The History of C N'R Lawn N' Landscape


The Legend That Continues...

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CN'R History - First Trailer

Ryan and Craig take pride in their work: a brand-new hand-built trailer for their equipment!


Ryan DeVilliers and Craig LaRoche were hooked on lawn mowing and lawn mowers before they could ride bicycles. They both discovered they had a profound love and respect for lawn care at a very early age. From the plastic toy lawn mowers they both had as they learned to walk, to the first time they insisted on mowing their parent’s lawn, to the business decision risks they both took early in their professional lives, these were the catalysts that grew the roots of a successful business operation.


1986



Although C N'R Began in earnest in 1992, 1986 marks the true beginning of the C N' R legacy...

 


In 1986 at eleven and twelve years old, the boys mowed their parent’s lawn and one other neighborhood lawn. As the years went by, the customer base widened through word of mouth, and equipment needs increased.

 

Craig - Lawn Boy

Here is Craig, back around '88, at a neighborhood lawn


The novelty and fun they both shared mowing at this early age was nurtured and developed each year, turning their activity into pride of care. Lawn care with the latest technology working for you is a physically demanding occupation. Starting with 21” push-mowers and self-drives makes lawn care a completely different ballgame.


1986



Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Vehicles: None
Notable Equipment: LawnBoy Mowers
Toro Trimmer

 


1992 arrived with 18 properties to manage. C N'R acquired a trailer base and hand-built an enclosed trailer for transporting their equipment. Prior to the trailer, equipment was transported inside their vehicles.

 

CN'R - First Trailer with Wagon

C N'R Lawn Services first trailer; pulled by the maroon Caprice-Classic wagon.


Transportation came in many forms. Craig and Ryan used a red Oldsmobile Sedan, with a mower sticking out of the trunk. They used a maroon Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon and an Isuzu Trooper, with the mowers sticking out of the open tailgate window. It should be noted that C N'R's parents contributed these first vehicles, vehicles that took the beating of a lawn service company! Thank Goodness for forgiving parents!

The next year...C N’R became ‘professional’


 

1992


It was a lean year, but 1992 was also a very important year. Word spread as C N’ R’s reputation for customer service grew. Ryan had become legal to drive, so the business officially started.


Year: One
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Vehicles: Caprice Wagon
Isuzu Trooper
Dodge Caravan
Notable Equipment: LawnBoy Mower
Toro Mower
Toro N' John Deere Trimmers
Employees: 1 - Part Time


In 1993 Craig and Ryan were forced into a big decision. A gas mixing mistake was made and its consequence was forth-coming and direct. That week, both lawn mowers and string trimmers blew up during their use. Call it fate or call it luck, the result was that the young men had to make the decision to purchase two new commercial walk-behind mowers and two new trimmers. This was an adult decision and involved a lot of money. The decision was shouldered and responsibly made by two young men, ages 17 and 18. An expensive lesson was learned – take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. Even at this age, C N’R knew what it had to do to service its customers.

 

CN'R History - First Truck

Jon running a walk-behind mower by the black C N'R Lawn Care Ford F150 in 1994


To be truly professional, a lawn care expert must have a pick-up truck.
In 1993, the first Ford F150 truck was purchased, enabling C N’R to transport lawn care equipment easier to service their growing customer base.


1993


Year: Two
Name:  C N'R Lawn Service 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Limited Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Vehicles: Black Ford F150
Notable Equipment: John Deere N' Snapper 'walk behind' mowers
Echo Trimmers
Echo Blowers
Employees: 1 - Part Time


1994 and 1995 marked big changes for C N'R. Another Ford F150 pickup truck was added to the 'fleet'. The other big change was the welcome addition of two 'mowing trailers' - One smaller mowing trailer in 1994 and then in 1995 a much larger trailer with additional storage compartments was added. These trailers were needed to haul the added Snapper brand walk-behind mowers and Stihl brand blowers.

CN'R history - 2nd Truck - Blue

Ryan with the trusty blue Ford F150 and a new trailer as well.


