Landscape Design & Materials

About Modern Earth

Who We Are

Family owned & oriented, our appreciation for the Ozarks knows no bounds.
We love to share the natural treasures we find from all across this great continent, and bring them back to you to enhance & celebrate your homes, businesses and outdoor spaces.

Colt Smith

Colt Smith


Born & raised in Rogersville, Missouri, Colt brings a passion for quality and a clear vision for the future to everything he does. Fair, honest, and thoughtful, he’s always looking for ways to make his customers happy and partners more involved, while consistently staying a step ahead of the competition. His respect for hard work ripples through the team he’s assembled to serve your needs for building stone, hardscaping, outdoor lighting, landscaping, drainage & erosion control.

Along with his wife Melanie, Colt & his family welcomed a new addition in 2022, their first born son! They couldn’t be more tickled to call the Ozarks home for their family. When not providing top notch service on the business side, you’ll likely find him driving his dump truck, affectionately known as “Big Blue”.

Clint Wilson

Clint Wilson

Landscaping/Hardscape Manager

When it comes to getting the job done right, Clint’s experience speaks for itself. A knowledgeable builder and tradesman, he understands as well as anybody how quality projects come together. Clint applies his practical, hands-on approach to every step of the design & installation process, rarely missing a teaching opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise. His ability to relate to and befriend just about anyone, makes him one of the key reasons we’re proud to have him lead our landscaping & hardscaping division.

Ashley Collins

Ashley Collins

Store Manager

Also a local native, Ashley brings an enthusiasm, energy, and smiling face to every thing she does. Whether she’s greeting you in our showroom or helping during load out in the materials yard, her anything-is-possible attitude, ingenuity and gumption make her an essential part of the MEM team. As a wife and mother of two girls, she adds a caring touch in helping our customers find the best products for their projects. Stop by the showroom & design center to say “hi” and check out our products. Don’t forget to find us on your favorite social media outlet and follow us for updates on products, sales & services!

Brandon Paynter

Brandon Paynter

Landscape Design & Horticulture Specialist

An expert in plant selection and the art and practice of landscape and garden cultivation and management, Brandon brings a warmth, kindness and sincerity to everything he does. He’s also our lead in-house 3D designer, so he can help bring clarity to your vision with fully rendered 3D models & flythroughs that show you exactly how your spaces and landscapes will come to life. Advanced models demonstrate how outdoor lighting can enhance the look of your space, and even help us study how light, shadow & seasonal changes can transform & enhance your outdoor spatial experience.

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Branden Schwab

Sales & Marketing

Sharing an eye for detail and a penchant for design, Branden offers creative support to our sales,  marketing & design efforts while helping guide us in our growth. His proven understanding of design trends in the Ozarks and the relationships between members of the local design & development community make him an invaluable addition to the team as we grow to better serve your building stone, hardscape & landscape needs. An avid paddler & trails enthusiast, Branden finds inspiration while exploring the terrain and waterways that define our Ozark hills and make this such a special place to call home.

We Would Love To Meet You

Interested in discovering how our team of landscapers and designers can transform your Southwest Missouri home or business? Contact us today and we'll discuss your needs, make informed recommendations based on years of experience, and provide you with a free estimate. We can't wait to hear from you.

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At Modern Earth, we do more than just sales and pricing. From free take-offs to frequent educational events and on-site support, we are here to help.


We are dedicated to offering first-class building stone products, hardscape & landscape materials to clients across SW Missouri & NW Arkansas, including Nixa, Ozark, Springfield and more — We promise no job is complete until all expectations are met.
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