Dan Tolson pretty much grew up on a golf course. With his dad a superintendent at golf clubs in Montana and Colorado, Dan decided at an early age to follow in his father’s footsteps.
“I grew up going to work with him and just loved being outside and creating pristine environments for people to enjoy spending time outdoors,” he said. “I decided in third grade to work in the green industry and haven’t deviated since.”
In January — after serving as the certified golf course superintendent at The Club at 3 Creek for 17 years— Tolson purchased Valley Landscape Service, an established company started in 1987.
Along with continuing the company’s reputation for high-quality landscapes and superior service, Tolson brings his own brand of specialized experience from his years maintaining turf on the links. With a degree in Landscape Horticulture, Tolson emphasizes his knowledge of soils, turf, pest management and environmentally friendly best practices that other companies may not possess.
In addition to offering full-service landscape maintenance, Tolson and his 25 seasoned staff are proud to say that the company is one of the few certified Trout Friendly businesses in the valley. This certification is part of a larger movement toward sustainable landscape management focused on protecting water quality.
More than just a certification as far as Tolson is concerned, it’s the driving philosophy of his practice and one he takes seriously.
“Stewarding the environment is at the core of our business,” he said. “As a company, we want to enhance natural resources.”
This means being proactive environmentally and offering maintenance packages with natural resources in mind, he added, not just the bottom line.
“We want to provide services that will meet the goals of our clients while protecting the integrity of the outdoor spaces they enjoy,” he said. “Our vision as a company is to protect natural resources and elevate our staff with life skills for the long-term benefit of the community.”