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Lawn care industry statistics:

  • $78
    industry with an
    annual growth
    of 3.9%*
  • A well-manicured
    lawn can
    add 11%
    to the perceived
    value of a home
  • 21%
    of homeowners
    loathe yardwork, or are
    intimidated by it**
  • 75% of

    think it’s important
    to spend time outside
    in the yard
  • Homeowners are
    willing to pay up to
    for specialty lawn care
    services annually***
  • Homeowners are
    willing to pay up to
    for specialty lawn care
    services annually***

**Harris Poll Survey.

Franchise Opportunities in Ohio

Looking for Ohio business opportunities? Lawn Doctor is pleased to offer low cost franchise opportunities in Ohio, including Cleveland, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown. If you’ve ever wished you could run your own business and be your own boss, Lawn Doctor could be a perfect fit for you. As a Lawn Doctor franchise operator, you would have the ability to set your own hours, select your own clients, and be the determining factor in your own success.

Lawn Doctor franchise owners have Lawn Doctor’s full support behind them, as well as access to all of Lawn Doctor’s proprietary lawn care programs and equipment. In addition, you’ll have the benefit of the Lawn Doctor name, which is backed up by a stellar reputation that goes back more than 50 years. Most startups have to spend years to build a reputation with their client base, but as a Lawn Doctor franchisee, you’ll have Lawn Doctor’s reputation behind you from your very first day.

Available Territories

Lawn Doctor is a national brand with over 500 territories across the country, with low cost franchise opportunities available near you. That said, those territories fill up quickly, so if there’s a particular area you’re considering, don’t risk missing out on a great Ohio franchise opportunities in a territory you prefer. See below to see where we have franchises available in Ohio:

Lawn Doctor Franchise in Ohio

Contact Lawn Doctor by emailing us at to request more information about any territories where you are interested in opening a franchise. There’s no obligation and no hard sell. Just the information you need.

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Why Lawn Doctor?

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While there are several franchising opportunities available to aspiring business owners, Lawn Doctor goes above and beyond the competition. How so? What is it that sets Lawn Doctor apart as one of the best multiple revenue stream franchise opportunities in Ohio?

  • Reputation. Lawn Doctor has been a trusted name in the lawn care industry since 1967. People know and have faith in Lawn Doctor, and look forward to working with us. That means they’ll feel enthusiastic to work with you, as well.
  • Training. We take great pride in giving our franchisees thorough and ongoing training. For the first two years of your franchise, you will have regular meetings with your Regional Business Consultant to help you identify the best ways to develop new skills and grow your business. We also offer training through webinars, turf field days, and a thorough e-learning platform to help you every step of the way.
  • Lawn Care Products and Equipment. Lawn Doctor has some of the best equipment available. Much of it exclusive to the brand and built in our manufacturing facility in New Jersey. This will help you bring in more business, be properly equipped to leave your customers happy when the job is complete. And our specialized equipment is specially designed to service more lawns in less time, giving you the opportunity to scale your business even further.

Who We’re Looking For

In order to ensure that we’re providing the best service possible, Lawn Doctor is selective about who we do business with. In addition to our minimum requirements, our franchise owners have many important attributes in common, which can indicate that they would be a good fit. If you’re interested in a Lawn Doctor franchise opportunity, there are several factors to keep in mind.

Minimum Requirements:

  • For each business for sale in Ohio, applicants must demonstrate a minimum liquidity of $60,000 to be considered.
  • While lawn care experience is not required, solid business acumen and a willingness to truly commit time, energy and resources to the business is necessary

Beneficial Attributes

  • Experience in (or interest in) owning, managing, or operating a business
  • A sense of satisfaction from achieving initial goals and setting benchmarks towards new ones
  • Pride in delivering superior service to customers
  • Desire to make your city greener and pest-free
  • Interest in starting a landscaping business in your area
  • Basic understanding of sales and marketing (Lawn Doctor provides franchise owners with training in both sales and marketing, as well as other aspects of running the business)
  • A Lawn Doctor franchise is also an excellent opportunity for owners to work alongside a spouse or a family member. You can grow a business with recurring revenue to can eventually be passed down through the family when the owner retires.

How to Get Started

If you’re interested in a Lawn Doctor franchise opportunity in Ohio, the process is simple. All you need to do is fill out our short contact form. Once you’ve submitted the form, one of Lawn Doctor’s franchise specialists will contact you with more information. Don’t hesitate to ask them any questions you have about running a Lawn Doctor franchise; which Ohio territories are open (Cleveland has multiple franchises for sale), and anything else you might be wondering. After gathering some more information, we’ll walk you through the process to make it simple and straightforward.

Available Franchise Opportunities in Ohio

Lawn Doctor is currently offering franchising opportunities in most major areas of Ohio, including multiple territories in Cleveland. If you are considering opening a Lawn Doctor franchise in Ohio, but aren’t familiar with the demographics and culture of the territory you’re considering, we’ve gathered some information to give you a start as you research each area.

