Our People...

At Sweetwater Landscapes, we believe our greatest asset is our people. Our diverse staff of more than 60 employees includes landscape architect, registered landscape contractors, licensed irrigation contractor and licensed pesticide applicators.

Management Team

The Sweetwater Landscapes Management team has a combined experience of over 50 years in the Green Industry. This experience and expertise enables us to recognize and anticipate issues, design a solution then implement the solution. This saves the client energy, money and time.


Rich Bessette - Owner/President

Richard graduated from East Carolina University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology and Sales. While at ECU Richard was an active member in the PKA fraternity. He started Triangle Maintenance group in 2001 as sole owner and operator with a desire to work outside while utilizing his management and sales skills. In 2003, he formed Sweetwater Landscapes. At Sweetwater Landscapes, Richard enjoys growing/managing both the Maintenance and Turf Care Divisions. He has an active family with his wife, Kristy and their 5 boys.
~ 16 years experience in the green industry
~ECU Industrial Technology & Sales degree

Chris McLawhorn - Branch Manager (Raleigh Area)

~16 years experience in the green industry
~NCSU Turfgrass Management & Ornamental Landscape Technology degree
~Certified Stormwater BMP Inspection & Maintenance Technician, certification #1301
~NC Licensed Irrigation Contractor, license #949
~NC Registered Landscape Contractor, license #1707
~NC Licensed Ground Pesticide Applicator, Turf & Aquatic, license #026-22621


Our Crews

Sweetwater Landscapes crews are experienced in commercial, residential and maintenance work. Our experienced crews will be at each visit to ensure consistent and professional service. They operate under safety plans and guidelines set by OSHA as well as our handbook.