Open for business

Lake Country Landscaping has opened its lot and greenhouse to the public. The store is located just north of South Milford on S.R. 3

SOUTH MILFORD — Things are starting to get a whole lot greener at Lake Country Landscaping on South Milford’s north side.

Truckloads of trees, shrubs, bushes, and plants are starting to arrive at the business, filling up the company’s lot and greenhouse. April, said business owner Ben Martin, is when a landscaping business starts to blossom.

Located just off of S.R. 3 just north of the intersection of C.R. 700S, Lake Country opened a retail operation this year. Martin said he decided to jump into the retail landscaping market last year after seeing a rise in the number of people stopping by his company’s lot looking to buy the same materials he stocked for his landscaping jobs. It just made sense to enter the retail market, he said.

“We have a good location right off of State Road 3, with decent traffic flowing by our shop,” Martin explained. “We had a lot of people stopping in and asking if they could buy plants and materials from us, the things we use in our jobs. We saw a real demand.”

A lifelong resident of LaGrange County who grew up on Adams Lake, Martin is a former high school history and economics teacher, Martin said the landscaping business sort of found him, and he liked it so much, he switched careers.

Working first for a residential landscaper, Martin decided to buy the business when the former owner decided to move on. It’s been his passion ever since.

Martin and his staff work landscaping jobs around Northeast Indiana, primarily landscaping for new-home construction. But he said he couldn’t ignore the demand he saw from people stopping by his shop.

Trucks are now starting to roll into Martin’s lot filled with plants, trees, shrubs, and other materials needed this time of year. His greenhouse is starting to fill up with thousands of annuals and perennials, as well as individually potted vegetable and herb plants.

Landscaping, Martin said, is often more complicated, and more detailed, than many believe, and sometimes, it boils down to the art of finding the right plant for the right place. Martin said he and his staff can help there too because each has a real passion for the businesses.

Lake Country Landscaping is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. In May, Lake Country also will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Lake Country Landscaping is hosting a grand opening celebration May 2.

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