Enviroscapes is a green landscaping business in Louisville, Ohio, but it's really much more than that. Todd E. Pugh, Owner of Enviroscapes, began mowing lawns in 1987. At 14, Pugh wanted to make some money to save for college. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1996 and incorporated Enviroscapes. What started as just one client paying Pugh $5 a week, has transformed into a multi-million dollar landscape company.
Enviroscapes has enjoyed a lot of attention nationwide and for good reason. They were voted one of the top 35 landscape companies in the United States and they have a reputation for 100% customer satisfaction, but the real reason why they are getting so much attention is the fact that Enviroscapes is transforming the world of landscaping into a green, sustainable one. Enviroscapes is also a trendsetter when it comes to lean business practices. Lean business practices or lean management principles is an idea that focuses on eliminating wasteful activities in a business, which allows a company to maximize their value and pass on the savings to their customers.
Their goal is certainly a challenging one: to become the number one landscape company in the world. Their mission, although less lofty and more realistic, is clear: to enhance the image and lifestyle of clients through world-class landscape services. They have done a lot of things to make Enviroscapes more eco-friendly. They switched their fleet of trucks to more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles that use synthetic oils. They recycle all of their yard waste, nursery containers, paper, cardboard and grass clippings, using it for fertilizer. They use native plants whenever possible and integrate natural pest management into their landscaping plans. The Enviroscapes headquarters is even heated with radiant heat.
Since 1994, Enviroscapes has planted about 18,000 trees. This is important when you consider that 1 tree can effectively remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year. So, they not only implement green, lean business practices, but they are also playing a role in reducing global warming. They are passionate, committed people who believe in what they do. Enviroscapes employees are also actively engaged in their communities. They partner with a variety of non-profit organizations, like the Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter, the Pregnancy Support Center, 2 local YMCA's and many other local charities. They also participate in school activities.
Enviroscapes has affected the green landscaping industry in another way. In 1998, Pugh teamed up with a fabrication company to create a mulching machine; thus, the Mulch Mule was born. The Mulch Mule reduces mulching labor by up to 3 times the usual labor and the volume of mulch applied is more than doubled. Initially, Pugh thought that his Mulch Mule would end up a custom tool for his own business, but it quickly gained attention and is now used widely throughout the United States.
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