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Get a grip

November 8, 2018By
Aaron Katerberg (Photo: Ed Koziarski, Homesick Blues Productions)

Aaron Katerberg didn’t set out to be an irrigator. He’s been a tennis pro, pursued a master’s degree in divinity and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. After college, he tried working for his father’s irrigation business, Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Grapids Irrigation, and that first stint didn’t pan out. A few years later, he finally made peace with the fact that irrigation runs... read more

Growth mindset

October 16, 2018By
Marty Grunder (Photo: Matthew Allen)

Marty Grunder is a lot like many of you. He started his landscape business as a teenager with a used mower. His company’s top challenge is hiring and retaining employees. He’s a family man above all else. And he’s made some missteps along the way. What’s unique about Grunder, though, is his self-awareness and his willingness to learn, accept feedback... read more

It’s all there: 2018 GIE+EXPO preview

October 8, 2018By
GIE+EXPO show view (Photo: GIE+EXPO)

“I’ll see you in Louisville,” has become a common refrain for many landscape professionals and those who sell to and support them. What’s the attraction to this northern Kentucky town, otherwise known for the Derby and the Bourbon Trail? GIE+EXPO—the industry’s only national trade show, which has been growing at a clip for the last decade. The show has established... read more

Divide + Conquer: How well-defined roles help Drost Landscape grow

August 22, 2018By
Dale Drier and Bob Drost (right); Photo: Molly Hauxwell Currier

Drost Landscape existed long before its founding in 1991—if only as a handful of potential logo drawings on the dining room table of founder and owner, Bob Drost. From the time Drost began working as a landscape laborer in the late 1970s, he knew he wanted to start his own company. He waited until he had more than a decade... read more

People power: How The Greenery empowers its employees

July 18, 2018By
The Greenery employees. Photo by Krisztian Lonyai

Hilton Head Island, S.C., conjures up thoughts of relaxing getaways at coastal resorts on beautiful beaches. For The Greenery’s CEO, Lee Edwards, Hilton Head Island has been about the people and the relationships that have helped his company grow from a small family business with six employees to where it is today—a company that is poised to make $65 million.... read more

LM150 company profile: Complete Landsculpture

July 9, 2018By
Photo: Complete Landsculpture

Like so many in the business, Chris Strempek, founder, co-owner and president of Complete Landsculpture, entered the landscaping industry as a boy, equipped with an old mower, summers full of free time and an asking price of $5 per lawn. Strempek later founded Complete Landsculpture in 1985 when he was a second-year college student at the University of North Texas.... read more