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Growing a Business: Kelly Lawn and Landscaping

by Sheron Patrick | Feb 20, 2020 2:46:29 PM


Do you remember what your dreams and aspirations were at 15
years old? I remember mine, however what I wanted to be and what I am currently
doing are worlds apart. Not for Colby Kelly, owner of Kelly Lawn and
Landscaping. At 15, Kelly started his own lawn care business by mowing lawns in
his neighborhood. Each year his customer base grew and by his senior year of
high school he had 80 residential clients. While attending the University of
Idaho, Kelly returned home to Alaska each summer to continue his landscaping
business. By 2003 his customers were asking for additional services with the
same quality and reliability they had come to know and expect from Kelly and
thus the landscaping division of the company was born.

Since then, Kelly Lawn and Landscaping has grown into a
company employing more than 30 seasonal workers, four full time managers and an
office staff to meet the ever-growing, year-round needs of its customers.
Currently they provide summer grounds maintenance and snow removal to more then
50 condo associations and businesses in Anchorage. They also have over 200
residential customers in the summer months.  

In addition to lawn care and landscaping, the company also
does hydro-seeding and sod, commercial snow removal, de-icing program,
retaining walls, custom planters/beds, spring/fall clean-up, patios and much

Kelly’s plans are still growing. While Anchorage boasts a
population of 300,000+, he says it still feels like a smaller town where
everybody knows everybody. As such, he says, “reputation is the thing that sets
you apart.” And Kelly adds, “BBB is one of many tools in our toolbox we use to
show potential new customers who may not know our reputation, that they can
trust us.”

His motto is the same as when he was 15, “as long as Kelly
Lawn and Landscaping, LLC is here, I will strive to maintain the same way
of doing business that has contributed to our success. That is what I enjoy
most about the work I do, no matter how well things are going or how
complicated the situation is, the same sound basic principles apply when
working together with people towards a common goal.”

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