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Landscaping business is 'Ragin'


Freddie Ragin poses in front of a home in the Erynís Gardens community that his business Ragin Lawn Services landscaped.

BRAD MCCLENNY/Special to Guardian
Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 3:15 p.m.

Delivering on his promises has allowed Freddie Ragin to successfully own and operate his business for more than 20 years.

Ragin has been the owner of Ragin's Lawn Service & Irrigation since 1988, and he said keeping his word is one of the main things that has fueled the growth of his business.

"I have been able to succeed in business because I do what I say I am going to do," Ragin said.

Ragin said he provides a "full range" of lawn services, including installing irrigation systems. He said he puts his heart into everything he does, and he said no job is too big or too small for him and his crew.

Ragin is currently doing the landscaping at Eryn's Garden, an 148-home development being constructed in northwest Gainesville by local developer Edwin Dix.

Dix said Ragin does a lot of work for him, including maintaining the landscaping at his personal home.

"He and his staff are very professional," Dix said. "He is finish with a job when he says he is going to be finish, and he pays a lot of attention to detail. He does the irrigation and landscaping for all of my properties, and his prices are very competitive."

Ragin, 52, has been married to his wife, Barbara Ragin, for 21 years, and the couple have four children.

Ragin is a 1972 graduate of Umatilla High School, and he served in the U.S. Army from 1973-1977.

Ragin is a deacon at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church in southeast Gainesville, where he has been a member for 21 years.

Ragin said the most rewarding part of his job is seeing the looks on the faces of his customers once he has completed a job.

Darrell Johnson, a southeast Gainesville resident, said Ragin has been doing the landscaping and irrigation at his home for nine years.

He said after Ragin did his yard the first time, he knew Ragin would be doing his yard permanently.

"Freddie and his men are dependable, and he has reasonable prices," Johnson.

"They do an outstanding job, and his personality is very friendly. He goes the extra mile to make his customers happy."

Ragin said nothing has changed in the landscaping business over the years other than technological advances.

He said the equipment he uses today is a lot more efficient than the equipment he had 20 years ago.

"The industry is still the same, but the new tools allows us to do the work faster," Ragin said.

Ragin said he has a passion for what he does that enables him to do great work.

He said he tries to do each job better than the one before.

"I am always trying to improve with every job I get," Ragin said. "I can always get better."

Ragin said the best advice he could give to anybody wanting to start their own landscaping business is to "always do what they say they are going to do, and think things out before you act."

Ragin said he looks forward to the day when he can relinquish control of the business to his children and his two longtime employees, Willie Wickstone and Roosevelt "Row" Anderson.

When asked what does the future holds for him, Ragin said, "I want to grow this business so that my sons and Mr. Wickstone and Mr. Anderson can take it over."

For more information call Ragin's Lawn Service & Irrigation at (352) 215-5002.

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