Floralawn was founded in 1993 by Rob Averitt and Rich McDonald. This partnership was created out of the desire to build a company that customers would find easy to work with, cost effective, and above all—deliver the utmost quality. Through sales, acquisitions, and a customer retention rate of over 95%, Floralawn has always put the needs of the customer first. In April 2010, Floralawn acquired Polk Pump & Irrigation, which added the final dimension to the phrase “Total Property Maintenance.”
Floralawn was founded in 1993 by Rob Averitt and Rich McDonald. This partnership was created out of the desire to build a company that customers would find easy to work with, cost effective, and above all—deliver the utmost quality.
Floralawn acquires Premier Lawn & Pest that allows the company to offer fertilization and pesticide services. While expanding their initial customer base, this acquisition enables Floralawn to rapidly expand.
In April 2010, Floralawn acquired Polk Pump & Irrigation, which added the final dimension to the phrase “Total Property Maintenance.”
Floralawn rebrands and innovates the way landscape maintenance companies communicate, propose, and treat their customers. It ultimately leads to a customer retention rate of over 95%.
Floralawn’s vision is to be the most preferred landscape maintenance provider in Florida to the association, commercial, and residential markets, thus providing a profitable return. Additionally, Floralawn strives to create a stable yet scalable enriching atmosphere and culture for our employees and customers through a service-oriented approach.
Who We are Today
Expansion during a time of sluggish economic activity has always been possible due to Floralawn’s financial strength and its commitment to never turning away from the company’s core vision. Floralawn has since become one of Central Florida’s most trusted landscape maintenance companies and enjoys a diversity of services available to our clients that no other company can match. Floralawn is a proud member of both the Lakeland and Winter Haven Chambers of Commerce and is highly involved with the Community Association Institute.
A proactive approach is paramount when maintaining any property or community. We understand that no two properties are alike; each has different needs and demands that must be treated uniquely. Our employees are diligently trained to treat each property as their own and realize that one size does not fit all.
With constant training and continuing education of each staff member, we pride ourselves on the ability to be an expert source of knowledge in all aspects of property maintenance. Our team of professionals are recognized as experts in their respective fields, covering everything from sustainable landscape to the latest irrigation technology. This expert knowledge not only helps us excel in the landscape arena, but is also valuable in educating our clientele.
Meet The Team
Rob Averitt - President
Rob Averitt attended the University of South Florida, where he received his degree in Business Administration. Through hard work, dedication, and steadfast faith, Rob and his best friend Rich turned Floralawn from a dream into the industry leader that it is today. Rob holds Certified Pest Control Operator’s licenses in both Turf & Ornamentals and General Household Pest Control. Rob, a Florida native, is also a Landscape Designer. He leads his company by example and always puts the customer first.
Lucas Martin - Vice President
Lucas Martin graduated from University of Missouri with a B.S. in Horticulture with emphasis on Turfgrass Management. He moved to Florida in 2002 as the Superintendant of a golf course and has since joined the Floralawn team. Lucas is extremely involved in networking associations like Community Associations Institute both in Orlando and Tampa. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Polk County Builders Association.
Matt Wellman - Maintenance Director
Matt Welman has over 15 years experience in landscape maintenance, with a portfolio that includes residential, commercial, and city projects as well as large HOA communities. Matt joined the Floralawn team in 2001; prior to that, he enjoyed a job with the City of Auburndale’s Parks and Rec Department. Matt, a Polk county native, attended PCC and USF, receiving a degree in Sociology.
Brad Thompson - Senior Account Manager
Brad Thompson has over 18 years of experience in the landscape industry, ranging from major landscape installations to managing large-scale commercial accounts. Brad’s knowledge of landscape and maintenance shines due to his extensive experience in Central Florida. Being an industry expert, Brad is utilized as a source of knowledge for every aspect of landscape maintenance. He is also certified in Rainbird’s Maxicom 2-wire systems.
Chris Semko - Account Manager
Chris Semko attended Southeastern University where he received his degree in Business Management and Leadership. He has over seven years of Green Industry experience under his belt and has been a valued member of the Floralawn Team since 2006. Chris’ “customer comes first” philosophy makes him an asset to each and every property Floralawn expertly maintains.
Rich Medlong - Fertilization & Pesticide Manager
Rich Medlong started in the horticulture industry in 1995 as a humble service technician for a large pest control company. To present day, Rich has over 18 years of experience in the pest control industry. During his 18-year stretch in the industry, Rich has been able to gain extensive knowledge in both commerical and residential applications. Rich not only started out as a service technician, but has managed large horticulture companies. Rich is a proven expert in the horticulture industry.
Harold Simmons - Landscape Manager
Harold Simmons has over 20 years experience in the Green Industry. During his 20 years, Harold’s portfolio includes design, installation, and maintenance of golf courses, master planned landscape, and large-scale irrigation. In addition to his design and installation skills, Harold has also managed large-scale commercial and residential accounts.
Roy Osborne - Pump & Well Manager
Roy Osborne attended college in Jamestown, North Dakota and moved to Florida in 1971. He has served the pump industry for over 33 years (since 1979). With nearly 40 total years of experience, there isn’t an issue that Roy hasn’t seen nor solved. Clients rest assured knowing he has the knowledge and tools to get the job done right the first time around.
Greg Chevalier - Account Manager
Greg Chevalier attended the University of Florida where he received his degree in Horticulture specializing in Turfgrass and Plant Science. He has worked as a Golf Course Superintendent Assistant for 6 years and a General Manager for a medium-sized landscape company for 9 years. In his spare time, Greg can be found at the beach with his family or at a Gator game bleeding orange and blue.
Loren Winget - Irrigation Manager
Loren joined the Floralawn team bringing 13 years of experience within the green industry. Loren offers a “hands on” approach with a high level of energy and focus on environmentally sound practices and long term solutions. Loren has extensive installation, maintenance and trouble-shooting knowledge in both Hunter and Rainbird systems and products. In his free time, he can be found on the water with his family.