What are Landscape Business Owners Grateful for this Year? - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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What are Landscape Business Owners Grateful for this Year?

With Thanksgiving on our minds, we asked our landscape and lawn care member companies what they are grateful for this year.


“At Environmental Enhancements, Inc. we are thankful for our great employees that help provide a memorable service for our clients. The passion that they show for their work is seen in the responses we receive from their family and friends.”

-Fred Peratt, Owner, Environmental Enhancements, Inc., Sterling, VA

“An AMAZING year! We are thankful for amazing staff that really bought into our changes and goal setting. And, we have blown those goals away! We love our people!”

Erik Lowes, President, Lowes’ Landscaping & Planted in Stone Landscape Supply, Cuba, Missouri

“I’m thankful for being able to provide a quality living for our employees. I’m ecstatic when I see them pursuing a hobby or buying a home for their families. They certainly earned it, but it feels great to know that our passion makes their dream possible. And I’m thankful for employee feedback. Their feedback has helped us improve so much in the past two years and each week we have new strategies to try or new endeavors to tackle thanks to their creativity and advocacy. They are the reason we have a 4 day a week -10 hour a day schedule April thru October.”

Nikos Phelps, Owner, Utopian Landscapes, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

“I am thankful for the fact that I come to work every day excited to be there. Sure we have tough days, but I am very fortunate that I love what I do and that helps me embrace those challenges.”

Brett Lemcke, VP, R.M. Landscapes, Hilton, New York

“I’m thankful that I decided to follow my passion which led me to choosing the landscaping industry as a career. Not only is it a blessing to be able to spend much of my time outside, it’s very gratifying to know that my employees and I have a role in enhancing our clients’ experience with the great outdoors.”

Shayne Newman, President, YardApes, New Milford, Connecticut

“I am thankful that my business allows me to show my children that people from all walks of life can provide for their families in our industry.”

Joy Diaz, Executive VP, Land Care, Inc, Las Vegas, Nevada

“I am so thankful and grateful that we are able to give back everyday…that we are given the opportunity to design and build beautiful landscapes and outdoor living environments that enhance or affect someone’s life or experience in a special, beautiful way!”

Barb Stropko, Owner/V.P.  New Desert Gallery, Inc., Tuscon, Arizona

“I am thankful to be a part of industry filled with business owners so willing to share their time and experience with others. Klausing Group would not be where it is today if it weren’t for the mentoring I’ve received from so many NALP member companies.”

Roscoe Klausing, CEO, Klausing Group, Lexington, KY