Our Team

The DIG Landscapes team has been designing and building unique and sustainable custom landscapes in the Texas Hill Country for over 40 years.

We bring enthusiasm and integrity to every project. Contact us today to learn more about our exceptional abilities.

Mike Brooks

DIG embodies Mike’s 40 years of experience in the landscaping industry working on residential, resort, and commercial projects.

Mike has owned and operated Earth and Lake Works for the past 10 years, specializing in custom residential landscaping in the Texas Hill Country.

Most recently, Mike assisted in the development of a 300-acre high-end residential resort community, The Reserve at Lake Travis.

Mike oversaw development, marina management, landscape design, construction, and maintenance.

Prior to his work at The Reserve, Mike worked internationally for a Japanese development company on destination resort, retail, commercial, and residential development throughout the Pacific Rim. Most of the work was concentrated in the tropical Mariana Islands of the Western Pacific.

Landscape projects during this time included hotels, shopping centers, resorts, water parks, banks, even a national park — the landscape design and installation of American Memorial Park of the Northern Mariana Islands.

While overseas, Mike started and developed a full-scale production nursery which grew most of the plant materials for the projects in the islands.

After getting his degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech, Mike worked with the developer of Horseshoe Bay, Texas as their in-house landscape architect. This is where he was introduced to large scale residential development and resort planning.

Mike started his career working summers at the age of 15 at Johansen Landscape & Nursery in Big Spring, Texas.

In his free time, Mike enjoys outrigger canoeing on the waters of the world — from the Highland Lakes of Central Texas, to the Gulf Coast of Texas, to Florida, California, Hawaii, and even Micronesia. He continues to compete in outrigger canoeing races throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Mike lives with his wife Liz in the Lake Travis area and they have three children.

“What brings me the most satisfaction is the opportunity to share my knowledge and ideas and help clients realize their vision.”

Mike Brooks

Jon Brooks

Jon joined DIG Landscapes in June of 2021 as a project manager and handles sourcing of materials.

Jon has a rich knowledge of native Texas grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees. His experience with novel ecosystem approaches to ecology allows him to expand the traditional idea of what a sustainable home landscape can include.

Prior to joining DIG, Jon worked with Patagonia as a sales associate in their retail store in Austin. During this time Jon was active in writing and reviewing grants from various environmental organizations throughout Texas. Jon was one of four employees throughout the country selected to travel to the Patagonia headquarters in Ventura, California for an environmental education program.

Jon attended St. Edwards University where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. During college Jon focused on learning about ecology and native grasses and wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country.

This included contributing to research projects throughout the Texas Hill Country that addressed invasive plant species, prescribed burns, the wildland-urban-interface, and how climate change is constantly shifting our ecosystems.

Jon played varsity soccer at Lake Travis High school and graduated in 2015. During high school Jon worked at The Reserve at Lake Travis Marina as a dockhand and customer service specialist, where he built skills in boat maintenance, scheduling of employees, direct customer service and gaining new clients.

Jon spent the first few years of his life on the island of Saipan before moving to Austin. He was acquainted with and interested in the flora of the tropics and of the Texas Hill Country from an early age.