The second Ford F150 was purchased in 1994. With more properties to service, C N’R added its first 'full-time' employee this same year. Each week, the equipment was switched back and forth to one of the trucks, with the other one standing in reserve..


1994


Year: Three
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Vehicles: 2Ford F150s
Notable Equipment: Snapper 'walk behind' mowers
Echo Trimmers
Stihl Blowers
Employees: 1


The Team in 1995

The C N'R Lawn Care Crew after the "two crew" split was made. Jon, Ryan, Nick and Craig 

Business growth usually means new facilities.
C N’R started in dad’s garage at home, moved to dad’s garage at the office, then to a small shop in Eden Prairie. A plan was put into place. If growth was to occur, it would have to be in the services already provided.
A second crew was formed, more equipment was purchased, along with another trailer, and as a result, the customer base was able to grow. C N’ R’s second employee is hired to fill out the two crews and more services: landscaping and tree pruning are added! 

1995


Year: Four
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Vehicles: 2Ford F150s
Notable Equipment: Snapper 'walk behind' mowers
2 Large mowing / equipment trailers
Spring Cleanup mower attachments
Employees: 2

 


1996 brought another big decision. As C N’R grew, so did its space requirements. They found just what they needed in St. Louis Park. It was expensive, but necessary to continue to give top notch service to their continually growing customer base. Fertilization was added to the list of services, but as a subcontracted service. Craig and Ryan soaked up knowledge about the fertilization business like a sponge soaks up water. They always planned and thought ahead..

CN'r History - Spring Clean 96 

Craig on a spring cleanup in 1996 - Using one of the Snapper brand walk-behind mowers and dethatcher attachment.


CN'R History - Aeration Begins

Aeration added in 1996; an important service for keeping
C N' R customer lawns in tip-top shape!

CN'R History - Crew in 1996 

Ryan and Nick standing next to the Blue Ford F-150 which was added to the fleet in 1995.


CN'R history - Fertilization begins

Fertilization - new knowledge, new service, all to keep the customer satisfied and lawns looking great!

1996


Year: Five
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization (Sbu Contracted)
Aeration
Vehicles: 2Ford F150s
Notable Equipment: Snapper 'walk behind' mowers
Echo Trimmers
Stihl Blowers
Employees: 2

 
CN'R History - Gutter Cleaning 

Gutter Cleaning -
Another C N' R service!

 


1997 included the care of additional customer properties and warranted the need for new trucks.
Two 1997 Ford F350 4-door crew cab trucks were purchased along with added equipment. The four-door Ford F-350s were a big deal for C N'R, they had reached a milestone goal that they had set out to reach.

CN'R History - Big Trucks 

The CN'R F350s!


Ryan with the trucks

Ryan flexing his muscles with the new muscle: the C N' R F350s - A proud moment for C N'R!


F350 with Trailers

One of the C N' R F350swith trailer & equipment


In 1997, C N’R was tested and certified to do their own fertilizing, ending the sub-contracting and adding another in-house service to the growing list.  The fertilization customer list grew immensely, as C N’R’s reputation grew.  Equipment was added to the fleet to allow C N'R to service their fertilization and weed spraying customers. Aeration equipment was added as well.


Fertilizer Sprayer

The fertilizer/weed treatment sprayer trailer

 


1997


Year: Six
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Vehicles: 2Ford F150s
Notable Equipment: Great Dane 'stand-up' mowers
Snapper Aerators
Employees: 2


1998 brought growth on the landscaping side of the business; as a result C N'R moved locations in the facility they called home in St. Louis Park, MN.

F350 dump truck with dump trailer 

The first C N' R F350 Dump Truck along with the dump trailer used for Spring and Fall Cleanups.


One of the team cleaning equipment out in front of the new shop


The increased size of their shop allowed for growth and additional space which was needed for their new Ford F350 dump truck!

The new shop would house their 3 trucks, 4 trailers equipment and supplies for several years to come.


