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.

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.

Favorite Winter Activity: hibernation/binge-watching TV

When Traveling I Escape to: Osage Beach or my hometown

I Caffeinate With: sugar-free Red Bull

Favorite Holiday: 4th of July because who doesn’t like to blow stuff up?!

My Radio / iPod is Always Tuned to: country

Best Part of My Job: creating amazing projects for our clients!

Favorite Way to Spend Time Away from Work: enjoying my screened porch with a good cigar

People Would Be Surprised to Learn: I’m a big-time space nerd, especially SpaceX

Three Words That Best Describe Me: loyal, organized, honest

Chris has been in the lawn care and landscaping industry since 2002. Over the past 20 years in the industry, his focus has been on turf management, landscape maintenance, and customer service. Chris is an outdoor enthusiast his past times include mountain biking, boating, and hiking. Chris is looking forward to working with our customers to provide high-quality service with attention to detail.

Favorite Winter Activity:  Sledding

When Traveling I Escape to: Lake of the Ozark’s

I Caffeinate With: Red Bull

Favorite Holiday: Halloween

Best Part of My Job: Customer satisfaction from start to finish!

Favorite Way to Spend Time Away from Work: Spend as much time as possible with my 2 wonderful children

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