Yes, it’s that time of year again – when two guys who know a thing or two about landscaping, Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme of the Harvest Group, team up with us in telling the story of three companies who need a little help with their businesses.

It could be lack of profit, bad culture, labor (well, it’s always labor, isn’t it?) or something else that’s holding a company back – or maybe all of the above. That’s where Bill and Ed come in. They spent three days with each of our winners: Custom Landscaping and Lawn Care in New Jersey; Lawn and Pest Solutions in Mississippi; and Hawkins Landscaping in Maryland to get to the bottom of what’s ailing each company.

From there, Bill and Ed will work with the owners and other key employees to implement methods to help the companies grow. In some areas, they are doing well and can do better, but other areas they are really struggling and could use a “turnaround.”

We’ll follow the progress of each company in our print magazine, digital newsletters and via podcasts on our Lawn & Landscape Radio Network.

Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme

This year we took a different approach than in the past where we mainly focused on companies less than a $1 million. This year, all three companies have already broken the $1 million mark, while one of those companies is the largest company to participate in the Turnaround Tour.

We hope mixing it up a bit will give you a different perspective and more options to relate to since problems you have at $6 million can be different than if you are around $1 million in revenue.

Finally, thanks to our sponsor, Corona Tools, for supporting the Turnaround Tour. We hope you enjoy following along this year as much as we will like telling the stories.

For video of Bill and Ed’s visit to Green Lawn and coverage of past Turnaround Tours, visit

Brian Horn, editor, Lawn & Landscape