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Growing a Business: Kelly Lawn and Landscaping

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 more.

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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Written by Sheron Patrick

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