How Brentwood Landscapes came into being
Everyone has a story to tell. So that you know what kind of company you’re going to establish a relationship with, I would like to take a few minutes of your time to tell you my story, which as far as landscaping goes began when I was just a young boy. Unlike most of my friends, I loved helping Dad in the yard. I’ll never forget the thrill of cranking up his Montgomery Ward push mower. I didn’t know anything about lawn care except that I enjoyed cutting grass, which is where it all began. My family moved to Brentwood in 1976 when I was eleven. Brentwood has changed a lot since then, and so have I. Our house off Moores Lane had just been built and there wasn’t a single blade of grass on the lot. A clean slate! I suppose my dream of being a landscaper must have started to take shape at that time. For the next several years I tinkered with dad’s landscape and started making money by cutting our neighbor’s yards. To his credit my dad let me do whatever I wanted with his yard. His passion was vegetable gardening. Together we made a great team. He grew the food and I (accidentally) weed whacked it down. Honestly, eggplants look a lot like weeds to me.
Today we’re still a Team. Since our early days at Brentwood Landscapes, he has managed the books and I have run the company. I can never repay the debt I own my dad for encouraging me to take a hobby and turn it into a career. While attending MTSU, I began in earnest the process of creating a small business and did as many jobs as I could fit into my busy schedule – by now I was married with a kid and another was on the way. The amazing thing to me now is that I had no idea what I was really creating – a life’s purpose. My life. My purpose. After having a third child and graduating with a degree in Plant & Soil Science, my work really began. One man, one truck, one trailer.
When I look back at the last 20 years I am amazed at the opportunities I have had and the people that have come into my life because of the career choice I made. Professors, clients, vendors, employees, family, and friends have enriched my life, usually by challenging me to transform myself and my company into something better. Together we’ve gone from beat up Dodge pickups working out of my backyard to a fleet of modern landscape trucks working out of an efficient office/shop which we call Brentwood Landscapes world headquarters. This journey has taught me as much about myself as it has landscaping. What I’ve come to know the most is that I was created to do what I am doing, and it’s not really about the job – it’s about my vision.
Several years ago I was challenged to look back at everything I had done as a landscape entrepreneur and consider the “WHY” of it all…
- Why did I really enjoy working in the yard?
- Why did I really learn horticulture?
- Why did I really begin a lawn and landscape business?
- Why do I continue to work in this career and encourage all those working along side me to do the same?
The answers came to me after much reflection. What I really like to do is encourage people. I am at my best in this world when I am helping others realize their dreams. The way I accomplish the WHY of my purpose is by creating inspiring outdoor places that, in turn, inspire other people. Hence I came up with our vision statement for the whole company: Inspiring Places ~ Inspiring People. This is what I was created to do and this is why I started Brentwood Landscapes. It’s nice realizing my life’s purpose before it’s too late. It guides all my decisions. I hope it makes Brentwood Landscapes a more focused organization and I hope that it inspires you to consider the “WHY” of your life, too.
Founder & Owner, Brentwood Landscapes, Inc.
Inspiring Places ~ Inspiring People
To improve the quality of life for our clients and community by creating and maintaining beautiful and sustainable outdoor living areas.
- Living, working and playing outside
- Caring about and for our environment
- Solving problems with tangible results
- Growing plants and people to their potential
- Having fun and being friendly