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Level Up: Inside Yardnique’s Steady Organic and M&A Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. When Yardnique’s CEO Brian DuMont was considering where to go to college, all he wanted to do was play baseball. It was when his father asked, “What are you going to do with your life, son?” […]

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Level Up: Ziehler Lawn Care Is Focused on Enhancing Their Customers’ and Employees’ Lives

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Make 20,150 lives more enjoyable by 2030 is Ziehler Lawn Care’s current Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). This includes growing to over 20,000 active customers and building a team of 150 employees. Andrew Ziehler, owner and […]

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Level Up: Passion Powers Pleasant Places, Inc.’s Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Guy Artigues enjoys hard work. “I truly enjoy the sweat on your brow type thing and just the instant gratification of this industry that it provided,” Artigues says. “Back then, you were just doing little things […]

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Level Up: K&D Landscaping Grows Aggressively By 25 to 50% Annually

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Justin White, owner of K&D Landscaping, Inc., based in Watsonville, California, was born into the landscaping business as his parents started the company in the 80s. “I never really planned on taking it over,” White says. “It […]

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Level Up: Sunrise Landscape Grows by Almost 300% in Three Years  

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. In 2019, Austin Ashmore acquired Sunrise Landscape, based in Tampa, Florida, along with some outside investors. He had contemplated starting his company from scratch when he missed the entrepreneurial environment of small business, but he says […]

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Level Up: Mountain View Landscapes Priorities Their People

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. At the age of 18, Steve Corrigan, president of Mountain View Landscapes, Inc., based in Chicopee, Massachusetts, landed his first commercial client when an apartment manager told him they were looking for someone to cut the […]

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Level Up: High Prairie Landscape Group’s Careful Hiring Keeps Their Culture Strong

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. While working for a garden center in college, Robyn Schmitz realized she felt the most fulfilled and passionate when she was helping design gardens for customers. After switching her major from journalism to horticulture/landscape design, she […]

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Top 5 Level Up Stories of 2023

The Level Up series is a collection of articles sharing the successful strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies reach the next level. Check out some of the most-read stories in this series for 2023. Click on each company’s name to read the full Level Up article. 5) Level Up: Expanding Services Helps Nasim […]

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Level Up: Focal Pointe Is Creating Impactful Environments for People

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. In 1998, Cardinal Wilton Gregory, the Bishop of the Belleville, Illinois Catholic Diocese at the time, encouraged John Munie to start his own business and was his first customer. When Munie brought up the idea of […]

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Level Up: Quiet Village Landscaping Is Focused On Performing at the Highest Level

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Dennis Evans, owner of Quiet Village Landscaping, based in St. Louis, Missouri, grew up going to the Missouri Botanical Gardens as his mother was studying horticulture and landscape design. When he went to school for business, […]

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