1998


Year: Seven
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
 Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Great Dane 'stand-up' mowers
Dump Trailer
Employees: 2


Another hurdle was jumped in 1999. Taking care of their customer needs, C N'R found there was a tremendous customer request for snow plowing. The decision was made and a snowplow was added to one of the crew cab trucks.

F350 with Plow

The Ford F350 crew cab outfitted with plow and plow light.


F350 Dump truck with plow

The Ford F350 dump truck in action plowing, complete with sander attachment.


CN'R Steiner Tractor

The Steiner brand tractor with loader style attachment.

 


 

Snowplowing was added to the list of services with the addition of a plow to one of the crew cab F350s. At the same time, a snowplow and a sander was installed on the dump truck.

 


 

Indeed 1999 was a big year for C N'R.  Growth and demand in landscaping made the decision for CN'R as they also added to the fleet, the Steiner tractor.  The Steiner allowed for faster access with 'big hauls' to more areas of customer properties.  Its lighter body (as compared to skid loader) and articulated frame allowed the Steiner to be nimble and easy on customer lawns.  The Steiner had several attachments - the loader style bucket, the smaller shovel style bucket and the aeration attachment.

 


 

CN'r Steiner Tractor

The Steiner tractor with shovel style bucket.

 


1999


Year: Eight
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Great Dane 'stand-up' mowers
Dump Trailer
Plows, Snow Blowers
Steiner Tractor
Employees: 2


In 2000, C N’R continued to service more customers. There were no services added to the list in 2000, but existing services were re-offered to all customers, creating growth in those same areas. With the demand for more snowplowing, the other crew cab was outfitted with a new snowplow.  This gave C N’ R the ability to have three trucks plowing, making quick work of all snowfalls, and decreased exhausted driving hours in heavier snow falls. Snow blowers and sidewalk sanding equipment were added to the tool chest as well, but shoveling was not advertised as a service until 9 years later in 2009!.

CN'R History - F350 Plowing

One of the ol' Ford F350 crew cabs outfitted with the plow


By 2000, after four years of use of the crew cabs, and 8 full years of use in total since the beginning, folks were starting to recognize and perhaps even remember the signature Black Ford trucks of CN'R Lawn Care Inc.

 


 

2000


Year: Nine
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Dump Trailer
Plows, Snow Blowers
Steiner Tractor
Employees: 2


2001 was a year in which C N'R took a breath so to speak: growth remained relatively level compared to previous years and just a couple changes in services took place.

CN'R History - Landscape Lighting

C N'R begins to offer landscape lighting.


CN'R history - Website in 2002

A snapshot of the C N' R site in its early days.


Landscape lighting was added to the list of services offered, although not widely advertised... yet.


The C N'R website was launched in 2001 and continued to really come into form in 2002. The purpose for the website was and is to better serve C N’R customer base through easy communication of needs of the customer. Craig and Ryan are usually in the field during the day and can be difficult to contact. With the high level of service commitment, this website will resolve that communication concern.
It is the intention of C N’R to improve communication through web technology.


CN'R - Ryan N' Craig

Ryan N' Craig putting their heads together as they planned their strategy for future growth and success!

2001


Year: Ten
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander  'stand-up' mowers
Dump Trailer
Plows, Snow Blowers
Steiner Tractor
Employees: 2


2002 came with additional growth in customers and again with landscape work. With the additional growth came a need for more employees: the C N'R family grew to six, with the addition of two employees for a total of four.

The Crew in 2002 in the shop

Jon K, Craig and Ryan with Chad R and Sean B on the storage rack - along with a supply of fertilizer in the C N' R shop back in 2002.



The 2002 list of services included: mowing, spring & fall cleanups, gutter cleaning, landscaping, tree pruning, bush trimming, fertilization, aeration, landscape lighting and snowplowing. All services were (and are) offered with customer satisfaction of supreme importance.


