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A family-run landscaping business has become a fixture in Gwinnett
Teddy Russell is Named One of Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2010 Agribusiness Movers & Shakers
As CFO for the family landscaping company—the largest commercial landscaper headquartered in Georgia—Russell focuses on a different sort of growth, overssing corporate budgeting, marketing, and business development. He attributes the outstanding growth to a streamlined business formula and excellent team of professionals implementing it. The company, which designs, installs and maintains commercial landscaping, is considered an industry leader in green landscaping initiatives.—PR
MALTA Professional Landscape Awards
Russell Landscape Group, Inc. is proud to announce that the Gwinnett Center and the Glen Abbey HOA has been recognized for its excellence by leaders in the green industry. The project received the GRAND award and the Distinction award respectively. Professional Landscape Awards, presented by the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA).
MALTA promotes professionalism, adherence to industry standards and education. The association’s annual Professional Landscape Awards program serves all three goals.
The 2009 awards included 63 entries in 12 categories, encompassing installation, maintenance, seasonal color, green innovations, and community service. MALTA members submitted photographs and project descriptions which were judged by a panel of industry experts without knowledge of company names.
- Judges’ Choice: For the one grand award winner in the installation, maintenance, and seasonal color categories that “WOW”ed the judges
- Grand: For projects that greatly exceeded all criteria
- Distinction: For projects that were superior overall
- Merit: For projects that met the category standard
- Recognition: For projects in the Green Innovations and Community Service categories only
Photos of award entries can be viewed at MALTA’s website: www.maltalandscape.com.
Russell Landscape Group Named to 2010 Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses
Athens, GA, February 1, 2010 — Russell Landscape Group is among the businesses selected for the inaugural class of the Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses. Sponsored by the University of Georgia Alumni Association, the Bulldog 100 is a program that will determine and award the 100 fastest growing businesses that are owned or operated by UGA Alumni, each year. Rankings are based on compounded annual growth rate of revenues for the past three years.
Russell Landscape Group was presented with an award at the Bulldog 100 Celebration that occurred in Atlanta at the InterContinental Buckhead on January 30, 2010.
“Russell Landscape Group should be congratulated for being among the first selection of Bulldog 100 companies,” said Deborah Dietzler, Executive Director of the UGA Alumni Association. “With more than 400 nominees representing businesses from throughout the United States, it is a true achievement to be selected. The UGA Alumni Association is proud to honor Russell Landscape Group for its accomplishments.”
Information about the program, including a complete list of the Bulldog 100 Class of 2010 is available on the UGA Alumni Association website: www.uga.edu/alumni/bulldog100.
Russell Landscape Group Receives December 2008 Business of the Month Award from the Gwinnett Chamber
Teddy Russell, Bill Russell, and Bob Russell accept the December 2008 Business of the Month Award
Congratulations to Russell Landscape Group--Business of the Month for December 2008.
Russell Landscape Group, Inc. provides leadership and professional landscape services in metro Atlanta, Savannah, Brunswick, Bluffton, S.C and Nashville, TN. Family owned and operated since its inception in 1987, it has offered a complete line of landscape design/build/maintain services to exclusive commercial properties, townhomes, condominiums, Home Owner Association and Office/Industrial Park clientele.
These services include landscape design, installation, hardscapes, irrigation, seasonal color, maintenance, tree care and technical services. Our award winning design, installation and maintenance divisions have helped make property management personnel look great and have improved the value of real estate throughout Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Atlanta Business Journal Ranks Russell Landscape Group the 5th Largest in Atlanta
Atlanta Business Chronicle, your best source for local Atlanta business, ranked Russell Landscaping Group the 4 largest landscape company on its recently published Top 25 for 2008 list.
"Russell Landscaping Group is extremely proud to be ranked in the Top 5 Landscaping companies in Atlanta", states Teddy Russell, CFO.
Atlanta Business Chronicle publisher American City Business Journals, is the nation's largest publisher of metropolitan business newspapers. It also operates the Web sites for each of the company's 41 print business journals and recently has launched its first Web-only local business news and information site for Los Angeles.
Russell Landscaping Honored at 2008 Pinnacle Awards
The Gwinnett Chamber’s 2008 Pinnacle Small Business Awards selects Gwinnett’s the top small businesses in three categories (1-9; 10-99; and 100+ employees). The overall Small Business of the Year winner will be eligible to participate in Georgia’s Small Business of the Year competition.
Winners were announced at the elegant black-tie optional Pinnacle Small Business Award Dinner on April 17 at 6:00 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott-Gwinnett Place in Duluth.
Russell Landscape Group receives Rita Kennedy Award
On November 19, 2004, Bob Russell of Russell Landscape Group received the Rita Kennedy Award from the Georgia Chapter of the Community Associations Institute for his service, commitment, and dedication to the Chapter. Bob served as the Georgia Chapter President in 2004 and on the CAI-Georgia Board of Directors from 2001-2005. He has also served on various Chapter committees, including the Magazine and Program Committees. He has tirelessly given of his time and talents to the Chapter for almost a decade.
