Heritage Landscape Services, Inc.

Company Overview

High quality commercial landscape services and personalized service contribute to our solid reputation.

Heritage Landscape Services, Inc. (HLS) is a family-owned business established in 1986. We specialize in providing landscape services to office, medical, and retail properties.

Our company has two divisions: landscape installation and landscape maintenance. Both focus on professional, custom service.

We are a Lexington County Certified Green Business Member. All of our mowers are powered by propane, which significantly reduces emissions.

Our company leadership is active in local and state trade associations. We believe it is important to give back to and improve the landscape industry as a whole.

A Brief History

For the founders of Heritage Landscape Services, interaction with the outdoors has been a part of their lives since childhood. Robert McLeod remembers visiting his grandfather's nursery in Clinton, S.C., to help grow and ship creeping phlox plants. His wife and co-founder, Debbie, has fond memories of playing in her granny's yard in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where roses, red poppies, pansies, and vegetables flourished.

In 1986 a devastating drought on the family farm in McBee, S.C., led Robert and Debbie with children Holly, Carey, and Ashley to Lexington to begin Heritage Landscape Services. Settling on the Midlands region for their new business was a decision guided by the advice of family. Building on their knowledge of farming and gardening, Robert and Debbie decided to become "urban farmers", a.k.a. landscapers. Columbia, the capital city of South Carolina, was ideal because it was more resilient to economic downturns.

Initially the company was based from their home and had one additional employee. In the early years, Heritage served a variety of residential and commercial customers, performing landscape installation and maintenance. "We would go out and do whatever we could to get established, even if it was pulling weeds for an elderly lady," Debbie reflected. It soon became clear the type of work they excelled at was commercial landscaping.

When a recession hit in the early 1990s, installation work lagged. At the same time, opportunities opened up to start maintaining the landscape of shopping centers and office complexes, with an emphasis on renovating older properties. Heritage stepped in and grew at a steady pace over the years, focusing on providing quality service at a reasonable price.

By 1996, when Robert and Debbie relocated the company to Gilbert, S.C., Heritage had 17 employees. Moving to Gilbert meant the company was closer to its employee base and had more property to expand the business. As the company's leadership transitions to the second generation, Ashley McLeod and his brother-in-law, Kleck Harman, will continue to focus on quality service with a personal touch.

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”
(Colossians 3:23-24, NASB).