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New Caney man’s landscaping business off to great start in Cleveland

October 13, 2018

Kolton Purvis started cutting his neighbors grass in New Caney just as a favor when he was in high school. The hobby then developed into a business.

With others in the neighborhood watching, Purvis soon found himself with more clients during his junior year of high school. Eventually, he opened Cutting Edge Lawn Care to service his neighborhood.

“I actually didn’t plan on getting into lawn care,” said the 20-year-old. “It kind of just all happened at one time, and it was like a snowball effect. I was going to start needing more equipment and it just took off from there.”

Purvis was recognized at the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce meeting on Oct 4. for being a successful new business that has recently joined the chamber.

“The Chamber has been great, and it felt good to get recognized,” Purvis said. “The chamber has helped me a lot with my business and on how to network. It really is funny how everything has come together since high school.”

During his junior year at New Caney High School Purvis was cutting grass with a friend early in the morning and after school.

As soon as the bell would ring for dismissal, Purvis would go home to grab the lawn care equipment and work until sundown.

“It was waking up early, cutting grass, then school and after school we went back to work,“ Purvis said. “It was a lot to handle, but after my senior year I found out that I could do this full-time.”

After graduating from New Caney High School in 2017, Purvis dove into lawn care and started providing services to Houston, Humble, Spring, Conroe, Kingwood, Cleveland, Crosby, Porter, Shepherd, Splendora, Cypress and Huffman area.

The New Caney graduate went from having 10 clients in his neighborhood to now serving over 85 clients.

Cutting Edge’s services include aerating, ant poisoning, blowing, edging, fertilizing, grass installation, hedging, landscaping, mowing, mulch installation, pruning, roof cleaning, trimming, and weed poisoning.

Also, there’s a referral process that can get you half off your next service and add up to a free service.

Purvis is looking to get Cutting Edge into more landscaping and designing for houses.

Purvis didn’t go to college after high school and decided that he would still educate himself on how to run a successful business being an entrepreneur.

“I took an online entrepreneur academy class and I read a lot of growth books,” Purvis said. “I did a lot of research on how to run a business. I made sure that I self-educated myself so that I could handle any situation.”

Being only 20 years old Purvis wanted to make sure that he was in charge and is looking for his business to grow.

“We’re getting more into the designed phases now,” Purvis said. “I want to be able to show people how I can make their yards looks with some designs so they can see a picture right in their face. We’re going to continue to provide a great service and make sure that our work is done correctly and are looking to grow even more with more clients.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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