The Crew in 2002

Ryan and Craig with the crew in 2002 - Jon K, Sean B and Chad R. The crew is there with the newer Ford F350 trucks, the big mow trailers, Wright Stander brand mowers and additional lawn care equipment.

2002


Year: Eleven
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Dump Trailer
Plows, Snow Blowers
Steiner Tractor
Sump Grinder
Employees: 4


In 2003 C N'R added additional services to their growing list of offerings: Tree Climbing/Tree Removal and Stump Grinding. It was also a big year in terms of changes for the C N'R crew as they moved locations within St. Louis Park to a much larger shop which would allow them to continue to grow of the company.

CN'R History - Tree Service

One of the C N' R crew doing his best impression of a monkey during a tree removal in 2003.


CN'R in 2003

Ryan N' Craig take a brief moment in one of their F350s for a photo back in 2003.


CN'R History - Lawn Sweeper

Ryan on the new lawn sweeper during a Fall cleanup in 2003.


Shop in 2003

The new shop with the trucks in 2004


 

Craig N' Ryan continued with their steady and controlled approach to growth in 2003. Adding full tree removal services to their offerings was a great addition; from tree climbing and pruning all the way to stump removal. Holiday Lights displays were also added as an advertised service.

New/additional Wright Stand mowers were added to the fleet along with a turf sweeper which was a key addition to increasing efficiency without sacrificing quality for Spring and Fall Cleanups.

The website continued to evolve with a new look in 2003 and the addition of some new components like Craig's weather corner.

 


 

CN'R History - Website in 2003

A snapshot of the website back in 2003.


 

CN'R Shop in 2004

A shot of the expanded area for storage in the new shop in 2004!

 


2003


Year: Twelve
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree Climbing / Tree Removal
Stump Grinding
Holiday Lights Displays
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Steiner Tractor
Turf Sweeper
Employees: 4


2004 brought the addition of a Ford Ranger truck and a replacement the existing Ford F350 trucks. Along with the new trucks came a new set of services: Irrigation! Irrigation service - Spring Start ups, Fall shutdowns (blow-outs), maintenance and installation.

CN'R History - Irrigation Compressor

Ryan with the trusty blue Ford F150 and a new trailer as well.


CN'R History - Big 2004 Project

The C N' R crew during a large landscaping job in 2004.


In addition to the trucks, an 'industrial' sized air compressor was added - a required addition for Irrigation shutdowns (blowing air out of the Irrigation system/Sprinkler heads before Winter freeze)
2004 also marked another year in which C N'R completed another very large scale landscaping project which in this instance included: rock, edging, drain tile, sod removal/installation, landscaping brick retention walls, shrub/perennial planting, irrigation system and landscape lighting.

 


 

CN'R History - Big 2004 Project

Nearing the end of this C N'R landscaping project, the great results really start to show.

2004


Year: Thirteen
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree Climbing / Tree Removal
Stump Grinding
Holiday Lights Displays
Irrigation System Services
Vehicles: 2Ford F350 crew cab trucks
1 Ford F350 Dump truck
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Steiner Tractor
Turf Sweeper
Irrigation Air Compressor
Employees: 4


In 2005 the C N'R team grew to 5 employees, adding one additional employee. C N'R's controlled growth plan continued as more regular lawn care / fertilization customers were added and more landscaping projects were taken on..

CN'R History - Big Dump Truck - Bulk Delivery

Big dump truck full of mulch in 2005!


CN'R History - Office Rain

Raining in the office in June 2005!


 

2005 for the most part was like the years prior to and after it: continued growth, taking on more work while ensuring the same high-quality great results C N'R customers expect are delivered day in and day out. C N'R continued to prove that no job is too big nor too small.


The one hiccup? An extremely heavy rainfall in June caused a bit of a scramble back at the shop-office: it rained in the office! Yikes! The rain caused a bit of a scramble and certainly some headaches, but in the end; C N'R persevered.

