​New Hampshire

established 2001

Matt and the fleet of Pleasant Acres vehicles.  2012


Business students at Colby-Sawyer were required to complete an internship as part of their degrees, but McClay had a different idea: "I talked them into letting me start my own business, which they'd never done."  Given his side work, McClay opted to develop a landscape business for his project.  He composed a business plan, computer models, and all the hallmarks of good business building that Colby-Sawyer taught, and in 2001 the skeleton of Pleasant Acres was born."  - Brian A. Canning; Kearsarge Magazine Fall 2014.​​

An early Pleasant Acres business card.

"The seeds of Pleasant Acres were first planted while Matt McClay was an undergrad at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H.  A local woman asked him to watch over her house during an absence, for a little money.  She eventually hired him to mow her lawn, and little by little McClay picked up more and more lawns to make extra money while in college."  - Brian A. Canning; Kearsarge Magazine Fall 2014.