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Level Up: The Formal Garden Reaches Their Sweet Spot

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Even at the young age of four, Andy Miller knew he either wanted to “draw flowers or grow flowers” when he grew up. Miller attended vocational school for landscape and floral design in high school. He […]

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Faces of the Industry: Emily Seely

When Emily Seely first started working for Farmside Landscape & Design, based Wantage, New Jersey, she was looking for some short-term office work as she was completing her associate degree and was unsure of her next steps. She admits because she didn’t have a background in landscaping, she was a little intimidated to learn the […]

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Pictured: Tom Hougnon, COO of Landscapes Unlimited

Level Up: Landscapes Unlimited Has Grown 25-30 Percent Each Year

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Landscapes Unlimited, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, was started in 2008. Founder Chris Holmgren had worked in the landscape industry for 15 years before creating his own company with the goal of building the biggest and […]

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(Right to left) Ben Filchak and John Baxter

Level Up: Deep Roots Landscape Grows To Be a One-Source Solution for Clients

As early as elementary school, John Baxter and Ben Filchak were talking about owning businesses and working together. Baxter started cutting lawns in middle school and continued all the way through college. While he attended the University of North Georgia studying business management, he took a course on small business and created a business plan. […]

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Level Up: Allied Landscape Is Focused on Growing People and Partnerships

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Loren McIrvin grew up in the industry, helping his parents run a small landscape company in the San Francisco Bay area, which built his appreciation for nature. It wasn’t until he turned 18 that he knew […]

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Level Up: Relationships Fuel Sunline Landscapes’ Growth

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. It only took Curtis Atkinson one semester in college to know he wanted to start his own company. He had been working for another landscape company since high school, mowing lawns and working his way up […]

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Meet Joe Munie, 2022 Advocacy Award Winner

Joe Munie, president of Munie Greencare Professionals, based in Caseyville, Illinois, was presented the 2022 Advocacy Award during ELEVATE in Orlando, Florida. This award is presented to an individual who has dedicated their time and efforts to go above and beyond to help represent and defend the interests of our industry at the local, state […]

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Faces of the Industry: Nelson Alvarado

Ever since he was a kid, Nelson Alvarado has been interested in mechanical maintenance and fixing things with his hands. However, for most of his life, he considered it just a hobby. When life threw him some curveballs 10 years ago, Alvarado was forced to make some tough decisions. He moved from the banking industry […]

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Level Up: EarthCraft Landscaping Seeks to Continually Improve and Learn

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. You could say a love for the landscape industry is how EarthCraft Landscaping, based in Indiana, Pennsylvania, came to be. Husband and wife owners Aaron and Shanna Scordo had previously worked for another landscape company that […]

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Level Up: Ambler Industries Looks to Add Cultural Fits to Their Team

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Rob Ambler grew up with an entrepreneurial spirit, always thinking of new business ideas and ways to make money. Because his father traveled a lot working for corporate America, Ambler knew he did not want that […]

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