 


 

2005


Year: Fourteen
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree Climbing / Tree Removal
Stump Grinding
Holiday Lights Displays
Irrigation System Services
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Steiner Tractor
Turf Sweeper
Irrigation Air Compressor
Employees: 5


In 2006, C N'R took another breather in terms of growth as they continued to take care of customers and keep the 5 employees of the C N'R crew busy. More great landscaping jobs were completed and more fertilization customers were added; C N'R added a nifty helper for fertilization...

Sping Cleanup 2006

C N' R teamwork on a Spring Cleanup in 2006!


 

With the controlled growth that C N'R has had over the years, efficiencies in their work is always needed in order to be able to continue to serve their customers. Those efficiencies can be achieved a number of ways; new equipment such as a fertilizer spreading machine and definitely through the continued use of teamwork during every job completed by the close-knit C N'R family.


CN'R History Lawn Fertilization

Ryan on the fertilizer machine in 2006.

 

2006


Year: Fifteen
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Steiner Tractor
Turf Sweeper
Irrigation Air Compressor
Fertilizer Machine
Employees: 5


In 2007 the C N'R crew once again grew larger with the addition of another employee, bringing the total to six. In addition, they added a sit-down style Wright Stander Brand mower with ProVac vacuum for Spring and Fall cleanups; another piece of equipment that meant they could do more work in less time - without sacrificing quality!

CN'R Retaining Walls

Decorative Lava Rockand retaining wall by C N' R!


2007 Lawn Vac

Ryan on the sit-down Vac during a Spring cleanup


 

C N' R also continued to provide the same great results they do year after year and within all their work!

 


 

2007 Spring Cleanup

Ryan vacuuming up the grass/leaves from a Spring cleanup for hauling away in the dump-trailer.

 


 

2007


Year: Sixteen
Name:  C N'R Lawn Care Inc 
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Employees: 5


2008 was a big year in the History of C N'R.... C N'R Lawn Care Inc renamed to C N' R Lawn N' Landscape Inc to better reflect the wide array of services they offer. 
They also added the WWW.CNR4YOU.COM website name as an easy to remember website name to put on their trucks and equipment for passers by. Don't be confused though, it is still the same great company, same great tradition, same great people and same great results our customers have come to expect from "C N'R"!

CN'R History - Ventrac Tractor

Jon K using the Ventrac tractor as a Stump Grinder.


CN'R Ventrac Loader in 2008

The Ventrac tractor at the ready with the front-end loader attachment for hauling material at the job site.


 


The other change in 2008? The Ventrac machine! Another versatile, non-invasive tractor that can utilize a number of  attachments for the many services
C N' R Lawn N' Landscape Inc. offers!


CN'R history - Ventrac Sod Cutter

The Ventrac with Sod-Cutter attachment - making quick work of Sod-removal for a landscaping job.

 


CN'R History - CNR4you Truck

One of the C N' R F350 trucks with the new CNR4You.Com website name and the C N'R Lawn N' Landscape company name.

2008


Year: Seventeen
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Employees: 6


Although the mowing started earlier, C N’ R Lawn Care was about eighteen years old in 2009. From a modest beginning and with very little capital injection to start, this company has become larger and more successful through controlled growth. The owners, Ryan and Craig, are thinkers, planners and they are very well organized. That boils down to the fact that they make good decisions and they get things done. They work very well together, complementing each others strengths. Customer service is the most important single element of their business philosophy. You might ask, “What does that mean to the customer?”
The answer is simple: EVERYTHING!

CN'R History - Teamwork

The C N'R Team using muscle and sweat to get the job done on a mulch and boulder job in 2009.


CN'R - 2009 Landscaping Job

Two trucks, two trailers, the Ventrac tractor and a big pile of mulch on a job in 2009..


CN'R history - 2009 Snowy Winter

The C N' R guys snow blowing and shoveling in 2009


Through a lot of sweat and hard work, C N'R has grown through the years. In 2009 they added 2 additional employees. Jon K. long time employee and friend of C N'R was promoted to manager in order to allow Craig N' Ryan to continue to manage the company and plan for the future.
C N'R started to really advertise snow-blowing/snow shoveling and roof raking services as part of the Winter service offerings in 2009. The heavy snowfalls in 2009 (that also occurred in 2010 and 2011) really 'snowballed' roof raking into a key service offering in the Winter.


