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Business Name: MowGreenLawns.​

Location:​ Eagle, serving the Vail Valley.

Date Opened​: March, 2016.

Owner: ​Bill Filmore.

Contact Information:​ Email mowgreenlawns@outlook.com or call 970-331-6467.

What goods or services do you provide? Residential and commercial lawn care, including mowing, trimming, cleanup, aeration, fertilization and irrigation maintenance.

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What's new or exciting at your place? What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition? We have spent three years putting together a lawn care service business that uses powerful electric mowers, trimmers, blowers, etc. to provide our lawn care services. While this commercial electric technology is more expensive for us up-front, it gives us and our customers a tremendous lawn care experience with how clean and quiet it runs (compared to traditional gas or diesel lawn care equipment).

Our landscape trailer is a powerful portable solar charging station. We use this to re-charge our equipment throughout the day and for the next day's services.

As we stated, the equipment we use runs clean, is incredibly quiet and is just as powerful as traditional lawn care equipment. While strong electric motors have been available for decades, just in the past few years the developments in technology for battery capacity and power has finally made this equipment practical and feasible for use in commercial lawn care.

Throughout our seasonal services, we are currently developing and incorporating commercial electric powered equipment to be used for all of the extra services that lawn care companies provide, mainly for aeration and sprinkler winterization services.

What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? We give great lawn maintenance service at a price that is good for our customers and our business. We at MowGreenLawns only deal with the clients where we can both be happy with the business relationship. Great service at a fair price.

Another philosophy we use at MowGreenLawns is getting the best employees and taking great care of them. When we take care of our awesome employees, it is a guarantee that our customers and our own business are being taken care of. This valley has a lot of great workers, many of whom I have met working at golf courses, restaurants, and hotels through the last 18 years.

With our special lawn care equipment, how well we take care of employees and how we work with clients, we are guaranteed to have great people wanting to work for us every season.

Tell us about your background, education and experience: I have worked in the turf grass and horticulture management industry either full-time or part-time most of my life (over 30 years of experience). Positions include owner, management, irrigation tech, certified spray tech, and, of course, employee and crew member at many companies and properties.

I hold a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the ​New Jersey Institute of Technology. I've also worked at country clubs in New Jersey, Denver and Edwards. I've been the owner and operator of lawn care companies in Colorado, New Jersey and Georgia.

What's the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since you opened? I was loading my equipment on the trailer after mowing a property. A gentleman who lived in the neighborhood walked up to check out the trailer/equipment setup. He said he thought it was a great idea for this service: clean, quiet, environmentally friendly — it was "pretty cool," as he put it.

He then asked if the "Mow Green" name was in reference to the Godfather movies. I told him that I couldn't be sure — I had never seen the movies. As he was about to walk away (looking slightly disappointed) I told him: "But if you like, when it comes to your lawn maintenance, I'll give you an offer that you can't refuse."

I didn't verify it, but he told me he laughed so hard he peed his pants.

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