More than three decades of weed killing

Herbi-Systems, a Memphis lawn care company, was born in 1984 with two trucks, a typewriter and a tank full of desire.  Since those humble beginnings, we’ve added more than 30 up-to-date trucks, tripled our office space and have become a leader in Mid-South turf management.  Our mission remains the same: to be the best lawn care company —large or small — in Memphis and the Mid-South.

For more than 30 years, Herbi-Systems has managed the lawn care needs for homeowners, sports fields, industrial complexes, gas line right-of-ways and local government contracts.  And we’re always on the lookout to improve or find a better way to both grow grass and kill weeds. Being part of the Mississippi Delta region with its fertile climates and soils, Memphis and the Mid-South have both an opportunity and a problem when considering lawn management. Grass can grow richly, but so can weeds.  And these pesky weeds require constant attention.  Since all of Herbi-Systems’ managers grew up in this area, they’re accustomed to these situations and deal with them effectively every day.  Weed control in Memphis is the key to a beautiful lawn.

Herbi-Systems brings something new to Memphis lawn care.  We call you after each visit to monitor your satisfaction and determine results from our treatments.  With your eyes on the target, we can monitor to make sure the grass is getting thicker and the weeds are dying away.  Regular communication is the key.  We don’t just treat and leave.


Kenny Crenshaw


Kenny Crenshaw is a formidable leader. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for Tennessee named him its 2009 Small Business Champion for Tennessee and the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce honored him as the Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.   He was applauded as a tireless supporter of small business by the NFIB and lauded as an individual who has made a noticeable contribution to the local economy by the Bartlett Chamber. His business was named a Top 5 Finalist in the 2014 (and 2013) Memphis Business Journal Small Business Awards, 26-60 employee category, which signifies that Herbi-Systems is among the most successful businesses in the Mid-South and is credited with shaping the Memphis economy. His company also won two Bartlett Chamber Barty Awards (for Marketing and Customer Service) at the 2013 ceremony in July.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Crenshaw to the state Pest Control Board in Dec. 2012. As a member of the board, Crenshaw advises the Commissioner of Agriculture on issues related to the pest control industry and certifies applicants in the industry for licensing. Members are chosen based on their expertise and experience in the field and serve a 4-year term.

Crenshaw also received the Patriot Award in 2012 given by the Employers in Support of Guard and Reserve. The award is presented to a supervisor or boss who has been nominated by an employee of the National Guard or Reserve for granting flexible work schedules and leaves of absences.

An advocate for small business, Crenshaw has been a National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) member for more than 20 years. He was one of the founding members of the Memphis Area Action Council of the NFIB where he served as chair for seven years. He also served on the state Leadership Council of NFIB.

A volunteer leader within industry organizations, Crenshaw is a board member of the Memphis Assoc. of Turf and Ornamental Managers (ATOM) (2010-present), a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP); Tennessee Vegetation Management Association (TVMA), past board member; and Mississippi Vegetation Management Association (MVMA), past board member, president (1999 and 2007).

 Crenshaw’s Roots and Herbi-Systems History

Born to be an entrepreneur with a love for the outdoors, Crenshaw had his own lawn mower repair shop by age 12. After high school, he turned his entrepreneurial eye toward agribusiness. A former rodeo cowboy, he went on to Northwest Junior College in Senatobia, Miss. on a rodeo scholarship (1980-1982) and obtained his associate’s degree in agriculture. He earned a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering technology and business from Mississippi State University (1984) while competing on the MSU rodeo team. He also was a contestant at the College National Finals in Bozeman, Mont. (1984). Following graduation, Crenshaw competed as a semi-pro in the International Professional Rodeo Assoc.

Crenshaw climbed the ladder of success from the ground up, mowing lawns for Taylor Pest Control while a student. After college graduation, he joined investor Bob Taylor in a partnership and the two founded Herbi-Systems together in 1984. Crenshaw was the only employee and eventually bought Taylor out to take the sole leadership reins.

