Welcome to Mr Green Thumb

Lexington's Premiere Lawn/Tree Care Service

Proudly Serving the Metropolitan Area for over 20 Years

Call 859-806-2846

About Us

We are Local. We are affiliated with Local First Lexington. We find it extremely important for you to know you are in partnership with a true local company that supports local individuals, businesses and charities. We are not a chain or franchise. Mr. Green Thumb was established in Lexington 1997 by Frank Gaydovchik. We have a vested interest in Lexington and support all things local as much as possible.

For the first 10 years it was just Frank and his truck. The first truck was a red Chevy S10 pickup truck with no radio, no power steering, and no air conditioning. You have to start somewhere! Back in those days Frank had a back pack sprayer and a chest spreader. Milk jugs were used to transport water (2.5 gallon jugs came later). The whole bed of the pick-up truck was filled with jugs!

A couple years later came the first 200 gallon tank. Always wanting to be on the cutting edge, he bought the first rider spread/spray unit in Lexington called the Z Spray. Slowly and surely he kept growing.

Ten years later in 2007, Manny Saenz joined the team. He was our first team member, and now he's the general manager.

It’s been over 20 years and we have over 10 - 200 gallon spray tanks, 10 Z Spray Units, and around 10 team members. Please see our team member profiles below, as we find it important for you to know your local lawn and tree care applicators.

Bee Safe Organic Land Care is our organic component at Mr. Green Thumb. However, starting in 2019, our Bee Safe Organic program will be transitioning to a hybrid of organic and synthetic. We are able to perform lawn care with the use of both synthetic and organic products. Weeds are NOT able to be controlled organically so we are enlisting the use of synthetic weed control methods and products. The plan is to start out the season the same as out synthetic counterparts with the first two rounds being crabgrass pre-emergent fertilizer applications. From there we get back into using the Bee Safe Organic products. However whenever weed control issues are warranted, synthetic methods will have to be used in either a spot control or full sprays. We will coordinate that with you for the best method and timing. If you are looking for an organic/synthetic approach, please let us know.

Once again we would like to thank you for your continued use of Mr. Green Thumb for your lawn and tree care needs. We are truly a company trying to provide you with the best quality service available. That starts with direct contact with Frank, the owner, to best handle your individual needs when they arise. When these needs do arise, that means handling the situation in a timely manner that rectifies your concern with a plan. Additionally we provide top individual applicators who take pride in working on your property and working with you. Many of you email, text or talk to our team members regularly. Finally it means using the best materials, equipmet and technology available in order to achieve the highest possible results possible.

Our Team

Frank Gaydovchik

Frank is from White Plains, Maryland, just south of Washington D.C. After graduating high school in 1989, he enlisted in the Army where he served as an aviation operations specialist. Kentucky must have been calling Frank as he started his military career at Fort Knox, Kentucky and ended in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During his 7 year military tour, he served in Germany, Cyprus, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Texas. He was a member of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and the 160th Special Operations Aviation

Regiment based in Fort Campbell, KY. This was the unit featured in the movie Black Hawk Down and the unit that was the aviation component in Operation Neptune Spear. You will see their helicopters flying around the Lexington area.  After leaving the military in 1996, Frank came to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky. In 1997, while attending school, Frank started Mr. Green Thumb.  After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Elementary Education, Frank made the decision to focus on Mr. Green Thumb.  It has been over 20 years since starting Mr. Green Thumb - Still going strong!!  Frank is married to Ann Margaret (Administrative Executive at Mr. Green Thumb, see bio) from Casey County, Kentucky.  They reside in Garrard County, Kentucky just south of the Kentucky River. His main hobby is kayak fishing. He is probably on some body of water fishing on the weekends.

Manny Saenz

Manny grew up in Brownsville, Texas, about 30 minutes from beautiful South Padre Island.  After graduating high school from Homer Hannah High in 1990, Manny attended Eastland Community College in Garland, Texas. In 1994, Manny accepted a position with a marketing company based in New Jersey.This opportunity allowed Manny to travel to over 16 states on the East Coast. In 2000, Manny took a leap of faith and moved to Kentucky with hopes to marry his future wife, Paula.

Manny worked in sales and started his own Lawn Care Company, Luxury Lawn Care, which he ran for 7 years.  Ironically, his neighbor, Frank Gaydovchik, was building a similar dream with his company, Mr. Green Thumb.  Frank recruited Manny to become the General Manager of Mr. Green Thumb to help take the company to the next level.  It has been over 11 years since Manny joined the company and he has never looked back.  Manny currently lives in Lexington with his wife, Paula, and their two children, Mia (15), and Michael Paul (10).  Manny spends most of his spare time helping coach Mia’s fast pitch softball team, attending Mia’s volleyball tournaments, and most recently Michael’s basketball tournaments.  He is their biggest cheerleader and number 1 fan!  Thankfully, he doesn’t wear a cheer-leading outfit, but if you know Manny he is likely just to make you laugh.

