In the spring of 2004, Rick Schut and Ken Piper decided to launch their own business, Cutting Edge Lawn Care. They started with no customer base, just experience and a desire to start something of their own. In the fall of 2015, Ken sold his share of the company to semi-retire. This sale sparked an interest in Rick’s eldest son, Logan.
Rick grew up working on his family’s dairy farm in Zeeland while attending high school. Following graduation Rick pursued employment as a dental technician for 14 years. During this time he married his wife Kathy and several years later they were blessed with four sons, Logan, Christian, Cameron, and Brady. Rick has always enjoyed keeping a manicured lawn which evolved into the start up of Wolverine Lawn Care as a part time pursuit. He enjoyed this very much and felt a calling to work for a landscape firm full time in 2000. Rick labored there until the spring of 2004, after which Cutting Edge would begin.
Logan began helping Rick at a young age, washing mowers on weekends and assisting with bark installation during his spring breaks. He continued to help periodically for a few years despite having summer jobs elsewhere. Logan graduated from high school in 2014, and also decided to spend that summer working for Cutting Edge. An interest in accounting led Logan to Calvin College the following fall. Upon completing his first year at Calvin, he pursued the opportunity to join Rick as his business partner. Logan graduated from Grand Rapids Community College in 2017 with a degree in business marketing in order to help company grow in various areas.
Both Rick and Logan are state-certified to apply pesticides, are members of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association, and attend conferences and trade shows to enhance his knowledge and stay in touch with colleagues in the green industry.
Cutting Edge was formed not only to provide quality workmanship and service to our clients, but also to be witnesses for the Lord through our daily work and how we relate to and treat our customers. We have been blessed with steady growth over the years by the word of mouth, as our number one goal is customer satisfaction through the quality of our work.