October 2015

From the Editor:

We are anxiously looking forward to next week’s GIE+Expo,,along with Landscapes 2015 along with tthe  Wealth Building Summit. all in Louisville, Kentucky.

We are co-sponsoring a very special event, the Wealth Building Summit on October 21 in Louisville (during the week of GIE+Expo).  For more information about the Wealth Building Summit, see the article below or visit wealthbuildingsummit.info.

This is a very active year in lawn and landscape mergers & acquisitions and we expect that trend to continue.  Many transactions have been completed and more are on the horizon.  New players are entering the market.
As always, if you have an interest in selling or buying a lawn or landscape business, are ready to begin the exit planning process or wwould like to explore the potential impact of consolidation on your local market, we would welcome the opportunity to talk with you.  We’d also be happy to meet  if you are planning to attend the GIE+Expo/Landscapes 2015 or one of the other events we are attending. Give us a call at 901-351-1510 or email [email protected].

Ron Edmonds

[email protected]


Recent Transactions

Here is our recap of recent transactions:
A newly formed company, Five Seasons Property Management has acquired Reliable Property Services of Minnesota and T.R. Gear Landscaping  of Ohio.   The combined companies have about $45 million in revenues.
New Way Landscape & Tree Service of San Diego has acquired Tierra Verde Landscape in Orange County, California
Yellowstone Landscape has acquired Ackman Bros. Landscaping in Central Florida
Senske Services has acquired Headman Lawncare of Splash Fork, Utah.
Triangle Capital has made a $10.3 million mezzanine investment in Rotolo Consultants of Slidell, Louisiana.
John Deere Landscapes has acquired Tieco, Inc., with six branches in Alabama and Florida.
John Deere Landscapes has acquired Green Resource with five locations in the Carolinas.
TruGreen Lawncare has Acquired Noon Turfcare of Massachusetts.
More information
Arrow Environmental, a unit of Environmental Pest Service,  has acquired Fred’s Termite and Pest Control of Fort Meyers, Florida
Rentokil Initial PLC has acquired The Steritech Group making Rentokil the number three pest control company in the United States.
Atlanta-based Arrow Exterminators has acquired Wise Chem Safe Pest Controll in Texas


There is ONE spot available for next week’s Wealth Building Summit (due to a last-minute cancellation

The Wealth Building Summit is a unique, one-day event focused on how to create and accumulate wealth as a landscape business owner.

Featured speakers will include Mike Bogan, former Brickman executive and now CEO of LandCare (formerly TruGreen LandCare), Jeffrey Scott of Jeffrey Scott Consulting and the Leader’s Edge and Ron Edmonds of The Principium Group. There will also be a panel discussion with business owners who have actual experience with buying and selling businesses, along with case studies and networking opportunities.  The panel members include Brian Lemmerman of Somerset Landscape, Debby Cole of Greater Texas Landscapes and The Groundskeeper and Christopher Noon of SmartLawn (formerly of Noon Turfcare).

Don’t miss this top-notch event!

Click here for more information and to register.

AnchorShort Takes

From Harvard Business Review:  Five Ways to Make Conference Networking Easier

From Inc.:  Cures for the Very Common Networking Fears

From Inc.:Eight Questions to Ask if You Are Considering an Acquisition

From Inc.: Business Buyers, Sellers Stance in 2016 Election Issues and Candidates

Businesses Wanted

For a list of markets with businesses wanted, click here.

The primary focus is commercial maintenance, but some design-build may be acceptable.  There are also opportunities for lawn care businesses in many markets.

We currently have a particular interest in the following:

  • Commercial landscape businesses with $1 million to $5 million in revenues in the Orlando, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas, markets
  • Commercial landscape businesses from $5 to $10 million in the metro Atlanta market
  • Commercial landscape businesses in Southern California (San Diego, Orange, Riverside Counties) with $5 million to $20 million in revenues. 
  • Commercial landscape businesses in the Carolinas
  • Commercial landscape businesses in Utah
  • Commercial landscape businesses in Arizona

AnchorBusinesses For Sale

For a list of businesses for sale, click here.  This list represents only  a portion of the projects we are working on which may be of interest.

Contact us for more information about any of these opportunities.


Book Ron Edmonds for Your Meeting

Contact us for information about booking Ron Edmonds to speak to your industry group or company meeting on green industry acquisition strategies, exit planning and similar topics.  No one has a firmer grip n the market for green industry mergers & acquisitions.


The Sellability Score is a quantitative tool designed to analyze how sellable your business is.

After completing an online questionnaire, you will immediately receive a Sellability Score based on a 100 point scale along with instructions for interpreting your results. We will send you the full report along with a guide for interpreting the Sellability Score in the Green Industry.

Click here to get your Sellability Score.