Steve Schrader serves as CEO and co-founder of BG Outdoor Services, the premier lawn irrigation, landscape lighting, yard drainage solutions and service contractor in Northern Virginia. BG Outdoor Services is the latest of Steve’s successful business ventures. It is the successor company to Bio Green, which Steve and his brother Dave Schrader founded as a lawn care company in 1987.
Steve’s extensive customer service background and years of experience in developing, marketing and operating successful businesses, coupled with Dave’s agronomy and turf science education and expertise in sales and lawn care applications, resulted in a solid, profitable business (Bio Green) that grew consistently over the past decades. In 1993, Scott Scrader and longtime restaurant partner Steve Sabanosh joined the Bio Green leadership team, with Scott serving as head of the sprinkler department and Sabanosh as Vice President of Sales.
What began as a lawn care company became a flourishing entity that also offered sprinkler installation and maintenance contracts, outdoor pest control programs, landscape lighting solutions and yard drainage systems. Bio Green grew from an idea between two brothers to a booming company with two management centers, 50+ employees, 30+ service vehicles and over 6,000 active clients across five counties in Northern Virginia.
Bio Green’s immense success did not go unnoticed by state-wide lawn care provider Virginia Green. In 2022, Virginia Green acquired Bio Green’s lawn care and mosquito control divisions.
Now, Steve is at the helm of BG Outdoor Services, which retained parent company Bio Green’s lawn sprinkler, drainage solutions, and landscape lighting design and installation divisions and management. He’s excited that the streamlining of his business gives him the opportunity to set a renewed focus on the core services BG Outdoor Services offers.
Steve Schrader credits his success to his experience in leadership roles in locally owned and operated customer-service oriented businesses for over 40 years. His passion for providing superb customer service comes from his founding of and running the Cork Street Tavern – a restaurant in Winchester – which became well known for award winning ribs and outstanding guest experience.
Steve is an avid fisherman, a gun owner and a father of three daughters and a son. He is also the proud grandfather of four. Steve is a small business owner who has happily called the Washington DMV area home his whole life. Steve supports the Potomac Conservancy, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Izaak Walton League, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and The National Rifle Association, Tunnel to Towers and St Jude’s.