It all started in 1991. High school sweethearts Tim and Michelle Muys graduated and began studies for what they thought, would be their future careers. In 1994 they married. Tim spent 8 years at the University of Manitoba pursuing a degree in Environmental Design. Michelle spent two years towards a nursing degree at the University of Winnipeg. While attending university, Tim held at least two jobs at any give time, and for a short time, was working four jobs. In addition to mowing lawns for the company they would later call Green Blade Lawn Care, Tim spent 10 years at Canada Safeway having worked in all 36 stores in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario at the time, in virtually every role right up to assistant manager before leaving at the age of 26. Michelle worked at the Westin Hotel for five years before taking a position at Air Canada where she worked for 10 years.
By 1996 the lawn mowing business had somehow grown large enough to warrant a business name, and Green Blade Lawn Care was born and later incorporated in 2001. In 1999 their first child, Declan, was born and Tim decided to quit Safeway to grow Green Blade full time. Cole was born in 2001, Gabrielle in 2004, and Brycen in 2009. In 2005 Michelle quit Air Canada. By 2007 Green Blade was a million-dollar company, just 4 years later it crossed $2 million. Today, Green Blade Lawn Care is the largest lawn care company in the industry with sales in the millions operating out of a 7.5 acre yard with over 50 trucks, mountains of equipment, and thousands of customers.
Consummate entrepreneurs, the Muys Family now owns and operates several businesses, with more in the works. Declan and Cole now work full time alongside their parents in the family businesses. Green Blade is arguably the most recognizable lawn care brand in Manitoba and is actively involved in many charity and community initiatives.
Green Blade has been an annual supporter of children’s charities for many years. Each year we sponsor the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation gala dinners. Green Blade also sponsors charity golf tournaments, baseball tournaments and Winnipeg Humane Society events each year as well.
We are an annual supporter of the Adult and Teen Challenge Sled for Eternity, as well as a variety of personal charity initiatives. In addition to donating hundreds of thousands in sponsorships, Green Blade generously donates services to several charity auctions. Over the years we’ve donated many autographed NHL jerseys, box seats at Goldeyes games, and a multitude of tickets to NHL, CFL, and WHL events to families with sick children.
Green Blade very actively supports many local sports teams including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Goldeyes, WHL Winnipeg Ice, MJHL Winnipeg Blues, MJHL Winnipeg Freeze and local minor hockey.
You can also catch Green Blade advertising in the outfield at Canwest Global Park and at Investor’s Group Field,
As the Muys businesses continue to thrive and grow, so too does the ambition and drive of the Muys children. Declan and Cole are filled with energy and enthusiasm, anxious to tackle new challenges under the guidance of their parents. Plans are already in motion to expand the family businesses beyond Manitoba and a whole new chapter is about to begin!
Stay tuned for more to come!