by Justin Yates
The landscape couldn’t be more beautiful when combining Grass Plus, Inc. with Utah’s Ogden Valley. As a full-scale landscaping company, Grass Plus, Inc. has had its headquarters in Ogden Valley since 2003 and has been doing business since 1993. They have gone far and wide, expanding their reach to many areas in Utah. They have also done work in several surrounding states. Wherever they have been, Grass Plus, Inc. has been “oohing” and “awing” customers and passersby over the years with their landscape designs and gorgeous work. They go the extra mile, put forth that additional effort, and incorporate their unique and unprecedented touch wherever they go. Needless to say, they have fun while doing it. With a reputation that has won the trust of many, they can tell you with a smile and confidence that shines with vigor, “In the end you’ll be happy with what you have.”
Chris (Christine) and Travis Poulson are the owners and originators of Grass Plus, Inc. Born and raised in Eden, UT, Travis started doing landscape work when he was sixteen. By eighteen, he was doing out-of-state projects. He eventually met Chris, and they were married soon after. In time they were employed at a local landscaping company, Chris at the desk and Travis out on the job. However, having the blood of determination and spunk in their veins, they set off on a wing and a prayer to start on their own. On May 15, 1993, with just one residential and two industrial projects lined up, they began. The rest is history.
One of Grass Plus’s trademarks is their dedication to quality, which evidently rubs off on people. Chris, who is president of the company, asserts that taking the easy and cheap way out is not their style: “We’re definitely a no-cut-corner company.” The evidence speaks just as loudly: the majority of their work comes from word-of-mouth referrals, and not from being listed as the lowest bid. Their motto is “Setting the Standard,” and they certainly practice what they preach.
Grass Plus, Inc. doesn’t hire subcontractors, so they can work with customers directly and make sure everything is done right and in accordance with the standard. They do rock walls, water falls, river beds, fire pits, excavating, maintenance, seeding, reclamation, general landscaping, and patios, just to name a few. They have also helped with several state projects.
Grass Plus members get to share their artistic talents with customers. They help in the designing and creation of landscapes that people will experience for years to come. “To us, work is fun,” admits Amy, Travis’s sister and corporate secretary of the company. Chris loves being able to drive by completed projects and know they had a part in it: “It is extremely rewarding, especially when homeowners are happy with you.” Most customers have enough confidence in Grass Plus that they can say, “just make it pretty,” and it is done. One couple, The Wongs, with a residence at Bear Lake, ID, trusted Grass Plus to complete their homestead project while they were away. When it was time to return, The Wongs came back to a work of art that exceeded their expectations. Mrs. Wong later said, “I can’t believe that what was in my mind was out there.”
Grass Plus, Inc. is a member of the Ogden Valley Business Association (OVBA). As one of the first OVBA members, Grass Plus has long contributed to the reputation of honesty, hard work, and great quality of life that is found in Ogden Valley and OVBA businesses. They appreciate the networking and advertising opportunities they have been given as members. They also observe that OVBA members join together to collaborate, share services, and educate one another, as well as participate in various charitable and fundraising efforts. As far as Ogden Valley is concerned, Grass Plus speaks for all OVBA businesses, when they say they strive to “make it a better place.”
Photo: Amy, Chris, and Travis
To learn more about Grass Plus, Inc. and their services, and to view photos and video of their completed projects, visit www.Grassplusinc.com. To learn more about other OVBA businesses, visit www.OVBA.org.