In 1973, Lawn & Driveway Service Inc. was started. At that time, Richard Alama and Howard Dosdall were parteners. On April 23rd of 1975, Lawn & Driveway Service Inc. was incorporated.
The business started out doing seal coating of driveways and sodding of yards. As the years moved on, the seal coating business was dropped. New homes and apartments were being built so there was a greater demand for landscaping around these buildings.
After two years Howard was the sole owner. In the spring of 1978, Vicky joined Howard in the landscaping business and gradually learned how the business was run and operated. In 1979, chain link fencing was added to the line of work. A few years later we were also stripping parking lots and tennis courts.
In 1999 Vicky took over running the business and in 2001 became the sole owner.
Over the past years, Lawn & Driveway Service Inc. has seen many changes. We no longer do fencing or parking lot stripping. The change in the landscaping business has also changed from doing mainly residential to doing primarily highway work. The rural area in which we reside had very little housing being built and very few office buildings or apartments. At this time, a decision was made to change our line of equiptment to handle large scale seeding jobs. These could range from 10 to 200 acres on Federal, State or County road jobs. We also worked on airports, wastewater treatment plants, industrial parks, and worked on residential yards if the timing fit our schedule.
Erosion Control had become a very important part of the business. Instead of being the last to the job site, we were the first one there to install silt fence. In the past, turf establishment was done at the very end of a job, but now we would need to mobilize serveral times to seed and mulch in order to keep the jobs in compliance with the storm water permits.
In 2017, we made another large change, we are no longer bidding on State, County, or City projects. Finding employees to do physical work has been a challenge in the construction industry. We are focused on being a distributor/supplier of various products. We handle rolled erosion control blankets, rock logs, silt fence, flotation curtain, inlet protection, compost logs, hydro-mulch, geotextile materials, and concrete paving products. We inventory numerous products at our location North of Morris, Minnesota.
Lawn & Driveway Service Inc. is now working on only private jobs as time allows. We do some residential lawns, farm sites, buffer strip seeding, and miscellaneous projects.