Definitions Again: LCO?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by GroundKprs, Dec 18, 2001.

  1. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    An acronym frequently used on this board is LCO. This term was coined in the 70s to denote the phrase "Lawn Care Operator." It referred to the chemical part of lawn care, and numerous local, regional, state & national organizations incorporated "Lawn Care" in their names:

    PLCAA- Professional Lawn Care Assn of America,
    ISLCA- Indiana State Lawn Care Assn,
    ILCA- Indianapolis Lawn Care Assn,

    Due to the dramatic growth of the green industry in the last 25 years or so, many long established organizations are changing names to incorporate larger fields of members.The ISLCA just changed name to denote a larger segment of the green industry, can't find new name right now. Our IAN (Indiana Assn of Nurserymen, denoting basically nursery operators) changed a few years ago to INLA (Indiana Nursery & Landscape Assn, to include also landscapers).

    Now the question for LawnSite members: what acronyms can we use to avert more confusion in the industry? If newcomers to the industry, who are, let's say, basically just providing mowing maintenance, come to this board and see members referring to themselves as LCOs, they would assume that they are LCOs. But the term LCO means a specialist in chemical lawn care.

    Anyone know of a local, regional or state orgaization that seeks members in all aspects of lawn maintenance? If so, what is the term used?

    To start, I would bring to the table the term LMO, for Lawn Maintenance Operator, to include all those who work on lawns as contractors. This would include those who install lawns, and/or do mowing, and/or do lawn care (chemical). But someone else may have or have seen a better idea. What say you?

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    I have taken the meaning as " Lawn Care Operator".
    Yes, the term "care" denotes treatments, but that does not really explain the meaning. Yet, we are stuck with it.
    I would say that for mowing only Co's, it should be considered Lawn Maintenance. Hence LMO.
    Our phone book advertisers say that I need to be in either the lawn maintenence category or the lawn spraying one.
    I chose " maintenence" because so many people out there have been burned (literally) by lawn spraying.
  3. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    You sound like Bill O'Rielly. ;)

    Great post. Accurate.
    I concur with the LMO idea. Or possibly LMC: Lawn Maintenance Contractor. Then you don't have a LCO & LMO to confuse people.

    Ceratinly a differenciation should be made.
  4. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    Yo, Kent, I don't watch TV, but better half does like O'Rielly, so I do hear him. I don't watch TV so I don't get brainwashed, but I guess that theory doesn't hold water. LOL.

    And LMC is better, to avert confusion as you state.
  5. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Big deal. Call us all BFH's for all I care as long as we know what we're referring to.
  6. wolfpacklawn

    wolfpacklawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 120

    I agree about the confusions.

    I like LMC.
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    i think an lco is a person who makes his living taking care of lawns. with different levels of expertise and service, dependent on the individual. at least i think thats what its come to mean to most on the forum,IMHO. no disrespect to specialist etc intended.
    later now
  8. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    You have pointed out the exact reason I pose this question. Hopefully this board is not the limit of members association with others in the trade, although it is a great door to open. Thank you again, Chuck!

    If a newcomer opens this door, and by participating here, believes himself to be an "LCO" because he mows lawns for a living, he could be embarassed in the future using this acronym to describe himself when meeting with a peer or group of industry veterans. In the whole spectrum of the green industry, I would guess most in the trade would consider this person pretentious or ill informed.

    That is why I ask the original question. "LCO" has been used in the trade for over 20 years to denote chemical lawn care. What is a good acronym for us to use here to cover a more general area as stated above?
  9. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 785

    I am pretty sure the proper term would be "Landscape Contractor" or LC..........Vibe Ray out..................
  10. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,773

    I thought it was Lawn Company Operator:confused:

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