Big Things Have Small Beginnings.


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-five years, 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.

Valet Service

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.

The By The Blade Team

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 four 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.

Chris started his lawn and landscaping career in 2000, established his own Parkville-based lawn and landscaping company in 2007, and became By The Blade’s Lawn Care Manager in 2019. Outgoing, motivated and caring, when Chris is not creating beautiful lawns, he’s spending time with his family (6 children, including twins!) and serving in his church.

Shawn began his landscaping career in 1987 for a company in Leavenworth, KS. In 1994, Shawn and his wife purchased a retail nursery and built the largest landscaping company in Leavenworth County. After 20 years, they sold their company where Shawn continued to work until joining the By The Blade team in 2017. Hard-working, compassionate and fun-loving, outside of work Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife of 30+ years, two sons, and granddaughter, and cheering on his beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

Tamela joined the By The Blade team in 2016, bringing 20+ years outstanding retail customer service experience. An energetic and dedicated office manager, in addition to overseeing billing and service scheduling, she enjoys assisting customers and loves seeing their project “visions” come to life! When not at work, she enjoys time with her son, vintage collectible hunting & reselling with her sister and entertaining her nieces.

“Nature is humankind’s perfect retreat.
It consists not in escaping ordinary things, but in finding harmony among them.”