"Your workers did a great job. They cleaned up afterward. It was a very professional job. Thanks."

"Just want to say thank you! The gentleman was just here and did an outstanding job! Our lot looks fab! Please tell him thank you as well. I appreciate you guys!"

"I am very happy. The workers were all wonderful. They did a very nice and thorough job and it is perfect. Thank you very much."


Eric Barrett, owner of Barrett Lawn Care, started mowing lawns in the late ‘80’s. Eric was the “neighbor kid” who would mow lawns close to home.  Eventually word spread, and so did his coverage area. Prior to getting his driver’s license he would ride his bike across town (three miles one-way) to mow at his grandparents house as well as a few of their neighbors. One of the neighbors required mowing every Tuesday and Thursday!

After growing up, the St. Cloud division was “closed” in the fall of 1995 when Eric left St. Cloud to attend the University of St. Thomas. In the fall of ’95 he worked for the Town and Country Club Golf Club in St. Paul…until the snow arrived. An advertisement for snow shoveling appeared on the bulletin board in the dorms, and so begins his commercial lawn and snow experience.

In 1998 after graduating from St. Thomas in three and a half years (yes, he finished early!) Barrett Lawn Care, Inc. was officially born with one truck and one trailer working out of his home garage in Richfield. Next to come was an employee, then two…another truck and another trailer…then leasing a shop in Richfield.

Barrett Lawn Care purchased the building where they are currently located in 2009 and the building next door in 2013. The staff has grown from a single employee (who still works at Barrett Lawn Care) to many staff members in the summer and winter seasons (we shovel miles of sidewalks!)

Barrett Lawn Care hires educated and experienced people for each division, including people with degrees in horticulture, landscape design, and certified arborists. By employing educated and experienced people, Barrett Lawn Care can handle any task in the “green” industry.

Almost thirty years later, Eric’s work ethic and demand for high quality work has not changed. All employees have the same vision and values which will allow Barrett Lawn Care to be a recognized, award winning, company for another thirty years!

Eric Barrett – Owner
Eric received his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas and established Barrett Lawn Care, Inc. in 1998. He has extensive experience in commercial lawn maintenance, landscaping and snow removal. Eric was the neighborhood kid "mowing the grass for the neighbors," and began the business to continue his passion for the outdoors.

Laura Barrett – Operations
Laura has bachelor degree from Mankato State in biology. Laura runs the day to day operations of Barrett Lawn Care, including scheduling, billing, and customer relations.

Mike Fritsche – Lawn Manager
Mike attained his bachelor degree from St. Cloud State. He has widespread experience in turf management including disease management, pesticide application and soil science. Mike holds a commercial pesticide applicator license from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and also obtained his Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Level 1 certification.

Derek Tweten – Landscape Manager
Derek’s first professional career came in Medical Device Engineering immediately following college with an Associate Degree in the Engineering field. A few years after this he found his calling in The Green Industry. Derek has been in The Green Industry for over a decade. During his tenure he has attained extensive and diverse knowledge in all aspects of Landscaping and Snow and Ice Management. Derek is a Certified Snow Professional™ through the Snow and Ice Management Association®. Derek is also a member of the Hennepin Technical College Landscape and Horticulture Advisory Committee as well as the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association Government Affairs Committee.

Chad Bischoff – Landscape Designer
Chad completed the Landscape & Horticulture program at DCTC focusing in design. He has designed a large variety of projects from small gardens to high end full renovation projects. Chad is a MNLA certified professional. He enjoys continually learning and enjoys challenging projects.


Chris Reifsteck – Application Specialist
Chris began in the turf industry in 1999. He earned a Horticulture Science bachelor degree from Northwest Missouri State and is a member of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Chris holds a commercial pesticide applicator license from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

Bob Balgie – Irrigation Technician
Bob has been in the green industry since 2002, with a decade of irrigation experience. He has a PLT license for low voltage service, backflow prevention certification and is a certified lake service provider. Bob enjoys designing systems and fixing problems to watch his work come to life with water.

Irrigation Association

  Beth Johnson – Landscape Sales
Beth's first job in the green industry was as a grounds staff member at Woodhill Country Club. She holds her degree in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Beth has over 20 years working in the landscape industry. She enjoys meeting and securing new clients and is intimately involved throughout the sales process.

Kali Peterson – Administrative Assistant
Kali holds an Associate Degree in administrative assisting. Kali assists Laura in running the day-to-day operations of the business. She is the first point of contact when you call our office. Kali looks forward to talking with you!