About Us

Lightning is a full-service landscape contractor with two locations serving both the Kansas City and Lake of the Ozarks areas.

After working in the lawn care industry for more than a decade, Chris Edin formed Lightning Landscape & Irrigation in 1994 with the belief that there was a better way. Attention to detail, customer service, and dedication have fueled our growth.

In 1999 our growth led to a new 5000 square foot facility constructed in Shawnee, Kansas. In 2004 a Gravois Mills, Missouri location was opened to serve customers needs around the Lake of the Ozarks.

Our team has a wide variety of experience to handle all aspects of your landscape and lawn requirements. From initial design to installation, irrigation, and maintenance we can handle it all. Over the years, Lightning has worked with numerous plant materials, processes, and products and we attempt to utilize only what has been proven to work in your yard and landscape. This allows us to ensure your landscape and lawn will be healthy and beautiful now and in years to come.


Chris Edin

Owner / President
It all started when Chris was a young boy working in the yard. His love of the outdoors and passion for making things beautiful steered him toward a position with a local landscape contractor at the ripe old age of eighteen. After twelve years of learning and growing in the industry, he struck out on his own. Chris is a Certified Pesticide Applicator in both Kansas and Missouri, Certified Backflow repair/tester, and a Member of Magic Council and Kansas Turfgrass Foundation. He has more than twenty five years of experience in the Green Industry.

Marla Edin

Owner / VICE-President
Marla has been actively involved in Lightning operations since 2003. After surviving 14 years in the corporate world Marla brings enthusiasm, drive, and energy to our daily operations. She serves as Office Manager for our Lake of the Ozarks branch. Marla also coordinates training, corporate communication, and marketing for both locations.

Nick Edin

Executive Vice President
Nick has been actively involved in Lightning since he was old enough to lift a leaf blower. Rather that have a babysitter during the summer, he was brought to work with Chris and introduced to the world of a landscape contractor at an early age. Nick has worked in all departments as he has matured. After attending the University of Kansas, he began working in a sales capacity with us full time. He brings a fresh outlook and enthusiasm to our Lightning team.

Charles Jobe

Account Manager
Charlie started with Lightning in 1996 and was promoted to manager in 2006. Charlie has a proven track record of Green Industry experience, customer service, supervision, and problem solving. He has extensive experience with all aspects of the landscape industry. Charlies loyalty and dedication to both Lightning and our customers is extremely rare these days, which makes us so lucky to have him on our team.

Jason Brooks

Irrigation Manager
Jason joined us in the fall of 2008 and we are very excited to have him. Jason has been installing and servicing sprinkler systems in the Kansas City area for 12 years. Throughout his many years in the field there isnt a lot he hasnt seen. Jason prides himself on customer service and satisfaction. Whatever your irrigation needs, a complete new system, an add on, or repairs on your existing, Jason & crew will get the job done right the first time.

Christina CJ Dukes

Residential / Commercial Maintenance Manager
CJ has been with Lightning Landscape & Irrigation for over 5 years in the residential maintenance department. She has been recently promoted to the division manager, which now includes our commercial customers as well. She has been in the landscape industry for over 16 years working for some of the most elite residential and commercial accounts in the Kansas City area. Her exceptional knowledge of plants and horticultural practices, along with her outstanding focus on our customers, will successfully lead our residential maintenance department into the future.

Sim Christensen

Director of Landscaping

Sim Christensen is the Director of Landscaping here at Lightning and has been with us since February of 2015. He received his Bachelors of Science in Horticulture from Kansas State University in 1989 and has worked in the KC Metro area for over 30 years. He has education and professional experience in all aspects of the landscape industry and his passion lies in customer satisfaction and beautifying the community. As the father of two children, he is active in boy scouts and soccer clubs in the metro area. When not at work, he enjoys hunting and fishing all over the country. Sim has managed projects from 100K+ on the commercial side to small residential jobs that add curb appeal and pride to the homeowner’s property.

Ashley Wilson

Office Manager

Ashley joined Lightning in the Spring of 2012. She specializes in managing day-to-day general office duties while acting as a liaison between customers and the department managers in our Kansas City office.  During her time at Lightning, she has discovered a passion for marketing and advertising and is currently finishing up her Business Administration degree at Baker University.