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Largo landscaper finds innovative ways to attract business

Posted: 12:39 PM, Feb 21, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-21 16:28:31-05
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LARGO, Fla. — He grew up a city boy, but as an adult he’s feeling right at home down on the farm.

When David Koning opened DK Landscaping in 2018, palms and flowers were the only things on his mind.

“I wanted to have a nursery, a plant nursery, and when I bought this property it kind of had an active farm on it,” said Koning.

One look at the chickens and he was hooked.

"Immediately fell in love with animals and the farm life,” said Koning.

He was soon collecting eggs and feeding pigs, that's when a new business plan came together.

“I have learned that business is not just about flipping and selling plants, it’s about selling an experience and really having customers and guests leave better than they came and that’s really the most rewarding thing,” said Koning.

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So, he opened the farm to the public.

“They see the chickens, the environment they are in, and see that they are happy, beautiful chickens, and then they get our eggs, they know where they came from, they know that they are only a few days old,” said Koning.

Most recently, Koning added Goat Yoga to the mix.

“I had never actually spent any significant time with goats at all, but I was like, ‘yes, I can do this, this will be fun,'” said instructor, Lynn Winter-Hicks.

Being a small independent business trying to make it in a competitive field, Koning said it helps to stand out.

“Every guest that comes into this business really finds something that you just don’t typically find in a box store,” said Koning.

For more information on DK Landscaping, go to dklandscapingandnursery.com.