About

Our History

Nick Bahr got his start in the lawn care business at age 10. He began mowing a mere, dozen customers after school and has been involved in this industry for the last 25 years. The lawn care industry has changed immensely since then and Nick has made every effort to learn and keep up with the industry standards while expanding his business.

We established a Sioux Falls division in an effort to expand our business. All of our services are offered in the Sioux Falls area. In addition, Madison Lawn & Landscape offers more services in the Sioux Falls area including: Shrub Maintenance, Minor Tree Pruning, Deep Root Fertilization for Trees & Shrubs, and Insect and Disease Management for Trees & Shrubs.

The communities of Madison and Sioux Falls, as well as, the surrounding communities have been very supportive as we have evolved in this business. The two new Madison Lawn & Landscape buildings are a nice addition to the progressive economic developments in the communities of Madison and Sioux Falls. They will be a benefit to our staff as well, we were in need of facilities to house our equipment and provide office space for this growing business.

Also, in support of local higher education, we hire students and graduates from surrounding schools. We maintain year-round, full-time staff to ensure better customer service and avoid employee turn-over. Another aspect in this business that is important to us, is making sure that all of our staff members who apply any type of chemical control are properly trained and licensed by the State of South Dakota. It is extremely essential to be properly licensed and insured in this industry. MLL carries liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance to benefit our customers; this alleviates the liability on the customer if there was an on the job accident.

Madison Lawn & Landscape strives to exceed the industry’s standards, and with dedication and support from our customers, we are expanding geographically by extending many of our services to reach residential, commercial and rural customers in Baltic, Brandon, Brookings, Chester, Colman, Colton, Crooks, Dell Rapids, Flandreau, Harrisburg, Hartford, Howard, Lyons, Madison, Renner, Salem, Sioux Falls, Tea and Wentworth!

Meet Our Leaders

Nicholas Bahr

Owner

Nicholas Bahr, President of Madison Lawn & Landscape, has been in the lawn care industry ever since he was old enough to push a lawn mower. He started out as an ambitious young man with a borrowed lawn mower. In return for using this mower on other properties, he mowed that person’s lawn for free. People saw him out mowing, approached him and he began to build a small customer list.

His company kept growing all throughout high school as he added more services. His senior year he joined the South Dakota Army National Guard. After completing basic training and AIT, he enrolled at STI in Sioux Falls majoring in Business Administration. A year and a half into college, his Guard Unit was activated to be sent to Iraq and he was called to serve our country. He put school on hold and found help to take care of his lawn care and snow removal business. He was gone for over a year and a half.

After returning home, he continued to expand his lawn care business and made the decision to join the Madison Volunteer Fire Department. He was an active member for seven years. Nick also finished his business degree and starting forming a business plan. He had his own equipment and 50 customers. This fueled his desire to take the company to the next step. With hard work and by constantly educating himself, his business steadily grew.

He met his wife Angie and together as a team they started to add more services, comprehensive customer service and full-time employees. They worked with DSU, SDSU and STI to hire driven college students. Several of these students graduated and commented to them: “You both have met every goal that you have set for this company and kept the promises that you have made to us, and we want to help expand and make this our career.” Nick and Angie feel very fortunate to have great people support them and work with them. Together this motivated team made the decision to expand into Sioux Falls.

The surrounding communities have been very supportive and our company appreciates the opportunity to serve the residents and companies in Eastern SD. Our dedicated team of professionals has made Madison Lawn & Landscape one of the premier lawn care companies in South Dakota.

Randall Shannon

General Manager

Randall Shannon is the General Manager of the Madison and Sioux Falls branches. He graduated from Lake Wales High School in Lake Wales, Florida in 2006. Randall continued his education at Dakota State University in Madison, SD on a football scholarship. He graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health and Computer Technology.

As the General Manager, Randall’s focus is on customer service and client acquisition for both commercial and residential properties. Having worked with Nick Bahr and Madison Lawn & Landscape since college, Randall has a vast amount of knowledge and experience in lawn care, landscaping, and snow removal. Randall has been married to our Office Manager, Laura, since 2009 and together they have three children.

