Hello, I am the founder of JBL Landscapes. My name is Jesse Byam Laur, I'm in my early thirties. I'm a father to two girls, Gabby who is 4 and Gracie who returned to Heaven when she was 5 days old in 2015, she was born as a 25-week preemie; due to my wife having severe preeclampsia. We have a wonderful mother and wife, Elva. Who I've been married to for five years as of May 2017. We moved to Longview, WA last fall from Gresham, OR.
I grew up in Gladstone, OR and I'm considered Deaf since I cannot hear out of my right ear and very little out of my left ear. So, I wear a hearing aid in my left ear and that helps me hear better, and helps me communicate face to face with someone. I know American Sign Language as well.
I have always had an interest in gardening. When I was a child I was always helping with the yard. When I was 15, I became interested when I saw my high-school had a greenhouse and grew plants thru their class. I became fascinated and started learning about growing plants from seed. The following school year I became very involved in the school’s greenhouse program, staying after-school to grow plants. Since they didn't not offer a fall landscape class. That spring I joined the class and started part time at the school district grounds maintenance program. As well helping my cousin with his mowing business during the weekends. I got my driver’s license that summer and started doing yard work on my own. The following year (as a senior) I visited Clackamas Community College Horticulture program, loved it and decided to join the following year. I did two years of college there and worked part time as growing my maintenance business. Taking classes in both nursery/greenhouse growing, landscape maintenance and construction.
I joined the student career days, a national landscape completion ran by PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) now it's National Association of Landscape Professionals. That year held at University of Maryland, met Roger Cook from This Old Home on PBS. Along with main event; the skills completion where we completed with 50 plus other colleges from around the county to see who can get the most points in different skills events such as plant ID, tree pruning techniques, pavers install, design, irrigation install, landscape safety etc. Then got an internship with TruGreen Landcare through their job fair that they host with companies from all-over the country, some being big sponsors of the whole event. Started that summer as an intern doing a big landscape install job at Intel. Learned a lot about irrigation and plant installs. I stayed with Landcare during my second year of college, moving over to Nike as an irrigation technician. I Graduated that spring with Associate in landscaping. The following year I worked for a few other small companies before merging my own side business with another small business that a classmate had started up. Dissolved the business due the economy crashing in 2008.
In 2008, I joined TruGreen Lawncare. There I became a route tech, due to my qualifications and experience in school and already having an Oregon Pesticide license. I was placed in one of the highest sought routes in the region, which served west Vancouver to Woodland. Stayed with that company for over 6 years, becoming very familiar with the area north of Vancouver and falling in love with the scenic drives and beautiful landscapes I serviced.
In 2014, I joined the Catlin Gabel School, a private school in Portland to work under a head groundskeeper; and did everything there from mowing to pruning and clean ups. I learned a lot about Integrated Pest Management while there, and did all the spray and fertilizing work there on campus. Also, I did general pest management in buildings and surrounding areas.
In 2015, I decided to go back into route work at Landscape East and West based out of Clackamas servicing their sites using organic and sustainable methods as a Plant Health Care Tech(PHC). Then moved on to Davey Tree Service for 2016 as a combo of PHC and working as a grounds guy and out of a bucket truck for line clearance. I moved to Longview in November of 2016. After everything that happened in 2015 and losing my baby daughter, I thought it was time to move on to a new challenge. It felt right, a new start in Longview to start my own business again. I started my business planning, gathering all the info so that I could service customers better than any company I have ever worked for.