CN'R history - Pavers, Drainage N' More

Pavers - stone and brick were first offered in 2008 as part of the landscaping service portfolio. By 2009 and into 2010 it really took off! Drain tile and pavers are shown in this 2010 photo.


CN'R 2009 Snow Removal

A front-end loader is used for snow removal at the shop.


 

2009


Year: Eighteen
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Employees: 8


In 2010, C N'R branched out the company into two areas of service: Lawn and Landscape. Two crew chiefs were put in place for the weekly lawn mowing/lawn care services, marking the return Chad R to the team and Jon K was now in place as the Landscaping manager. These strategic moves allowed the C N'R family to grow to a high of 15 full-time employees.  In addition, Roger was added in 2010 in a part time role - later moving into a full-time roll in 2011. Roger was a valued friend who brought a wealth of knowledge to the CN'R team in his new role. Previously he had assisted C N'R on the BIG projects with his knowledge, planning, and smarts he gathered through years of experience in the industry.
C N'R added a 'New Holland' brand skid-loader to the fleet to allow for more landscaping work toe be taken on.
Another change in 2010? The mountain of great services which have been added through the year, combined with the dependable reputation CN'R has earned through the years culminated to create a slogan of sorts describing the C N'R offerings:

"One Call... One Company!"SM was servicemarked in the State of MN in 2010. The servicemark reflects the fact that for any service involving Lawn, Landscape, Snow Removal, Irrigation, etc; our customers need only make one call: the call to C N'R! This won't stop C N'R from finding even more services to add, even when it seems they cover everything in the property management/landscaping/snow removal industries!
For more information regarding the servicemark, click here!

CN'R 2010 Lawn Mowing Stripes

Beautiful stripes - a trademark of C N' R that you'll catch at our customer's lawns.


CN'R 2010 Shrub Trimming

Beautiful shape to these shrubs! Another example of great results from the C N' R crew!


CN'R History - Landscaping Project

An outdoor water feature from 2010 shown above
C N'R's outdoor pond maintenance service was expanded in 2010..


Craig N' Ryan continue to be involved in day to day activities in 2010 as the company grows to ensure the same quality results that C N'R customers have come to expect over the years are still delivered. There is little to worry about with this group of employees though in terms of delivering beautiful quality results, these guys have great leadership within the crews and the crews know what "C N'R" is all about!


Outdoor pond maintenance and services were expanded as an offering in 2010; a service that started with some cleaning in 2009. In 2011 it would later be expanded further into a full-service cleaning/shut-down and trouble-shooting maintenance/fix offering.

 


 

CN'R 2010 Shrub Trimming

The New Holland skid loader during a removal of an old concrete driveway on a job in 2010.

 


 

2010


Year: Nineteen
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Roof Raking
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Employees: 15


In 2011: C N'R continued to make changes: as previously mentioned, Roger had been added in a full-time capacity. The foundation was put in place - Craig, Ryan, Jon, Chad,  and Roger for further growth with great leadership, knowledge and experience to bring them into the future. This team is dedicated to delivering the top quality service and results that C N'R's customers have grown accustom to through the years.

One of the many landscaping projects in 2011 - replacement of an asphalt driveway and creation of an attached patio area with pavers in a really cool pattern!


A fresh batch of mulch and new perennials gave this landscape a vibrant look!

 


C N'R continued to expand their landscaping portfolio with tremendous results in 2011.  While they have offered these great landscaping services for years; offerings including pavers and block took center stage as noted in 2010 and it continued in 2011.  C N'R added Wayne to the team who became the office manager; a necessary move given the overall size of the team.


The first of CN'R 's enclosed trailers for their Lawn N' Landscaping equipment.


