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E-W grads building up a franchising business

Landscaping duo ready to give back to their hometown


Last updated 11/23/2021 at 10:33am


James Jakobsen, left, and Peter Roberts run their nationwide landscaping business from Edmonds.

Two decades ago, two Edmonds-Woodway High School students formed a landscaping business not long after graduating. They soon found plenty of success helping owners enhance their curb appeal.

But Peter Roberts and James Jakobsen learned a hard lesson during the recession of the late 2000s, as many homeowners decided to shift their dollars elsewhere. So they dove into the commercial landscaping business and discovered they'd found their niche.

Today, Roberts and Jakobsen run a highly successful business – including staff and more than 70 sub-contractors – that also took the next step –...

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