Thus was born Taylor’s Lawn Care, and the now 36-year-old Harrodsburg resident and his helper are mowing 65 to 70 residential and commercial lawns in Georgetown, Versailles, Lawrenceburg, Stanford, Danville and Harrodsburg.
“A lot of my jobs come from my subcontracting with a lawn care company in Lexington,” he says. “That’s why I have so many jobs outside of this area.”
Taylor works eight months a year.
“It starts with lawn cleanups and mulching in late February and March and then it moves into mowing in April and that goes through September,” he says. “Then in October, it’s getting rid of the leaves.”
Although the heat of the summer — like he’s experienced this year particularly — can be uncomfortable, he says it beats factory work.
“The benefits far outweigh the hotness that you can have to deal with,” he says.
Taylor says those benefits include working outdoors and scheduling his own hours. And even though he would like to hold a job during the winter months — “I look all the time, but it appears nobody wants to hire anyone for just four months a year” — he likes being able to spend time with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, ages 10 and 6.
“Jordan plays football and basketball and soccer, and I have been able to attend every one of his games,” he says of the oldest son.
“That’s another benefit I enjoy from what I do for a living.
“I didn’t really have a career goal when I was a kid, just expected to work in a factory all my life like a lot of people,” he says. “I am glad I decided to get out of the factory and get outside to do lawn work. And it all started with that one lawnmower from my father-in-law.”