2011


Year: Twenty
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
roof Raking
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Enclosed Trailers
Employees: 20


2012 One big change: C N'R waves goodbye to their former website design which served them well for many years.  Changing technology and increased expectations drive the change.  With the previous year's addition of leadership an expansion in the number of employees came in 2012.  Another big add in 2012? Web-Based Coupons!

CN'R 2011 Website

The old website front page as seen in early 2012


Holiday Lighting Displays, a service for several years, continued to blossom in 2012.


 

The move to those big beautiful and very functional enclosed trailers continued in 2012.  As seen above in the 2011 photo, they do a pretty good job of advertising the many great services C N'R provides!


 

Though added a couple years prior; word got out in 2012 that C N'R also cleans outdoor ponds in landscaping!


 

Another beautiful and very functional landscaping job...

2012


Year: Twenty-One
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Roof Raking
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Employees: 25


2013 - A tough tough weather year but C N'R persevered! Several more managers were added in 2012 and 2013 as the company steadily grew to 30 employees.  The count of those enclosed trailers grew to 4, along with a 2nd hydraulic dump trailer for those cleanups and the truck fleet grew to 13!

CN'R Lawn N; Landscape Snow Plowing and Removal 

One of the signature black Ford trucks from the C N'R fleet in action plowing a 2013 snowfall. 


Another landscaping day in the life of C N'R Lawn N' Landscape!

C N'R continued their steady and measured growth into 2013 bringing on new team members and new equipment to best serve their great customers.  C N'R brought in an additional employee into the office to assist with phones and customer service; bringing the total to two.


CN'R Lawn N; Landscape Snow Plowing and Removal

One of the bigger projects in 2013 included this creation of a block monument for a stone address plate, perennials, block landscaping and mulch throughout the property. 


 

2013


Year: Twenty-Two
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Employees: 30


2014 saw a drawn out harsh winter..., a mild summer and a very short autmn season

CN'R Lawn N' Landscaping - Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and surrounding areas

Getting ready for contrat time early in 2014!


CN'R Lawn N' Landscape - Snow Plowing and snow Removal

CN'R Lawn N' Landscape - Snow Plowing and snow Removal

Some properties are a bit tight for the standard plow trucks so in late 2014 CN'R invested in this more agile plow truck for greater effieciency and to better meet customer needs!

2014


Year: Twenty-Three
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
John Deere Skid Loader
Employees: 30



2015 Started out dry, had some ups and downs with Mother Nature, and ended with dry weather and little snow.

2015


Year: Twenty-Four
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Employees: 30

CNRL Lawn N' Landscape - Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, skid loader

The new John Deere skid loader will help with both Snow Removal and the larger landscaping jobs that require some heavy lifting!


 

 

 




2016 Started out dry once again, but Spring has been wet with an average nearly one rain day during the week...

2016


Year: Twenty-Five
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Employees: 30+

 

 

CN'R Lawn N' Landscape

In early 2016 C N'R Added a couple more jeeps to the fleet for the tight turns and smaller driveways - maneuverability was needed!

 

 

 





2017 Brought a somewhat early Spring and continued with seasonable temperatures with periods of excess rain...

2017


Year: Twenty-Six
Name:  C N'R Lawn N' Landscape Inc.
Services: Lawn Mowing / Trimming
Landscaping
Spring N' Fall Cleanups
Gutter Cleaning
Fertilization
Aeration
Bush/Shrub Trimming
Snow Plowing
Landscape Lighting
Tree / Stump Removal
Holiday Lights
Irrigation System Services
Outdoor Pond Maintenance
Notable Equipment: Wright Stander 'stand-up' mowers
Plows
Ventrac Tractor
Steiner Tractor
Spring / Fall Cleanup Vac
Irrigation Air Compressor
Landscaping Dump Trailer
New Holland Skid Loader
Employees: 30+

 

CN'R Added another Jeep plow to the fleet...

CN'R Lawn N' Landscape


CN'R Lawn N' Landscape