Welcome to the March Edition of FocusOn Landscapers
In past editions of FocusOn Landscapers, we often recognize the anniversaries of the companies that have been supplying the industries for decades and, in a few cases for more than a century.
It is true that many outside of your industry view professional landscaping as a relatively new industry and few of the outsiders would ever guess that there are companies today that have been in this industry for over 100 years. Here are just seven of the many companies that were part of the development of this industry.
144 Years: Scotts Miracle-Gro had its beginning back in 1868 when O.M. Scott established a company to supply premium seed for the U.S. agricultural industry. In the early 1900s, the Company began a lawn grass seed business for homeowners.
132 Years: In 1880 John Davey founded the Davey Tree Expert Company to provide tree services based on the evolving principals of Horticultural science.
122 Year: Seattle based Teufel Nursery was founded in 1890 by Gustav Teufel, a landscape gardener who believed that quality grown plants and thoughtful designs were essential to all landscape projects.
105 Years: Bartlett Tree Experts based in Stamford Connecticut was started in 1907 when Francis A. Bartlett was persuaded to relocate to the New York area, where many valuable shade and ornamental trees were declining and dying. Mr. Bartlett accepted the challenge by founding The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company in 1907.
86 Years: Since 1926, Lucas Tree Experts has provided safe, reliable and innovative services for customers across New England, the southeastern U.S., and the Canadian provinces.
73 Years: A horticulturist for the Chicago Park District, Theodore W. Brickman Sr. founded Theodore Brickman Landscaping in 1939.
63 Years: Burton Sperber and father Lewis started ValleyCrest in 1949 with a shed full of used hand tools and an aging pickup truck. Today the company does approximately $1 billion in annual billing in the US.
Today we all can mow, trim, clip, dig, pave and irrigate with ease and with speed. How about when these folks started in business? There was not really any power equipment that was mass produced until the mid twenties and even those where back breakers!