Meet our experienced and talented team!
Lawns and landscapes have been in the Walter’s blood since the early 1980’s. It was in 1985 when the official “business seed” started to sprout. Mark was hired as a manager for ServiceMaster LawnCare. A year later, he bought out the company and started a business of his own…LawnCare by Walter, Inc. Mark’s wife, Debbie, joined the team a few years later.
The duo has significantly grown their business the last 30 years. The LCbW team went from just a handful of employees, to now supporting upwards of 40 families. The Walter’s have a family of their own, raising three children in the Rockford area, while flourishing their small business. The company slogan is “We build great lawns from the ground up,” but Mark and Debbie hope they can build so much more.
“Juggling a business and a family can be hectic at times, but it is all worth it. The children get to see the benefits of working hard and providing professional services. In the end, our amazing staff and loyal customer base are what contributed to our success! We take pride in being locally owned and operated, and we look forward to many more years in the Rockford area!”
Mike is a lawn care veteran across the board. Mike has been with LawnCare by Walter for nearly 20 years, and has spent more than 30 years in the industry. Mike is a licensed applicator through the State of Illinois and is in charge of training all our new technicians. He understands what it takes to “deliver superior knowledge and services.”
Scott is new to the LawnCare by Walter Fertilizer team, but he’s no stranger to the lawn care industry. Scott has nearly 30 years’ experience and is a licensed applicator in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Even after so many years, he still loves to help others enjoy their lawns and outdoor space! It’s no coincidence green is his favorite color.
With more than 40 years in the industry, our arborist Joe Hemlock is truly a tree care expert. Joe has a degree in Ornamental Horticulture and is certified through the International Society of Arboriculture & the Illinois Arborist Association, just to name a few. He’s also actively involved in many area organizations from the Severson Dells Nature Center to the Klehm Arboretum. Joe’s also a certified educator for “Project Learning Tree,” which helps teach youth about the environment and sustainability.
We are thrilled to welcome our newest team member: Pam Hulton. Pam launched her career in April, after graduating Kishwaukee College with a degree in Landscape Design & Construction. Her hard work and dedication paid off, with a Dean’s List achievement in all four semesters. That, and her passion for creating beautiful landscapes further equips her to help us better maintain and enhance your landscapes, too.
Danielle has worked in the industry for nine years, and has spent four of those years here at LawnCare by Water. Danielle received her Ornamental Horticulture/Landscape Design degree from Kishwaukee College. Not only is she responsible for some of the exquisite work you see in our project portfolio, but she’s also behind those beautiful seasonal planters and outdoor displays! Her designs will transform any landscape into a work of art!
Logan is fairly new to the LawnCare by Walter landscape team. He has been in the industry for five years and received his Landscape Design & Construction degree from Kishwaukee College. He’s also a licensed pesticide applicator. While he may still be relatively new to the team, his work reflects his many talents.
We can't forget about our talented and hardworking landscape crews! These guys have nearly 50 years' experience combined. It's easy to call these guys the "landscape installation experts!"