Cleveland (Multiple Territories Available)

Wondering where to find profitable Cleveland businesses for sale? Cleveland is the second largest city in the state (Columbus is the largest). And due to the high population, we have several home-based lawn care franchise opportunities in Cleveland, OH right now. Situated on the shore of Lake Erie, the city is popular among young professionals, with 37 percent of the population between 18 and 44 years old.

Cleveland is home to several of Ohio’s premiere sports teams, including the Indians (MLB), the Browns (NFL), and the 2016 NBA champions, the Cavaliers. The city is also home to several cultural attractions, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland is also celebrated as the “birthplace of Superman,” as Jerry Siegel was living in the city when he first invented the superhero.


Located about a two-hour drive west of Cleveland, Toledo has earned the nickname “The Glass City,” due to its flourishing glass industry. If you’re looking for franchise opportunities in Toledo, OH, Lawn Doctor is a great choice.

Toledo is the fourth largest city in Ohio, in terms of population, following Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Approximately 39 percent of the city’s population is between the ages of 18 and 44 years old.

The majority of Toledo’s economy is based around the glass and automotive industries. Many Fortune 500 companies in the automotive and related industries have their headquarters in Toledo, including Jeep. There are also two Jeep production facilities in the Toledo metropolitan area—one in the city itself, and another in Perrysburg, a suburb of Toledo.


Originally founded at the high point of the Ohio and Erie Canal (which was then under construction), Akron served as an important stop for trade routes. Since its founding, Akron has grown to be the fifth-largest city in Ohio. Located only 40 miles south of Cleveland, Akron’s economy is largely dominated by the polymer industry. At the center of what has been termed Ohio’s “Polymer Valley,” Akron houses 45 percent of the polymer production in the state. With such a bustling economy, the franchise opportunities in Akron, OH are full of possibilities.

Culturally speaking, Akron has three performance halls, the Lock 3 Park amphitheater, and the Akron Art Museum, among others. It’s also the birthplace of the Empire Barley Mill and German Mills American Oatmeal Company, two organizations that would later merge to form Quaker Oats.


Even though it’s not quite as big as Cincinnati and Cleveland, there are still plenty of franchise opportunities in Lima, OH. Located right around the midway point between Toledo and Dayton, Lima’s economy relies largely on the Lima Army Tank Plant, the only facility that produces the M1 Abrams tank. Lima is also the setting of the retired smash hit TV show, Glee.


Canton was originally a heavy manufacturing center for Ohio, due to its proximity to so many railroad lines. As the city’s manufacturing industry declined, however, it made way for several forays into a service economy, particularly in areas such as healthcare, finance, and education. As such, there are several franchise opportunities in Canton, OH for potential Lawn Doctor franchisees to consider.


Located on the eastern edge of Ohio, Youngstown is often used in filming to depict areas in both Northeastern Ohio and the Pittsburgh Tri-State Area. There are several franchise opportunities in Youngstown, OH.

Powers Auditorium, which used to be a Warner Brothers movie palace, now serves as the cultural center of the city and home of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. The town is only 10 miles from the Pennsylvania state line and serves as the midpoint between New York City and Chicago on Interstate 80.


Dayton and Springfield are located only 26 miles apart. Lawn Doctor’s franchise opportunities in Dayton/Springfield, OH are combined within a single territory, offering franchisees two populations from which to pull potential customers.

Springfield was actually named after the city of Springfield, MO, while Dayton was named for Captain Jonathan Dayton, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War and an important landowner in the area.

Success Stories

In the preceding decades, hundreds of Lawn Doctor franchisees have been able to build  successful, satisfying businesses. Here are just a few examples:

Nick Mangiardi

Nick Mangiardi had worked in a business with his father and brothers since the 1970s when the family decided it was time to sell off their equipment and other assets—but Nick wasn’t quite ready to retire. That’s when he realized a Lawn Doctor franchise opportunity was the perfect solution to keep himself busy and continue to add to his retirement savings.

Tom Norton

Tom Norton was in high school in the late ‘80s when his father decided it was time to build a family business. Norton’s father wanted a business that would allow him to work alongside his sons. Since that time, the business has passed into Tom’s hands and continued to grow significantly.

Costs and Financing

The initial, low cost franchise investment for a new Lawn Doctor business for sale in Ohio is typically between $102,000 and $116,000. Because our franchisees aren’t required to have a retail location or a large staff, we are able to keep start-up costs low.


With each of the Ohio franchises for sale, owners can finance up to $60,000 of the start-up costs, more than half of the initial investment necessary. We also offer discounts to military veterans, minorities, and green industry professionals totaling $10,000. (Discounts may not be combined.) If you have any additional questions about our franchising costs and financing options, including whether or not you qualify for financing, please feel free to contact us.

