Our History

In 1975, between semesters at Wright State University, Joe Duncan set foot on his first Miami County lawn as a lawn technician, employed by mentor and fellow basketball official, Jim Sackett, founder of Ever-Green.

Duncan attentively studied the intricacies of this swiftly expanding, Troy-born industry as he resolved to develop and polish his managerial skills. Subsequently, he moved to the Cincinnati area in 1976, to open and manage a new branch after Sackett sold the southern portion of his operation to the R. D. Baker family.

During a good-humored conversation with Sackett in late 1984, Duncan jokingly offered to purchase Ever-Green from his friend and former employer. As the new year approached, Duncan’s wife, Gina, says, “With the assistance of a Small Business Administration Loan, we suddenly found ourselves packing boxes and moving our young family to Troy.”

Thirty one years and thousands of lawn applications later, property owners around the Miami Valley still receive the personal service offered by Ever-Green’s owner and president, Joe Duncan.

Though the company has grown from six employees, including its owner, in 1985, to more than 30 currently, Duncan continues to make many residential as well as commercial sales contacts. He often conducts service calls and can even be seen mowing or spraying vegetation control.

“I love nothing more than staying in touch with my customers with a proactive approach to the myriad of concerns unique to this industry. What makes this business so challenging,” Duncan explains, “is factoring Mother Nature’s unpredictable temperament into the equation. It is a precarious balance which brings new challenges as each new season unfolds.”

In addition to other duties, Duncan thrives on running estimates. “If I can make a face-to-face presentation of our services to potential clients,” he says, “nine times in 10, I can persuade them to join the Ever-Green Team.” In our technology-driven lives, he believes clients appreciate the time and effort involved with a personal sales or service call.

Duncan says he has always tried to implement the proverbial Golden Rule in his business relations. Ultimately, “we want your lawn and gardens to look as good as, or better than our own,” he said. “Because we live here and work here, we take ownership and pride in every lawn we service in the region.”