A STRONG PROFESSIONAL FOUNDATION
In May 1976, John Ross started the company after recognizing a strong need for a full service landscape company in the Metroplex. At the time, most commercial building grounds were paved wastelands with maybe a few trees. That left primarily apartment developments as our target customers for the first few years. As demand for green space and pleasant working conditions took hold in the 80’s, so did demand for our services. This foresight was not just a fluke. John developed the first one-page specification format to show prospective clients what they would be receiving with their annual maintenance contracts. This same format spread throughout the Metroplex and across the country through his involvement with the American Landscape Contractors Association and is still used today.
As more upscale and complex projects were developed in the 80’s, the requirements for servicing these accounts called for greater knowledge and more professionally -rained personnel and overall service delivery systems. We hired and trained college-educated professionals to manage our growth and oversee every detail with our crews. A number of our Crew Leaders and Crew Members have nearly 30 years of employment and have been cross-trained in the many services we provide.
Our delivery system, from initial request through final service rendered, is unique, and (we feel) the best in the industry. Our Operations Manager maintains constant contact with Property and Facility Managers, and Engineers, and is directly responsible for organizing, purchasing required materials, oversight, scheduling, and managing the crews through completion. There is no in-between personnel to miscommunicate, delay, or forget our clients’ expectations.
During our growth, we have developed a conscious commitment to OSHA requirements and safety training. licensing, providing comprehensive insurance including Workers Compensation for all employees, and continued education to provide the best professional service for our clients. We invite you to click on other tabs to see the many services available, and it is our hope we will continue to be your Landscape Manager of choice.
John R. Ross, President
John’s active involvement in the landscape business started in the third grade. His assigned duty was hand-watering half of his parents’ retail garden center, each day after school. Totally involved through high school in the family business, he went on receive his BS degree in Landscape Architecture from L.S.U. in 1971.
Before moving to Dallas in 1975, he was head of the Landscape Architecture Department for Seabrook, Lithgow and Kujath Inc. in Memphis, Tennessee, a multidiscipline design firm of city planners, architects, civil engineers, and landscape architects. There he was involved in all aspects of design from concept plans to final punch lists of construction. He specifically handled site analysis, land planning, grading, irrigation and planting plans, and details such as retaining walls, lighting, walks and steps, playground equipment, signage, site furniture, parking lot layouts, tennis courts, pools and fountains, fencing and the like. After the plans and contract documents were developed, he managed the bidding process and followed up with the site inspections during the construction phases. Projects included office and retail projects, municipal facilities, single and multifamily projects, urban renewal developments, and planned community projects.
While working as a sales representative for Maintain Inc. in 1975, John recognized a strong need for a multidiscipline landscape services firm. In May of 1976, he started JRR Co. offering landscape design, construction, and maintenance. After a few years, other specialized services were added, which included licensed irrigation and licensed pest control application. As one might guess, John’s career has been completely intertwined with the business over the years. “Doing the job right the first time” has been the guiding force handed down from his parents. This has lead to heavy emphasis on the training and education of all employees, a Total Quality program, and genuine interest in helping his clients have beautiful, healthy places to live and work.
Community and trade group involvement have always been a high priority. Current or past memberships include A.L.C.A., A.S.L.A., T.A.L.C., I.F.M.A., and both Dallas and Fort Worth B.O.M.A.
While meeting the challenges of running a business with the peaks and valleys of the economy, personnel and technical changes, weather extremes and trying to grow ornamental trees and shrubs on the prairie, he still finds time for his five children and four grandchildren.