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

Douglass Delano

Douglass Delano

Doug Delano (and Bill Hardy) opened Level Green Landscaping LLC in 2002 to offer Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia reliable commercial landscape maintenance services.

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Hector Diaz learned how to work hard at an early age, growing up with seven siblings on his parents’ small farm in Guatemala. 

They grew corn and beans and raised cattle, dairy cows, pigs and chickens.

“I started feeding cows when I was 7 or 8 years old, after school,” Hector says. “Ever since we were little, my father would tell us, ‘We are not rich, so I can’t give you money. But I’ll teach you to work hard, and by doing that, I know you’ll be successful in life.’”

His dad was right.

Cameron Cook and his girlfriend Kayley have a piggy bank they use to save up for vacations.

Then they scan the air fares, pick an inexpensive destination and set out for adventure. 

This tells you a few things about Cameron.

He’s smart. He’s a planner. He’s organized. He likes a good adventure.

All traits he uses every day as an operations manager at Level Green Landscaping.

As an operations manager at Level Green Landscaping, Jose Aguilar is in charge of 150 commercial properties, oversees five different crews and juggles a mind-boggling list of tasks. 

“Today is a different kind of day for me,” he says cheerfully on a recent morning. “I’m jumping on a water truck and I’ll water flowers all day.”

A member of his watering crew called in sick. Jose does whatever it takes to get the job done.

Plus, he really loves flowers.

Todd Mayberry was a golf pro for seven years before he started his career in landscaping. He made a lot of people happy.

“That little ball isn’t real easy to hit, even though it isn’t moving,” Todd says. “Once you do, whether you’re a 50-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman or an 8-year-old kid, the smile is the same.”

One of his students had never hit below 90. After a lesson with Todd, who helped him straighten out his swing, he hit an 84.

“That’s immediate job satisfaction,” Todd says.

Now, working in two roles at Level Green Landscaping, he’s still making people happy on nice green grass.   

Wayne Taylor started his landscaping career at age 14, when he and a couple friends got into the yard work business.

They hauled their gear around in a little yellow truck, and came up with a pretty great company name: Banana Landscaping.

“That’s when I got the bug,” Wayne says. “I realized I loved working outside.”

A lot has happened since then, from life as a U.S. Marine to world travel to six kids and a spider-eating cat.

But Wayne, an account manager at Level Green Landscaping, still has the bug.

As a kid, Anthony Fuller hated going to the dentist. Those little plastic trinkets kids got afterwards were all that got him through.

‘“I wanted to change that experience for somebody else,” he says. So he majored in biology at Georgetown University and planned to go to dental school.

Then he found out how much it would cost, and that it would take him 11 years to pay off the debt.

New plan: landscaping.

It’s hard to imagine him doing anything else.