Rhine Landscaping, located in western Howard County, is situated on the Rhine family farm. The farm has been owned by the Rhine family since 1923. Jay Rhine is the current owner of the farm as well as the founder and president of Rhine Landscaping. Jay took over farm operations at the age of 19, when his father, Jack, died of lung cancer.
In 1996, Jay started cutting grass and landscaping on the side to earn income to help subsidize the increasing costs of running a farm. Over the years, the landscape company grew as dairy operations on the farm diminished. By 2003, Rhine landscaping had grown to a company of more than 50 employees, while the farm had diminished to 350 working acres, 1/5 of what it had been just 7 years earlier.
Today, Jay still owns and operates the farm, although, on a much smaller scale. In 2000, Rhine Landscaping acquired its first designer, later adding a landscape architect and additional designers to the staff. Rhine Landscaping operates primarily in Howard, Carroll, Baltimore, Montgomery, and portions Frederick Counties. However, they have traveled as far as Ocean City, Washington County, and Kent Island to design and install custom landscaping elements. Rhine has earned one of the most respected names in the landscaping industry and continues to strive to provide excellent products and service.