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About Ryan Lawn & Tree

Ryan Lawn & Tree is a premier lawn and landscape company serving five markets across three Midwest states.

Larry Ryan started Ryan Lawn & Tree in 1987. From day one, Larry’s goal has been to set the standard in customer service among lawn care companies. Larry has a degree in forestry, but it was the 10 years he spent in the restaurant business that taught him to deliver high-quality products and hire staff members who genuinely put the customer first.

Company Overview

RYAN Experts

RYAN’s staff is full of experts on a variety of topics related to the lawn & landscape industry, ecology, and business. 

Larry Ryan

President & Founder


Forestry, The Green Industry, Building a Business, Hiring, & Leadership.
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Dr. Rodney St. John

Vice President & Agronomist


Agronomy, Horticulture Science, Truf Grass, Environmental, Economic, and Mental Benefits of Healthy Lawns.
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Roy Heinbach

Vice President & CFO


Financial Literacy, Accounting, Employee Stock Ownership Programs, & Leadership.
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Phillip Fisher

Vice President & COO


Horticulture, Turf Grass, Pest Control, & Leadership.
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Mark Stuhlsatz

Vice President of Irrigation & Landscaping


Horticulture, Lawn Irrigation, Landscaping, & Landscape Design.
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Matt Evans

Certified Master Arborist


Forestry, Horticulture, Tree Health, Tree Planting & Removal.
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Ryan Lawn & Tree’s staff is consists of experts in Lawn Care, Fertilization, Weed Control, Plant Health, Pest Control, Landscaping, Landscape Design, Irrigation, and much more.

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RYAN in the Media

Articles about RYAN

2021 LM150: How Ryan Lawn & Tree raises its game

June 28, 2021


With a new CFO and business strategy, employee-owned Ryan Lawn & Tree raises its game in the lawn care and landscape industry at No. 45 on the LM150 list.


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Three Proven Secrets to Keeping A Full Staff

June 19, 2020


Larry Ryan has taken his company, Ryan Lawn & Tree, from a one-man shop operating out of his home garage to a $40 million company with five locations.


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The Story of Ryan Lawn & Tree and Bayer

January 29, 2018


A deeply rooted relationship – for Bayer and Ryan Lawn & Tree, it’s about more than just lawn care.



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Building a culture through Employee Stock Ownership

February 25, 2021


After 20 years, Ryan Lawn & Tree is fully employee-owned, and the decision to do so became an excellent recruiting chip.



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Larry Ryan:

Sharing in Success

June 17, 2020


At Ryan Lawn & Tree, all employees are full-time and have full benefits. As an employer, Ryan feels he has a responsibility to his employees and their families to provide year-round jobs.


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Tips from the Top: Larry Ryan,

Ryan Lawn & Tree

April 8, 2013


Self-described C student Larry Ryan took his experience in the food industry and applied it to turf care to grow one of the largest lawn companies in the Midwest.



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Five Questions:

Larry Ryan

January 6, 2021


“In our industry, we always see articles about expanding services. My advice is, never expand until you do what you do pretty darn well.”



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Ryan Lawn & Tree expands


August 11, 2020


Ryan Outdoor Living (ROL), the landscaping division of Ryan Lawn & Tree, has expanded in the Kansas City metro area, doubling its staff over the summer.


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Articles Written by RYAN Pros

Create the Best Lawn on the Block

April 2020

As the sun warms up the ground and your lawn begins to return to shades of green, you are likely thinking about how to best create a lush, weed-free lawn you and your family will happily enjoy throughout the warm spring, summer, and fall months. If you want your lawn to look its best, it’s time to put together the best game plan. 

Most Popular Landscape Design Elements

January 2021

As landscape design professionals,  we found ourselves addressing this “back-to-basics” trend with multiple projects throughout the last year. With our industry focus on nature, we look at landscaping as an extension of the home or commercial building creating “open-air rooms” with natural and flowing areas as part of every design.

Three Simple Tips to Eliminate Fleas

March 2021

Springtime! After the cold and snap of winter, many of us are excited and ready to see the world come alive again. Green grass, leaves on the trees, birds chirping, and everyone enjoying time outdoors once again. So, how do we control fleas? It’s as simple as 1-2-3! Regular cleaning treated pets, and treated lawns. 

