YSU student runs own landscape business
GREENFORD — He’s entering his junior year as a business administration major at Youngstown State University, but already Pierce Baird is “pretty much” doing what he wants.
The 2016 graduate of South Range High School owns Baird’s Landscaping, a business he started last year and will be adding a second truck and more employees as soon as the weather breaks this spring.
“I pretty much wanted to do this as a kid,” Baird said, “wanted to be my own boss. That was the path I ended up going down.”
When you’re in the landscaping business, that often means plowing snow in the winter to spread things around.
This winter was pretty slow until after Christmas when “we got a couple of good snows. Hopefully it’ll turn quickly and we’ll be mowing,” he said, adding, “we do have emergency services” and snow removal is 24-hours a day.
“We were very busy last year with mulch,” he explained, “we put down over 500 yards of mulch.”
He buys from various suppliers, but mainly from Parks Garden Center on Salem-Youngstown Road.
“We ran one truck for the entire business last year,” Baird said, “and this year we’re expecting a lot more business.”
Two trucks will run with the Baird Landscaping name this year, one designated for lawn care and the other one for landscaping, which can include property maintenance, putting in patios, graveling driveways, mowing, tree and bush trimming along with planting whatever the resident wants.
Baird, which is an easily recognized name in southern Mahoning County because of the saw mill and the fact his father, Todd, is the long-time chief of the Green Township Volunteer Fire Department, has helped, he said.
“Typically we work Monday through Saturday,” Baird said, “some business is contractual and some, we show up there every week to cut the grass or whatever is needed.”
Mowing, shrub trimming and property maintenance accounts for about 50 percent of the business and planting, building patios, driveways or yards the other 50 percent, he said.
There are about 100 recurring customers Baird Landscaping cycles through a couple of times each season.
“Spring is a busy season,” he said, noting they are currently in maintenance stage with the trucks, riding mowers, back loaders and various string trimmers.
When things get going he explained that mower blades get a lot of attention.
“We sharpen them every two days, “ he said, “we can cut about 15 lawns a day sometimes.”
Most of Baird Landscaping’s business is in the Boardman and Canfield areas, “but we do have work in Greenford and Salem.”
For more information, call 234-5567-0317 or visit www.facebook.com/BairdsLandscaping.