Alex Burke

Owner / President

Alex is a third generation horticulturalist. His grandfather, Hubert Elenewski, was owner of Elenewski Brother's Florist in Lawrenceville, NJ and was at one point the largest orchid grower in New Jersey. Alex first got his start in business as a child mowing lawns. When he was in high school he started his first business, Burke Lawn Services, mainly doing lawn maintenance. While still in high school, Alex became one of the youngest people ever to get his pesticide license from the State of New Jersey. After high school, Alex went on to Rutgers University, Cook College, where he received a degree in Environmental Planning and Design, with a concentration on seashore environments. After Alex graduated in 2000, he incorporated his business under a new name, Burke Environmental. Burke Environmental was founded as a landscape design, installation, maintenance company with a focus on Jersey Shore properties.

As Burke Environmental grew so did the services it began to offer. Alex got his irrigation license and became certified in concrete pavers and retaining wall construction. In 2003, seeing the emerging field of wetlands construction, Alex became certified in wetlands delineation and wetlands construction. Burke Environmental's environmental services division has gone on to become a leader in wetlands work in New Jersey and New York.

In 2008 Alex began co-teaching the installation of concrete pavers course for Rutgers University. The following year Alex took over the installation of concrete pavers course as well as the retaining wall installation course. Alex now teaches six courses for Rutgers, Introduction to Pruning Techniques, Advanced Pruning Techniques, Installation of Concrete Pavers, Retaining Wall Installation, Outdoor Entertainment Spaces, and Water Management and Drainage. He also guest lectures for the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Alex is also a certified instructor for the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). ICPI helps set the national standards for concrete pavers and is viewed as a nationally recognized certification. Alex is one of less than 75 instructors in all of North America. 

In 2015, Alex became a NJ Licensed Tree Expert (LTE). A NJ LTE is the highest level certification an arborist can get in the state of New Jersey. To become a LTE you must pass a two part test in tree identification and the science and art of diagnosing, treating and preventing tree injuries. LTEs demonstrate high ethical and moral standards in the practice of tree care and are certified by the Board of Tree Experts. LTEs produce correct, long-term management techniques required in the science of tree care.

Alex oversees the day to day operations and growth of the company. He still does some of the larger design concepts and drawings. You also might see him in the field doing tree pruning/ removals, project management, estimates, and snow removal.

Alex lives in Wall Township with his wife Katie, daughters Elizabeth and Emma, and son Thomas. In his spare time he is a volunteer firefighter with South Wall Fire Rescue, plays hockey, and is a New Jersey Devils season ticket holder.