in 1985 as a Christmas Tree Farm and after several years and many business purchases later we have become a Full Service Lawn & Landscape company for doing jobs from mowing & pruning to paver patios & block retaining walls.  We Keep up on all the latest products available to the industry and back that with trained and educated staff members to make sure the job gets done right the first time.  We also give back to the community that supports us by offering our services and by donating to many local charities in Decatur Area.  

Kevin McSherry - Owner
A 1979  graduate from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, with a B.S in Forest Management/ Plant and Soil Science. Married with 3 children, Ryan, Anne, Charles. My wife Kimberley, is the Art teacher at McGaughey School in Mt. Zion and owns/operates TOURNESOL on Merchant Street in downown Decatur. I moved to Decatur in 1979 after graduating college, worked for the Soil and Water Conservation District before starting From The Ground Up Landscapes in 1985. I have enjoyed every moment of my journey to running a successful landscape and lawn maintenance company here in Decatur, Illinois. Typical small business challenges are what have made the business what it is today.
I have a passion for working with homeowners to design a new landscape or living area for their home. We look forward to making your landscape project an enjoyable experience. My installation crews, headed up by my son Ryan will make your landscape project their PRIORITY until complete. I look forward to your call.
Ryan McSherry - Field Operations Manager
I Graduated from Macarthur High School class of 99' and went on to UBI bicycle technical institute where I learned to fix bikes and TIG weld titanium bicycle frames in Ashland, OR.  After that I lived in the Colorado mountains playing and working in a bike shop as mechanic.  In 2003 I moved back and joined the family business.  I have since then married my wife Courtney and have a daughter Ava that keep me busy when I am not working. We play outside, take trips to the cabin, or going to the beach is what we love to do.  Since I was in high school my Father Kevin has been teaching me everything there is to know about running a landscape business.  I have been trained in many areas of the industry and I am an ICPI Member/certified for paver installs that require continuing education to stay up on latest technologies for these areas, Kitchler Lighting certificate for installs, Rainxchange Rainwater Harvesting installer, Belgard Authorized Contractor.  My passions today are working in the field next to my guys to get the jobs done fast and effectively.