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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Ken Lemons, left, and Brian Dietrich stand next to a trailer used by Arendt’s Outdoor Services as part of its landscaping operations.

Arendt’s Outdoor Services’ footprint includes such areas as Elk Mountain, Dallas, and Scranton.

And now the landscaping company is turning it’s eyes west to Wyoming County.

Arendt’s was established over 20 years ago in Scott Township, Lackawanna County by Tim Arendt, who started by cutting lawns. The business evolved and expanded its services over the years to the point where it became necessary to relocate to Nicholson on state Route 11.

“We were growing bigger and this was on the market,” explained Arendt Client Representative Brian Dietrich. “It was perfect timing that we go this.”

Moving to Nicholson about a year ago, the operation has already added a few residential customers in Tunkhannock, and anticipates adding more from the area over the year.

“We’re offer full service landscaping,” Dietrich explained. “Jason Bello is our full time landscape designer.

Arendt’s also offers landscape design, installation, and stonework.

“We have a full maintenance department,” he said. “We maintain everything we install - commercial and residential.”

The company also performs home renovations. Initially, Dietrich explained, they subcontracted the work, but received so many orders it was decided to do the work in-house.

There are normally 20 people on staff during the winter and 30 in the summer.

Dietrich explained that staff members are hired locally. Operations manager Ken Lemons works carefully to make certain the right people are brought on board.

“Our philosophy is we want to have the work performed by good quality people,” Dietrich explained. “You can have great things and great ideas here, but nothing is going to be accomplished without great people.”

Working with a customer typically starts with a phone call, Dietrich said. The initial consultation is provided at no cost. A meeting is arranged at the site and they work with the customer to figure out what the goals and what kind of budget is available.

“We try to come out with a solution that is most cost effective,” Dietrich explained.

A design is developed and provided to the customer. A second meeting is held, in which the customer makes any adjustments or redesigns, if necessary. Once a final design is approved, a schedule is worked out to have the work performed at the customer’s convenience.

“We’re trying to grow in an organized and intelligent manner,” Dietrich said. “We want to take care of our established customers in Lackawanna County, while at same time bring our same services and values to new customers.”

One of their goals in the coming year is to offer residential and commercial services to customers in the Tunkhannock area, he said.