Gus Bane and Donald Fritts have a new business that does landscaping and small engine repair. Their company name is the initials of each first name.

Gus Bane and Donald Fritts, of G & D LLC, are home-grown new business owners who just launched their company in March of this year. Both went to school in Goldendale, and although they were not in the same grade, they grew up knowing each other since Fritts was friends with Banes’s brothers.

Several years down the road, they met up again when their own sons, who are the same age, began getting involved in school activities. Bane and Fritts became fast friends and commiserated with each other about their truck driving jobs, Fritts having driven long haul for 18 years and Bane locally for 20. They began talking about how tired they were of that particular profession and decided to start a landscaping and small engine repair service.

Besides having a desire to work for themselves and not punch a time clock for someone else, the determining factor to be their own bosses was to have the opportunity to help people in their community, offering good, honest labor at low costs. Since receiving their business license in March, they have been extremely busy doing that very thing.

The landscaping end of the business involves lawn maintenance, small tree trimming, rock work, ponds, sprinklers, yard construction, and other lawn care services. The small engine part dovetails nicely with the landscaping since they repair riding and push mowers, weed eaters, wood chippers, four wheelers, and all kinds of other small engines and gas motors.

“I am impressed with their top-rate work and reasonable prices,” says a recent satisfied customer. “G & D was able to landscape my front yard, including removing trees and shrubs, rototilling, weeding, planting, fence repair, and installing a path for about a third the price of other companies without sacrificing quality.”

If you are needing a little extra help around the yard or if you are looking to have a complete outdoor makeover, get in touch with Bane and Fritts, who, as they say, “are here to help take care of your landscaping and small engine repair needs.” They are excited about their new venture and are happy to offer remarkably affordable prices along with their hard work.

Gus Bane’s phone number is 261-1066 and Donald Fritts’ is 261-1530. Their email address is

—Peggy Woodard