Senske acquires Washington Tree & Lawn Care

December 22, 2015 -  By

SenskeLogoKennewick, Wash.-based Senske Services acquired Washington Tree & Lawn Care, a 67-year-old company serving the Puget Sound region of Washington. Terms were not disclosed.

The acquired company, which has branches in Burien, Shoreline and Lakewood, Wash., will continue to operate as Washington Tree & Lawn Care.

The acquisition brings Senske Services to a total of six service centers in Washington. It also has a presence in Idaho, Utah and Nevada. Senske Services ranked No. 78 on the 2015 LM150 list of the landscape industry’s largest companies with $18,720,000 in 2014 lawn care revenue.

The acquisition adds more than $4.5 million in annual revenue immediately, and the company anticipates adding significant pest control and other ancillary services revenue over the 2016 season, President Chris Senske tells LM. About 50 new team members have joined Senske Services from Washington Tree, including Michael Walter, son of Washington Tree President Ed Walter, who will exit the business.

“This is the realization of a long-term goal to have a more comprehensive footprint in our home state,” said Senske. “Washington Tree and Senske have had a long cooperative relationship, working together on industry issues within the state. We saw lots of qualities in the highly trained and motivated Washington Tree team that are akin to our culture at Senske and we are very confident in a successful integration going forward.”

Washington Tree has developed natural pest control treatments that Senske Services hopes to adopt companywide and, if possible, improve upon.

“The owners and employees are very excited to have Senske Lawn in on this deal,” said Ed Walter, president of Washington Tree. “Senske’s expertise in structural pest management services will build on our base of existing tree and lawn customers.”

Walter added that Senske’s “growth culture” was attractive.

“We were looking for a company that would provide our team members with many growth opportunities and an expanded range of services to offer our customers,” he said.



Marisa Palmieri

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Marisa Palmieri is an experienced Green Industry editor who's won numerous awards for her coverage of the landscape and golf course markets from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), the Press Club of Cleveland and the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In 2007, ASBPE named her a Young Leader. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, cum laude, from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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