Alabama natives and brothers Grant and Kyle Faulk know a thing or two about lawn care. For the past 16 years, the duo has been invested in the landscaping and lawn care industry aiming to improve the quality of service and attention that they believe customers deserve. In 2010, they decided to open Alabama’s first Weed Man location in Dothan.
“Our goal is to provide a lush, green, and weed-free lawn to our customers while ensuring unmatched customer service,” said Grant. “Through Weed Man, we can offer a long list of services and treatments that cover everything from fertilization to soil pH control, pest services, mosquito control, and much more. If something is keeping your lawn from looking excellent, we will find a way to fix it.”
Word of mouth grew their business to a second Weed Man location in 2015. After years of growth and research, they decided to take the business to a new level by opening a third location in a 5,000 square foot facility in Huntsville on Artie Street.
For more than 50 years, Weed Man has been delivering excellent service to customers looking for quality lawn care. The business began in Canada in 1970 and expanded to the United States in 1996. A decade later, it opened operations in the United Kingdom. Weed Man USA acquired Weed Man Canada in 2018 and the brand has expanded to 675 territories across North America. Why is the company so popular and fast-growing? Grant says there are a lot of things that set Weed Man apart in the horticulture business.
“First of all, we care about what we are trying to accomplish,” explained Grant. “We want our clients to pull into their driveways and see a lawn they are proud of. Our customers contact us to say how excited they are to play with their kids outside, have family time, and enjoy being unplugged for a while on their beautiful lawns. We are giving families another place they can share. That’s the ‘why’ behind what we do.”
Opening a lawn care business was a shared goal by the Faulk brothers. Auburn University graduates, Grant’s degree in Building Science and Kyle’s degree in Landscape Design & Horticulture made them the perfect partners to open their first company, Lakewood Landscape, in Dothan. They offered full-service residential and commercial landscaping for over 5 years before they decided to commit to opening the first Weed Man location.
“Lakewood Landscape was successful and we learned a lot on the job,” shared Grant. “We realized the turfgrass we were maintaining needed something different than just mowing. That’s when we found out about Weed Man because the care of that type of lawn was their specialty. We fell in love with the company and its dedication to service, so we went all in.”
Grant says Weed Man is second to none when it comes to customer satisfaction. The company has won several awards and has a relentless focus on meeting clients’ needs.
“We’ve had clients come to us who have lacked consistent care or knowledgeable professionals in the past,” said Grant. “All of our technicians are trained and have years of experience under their belt so they can tackle any problems they encounter. We only hire people who make us better. Every year we want to look back and see a consistent level of improvement and growth.”
Grant and his team chose the location at 2601 Artie Street because it had a mix of warehouse and office space—a perfect fit for their operations. Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Vice President Eric St. John, CCIM, represented Weed Man and helped Grant secure the property.
“It’s very exciting to see continued interest in our city from businesses outside of Huntsville—especially ones as large and well-known as Weed Man,” said Eric. “They are currently the eighth largest green industry company in the nation and are made up of 200 franchise locations around the country and North America. It’s a testament to Huntsville’s growth and relevance that they would open a location here.”
Grant and his team also like the site’s central location and how easily accessible it is from all of Huntsville’s major hot spots. The shop serves a wide area including Gurley, Athens, Decatur, Hazel Green, Madison, and many other nearby cities.
“We looked at several locations and considered other options, but Huntsville felt like home,” stated Grant. “It’s a bigger city and it’s growing fast. But it still has a small-town feeling with great people. There are so many options for dining, shopping, and entertainment here too. It’s exciting to be a part of it. We are very proud to be in the Rocket City.”
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