About Us


About Us The Lawn Barber Services Elysian Lake Francis Waterville Lake Tetonka

Dan Gross (Owner)

The Search

It was early Fall in 2000 and like most kids that had just graduated, I found that the Summer had gone by way to fast, and it was time to journey off on my own to college.  After attending Bethany Lutheran College for 2 years, being broke, and still having no clue what I wanted to do, I decided to take a break from college and make some money.

I’d always really liked doing jobs that had me outside and being active.  I had my own part-time lawn service since I was a kid starting in 1993.  Over the years, I continued with that and worked on the lawn and landscape crew for a couple area municipalities.  I also worked on the grounds crew for a successful golf course.  In between, I tried other types of jobs, doing everything from delivering flowers, stocking shelves overnight, and construction.  I knew I needed to find a job that I didn’t dread going to everyday, and would build a future for myself.

The Moment

While driving back from lunch one afternoon in the spring of 2005, I happened to notice a lawn care service mowing someone’s yard.  Later that day, on my drive home, I remember looking at that same lawn and thinking to myself, “Boy, I hope they are not paying them for that.”  None of the grass was blown off the driveway, numerous spots were not trimmed, and a few areas were scalped.  The rest of that night and the following week I couldn’t stop thinking about how, even though my business was only part-time, I offered a better quality of service to people.  It was then, that I decided I needed to expand my lawn care business.  This also made sense considering  half the other jobs I have worked in my life had one thing in common, lawn mowing.

The Journey

With some money that I had saved up, I decided to add a zero turn Toro riding mower and new trailer to my other equipment.  Over the course of the next few years I was able to slowly build my business, all while working full time at a lumberyard.  Then in 2008 I got a call from my mom that would change everything for me.  She said she had come across a listing on Craigslist, advertising a lawn care business for sale.  A month later with the help of a loan, I was fortunate enough to sign the final papers to purchase the existing business.  I now had enough clients to be able to quit my full time job.  At that point, I knew I would be building a future for myself doing work that I really enjoyed.

About Us Today

The Lawn Barber Services has always maintained a commitment to be environmentally responsible and provide people an alternative option in lawn care.  I’m proud to say that as of June 2011, we became the first, and currently the only, professional lawn care company in the state of Minnesota that has made the investment to use Eco-friendly propane mowers.

We now provide a wide variety of quality services to many clients, in towns such as Mankato, N. Mankato, Elysian, Waterville, Waseca, Madison Lake, St Peter, and LeSueur.  We are also the most trusted Lawn Care Company on Lake Francis, Lake Tetonka, Lake Elysian, Lake Sakatah & others.  Our friendly staff is never too busy to stop and help, whether its ideas on how we can improve our service to you, or a quick chat about the local sports teams.

We offer a solution to all your lawn care needs and look forward to adding you to our list of satisfied customers.