Local Landscaping company has deep roots in the Bucyrus area

from September 3, 2021 7:30 a.m.

BUCYRUS – A local landscaping and tree care company is still deeply “rooted” in the community after almost 20 years.

Spencer’s Tree & Landscape Solutions, LLC, 4291 King Road, has grown from its humble beginnings in 2002. Owner Spencer Purdue, an ISA certified arborist, credits the company’s success to his dedication, hard work, and trust in the Lord.

“I’ve been doing this since I was in middle school. I’ve always wanted to do it and I’ve worked incredibly hard and everything I’ve done for a long time went back to business, ”said Purdue. “It’s God’s business, and I just want to be a good steward.”

Tree maintenance makes up a good chunk of the company’s jobs, Purdue said. Crews manning three shovel trucks not only prune and fell trees, but are also busy grinding down tree stumps and clearing land for residential and commercial customers across North Central Ohio, he said.

Other tree services offered by Spencer’s Tree and Landscape include disease and insect control, deep root fertilization, tree risk assessment, and tree cabling and bracing when necessary. All employees, he said, are certified arborists.

Purdue, 34, grew up in northeast Bucyrus and attended Wayside Christian School as a teenager.
When he got to Bucyrus Middle School, he was bitten by the landscaping virus, so he made flyers and distributed them to teachers and families of friends.

He got small jobs, first mowing and mulching in the neighborhood, then doing some landscaping for a friend’s grandparents. He said he relied on his mother to drive him and a trailer to construction sites where he plant shrubs while she often waits in the minivan.

In high school, Purdue enrolled in the horticultural program through the Pioneer Career & Technology Center in Shelby. In his senior year he had already bought color-coded trucks and uniforms, as well as the design for a company logo. “It just kept growing and growing.”

An early partner, Purdue earned an associate degree in horticulture from Ohio State University in 2008. He said his Christian upbringing at a young age laid the foundation for his work ethic.

“All of my success in real life came from mentors or my immersion in books or my parents.”

Another key to the company’s success over the years has been the diversification of the business, which also offers snow removal and salt services in the winter months.

“Invest in business to make sure we don’t hang our hats on just one hook. That was crucial for us.

Purdue’s wife, Amanda, is the company’s office manager. They currently employ ten workers, Purdue said, but could definitely use more.

“It’s very skilled work and it’s hard work. We try to do everything we can to provide the best possible service.

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