Ray Schiefen

Madison Manager | Chemical Control Supervisor

Ray Schiefen, our Madison Manager and Chemical Control Supervisor, grew up on a farm near Hawarden, IA. He attended West Sioux High School and graduated near the top of his class in 2007. He then moved to Madison, SD where he attended Dakota State University on a football scholarship and majored in Physical Education and minored in Health and Mathematics.

Ray started working with Nick Bahr in 2008 and has been with Madison Lawn & Landscape since its inception. He is certified from the State of South Dakota for commercial and residential pesticide, weed control, and fertilizer applications. Ray continues his education by attending numerous lawn care and chemical control seminars. He feels that Madison Lawn Care employers and employees are like family and enjoys coming to work each day. Meeting new customers and getting to know them is also a highlight. When he is not working, he enjoys hunting and fishing with his black lab, Moe.

William Cross

William Cross

Production Manager

William Cross was born and he resides in Madison, SD. William has been friends with Nick Bahr, the President of Madison Lawn Care, since the fourth grade. He has a construction, as well as, skid-loader manufacturing background. In the Fall of 2003, he began working with Nick in the early stages of this lawn care business.

William has a vast knowledge of the lawn care industry and over a decade of experience. He likes seeing the improvements to the customer’s properties and making the customers happy. William feels improving the curb appeal of properties also benefits the entire community. He and Ashlie are busy raising seven children and enjoy fishing and camping with them. He is also a competitive dart player. William has been with Madison Lawn & Landscape through the many years of growth and development and he is proud to serve our customers.

Dan

general manager

Dan brings more than two decades of valuable experience, including strategic planning skills, operations, budgeting, and exceptional customer service. His ability to establish meaningful relationships with customers adds a vibrant touch to his career. Dan takes the lead in driving process development, ensuring continuous improvements that contribute to growth. His passion for excellence shines through all that he does. 

Maegen

director of operations

Meet Maegen, our fantastic Director of Operations. She brings over a decade of industry expertise to our team. With a track record of proven success in effective collaboration, creative problem-solving and top-notch project management, Maegen is the driving force behind our positive company culture. She’s not just overseeing daily operations – she’s the heartbeat of our team, working directly with all managers to ensure we not only meet but exceed our production goals. 

Josh

Branch manager

Meet Josh, our incredible Branch Manager! With a wealth of experience in lawn care and snow removal, Josh is not just your average pro – he’s great at customer service, and property management and he’s wonderful to work with on the sales end. Known for sparking teamwork, solving challenges and demonstrating exceptional leadership skills, Josh ensures that our services are not just top-notch, but also leaves customers with a smile. Josh’s expertise make him a vital asset to our team!

Tristen

Senior designer

Meet Tristen, our brilliant senior designer! Blending landscape construction expertise with artistic vision, Tristen crafts high-end designs that are nothing short of spectacular. his designs seamlessly incorporate innovative solutions for projects of any size. Committed to sustainability and collaboration, Tristen takes pride in his expertise that transforms outdoor spaces into captivating environments. With Tristen on board, every project becomes a masterpiece!

Whitney

sales/production manager

Meet Whitney, our vibrant green industry enthusiast. With six years of expertise in commercial project management and sales, Whitney is your go-to for all things landscaping. From preparing bids to managing our fantastic crew, she’s involved in every aspect of the project with a cheerful spirit. Whitney doesn’t just work; she brings positivity to each task, making every landscaping project a fun journey for all involved. 

Halliegh

Branch Administrator

Meet Halliegh, she is a scheduling, customer service and payroll management guru with a flair for creativity! She orchestrates smooth operations and creates outstanding client interactions. Halliegh is dedicated to ensuring client satisfaction and fostering business growth within the lawn and landscape industry. With her positive energy and skill set, she’s the driving force behind the success of our team!

Laura

office administrator

Meet Laura Shannon, a vibrant smile in our office. Laura’s journey began at Howard High School, where she graduated in 2006. Fueling her passion for organizational excellence, she pursued further education at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, where she earned her associate’s degree in Business Management in 2009.

In her role as Office Administrator, Laura seamlessly manages a myriad of tasks to ensure everything runs like a well-oiled machine. From scheduling appointments to keeping our files organized, Laura’s attention to detail and knack for efficiency never fail to impress.

Her dedication makes her an invaluable asset to our team, and we’re grateful to have her leading the way towards success.

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