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TAG: Blades of Green

How Blades of Green has changed its approach during COVID-19

April 1, 2020By

“We’re doing better than some and worse than others, but I’d say we’re doing better than most, so we’ll take it,” says Brad Leahy, vice president of Blades of Green in Edgewater, Md. When LM reached Leahy on March 26, he reported that Blades of Green is completing its work as scheduled and hired its 100th team member last week.... read more

Several landscape, snow companies snag spots on Inc. 5000 list

August 24, 2017By

Fourteen landscape and snow removal companies made this year’s Inc. 5000 list. The annual list—now in its 36th year—shines a spotlight on the 5,000 fastest growing, privately held companies in the U.S. Companies must apply to be considered for the list, and then Inc. ranks them according to percentage revenue growth of their annual revenue over a three-year period. Last... read more

Early order program breakdown

October 17, 2016By
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Used strategically, early order programs can be a winning proposition. For as long as Mark Leahy can remember, he’s been looking for a deal. He recalls stocking up on bags of fertilizer in the early days when he ran his company out of a barn. “I would literally stack them by hand up to the ceiling in the one stall... read more

Empowered to grow

May 25, 2016By
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Focus and a positive company culture drive business at Blades of Green. Brothers Mark Leahy and Brad Leahy, owners of Blades of Green in Edgewater, Md., talk a lot about company culture. It’s their primary focus these days, as they strive to grow their $5.3 million lawn care and pest control company by more than 15 percent per year. Ask... read more

Getting into pest control: An unfoolish move

May 9, 2016By

Nobody likes to be called a fool, especially not Mark and Brad Leahy, owners of Edgewater, Md.-based Blades of Green. But that’s what happened when they attended a meeting for pest professionals held by Real Green Systems in early 2008. Veteran pest management professional Don Jamison told them, “You guys are damned fools if you don’t get into pest control.”... read more

The Fred Factor

May 9, 2016By

At Blades of Green, the management team has read and embraced the tenets of “The Fred Factor,” a 2004 business book by Mark Sanborn. It’s a parable of a mailman named Fred, who wowed the author by going above and beyond in his presumably mundane job as a postal carrier. The book discusses “taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary,”... read more