5 Ways Tree Pruning Maximizes Fall Seeding

September 2020

Tree pruning  could be the answer to treating your thin lawn. If your yard has suffered damage due to drought, insects or disease – or if just need to fill in thin/bare areas – you may be considering over-seeding your lawn this month. One of the biggest culprits of a thin lawn is often too much shade. 

Professional Lawn Seeding Guide

July 2020

Seeding is a big investment in the health of your lawn, so preparation is critical to giving your grass seed the highest chance of germination and providing young grass the best opportunities for maturing. Lawn seeding is the quintessential step to a lush, thick, vibrant yard that can capture the attention of any passerby.


Help Your Plants Recover for Spring

February 2020

As we prepare to head into spring next month, last spring’s weather is probably the last thing on your mind.  At Ryan Lawn & Tree, our full-time experts are working to bring you the best early spring tree and lawn care tips to reboot the root systems of the trees and plants that will make your outdoor living area the envy of the neighborhood.

Awards & Recognition

lawn and landscape top 100 2021

RYAN Has Been Ranked in the Top 100
Lawn & Landscape Business Since 2014!

Landscape Management's Top 150

Landscape Management’s Top 150
Largest Landscape Companies 2021

Best in KC 2020
Best Landscaper

2017 Best Landscaper-Johnson County
Readers’ Choice

Home Advisor Top Rated Elite Service


2016 Lawn & Landscape Magazine
Leadership Award

Memberships & Associations

Let's Connect

Ryan Lawn & Tree media contacts are for media inquiries only. For customer questions or support please visit our Contact Us page. 

Media Inquiries

Brady Smith



Awards and Partners

Larry Ryan


Larry and his wife Kathy founded RYAN Lawn & Tree in 1987. With a degree in forestry and experience in urban forestry and restaurants, Larry combined his love for the outdoors, lawns and trees and his back ground in restaurants. This challenged him to start a lawn company that was built on relationships with customers. The second lesson was to take an industry of seasonal jobs, hire college graduates with degrees in horticulture and turn the jobs into full time professional positions. Lastly, making RYAN employee owned has really helped RYAN stand out with its commitment to the customer and quality.

Rodney St. John

Vice President/Agronomist

Dr. Rodney St. John is a Vice President and our Agronomist. He’s been in the lawn and landscape industry for more than 25 years. Rodney uses his PhD in Horticulture to develop our lawn programs and make sure that the products and programs we use will provide our customers with the best results and not harm the environment. Rodney was a professor at Kansas State University before joining RYAN in 2012.

He loves helping people; helping them to understand the environmental benefits of green healthy grass and helping them to create their beautiful landscapes. Seriously, he loves to help people learn about the environmental, economic, and mental benefits of green healthy lawns, just ask.

Roy Heinbach

Vice President & CFO

Roy is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Ryan Lawn & Tree. He and the accounting and finance team are responsible for all accounting and treasury operations, business integration, financial analysis, planning, and budgeting, as well as all tax and financial compliance matters.  Roy holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Administration as well as an MBA from the University of Kansas and is a CPA.  His career spans 26 years, including positions at a local CPA firm, a national telecommunication company, and most recently as a global finance leader within the clinical research industry.

Roy is excited to be part of a 100% employee-owned company where commitment to excellence, hard work, and treating everyone fairly are several of the core principles that drive the success of the company.

Phillip Fisher

Vice President & COO

Philip serves as RYAN’s Vice President & Chief Operations Officer. Phillip has more than 18 years of experience in lawn and tree work and holds a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture/Turfgrass Management from Oklahoma State University.  Phillip believes a beautiful lawn is the welcome mat for our customers coming home after a long day of work. A RYAN signature landscape allows customers more time to enjoy their beautified outdoor spaces while making memories with family and friends.

Mark Stuhlsatz

Vice President of Regional Operations

Mark Stuhlsatz joined our RYAN team in 2010 after 10+ years working in landscape design/build and is now our VP of Irrigation & Landscaping. He has more than 20 years of industry experience and has his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Horticulture & Landscape Design from Kansas State University. He is a Certified Irrigation Technician and Certified Irrigation Auditor. 

Mark enjoys the problem solving and troubleshooting aspects of irrigation and landscaping and the challenges that they create. He loves working with our customers creating beautiful landscapes that give families an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. 

Matt Evans

Master Arborist

Matt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture and many accolades in the forestry field. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and has over 20 years of industry experience.