20 years of business, we have a lot to be thankful for!

We Have Been to the Moon & Back For Our Customers Lawns! - Business Biography

Applying properties all over Northern Illinois for 20 years we have racked up miles and experiences.


Yes, after 20 years of business this year, we have a lot to be thankful for. Even after years like this, the rainiest year, yet we still keep our promise of the way it should be.  Seems like just yesterday we were driving around an old rusty 1987 yellow and green Barefoot Grass van, rechristened at 200+ thousand miles to be the first Aaron’s Greenscape flagship.

One of our first lawns

The idea of doing it the way it should be was hatched the previous year in 1997 by several customers of the company Aaron worked for at the time, who wanted more than what their current company’s products and application techniques offered. Many times, the right course of action couldn’t be followed because he lacked the ability with what was available from the company he worked for.  This happened from time to time and several customers encouraged Aaron to start his own business doing it “The way it should be done.”  Some of those early customers have been with us for now 20 years, thank you!  So, after that current company’s promises fell through, he knew it was time to seriously consider starting his own business.   

Planning out how to do this right and be a specialist, it was obvious that a certain volume had to be reached just to exist and we would have to have hundreds if not thousands of customers, so cheap effective marketing was going to be key. First and before we could sell anything, the vision for a lawn company that would be different had to be formulated.  So, in 1997 on a donated 10-year-old computer running Word, Aaron spent a better part of November and December thinking and putting down how his company would do things differently.  As he put that down on paper with a business plan, he also had to build an account card system to manage accounts on. That plan was enough for his family to encourage him to invest $3,500 in the newly incorporated business. 

What luck to have a lawn care business sell its inventory of equipment because it was just bought by TruGreen.

TruGreen had no use for the higher quality, all granular process used by Barefoot Grass, so their vans and equipment would be sold and thus the start for Aaron’s Greenscape getting specialized lawn treatment equipment for pennies on the dollar. 

At the same time, Aaron was fixing up and setting up equipment, he was leaving fliers and then following up with calls to get his first couple hundred customers.  It took a couple years to build enough business that it was a full-time year-round job, so those first few years he worked winters as a janitor as well as UPS to support his family.  This was great motivation for him to grow the business, so he could eventually focus exclusively on Aaron’s Greenscape and after a few years, he was able to.  He also learned a lot those first few years while investing all the sweat equity he could spare. 

Many of those ideas needed some adjustment, but many worked great and have given us the edge in quality and value.  The company grew its fastest, almost doubling its size a couple of those years.   In many cases Aaron was still wearing all the caps, starting with advertising, calling and visiting, selling and then servicing lawns.  This full circle of the business helped with a few new ideas that we brought to fruition.

Our original website launched 1999
Thanks Bri we love this first website

The biggest of those ideas and events we implemented are listed below:

  • Getting a website set up pre-2000, pre-google -remember when Yahoo was the main game? 
  • Adjusting pricing on lawns to a realistic market value range when under-measured
  • Using direct mail and radio to get the word out 1999/2000
  • Upgrade Fertilizer Programs like organic and balance upgrade 2000/2001

  •  First brand new fleet van, a GMC Savanna 2002 with more to follow.
  • Early adoption of riding spreader sprayers 2002
  • Converting paper hard card system to a modern multi-user system 2003


  • Building a specialized ramp system to maximize efficiency integrating into a dry, lockable mobile platform 2004/2005
  • Started giving back to the community with the Project Evergreen program
  • Instant Estimate -being able to accurately estimate, present, and sell online 2005/2006 and the old forms from that time are still on our old website 2.0 and are still in use as an alternative for finicky browsers.

Funny to find out in later years that sometimes the first few bids/prices were so low some people told us later they were worried how it could be done quality or not.  The people that did try us were shown what the way it should be stands for, they just got an even better value.  It would be another year before setting up the first website and accounting programs building more systems to properly manage customers’ accounts, treatments, and services.  

Before 2003, customer accounting was on what we called a hard card, kept on file and when someone called, we had to dig through files to find the account.  We appreciated the patience customers had while waiting for us to get their account pulled up and many liked the personal touch with handwritten invoices, but we needed a better way.  

In 2003 we migrated to a computer-based system and our accounting was much improved.  We grew steadily for the next several years adding customers while building up a fleet of trucks to service them.   

Soon tougher times came calling that we all felt in 2008, but for Aaron, he had bigger concerns, slowly losing one of his biggest fans in his life, his father in November.  After months of focusing on him, driving to and from Madison, it was time to do what he could. There wasn’t much that could be done with the fact that the cost of fertilizer had more than tripled in price over that year, being caught up with the commodities going crazy. It took several years to unwind but we made it thanks to our loyal customers and some hard work and a bit more sweat equity.  Now looking forward to the future of the company that we have had the privilege to build and run with renewed growth there are some new ideas we have just rolled out and others on the horizon and may take several years to shake out.

What Rocks Rockford Register Star
Landscaping/lawn service
Winner - Aaron’s Greenscape

What Rocks Rockford Register Star

Some of those ideas we are developing and or bringing to market now are:

  • Expanded giving back to community programs like doing Green Keeper programs on Little Cubs Field and the Winnebago County 9/11 Memorial -2017


Website 2.0  kept the torch lite 2006-2018

  • Newly updated and expanded website that’s mobile friendly -2018.  Special thanks to our website 2.0 for keeping the torch lit from 2006-2018

  • Green Keeper Packages – all the best services, making success almost guaranteed -2018 
  • Light touch treatment programs- more nutrients, fewer visits. -2019
  • Focused Mosquito control programs -2019

Over the years we have had some great customers and people on our team and in the last couple years, we have even reversed one of our weakest areas to one of our strongest as indicated by our survey that we just did. 

some survey results

Proud to give everyone the very best experience and value possible everyday over the last 20 years. Thank you all for your continued support and business. We are ready for the next 20 years of lawn care, the way it should be!