By The Blade started as a simple idea: a teenage kid with a lawnmower. Things grew, as they have a way of doing, and this summer job became a business venture. Then it became a way of life.
Twenty years later, Patrick Vogt owns and operates By The Blade lawn and landscape. His team cares for hundreds of families throughout the Metro. In 2009 he purchased Rainbow Irrigation to become a complete landscaping service. And in 2012-2016, they were selected as the Kansas City Symphony Showhouse outdoor landscape design providers.
We create and manage custom environments that enrich our clients’ lives. Your family needs time to enjoy nature — by living in it, not working in it. That’s why we offer Total Exterior Management, a valet service that maintains every aspect of your outdoor environs. Gutters, decks, driveways, swimming pools, shutters and drainpipes–if it breaks, we’ll restore it to its original beauty and order. Contact us about Total Exterior Management, and let us introduce you to the luxuries of nature.
By The Blade is the brainchild of Patrick Vogt, a young entrepreneur who began mowing lawns in his Parkville neighborhood as a teenager. After graduating from Park Hill High School in 1998, Patrick focused on building his business into the award-winning lawn and landscape company it is today.Patrick is married to Lindsay, a civil engineer, and they reside in Parkville with their three beautiful children.
Mr. Schmidt, better known as “Smitty,” grew up in his family’s lawn and landscape business. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Central Missouri, but soon found his way back to his first love, design. Smitty has received acclaim for his artistic landscapes, and was recently named lead designer for the Symphony Showhouse project, an annual Kansas City tradition. In his spare time, he enjoys running, nature hikes, and spending time with his three children.
AJ joined By The Blade at just 14 years old. After graduating from Park Hill High School, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Missouri Western University. He considered a career in law enforcement, but ultimately returned to lawn care in a management role. AJ handles estimates and customer service, as well as overseeing the Maintenance division. He is a lifelong Parkville resident, husband, and proud dad.
With 25 years in home construction, Dan brings a unique talent to our By The Blade team. An expert in all areas of home repair, he runs our Home Services department, providing everything from interior painting to drywall to light bulb changes to hanging picture frames. Dan was a partner in his family construction business, where he always helped his customers with “handy” projects. A native of Kearney, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Northwest Missouri State. He lives in the Northland with his wife of 26 years, and plays golf in his spare time.
“Nature is humankind’s perfect retreat.
It consists not in escaping ordinary things, but in finding harmony among them.”