Rank no.131-U.S. Lawns- US

Rank no.131-U.S. Lawns- US

Top 250 Franchise by Entrepreneur-Rank no.131-U.S. Lawns-US


Products & Services: Commercial grounds maintenance

Number of Locations: 262

Total Investment: $32.79K – 79.3K

Founded: 1986

Began Franchising: 1987

About U.S. Lawns

U.S. Lawns was founded in 1986 and began franchising in 1987. In 1996, U.S. Lawns was acquired by Environmental Care Inc., a subsidiary of Environmental Industries Inc. U.S. Lawns is based in Orlando, Florida, and has locations throughout the United States.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2013 262 0 0 0
2012 241 0 0 0
2011 224 0 0 0
2010 214 0 0 0
2009 206 0 0 0
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units throughout the U.S.

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $32,800 – $79,300
Franchise Fee: $22,000 – $32,000
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 3-4%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Financial Requirements

Net Worth: $165,000
Liquid Cash Available: $55,000


Franchise can be run from home. 10% of all franchisees own more than one unit. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 10 – 15. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 6 days. At franchisee’s location: Ongoing.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings, Toll-free phone line, Internet, Security/safety procedures, Field operations/evaluations, Purchasing cooperatives
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, National media, Regional advertising,
Other marketing support: Internet support, national sales team

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #131 (2013), #138 (2012), #149 (2011), #265 (2009),
Fastest-Growing: #68 (2011),
Low-Cost: #18 (2013), #20 (2012), #29 (2011), #57 (2009),
Top Home-Based: #70 (2009),
1986 – U.S. Lawns is founded in Orlando, Florida.
1987 – The first independent franchisee is awarded a territory in Palm Beach County, Florida.
1993 – U.S. Lawns expands to ten franchise locations throughout the state of Florida.
1995 – Ken Hutcheson joins the U.S. Lawns Home Office team.
1996 – Industry leader ValleyCrest Landscape Companies acquires U.S. Lawns.
1998 – U.S. Lawns launches strategic accounts program to service “branded” multi-property customers. New franchise training is revamped, placing a stronger emphasis on business management.
1999 – U.S. Lawns opens its 25th franchise location and appears in Lawn & Landscape’s Top 100 at #50.
2001 – The U.S. Lawns network surpasses the 50-location mark and has some fun sharing its unique selling proposition with the market. Watch the video!
2002 – Ken Hutcheson becomes President of U.S. Lawns. Entrepreneur Magazine ranks U.S. Lawns #417 in its annual Franchise 500 issue.
2003 – U.S. Lawns opens its 100th location and now operates in 25 states. National marketing initiative is launched and partnerships are created with BOMA, CAI and ICSC
2004 – U.S. Lawns begins its educational and motivational mission, hiring a full time training director and implementing regional training programs. System wide sales top $50 million.
2006 – U.S. Lawns surpasses the 150-franchise location mark. Listen as franchisees share their experiences with others.
2007 – U.S. Lawns now operates in more than 30 states with system wide sales breaking $80 million.
2009 – The company opens its 200th location. U.S. Lawns joins IFA’s VetFran initiative, a program that helps returning service members access franchise opportunities through training, financial assistance, and industry support. U.S. Lawns partners with Regions Bank in the Yards for Trees Program
2011 – U.S. Lawns celebrates its 25th year anniversary. System wides sales top $100 million as U.S. Lawns reaches #9 in Lawn & Landscapes Top 100.
2012 – The company tops the 250-location mark and expands into state #40. Strategic Accounts now working with more than 40 regional/national customers. Entrepreneur Magazine ranks U.S. Lawns #138 in the annual Franchise 500 issue.
2013 – U.S. Lawns refreshes its brand identity while staying true to its core values; 100% customer retention, 100% franchisee satisfaction.


As the nation’s largest provider of commercial grounds care, we service some of the largest retail and service chains in America, along with extensive commercial property portfolios. We understand your business, promising premier service and 100% responsiveness. Our elite U.S. Lawns team can cover all your grounds care needs at the highest level, saving you the hassle of hiring multiple companies for your various locations.

Full Service Landscape Maintenance

Seasonal Color Design & Installation


Fertilization & Pest Control

Snow and Ice Management

Multi-Location Accounts