The Rita Kennedy award is a custom-designed Frabel statute with branches representing the number of years Rita was alive and a single blossom representing her continued legacy. Rita Kennedy served as Chapter Executive Director until she passed away from a long battle with cancer. Without her limitless and spirited devotion to CAI, we would not be as strong as we are today. Rita was the wheel from which all our spokes emerged. Her enthusiasm, cheerfulness, generosity and compassion made our chapter stand out from the rest. She held this organization together even through her hardest times. So in honor of her service, commitment and dedication, her husband Gary Kennedy and their children carry on her legacy by sponsoring this award to keep her spirit alive in our chapter.
Lawn & Landscape Magazine Ranks Russell Landscape Group in the Top 100 in the USA
Lawn & Landscape magazine, the leading trade publication serving the professional lawn and landscape contractor industry, ranked Russell Landscaping Group the 83 largest landscape company on its recently published Top 100 list.
The list, published in Lawn & Landscape’s June issue, highlights the 100 largest companies in the fast-growing landscape industry based on 2007 year-end revenue. Companies on the list provide a range of green industry services including landscape maintenance, chemical lawn care/fertilization, landscape design/build/installation, irrigation installation/maintenance and tree and ornamental care. Top 100 firms are headquartered in 24 states; two are based in Ontario.
“The Lawn & Landscape Top 100 was created not only to recognize the size and scope of the professional landscape industry, but to spotlight the achievements of the entrepreneurs in our industry who have contributed exceptionally to the quality of residential and commercial landscapes across the country,” says Cindy Code, editorial director for Lawn & Landscape magazine. “Our annual list is more than a list of big companies and top revenues. Our report also includes snapshots of unique business strategies and approaches that the entire landscape industry and business community can learn from.”
"Russell Landscaping Group is extremely proud to be ranked in the Top 100 Landscaping companies in America", states Teddy Russell, CFO.
Gwinnett will Provide Treated Wastewater for Lawns
By MICHAEL PEARSON
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 03/12/08
Want to keep a pretty green lawn this summer, drought be darned? Gwinnett County might have a solution for you — albeit a costly, inconvenient and impractical one. The county will now allow trained and certified tank truck drivers to load up highly treated wastewater and drive it to Gwinnett homes or businesses to water landscaping and for few a few other limited purposes— regardless of how bad the drought gets.
Current Gwinnett County restrictions forbid homeowners from outdoor irrigation using drinking water unless they've had new landscaping professionally installed within the last 30 days. The restrictions limit those users to 10 days of watering in that month.
And while homeowners could technically fill up a tanker truck of their own, or hire a company to water their lawns using the water, such a strategy would be cost prohibitive, said Bradley Griffin, vice president of Dacula-based Russell Landscape Group. The typical lawn needs between as much as 1 inch of water a week in the summer, he said.
It would take more than 13,000 gallons to deliver that much water to a half-acre lot, according to various extension service fact sheets. That's nearly 15 truck loads for the company's small tank trucks. While the water is free, the time and gas expense involved would make such a watering strategy very costly. He declined to guess how costly. Instead, Griffin said the new program will make it easier for his company, as well as other landscapers, to keep new landscaping thriving during the first few weeks after planting.
Drought restrictions include administrative hurdles for landscapers and residents whose lawns are receiving post-installation watering. Both must register with the state and post signs indicating the water is authorized under a state exemption. Under the reuse program, landscape crews can just drive out and water plants — as often and as much as is needed, Griffin said. "It's a win-win for us," he said.
The water in question is highly treated wastewater that's already piped to two Gwinnett golf courses, a county park, a Duluth city park and the Mall of Georgia. All told, those facilities used 209 million gallons of the water last year, said Irish Horsey, reclaimed water manager for the county. Although the water is not quite treated to the same standard as drinking water, it is indistinguishable to the naked eye from tap water and perfectly safe for use watering landscape plants, she said. But it's not considered fit for consumption, use in swimming pools or for watering edible plants, according to state guidelines.
The state guidelines for the water reuse program limit its use to landscape irrigation, street sweeping, dust control, sewer cleaning, herbicide and pesticide application and concrete plants. It also can't be trucked outside the county, according to Horsey. Anyone who wants to make use of the water in Gwinnett must go through an online training program, pay a $100 annual fee and a $25 fee for each truck they intend to use to haul the water, Horsey said. So far, no one has applied, but Horsey said she expects interest to increase as the weather, and the planting season, warms up.
Gwinnett is the first county in Georgia to recieve a permit for trucking the water from the state, said Kevin Chambers of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Other jurisdictions have applied for approval, but he said he did not have access to who those jurisdictions are or the status of their applications.