WHO WE ARE

Uncommon Ground provides premier landscape, lawn care and irrigation services to customers in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas.

OUR COMPANY


Uncommon Ground provides premier landscape, lawn care and irrigation services to customers in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas. Our goal is customer loyalty through unmatched customer service.

OUR HISTORY


Uncommon Ground was established in 2004 with the goal of providing high quality, full service landscape, lawn care and irrigation services. From inception, the founders have been focused on service as the primary product. By standing behind our materials with warranties, unconditional guarantees on workmanship, and upholding the belief that Uncommon Ground is your partner, not just your contractor, we have been able to keep our commitment to service first.

OUR EXPERIENCE


Because we have the most experienced team in the area, Uncommon Ground has the ability to identify, create, plan, problem-solve, and execute your dream project and scheduled services.

OUR COMMUNITY


Customer service and community service are fundamental values of Uncommon Ground. Since our inception, the UG team has invested in local charities, schools and the communities in which we serve.

MEET OUR TEAM

The Uncommon Ground team’s focus is always on service. Our team members are the best in the industry, and we are committed to maintaining a customer-first culture. Uncommon Ground builds positive relationships with our customers that foster great communication and creative problem solving. This means conflicts are avoided and disputes are quickly resolved.

Uncommon Ground - Jennifer Cavins

Jennifer Cavins

Owner
As the owner and President of Uncommon Ground, Jen oversees the daily operations, financials and human resources. Outside of UG, she can be found watching her teenage boys’ athletic events, socializing with friends, reading and traveling. She and Mike feel very fortunate to be able to work with great clients and some of the best team members to create and maintain unique outdoor spaces in the Quad City area.
Uncommon Ground - Mike Cavens

Mike Cavins

Vice President
Mike is a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities and a graduate of North Carolina State University. In 2004, Mike and Jennifer started Uncommon Ground, specializing in custom design and expert installation with an emphasis on a superior client experience. Mike has used his experience of 20-plus years in the lawn and landscape industry to offer clients a single source solution for landscape design and installation, irrigation service and installation, commercial lawn care, and lawn fertilization.

Working closely with the designers and installation crews, Mike is able to continually push the boundaries and offer unique designs that fit seamlessly into the natural landscape, while serving the clients’ needs and exceeding their expectations. Creative design and attention to detail have become the hallmark of Uncommon Ground. Outside of Uncommon Ground, Mike can be found supporting the sports and social activities of his two teenage boys. Mike and Jennifer are also active with charitable causes that involve at-risk and under-served youth as well as the arts and community development projects.

Uncommon Ground - Ron Barrett

Ron Barrett

Commercial Grounds Manager
Ron joined Uncommon Ground in 2006 as a mowing foreman and has grown with the company. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Visual Studies. Ron has over 17 years of experience in various aspects of the landscape industry including landscaping, irrigation, fertilization, landscape lighting and turf maintenance. Ron acts as our primary safety coordinator and helps oversee fleet and equipment maintenance. He works as part of the management team to coordinate daily tasks, personnel, equipment and materials. Ron is also a major contributor to Uncommon Ground’s many charitable endeavors.
Uncommon Ground - Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson

Senior Project Manager/Landscape Designer

Chad joined Uncommon Ground at its inception in 2004. With over 27 years of experience in the landscape industry, Chad’s role is integral to all aspects of the company. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Plant & Soil Science. He specializes in custom landscape designs and installation. Chad strives to exceed customer expectations. His attention to detail starts from the first time he visits a new site and continues through the completion of the project. In his free time, Chad enjoys spending time with his wife and children, attending sporting events, and photography.

Uncommon Ground - Brian Nicke

Brian Nicke

Irrigation Manager

Brian joined the Uncommon Ground team in 2009.  He has over 13 years experience in the irrigation industry.  Brian strives to design and install irrigation systems using the highest quality products and most efficient use of water.  He is also an Iowa certified Backflow Assembly Tester as well as a Hunter Irrigation Specialist and Rain Bird certified irrigation technician. In addition to being an irrigation specialist, Brian is also a certified landscape lighting installer. He prides himself in finding unique outdoor lighting solutions for homes and landscapes.

Uncommon Ground - Cindy Siefers

Cindy Siefers

Office Manager

Cindy is the first voice you hear when you call Uncommon Ground. She has been with UG since 2007. Cindy schedules appointments and services, assists with accounting and routes lawn care applications.

Uncommon Ground - Dan Siefers

Dan Siefers

Lawn Care Manager
With 38 years of service to the Quad Cities area in the turfgrass management and irrigation industry, Dan serves as our Lawn Care Manager. Dan’s background in turfgrass management and irrigation services includes all aspects of project management, task planning and follow-through, resource management, crew supervision, budgeting, project progress and results communication. He currently holds a license as a commercial applicator in Iowa and Illinois.
Uncommon Ground - Jody Schneider

Jody Schneider

CFO

Jody joined the Uncommon Ground team in 2014.  As an accounting alumni from The University of Northern Iowa, she has over 25 years in specialized construction accounting. As our CFO, Jody has implemented efficient processes and streamlined our accounting software. She enjoys spending time with her husband and children, watching and playing sports and binge watching Survivor.