When we moved into our house, it came with a 10-year-old irrigation system – automated/timed system of buried lines and sprinklers, buried rain water cistern and pump – that we didn’t understand. We just knew it wasn’t working properly. We needed someone to do some detective work, fix what needed fixing, as well as add an additional spigot at the far end of our yard. We’d been having a hard time finding anyone up to the challenge. Ethan turned out to have the perfect qualifications, experience, and disposition for the project. He thoughtfully and efficiently identified the nature of the old system and its problems, the location and condition of the buried parts, and the options open to us to get the system up and running again according to our needs and budget. We now have a system that works just the way we want. We were extremely pleased with the final outcomes as well as with his professionalism. Highly recommended.
-Karalyn, Durham


I have been a client of Laurdane Associates for more than 20 years. Ethan Shapiro, the proprietor, began working with me on small-scale projects as they occurred in my yard, including previously installed irrigation, pond and lighting issues. He is a patient and persistent professional who has always listened carefully to what I have said and offered advice without insistence – which is precisely the kind of personality that I needed in times of stressful situations. He is always willing to innovate and to try the most efficient and cost-effective solutions to a problem instead of immediately going to the most expensive and elaborate intervention. Ethan has arrived within hours of my requests and has trudged through all kinds of weather to arrive at my home; he notifies me when he intends to be on the property for routine maintenance and is always respectful of the land. He is well-informed because he researches solutions before recommending them. Over the years, I have learned to trust and rely on his judgment about how to fix most problems. I endorse Laurdane Associates with enthusiasm for comprehensive irrigation and lighting solutions.

-Cathy from Raleigh

Ethan Shapiro recently performed some drainage remediation on my property. It was a difficult issue to solve, and he didn’t stop until the issue was resolved to my complete satisfaction. He was very communicative about the status and always arrived to do the work on the day and at the time he told me he’d be doing it.
-Susan L.

Very responsive and friendly and honest and very competent. Suggestion: Clone yourself.
-Chick W.



Your expertise is greatly appreciated. The exterior lighting is soft and enhances the house. It’s obvious to me now that looking at the house across the street, I’m looking at bright landscape lights versus the house.


Bill and Mary, Raleigh

Everything about Ethan’s service is exemplary. He arrives on time, and if he is running late, he’ll let you know. He recently did both drainage and irrigation work for me. The irrigation part was relatively straightforward. Ethan let me know what the issues were in advance of him doing the work to get my approval, and then he did the necessary fixes. The drainage issue was a bit more challenging. Ethan approached the solution in a way that didn’t completely resolve the problem, so he came back again and again until it was fixed to my complete satisfaction. Additionally, he went above and beyond to get the lawn looking as close to what it was before the issue arose. (I have other issues with my lawn that are not irrigation and drainage related.) I highly recommend Ethan for any drainage and irrigation problems you are facing. He won’t declare the work completed until you are 100% satisfied. Hire him — you can’t do any better!
-Susan L.


I first found Ethan after the person I’d found to put in an irrigation system at my home badly botched the job. Ethan came in and fixed the system at a really reasonable price. After we moved, though, we switched to the irrigation company that our contractor had hired to install the irrigation system. I soon realized the service was far below Ethan’s: the prices were higher, and the work was performed by folks who just wanted to check our house off their list. I switched back to Ethan for his responsible service, pride in getting the job done right, and always-fair prices. We couldn’t be happier.

-Max E., Chapel Hill

I have engaged Laurdane Associates three times over the past decade. Our house in a subdivision is on the downside of a hill and so gets an overwhelming about of water from other properties when it rains. Laurdane has designed and installed a drainage system that is both effective and attractive. Over the years as the impervious service area in the subdivision has increased, the amount of water that flows through our property has increased, thus we’ve needed Laurdane to continue its work. I have never considered any other company for this work. They are honest, knowledgeable, professional, and detail-oriented. I am always willing to be a reference for them.
-JoAnna B.

Ethan has been great fixing our sprinkler system and servicing it. He is always on time and very professional.
-Maggie A.


I highly recommend Laurdane Associates for irrigation system service. Ethan is responsive, dependable and extremely knowledgeable. He diagnosed the problems quickly, thoroughly quoted and explained the job, and then executed at the fair price quoted. I have had our system serviced by several other companies, and Laurdane is the best.

September 12, 2020

-Ron, Chapel Hill


I was really delighted to see there was no lake out there. That was quite a lot of rainfall. Kudos to you!

-Susie, Chapel Hill

You came quickly and solved the problem. After digging a fairly large area in the grass, you put it all back together perfectly.
-Greyson T.

I like how thorough and professional Ethan is. He likes what he does, and his work demonstrates that in everything he has done for us. He has done all of our landscape lighting as well as tending to any of our koi pond and waterfall needs. I wouldn’t use anyone else and have recommended him numerous times to my friends and neighbors.
-Tamra F.

Ethan goes above and beyond the call of duty and doesn’t leave until he has solved the problem and fixed it. He also explains everything so the customer can understand what is happening with their system.
-Christine B.

Laurdane Associates’ customer service is exceptional. Ethan is honest, knowledgeable, responsive, and fair. Very rare to find these great qualities in this day and age.
-Paason R.

You are responsive to issues that arise and a fix if a problem exists.
-Fax D.

Prompt, congenial, competent, efficient.
-James W.