John Savage

Though born in Dayton, OH, John’s family moved to Kentucky in 1972 and he grew up in Versailles. After graduating from Woodford Co. High School in 1982, he attended Purdue University for 1 year (math major), and Eastern Kentucky University for 2 years (geography major). The next 10+ years he spent working in the automotive industry in Lexington and Atlanta, GA. He moved back to Lexington in 1994, and spent the next 11 years running a pawn shop.

During this time he met and married his wife, Lisa. They have 2 children, Lily and Jonah. John also has an adult daughter, Kendra, and 2 grandchildren. In 2009, he started working at Mr. Green Thumb and hasn’t looked back. They spend their time homeschooling the kids and building thier produce business, Happy Place Organics, in Midway, where they have lived since 1998.

Chad Birkes

Chad is from Lawrenceville, Illinois, which is about 45 miles north of Evansville, Indiana. Chad moved to Winchester, Kentucky when he was 3yrs old where he grew up and graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in 1992. Chad has never felt at home with any of his career choices until he was offered his position at Mr. Green Thumb in 2010. Chad now resides in Lexington, Kentucky where he lives with his wife

Kristal Birkes from Willisburg, Kentucky and their 4 wonderful kids, ages 23, 21, 13, and 5. Chad was blessed with a grandson this year, and is expecting When Chad is not at Mr. Green Thumb you can probably find him on a softball field or coaching his son on the baseball field.

Joey Blake

Joey was born in Ft. Thomas, KY. He then moved to Florida and lived there until 18 after he graduated in 2001. After high school he moved to Lexington for a change. He met his wife in 2002, and they have been married since 2007, and have a 3 year old daughter. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. Outside of that he enjoys woodworking - anything from scroll sawing, - to building furniture. 

Caleb Harding

Caleb Harding is from Pikeville, KY. After Graduating High School in 2003, Caleb moved to Lexington KY to attend Lexington Community College to pursue a Business Management Degree. During the early years of college life Caleb helped with Mr. Green Thumb during the summers of 2003 and 2004 before eventually finding himself submerged in the retail business field in 2004.

Over the next 10 years, Caleb worked with Best Buy, Circuit City and H.H. Gregg as a Sales Manager and General Manager in Louisville, Lexington and Washington D.C. After exiting the retail arena, Caleb was looking for more time to spend with his son Ashton, and a job that would accommodate his needs with the perfect work/life balance this would ultimately free up time for him to meet his wife. Caleb began working again with Mr. Green Thumb in spring of 2015 primarily servicing Residential Clients. One of the things he enjoys the most is the team assembled at Mr. Green Thumb and the roles each person plays to take care of our clients. Caleb is married to Susan Harding from Carthage Missouri. They recently celebrated their two-year anniversary and new home ownership as well. His main hobbies include social outings, watching the Kentucky Wildcats avidly with his wife and friends around town or out of state. He also has a very healthy and active workout schedule that starts daily at 5am and abstains from foods that involve Ranch Dressing.

Michael Mulcahy

Michael was born in Lexington, and grew up in Nicholasville. After graduating high school in 2007, he moved to Richmond to attend Eastern Kentucky University. He got married in 2014 to his wife, Paige, after knowing each other since 2005, and dating since 2009. In 2015 they moved back to Nicholasville, and bought their first home. Most of their time is consumed by trying to keep up withe their 8 month old daughter, Brinley.

After several different jobs, he decided to try a career in something he has always been interested in. In 2017 he started his career at Mr. Green Thumb. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, woodworking, and working on both his vehicles. 

Sean Hager

Sean was born and raised here in Lexington Kentucky and graduated Dunbar High School. He attended Eastern Kentucky University for one year, where he discovered a passion for landscaping while push mowing yards in the area to pay rent. So he moved back home to Lexington and started his own landscaping company.

He owned and operated that for 9 years before joining the Mr. Green Thumb team! He recently became a father and enjoys spending his free time with his son, Liam.

Ann Margaret Gaydovchik

Ann Margaret grew up in Casey County, Kentucky. After graduating high school, Ann Margaret went on to receive an associate’s degree in accounting as well in business management. For an adventure Ann Margaret and her son, Tyler moved to eastern Kentucky where she worked for an engineering firm, made some amazing friends and

received her Real Estate License.  With family calling, and seven years in eastern Kentucky, Ann Margaret and Tyler relocated back to Central KY and settled in Garrard County. While working for a local builder in Lexington, KY, Ann Margaret met Frank, and the rest as they say, “Is history.”  Family time, fur babies, kayaking/camping with Frank are just some of Ann Margaret’s hobbies.

Ken Balzer

Ken, also known as “UK” by the Mr. Green Thumb team, retired from actively managing his Pittsburgh based businesses about 8 years ago and joined Mr. Green Thumb as a “back office” specialist – helping to keep the residential clients’ data base in order and creating and maintaining the original web site. Ken does this remotely from Myrtle Beach, SC.

Ken graduated from Point Park University with duel degrees in Business Management and Public Relations and Advertising and spent his adult life working in Pittsburgh after a 3 year stint in the US Army, stationed in Berlin, Germany - while the wall was up. He spent many hours working at the famous Check Point Charlie.

Ken splits his time between Mr. Green Thumb work, woodworking, rooting for the Steelers, and just enjoying retirement.


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