Welcome to Total Turf, the preeminent residential and commercial landscaping design company serving all of Westchester County and several communities throughout Connecticut.
If you’re a homeowner looking for ways to enhance your garden or turn your yard into a spectacular outdoor space, then you’ve come to the right landscape design and construction provider.
Degrees in Agronomy and Environmental Science from Delaware Valley College would be a great start for a successful landscaping business. But Total Turf’s President, Jason Gordon, started much younger, 13 to be exact. He started working on a golf course in New Hampshire with his uncle every summer until he started college. “I’ve played golf since I was teenager, and still do, but now free time is spent with my wife, Mary Beth, boating, pursuing healthy cuisine and running a business that I love.”
Jason finds all aspects of running Total Turf to his liking. “Working on beautiful estates and HOA’s, managing landscape projects with multiple disciplines including plantings, irrigation, masonry and maintenance give me such a thrill. Planning where my business will go in the next five years also appeals to me.” Good thing Jason considers himself a “morning person!"
While Construction Supervisor, Jared LaTour, may have his hands full at home with his son, Lucas and daughter Savannah, he loves his days at Total Turf. Especially the days when irrigation and lighting are on the calendar! Maybe the fact that Jared grew up on a farm in Athens, NY, he still gets a thrill when digging in the dirt on big projects, “especially on jobs that require the use of heavy equipment.” Jared has an AS Degree in Recreational Sports Turf and a BA in Golf Course Turf Management from SUNY Cobleskill.
Our horticulturist, Ed Sporin, was born into the business! His family owned and operated a nursery and small landscaping business in Shrub Oak. Ed has stayed in the business for obvious reasons; his love of being outdoors and working with a wide variety of plant species. Just one conversation with Ed regarding any plant material question, and you’ll be impressed by his broad knowledge base! When Ed isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife and 5 children. He enjoys going to church and hiking Bish Bash Falls in Columbia County..
Our ISA Certified Arborist and Certified Pesticide Applicator, Mark Solomon has given seminars at industry conferences on topics such as Tree Hazard Assessment to Insect and Disease development. He was one of the educators of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Tree Steward Program which helped train local town employees throughout Westchester County on hazard tree identification.
Mark is also a Past President of New York Turf & Landscape Association (2002-5) and Past Chairperson of the Town of Bedford Tree Advisory (2005-8) and Past Chairperson of the Professional Turf Conference held annually in White Plains, NY.
You could say turf management started early for Steve Turchick. When Steve was a kid, his dad sold turf equipment, and he had a lawn mowing business. Fast forward, and Steve took that love for turf into a career in golf course turf management after going to college at Cornell University. Steve has spent 36 years in the golf industry with 27 of those as a course superintendent. Before joining Total Turf, Steve was a consultant/agronomist to several golf courses in China. "At first I wasn't sure about Chinese golf, but once I went and played there, I was sold. The Chinese are very serious about there golf and they show it with immaculate courses, opulent clubhouses and the best caddies I have ever had on my bag, who happen to all be women.”
Steve is a "Class A" member of The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, as well member of NYS Turfgrass Association, Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association, and maintains an NYS Certified Pesticide Applicators license.
Mike Thode is our newest “transplant” from Horticultural Solutions! Mike comes to us with over 10 years of experience in the landscape business. He was born and raised in Westchester and his love for the outdoors began at an early age. Mike graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Ornamental Horticulture. His favorite part of working in the landscape business is sharing his in depth knowledge with clients. Mike lives in Dutchess County with his wife, Katie, and their 2 German Shorthaired Pointers. When he’s not working, he enjoys hunting and fishing.
The outdoors and working with plants are the passion of Total Turf’s Maintenance Division Leader, German Manzo. Not only can he be found directing crews on mowing routes and assisting in large planting projects, but he can also be found in the shop repairing machinery. When German has time off, he enjoys spending time with his 3 kids and catching up on soccer games from around the world, especially his home team, Mexico.
The heart of Total Turf is our Office Manager, Gina Pennacchio. Often the first point of contact and always reachable, Gina makes things happen. Her love of “anything with numbers”, an energy derived from raising 3 daughters and a history as an entrepreneur, make her our ideal customer service leader. Gina has an AS in Business Administration and a Bookkeeping Certificate from SUNY DCC, but her Pittsburgh Steelers are her passion. “We bleed Black & Gold in our house!”
We are pleased to have Liz Ackley supporting us in the office. Liz came to us with decades of organizational and assistant experience and after graduating her two homeschooled children. When she is not in the office she can be found walking the rail trail and actively involved in church ministry.
The Total Turf Landscaping Crew
Contact Us: 914.666.4866 or 203.422.5000 email: firstname.lastname@example.org