Crenshaw began his Bartlett-based business with one used Ford truck, which he bought for $4500, to currently 40 trucks costing upwards of $50,000 to $100,000 each. He saw employees grow from zero to 50 and clients from zero to 9,000 plus industrial business from zero to 15,000 miles of roadside. Crenshaw’s business philosophy is to hire good people and get out of their way. He has a long-tenured management staff and an increasing and loyal client base.

Herbi-Systems is now the largest locally owned lawn care company in the Greater Memphis area while Crenshaw is considered the face of lawn care, thanks to more than a decade of television commercials that bear his image with the familiar line, “Lemme Kill Your Weeds®.” Kenny and his wife Melissa reside in North Shelby County and have five children – Joel, 26; Michael, 25; Amy, 23; Jenna, 21; and David, 19 – all of whom have been or currently are home-schooled. Son Michael was a member of the Shelby County 4-H Forestry Team that won the national championship in 2012. Son David is on the rifle team at the University of Memphis and was a member of the 4-H Air Rifle Shooting Team that won the state championship and national qualifier in 2016. He also was on the 4-H Forestry Team that placed second at Nationals in 2016. Kenny is a beekeeper while both Melissa and Kenny are 4-H air rifle coaches.

Carl Quick

Chief Operating Officer

Carl Quick, a stockholder and Chief Operating Officer, heads the residential division.  His primary responsibilities include managing 50 employees, keeping a fleet of vehicles operational, and supervising the business operations. 

Carl received a bachelor of science degree in agriculture and animal science from University of Tennessee at Martin, a land grant college.  During his school years, he worked with the City of Millington in the grounds maintenance department, and afterward decided to pursue a career in lawn and landscape management.  He came onboard with Herbi-Systems in 1988.

Carl, with his affable and down-to-earth manner, is naturally skilled at finding solutions during the busy days of running an operation that services 9,000 customers and 50 employees.  From lawn care problems that naturally arise to staying current on both federal transportation and chemical regulations, he finds a way to keep the process moving forward with minimal internal conflict.  In fact, 80 percent of Herbi-Systems employees have been with the company for 12 years or longer.  Carl brings a consistent and stabilizing presence to Herbi-Systems.

“I love the challenges that come with lawn care,” he says.  “Some of the problems we get can be difficult to figure out.  Some of the diseases are hard to diagnose. But we attack them and find a way.  Those are the problems we face living in the Mid-South with its fertile climates and soils.”

Carl lives in Rosemark with his wife and three boys. The family spends time at home raising and showing cattle.

Lee Barclay

Industrial Vegetation Management

Lee Barclay, a stockholder, manages the Industrial Vegetation Division, heads up assignments for governmental contracts, large businesses and residential properties.  These projects include roadside applications, right-of-ways, gas and power lines, athletic fields and estate lawns.

Lee became interested in agriculture while working at Ramsey’s Farm Supply in Morristown, Tenn., his hometown, while attending Walter State Community College.  From there he attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics.  Afterward, he was offered a position with Tipton County Co-op, where he became an expert on turf weed related issues.

Lee credits Mr. Franklin Black at the co-op for teaching him the business and how to interact with people, customers and employees.  “Franklin Black is known and loved dearly throughout the county.  He taught me how to love what I do and always have a kind heart,” Lee says.

The challenge in Industrial Vegetation Management is taking an over-brushed, ugly wasteland and turning it into a field of Bermuda.  And this must be done with strict adherence to a defined budget.  One of Lee’s favorite accounts is with Jim Smith, road superintendent for Fayette County.  To convince Mr. Smith that Herbi-Systems could do a good job, Lee offered to provide 10-miles of roadside weed control, free of charge.  At the time there was wall-to-wall Johnson grass that industrial mowers could not keep in check.  When the Herbi-Systems weed control was completed, there was very little Johnson grass in sight, and in its place was a clean road shoulder of Bermuda.  Herbi-Systems was awarded the contract to treat the entire county as a result.

Lee lives in Bartlett with his wife and two children.  Besides being very involved with church, he enjoys deer hunting, camping with the family and ministry opportunities.