LM150: A big jump

June 11, 2015 -  By

Nearly half the companies on the LM150 list grew by 10 percent or more. Here’s what helped some of them surge.

Overall Rank Growth Rank Company % Revenue Change
from 2013
1 125 Crystal Greens Landscape 120%
2 83 Stay Green 107%
3 67 Parker Interior Plantscape 100%
4 34 Rotolo Consultants 81%
5 41 The Grounds Guys (1) 76%
6 62 Caretaker Landscape & Tree Management 66%
7 55 Juniper Landscaping 60%
8 90 The Loving Group 58%
9 84 New Way Landscape & Tree Services 42%
10 146 LandCare Innovations 36%
11 9 Ferrandino & Son 35%
12 11 Ruppert Landscape (2) 33%
13  44 Clean Scapes 32%
 98 Southview Design 32%
15  40 Girard Environmental Services 31%
16  27 Christy Webber Landscapes 30%
 136 Visionscapes 30%
18  77 Lambert’s 28%
 106 Ecoscape Solutions Group 28%
20  17 Mainscape 27%
21  31 Garden Design 26%
 92 Perficut Cos. 26%
23  21 Environmental Earthscapes (The Groundskeeper/Greater Texas Landscapes) 25%
24  141 Nanak’s Landscaping 24%
 148 Schill Grounds Management 24%
26  12 Merit Service Solutions 22%
27  118 Schultz Industries 22%
28  82 HighGrove Partners 21%
 127 C. Caramanico & Sons 21%
 139 Emerald Isle Landscaping 21%
31  59 Pierre Landscape 20%
 67 Merchants Landscape Services 20%
 107 Andre Landscape Service 20%
34  45 Southern Botanical 19%
 113 Complete Landsculpture 19%
 47 Landscape Concepts Management 18%
 74 Yard-Nique 18%
38  57 Environmental Management Services 18%
 70 High Tech Landscapes 18%
 37 Terracare Associates 18%
41  129 Native Land Design 17%
42  111 Heron Lawn & Pest Control 16%
43  150 Green Lawn Fertilizing 15%
 89 Greenscapes 15%
 112 Greenscape 15%
 133 Canete Landscape & Snow Management 15%
 141 Mountain High Tree, Lawn & Landscape 15%
 149 Arbor-Nomics Turf (3) 15%
49  15 Yellowstone Landscape Group 14%
 24 Lucas Tree Experts 14%
 56 Gachina Landscape Management 14%
 58 James River Grounds Management (4) 14%
 65 Naturescape 14%
 128 Joyce Landscaping 14%
55  24 Acres Group 13%
 16 SavATree 13%
 71 Landscape Workshop (5) 13%
 126 Signature Landscapes 13%
59  7 U.S. Lawns 12%
60  3 The Davey Tree Expert Co. 11%
 29 The Greenery 11%
 42 Reliable Property Services 11%
 46 Chapel Valley Landscape Co. 11%
 48 Maldonado Nursery & Landscaping 11%
 50 D. Schumacher Landscaping 11%
 87 Sposato Landscape Co. 11%
67  10 Gothic Landscape 10%
 49 McFall & Berry Landscape Management 10%
 66 Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care 10%
 86 ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design 10%
 100 Harvest Landscape Enterprises 10%
 116 Dora Landscaping Co. 10%
 132 Providence Landscape Group 10%
22 NaturaLawn of America 10%

(1) The Grounds Guys
This landscape maintenance franchise took the top spot on our fastest-growing companies list the past two years. It fell to No. 5 this year; still, it grew revenue 76 percent, adding 50 locations. The Grounds Guys is part of The Dwyer Group, a Waco, Texas-based parent company for eight service-based franchise companies.

(2) Ruppert Landscape
It wasn’t a bad year for the Laytonsville, Md., full-service firm. It surpassed $100 million in revenue and focused on improving operations in many ways. These included adding directors of field quality/efficiency in both the maintenance and construction divisions; renewing its focus on employee evaluations and goal setting; and encouraging better communication among branches, divisions and new/seasoned team members by instituting weekly meetings.

(3) Arbor-Nomics Turf
This Georgia-based lawn care company makes its debut on the LM150 list. Efforts that got it here included adding tablets for its organic lawn care division, pursuing a commission system for all employees and analyzing credit card fees, which has resulted in a boost to the bottom line.

(4) James River Grounds Management
Technology—including a cloud-based training system for field staff—has been key to this Virginia-based, full-service firm’s growth. It allows the company to track training by user, implement online tests and conduct training on mobile devices.

(5) Landscape Workshop
Based in Birmingham, Ala., and owned by private equity firm McKinney Capital, this 30-year-old company is looking to continue its growth with an incentive plan to share profits with general managers and account managers across its eight locations.

LM Staff

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