The Level Green Culture Blog

Behind the scenes and insider information for landscaping careers and green industry jobs.

When Emilie Roper was a kid, her doodles didn’t look like other kids’ scribbles.

She sketched lush parklike landscapes, filled with trees and fountains.

Her mom saw it as a clue to a future profession, but Emilie wasn’t sure.

She decided to be a special education teacher, taking early childhood education classes at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

“But I didn’t love it,” Emilie says. “I really struggled through the classes.”

Then one day, inspired by a friend who was taking a landscape design class, Emilie decided to design an outdoor learning area for special needs kids for a class project.

Bam. It energized her.

When Corey Rill was in college at Virginia Tech, he had two majors. One was turf grass management. The other was ocean and aerospace engineering.

“One math problem took six hours,” he says of the engineering classes.

When it was time to settle on a career, he chose grass. It’s worked out pretty well.

Now, as account manager at Level Green Landscaping, Corey tends to some pretty nice turf. But there’s so much more.

Here at Level Green Landscaping, we have a lot in common with dogs.

We love big expanses of green grass.

Sometimes, our feet are muddy. We appreciate the scent of open water and scuffling through crisp fall leaves.

We're loyal. We're friendly. We love a good ball chase.

It's probably why a lot of us have dogs. Sometimes they even tag along with us to work, or keep us company in the truck on the way to Home Depot.

We love cats, too, and we're even partial to geckos.

Meet the pets of Level Green Landscaping.

While we love being at work, it's great to come home to these loyal, lovable friends.

Lindsay Tewell grew up in Calvert County, Md. as a tomboy, exploring the woods and splashing in streams.

She actually liked mowing her parents' lawn. Nature hikes renew her.

So after a stint working as a waitress, it makes sense that she made her way to a career in landscaping.

“My favorite thing is to be outside,” says Lindsay, a supervisor at Level Green Landscaping.

Lindsay has been working in landscaping for about five years, mostly at small companies. She worked her way up, learning new skills, mastering more complicated equipment, taking on more responsibility.

The Level Green story starts like a lot of great stories — with an intriguing idea and a conversation over lunch.

In this case, lunch was at Red Lobster. But Bill Hardy and Doug Delano could have been eating peanut butter sandwiches in a truck and still come to the same conclusion: they should start a landscaping company together.

The two friends had worked together for years at a Maryland landscaping company. Doug started out as a laborer and truck driver and worked his way up to supervisor, project manager, area manager and branch manager.

Bill started as assistant supervisor and moved on to be a supervisor, account manager and branch manager.

When Doug decided to start his own business, he immediately thought of Bill as the perfect business partner.

From the beginning, the pair had strong values and high standards.

Weeds fear Juan Olivar.

Growing up in El Salvador, he tended crops on his dad's property, always on the lookout for weeds.

When he came to the United States in 1983, he picked produce in California, knowing the best onions, tomatoes and peppers came from weed-free beds. He must have pulled thousands of weeds.

And now, as operations manager at Level Green landscaping, weeds don’t stand a chance.