The cows were sold and the amount of trees planted increased annually. The sale of the trees expanded to the front yard of John Sr.’s house and then to the empty cow barn and the barnyard. John Jr. was now working full time for a landscaping business and in 1977 started his own landscaping business. Soon, father and son decided to become full time Christmas Tree farmers and expanded the business to a cut your own operation. Trees were then sold directly from the field.