The city of Grand Ledge lies within two counties, the bulk of which is in Eaton, with a smaller section residing in Clinton County, both of which are in the serving area of Lawn Tech. The residential area of this small city is rife with neighborhoods with healthy lawns, and vigorously growing trees. Some of these properties have and will continue to be cared for by our staff. We hope you will give us the opportunity to build a working relationship with you as well.
Before the arrival of the Europeans to this locale in the first half of the 19th century, the land that now comprises the city of Grand Ledge were occupied by three Native American tribes – the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Pottawatomi. The land had a plentiful bounty of both plant and animal life available for foraging and hunting. Fish were, of course, also rampant in the Grand River. In addition to hunting and gathering, the Native Americans also mined available coal for their own use, and for trading purposes.
In 1847, acting on the findings of an earlier explorer, a man named Henry Trench was the first to settle this area, noting the trees available for making syrup. While he would eventually leave the settlement, the people who remained named it, and subsequently built a post office. The city received their formal charter in the year 1871. Today, it is a small but densely populated area of 7,786 as of the 2010 census, inhabiting an area of 3.65 square miles, of which just 0.08 square miles is water. However, the border of the town is buttressed against the Grand River.
After its incorporation, Grand River immediately gained attraction as a resort town, due to its ledges and general natural beauty. Eventually, the first roller coaster in Michigan was built in the city in 1891. While the formal resorts have gone, Grand Ledge still has recreational activities within their city parks. Also, pathways for non-motorized transportation have been developed, enabling leisurely travel around the city. There are boat landings on the Grand River, as well as a Riverwalk that was constructed during the decade of the 2000s. You can observe the well-kept properties of residents and businesses, some of which are serviced by Lawn Tech.
The most unique, and natural attraction in Grand Ledge is what has given the city its name. Within these borders stands high ledges of quartzite and sandstone rock that are over 300 million years old, predating the arrival of the dinosaurs. This gives an opportunity for an activity that is rare in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, that of rock climbing. Natural sites such as these are very few and far between in this region. These ledges are within Oak Park, which is owned by the city. Climbing is open to anyone of all ages. However, it is recommended that you use reasonable caution, as there is no instruction available, and you must bring your own climbing equipment. If you wish to receive instruction, you will have to call a guide service. There are over 100 climbing routes with a wide range of difficulty. Beginning climbers should keep this in mind, and perhaps stick to the easy routes at first. The ledges are as high as 30 feet, depending on the location.
Grand Ledge has its own public school district. There are four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school, along with an early childhood facility. The district serves the children of Grand Ledge, along with five small villages and townships surrounding the city.