National Support

One of the best parts of opening your own Lawn Doctor franchise is the knowledge that you won’t have to do it alone. Each of the franchises for sale in Ohio come pre-packaged with an extensive support structure. Lawn Doctor has worked for more than 50 years to develop a reputation for quality and service, and that extends to every one of our franchises. From initial training to marketing to ongoing education, Lawn Doctor is dedicated to building up our franchise owners and technicians. Even though your franchise is focused on a limited area within Ohio, you will have the support of a company that operates on a national scale.

Initial Training

When you first join Lawn Doctor as a franchise owner, you will benefit from a comprehensive training program, both in the classroom and out in the field, hosted at our national headquarters in New Jersey. There, you will learn how to promote your business, bring in new customers, provide superior service to your customers, recognize which products and methods will work best in a variety of situations, and administer your business to keep things running smoothly. Lawn Doctor’s experts will be with you every step of the way, from the introductory call from your Regional Business Consultant to the day you complete the training program and beyond.

Two-Year Field Training

Once you have completed the initial training, you will still have access to our team’s expertise. We know you will have questions regarding the best ways to run and grow your business, and we will provide the answers in two primary ways:

  1. Your Regional Business Consultant – As a new franchisee, you will be assigned a Regional Business Consultant that specializes in working with new franchise launches. This consultant will be a valuable resource to you, available to answer your questions about running a Lawn Doctor franchise in Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, or any other part of Ohio. They will be your main point of contact with Lawn Doctor from Day 1 and available to you whenever you need them.
  2. On-Site Consultations – For the first two years after you open your franchise, you will have scheduled meetings with your Regional Business Consultant every eight weeks. These meetings are an opportunity for you and your consultant to go over your operating plan and identify growth opportunities. They will show you how to improve your business, develop new skills, and streamline your work process.

Ongoing Training and Support

Even after you have completed your first two years of operation, you will receive training and support from our national office. Lawn Doctor is always growing and evolving, at both national and local levels. As your business develops, we will be there to help you ensure your business’s success. Additional training comes in a variety of formats:

  • Regional business meetings every quarter
  • Our annual Lawn Doctor National Conference
  • Webinars posted online
  • An e-learning platform with 24 hour access
  • Turf field days

About Lawn Doctor

Lawn Doctor traces its roots back to a New Jersey housing boom in the early-to-mid 1960s, as suburban areas grew at a rapid pace. Lawn Doctor’s founder, Tony Giordano, owned a hardware store in the town of Matawan, and he noticed that homeowners were regularly coming into his store seeking both products and advice on how to keep their lawns green and healthy.

In an attempt to address these common questions, Giordano began holding free lectures in his store on weekends. In these lectures, he taught basic lawn care techniques and methods. His lectures were so effective, and so popular, that soon the crowds of people who wanted to attend could not be contained inside his store.

In 1965, Tony Giordano recognized a business opportunity. While the homeowners attending his class were happy to learn better ways to keep their lawns and gardens healthy, many would be just as happy, if not more so, to hire someone to come and do things for them. They felt more comfortable knowing that an experienced professional was doing things the right way.

In 1966, Tony partnered with a friend of his, Bob Magda, an engineer. Magda used his engineering experience to develop and build Lawn Doctor’s very first piece of proprietary equipment, and set themselves apart from other lawn care providers. Armed with this new equipment and their knowledge of the lawn care business, the two entrepreneurs started Auto-Lawn, the precursor to Lawn Doctor.

By the next year, Auto-Lawn had grown enough that Magda and Giordano decided to expand the business by franchising their lawn care systems and equipment. They knew that they were offering superior service, and that they could leverage their proprietary equipment to effectively grow the business. It was at this point that they changed the name of their company to Lawn Doctor, after a local newspaper article referred to the two as “the lawn doctors.” The name stuck, and they adopted it as the official name of their company.

Tony Giordano served as president and CEO of Lawn Doctor until his death in 1983. Shortly thereafter, Russell Frith was named as the new president and CEO. Frith continued to advance and grow the company, eventually making it one of the most successful franchise businesses in the US. In 2011, he retired from Lawn Doctor, and Scott Frith subsequently took over as CEO. Since then, the company has focused on developing new innovations and employing strategic planning and performance improvement initiatives to accomplish Lawn Doctor’s long-term goals for the system.

Since the mid-1960s, Lawn Doctor has been providing homeowners with top-quality lawn care service. For the past 50+ years, we have been intent on making our customers’ lawns lush and healthy. With each passing year, we continue to develop and hone our products and services to stay ahead of the competition. To learn more about Lawn Doctor and businesses for sale in Ohio (or other parts of the country), contact us. We are happy to answer questions and help you with your entrepreneurial pursuits.

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Success is measured by happiness. Owning a Lawn Doctor franchise has made a huge difference to us. We’ve been able to spend time with our kids, and now our grandkids, providing them with what they need including a college education without stress. I think we’ve achieved happiness because of this.


Betsy Demeyer,
Franchisee, Connecticut

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