Turning a Dream into a Profession
I started out cutting grass when I was about twelve years old and have fallen in love with it ever since. It is more to me than just sitting on a lawn mower and making money; to me it’s a work of art. When I first began I only had a handful of clients and I had to borrow my Dad’s equipment to do the jobs. After a while he got tired of loaning me his things, so he decided he would buy me my own.
He bought me a professional grade zero turn for $4,000 and I paid that off in two months with the money I was making. About a year or two later I bought out another landscaping business, also gaining those clients. So now I have two zero turns, two walk behinds, as well as an enclosed trailer to store all of my equipment.
Currently I have a little over twenty clients and do all of the work myself. I gained most of my clients through word of mouth. I have even gotten customers who used to have a professional landscape company but then asked me to do their work because they think that I do a better job.
The name of my company is "All Terrain Lawn Care". I found out about the Environmental Plant Science program at Monroe Technology Center from the guidance counselor at my home school. I started here at the beginning of the year and I have loved it ever since. At the end of the year I will be taking a test which will give me a certification for the Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association. The class also teaches me about different kinds of trees and plants, along with diseases and insects that can affect the plants.