Traverse City, MI
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Free DEQ Permit if signed by 3/31/19

Wilhelm Landscapes, Northern Michigan’s premiere builder of seawalls, will obtain your DEQ Permit free of charge if you sign on to a project by 3/31/19.




Wilhelm Landscapes works with the DEQ to obtain a DEQ Permit for your seawall project. We provide the necessary documents as well as the application. 


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Wilhelm Landscapes works on seawall projects right up to the end of the year.  DEQ Permits can take several weeks to obtain, so it is important to file the application as soon as possible.


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Wilhelm Landscapes also builds or works on repairs to vinyl and steel seawalls. We have also built bio-engineered seawalls which have become a popular solution to certain conditions. These also require a DEQ Permit.


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Building a seawall correctly is as much an art as a process. Our experienced crew will create a seawall that will not only function to control erosion, but have aesthetic appeal your neighbors will envy. Many times we are asked to fix a seawall that was constructed poorly, don’t have this happen to you. Go with Wilhelm Landscapes the first time.


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Wilhelm Landscapes has built a solid reputation for high quality work in Northern Michigan. Building seawalls is the backbone of our success. Your property is one of the biggest investments you will ever make. Make sure you’re not losing frontage by stabilizing the shoreline. A DEQ Permit is required for building and most repairs to inland lakes in Michigan. Wilhelm Landscapes can put that task to rest as we work with all Northern Michigan DEQ offices across Northern Michigan. They know us, we know them. They know what to expect when reviewing an application from us. The application can be a tedious venture, and incomplete or inaccurate application can seriously delay the project. Sign with us before 3/31/19 and we will obtain your DEQ Permit free of charge. It’s piece of mind at no cost to you.







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We Build Seawalls on the Great Lakes

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Wilhelm Landscapes is the premiere seawall installation company in Northern Lower Michigan. We have done many seawalls on both East and West Bays. These projects require authorization from the Army Corp. of Engineers. Wilhelm Landscapes is ready to walk you through this process. As part of our permitting service, Wilhelm can obtain all of the permits needed for your seawall project. Check out this 2018 project on East Bay. Most of Wilhelm Landscapes projects begin with a search for seawall construction companies in Northern Lower Michigan. Wilhelm Landscapes prides itself on being on the top of this search. This is because we have consistently built the finest boulder seawalls for years. It is very common for a neighbor to stop and ask “Who did your seawall?”.  Many of our clients are just down the lake from ones we had constructed previously. The word gets around! The choice for seawalls in Northern Lower Michigan is Wilhelm Landscapes.




Stone Steps

Our stone steps are often 5.5″ high. This is a very comfortable size for the elderly and children. They are also available at 7″ high which is still below the height of a normal home step. These steps also act as a perfect level support for a dock installation. They also come in dimensional or irregular shapes and 4 different colors.








All of our project include boulders which we harvest ourselves. The entire project is artfully constructed to create the most appealing configuration. These beautiful boulders are also used to build most of our seawalls and retaining walls.





It all starts with design. We work with your ideas and our experience to create a design that explains the elements in full color so that you can see what you are investing in. This is often more accessible than a blue print or a quick sketch.


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Seawall Sale

Let us obtain your State & County Seawall & Beach Sanding permits now!!!

Wilhelm Landscapes will do this service for free, if signed up by March 15th. 

See pictures of our seawall designs below.

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The finished product.


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Seawall Design


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Here’s why its important to have a well thought out Landscape Design.

Through out my 30 years in the landscape design build field, I’ve learned many ways to avoid redoing a hardscape. Making sure common issues are handled 1st. Proper drainage is #1, shoreline erosion protection/seawalls as needed, retaining walls #3, pathways and patios #4, building of raised planting gardens w/ good soils #5 and a great planting plan.

Let Wilhelm Landscape help you with your landscape design needs. The design fee we become free of charge w/ an installation from one of our great skilled crews.

We will make your landscape great! 

"We design lifestyles"

“We design lifestyles”


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Free DEQ Permit w/ contract for Shoreline Seawall Installation

Let Wilhelm Seawalls help you protect one of your biggest investments. With 30 years in the business, you can count on us. We are offering free Seawall Permits needed for the installation of a new seawall.

Call Robert Wilhelm direct at 1-231-944-9661 w/ any questions.

Make it a great day!Seawall & Beach Design

Seawall Design

Seawall Design using boulders, replacing an existing vinyl seawall.


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Lakefront Seawall Erosion Protection in Northern Michigan

Did you know that Wilhelm Landscapes specializes in lakefront seawall erosion protection and restoration? Let us handle the permit process for soil erosion and the DEQ. 

We service Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Antrim Counties. 

We are your Lakefront Specialist servicing Traverse City, Williamsburg, Elk Rapids, Suttons Bay, Lake Leelanau, Leland, Omena and Northport.

Give us a call today at 231-267-9267 for a free estimate!

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Granite Seawalls in Northern Michigan!

~Granite Seawalls in Northern Michigan~

Got erosion issues? Call us today at 231-267-9267

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Vinyl Seawall on Lake Leelanau

Check out our latest “Vinyl Seawall” installation on Lake Leelanau!! ‪#‎LakefrontSpecialist‬ ‪#‎WilhelmLandscapes‬

A vinyl seawall is a major improvement to your property, and it’s something that requires good planning. You will be adding a structure that will be protecting your land for decades to come, so it’s important to get it right. One of the primary considerations is the material used to construct the seawall.

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Torch Lake, Elk Lake, Lake Bellaire, and MORE! Did you know that we are Northern Michigan’s Lakefront Specialist?

Design & schedule your project now for Spring installation! #WilhelmLandscapes #NorthernMichigan #LakefrontSpecialist

We provide complete design, layout, implementation and care for all of your hardscaping needs. From walkways to driveways, patios to pool decks, retaining walls and planters, we can create it all. So indulge yourself and experience today’s finest outdoor living with a hardscape designed & installed by Michigan’s premier hardscape specialist, Wilhelm Landscapes.

Sea Walls

We have been restoring beach fronts for several years. Our expertise in this area can add functionality to your shoreline as well as help prevent soil erosion.

Custom Masonry
Allow our knowledgeable designers to create distinctive walks, patios, and driveways, using the latest styles in custom masonry and cut stone.

Retaining Walls
Custom stone, brick, and wood retaining walls are installed for soil retention and erosion control.

Contact us today for a design & estimate:
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Spring Projects Are Underway! Seawalls, Retaining Walls, Outdoor Kitchens, Brick Patios, Firepits, Landscapes Designs and More!

It’s Spring Project time!!! 

We already have some scheduled and getting permits, etc.  Did you know that Wilhelm Landscapes is Northern Michigan’s Lakefront Specialist?  We are a hardscaping design and build company based in Traverse City, Michigan with over 20 years experience. Our expert hardscape design and professional installation can turn your dreams into reality and help maximize the beauty and value of your property. We work with you to incorporate your ideas and our knowledge to arrive at the perfect plan for your style and budget.

Check out our latest design on Elk Lake:

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