LEE BUFFINGTON, Founder and President

Lee started Turf Tamer while in high school as a way to earn money for college. His lifelong ambition was to become a physician; however, after two years in college, a new passion developed for Lee - landscaping. In its second year, the company reached gross revenues of $200,000, and has continued to grow ever since. With more than 19 years of experience in sales, marketing, and business management Lee has successfully grown multiple companies into sustainable models for the future. Those companies include JLB Media Group, LLC, an outdoor advertising company; JLB, Inc., a management company; and of course his true passion for the landscaping industry, Turf Tamer, Inc. The measures of success across all of our brands are integrity and customer service. Lee consistently talks with his teams about these pillars which are the foundation to Turf Tamer’s success.

When Lee is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife, Crystal, daughter, Hannah, and two sons, Jon Parker and Patrick. He enjoys playing ball with the kids, hunting, fishing, and spending time on the lake with the family. Lee has been an avid instrument rated pilot for years and enjoys his time in the air.


  • 2007 & 2008 Finalist and 2009 Winner of the “Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics” from the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama — Turf Tamer earned this prestigious honor and was chosen from a pool of 200 companies nominated from 13 counties in Alabama. This award highlights the fair and honest way the we conduct business with our clients and vendors.
  • Lee is one of only four Certified Landscape Professionals (CLP) in the state of Alabama. This is a rigorous educational certification administered by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
  • Lee spends some of his time volunteering in the community and sits on numerous boards including the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama and the Advisory Board of Directors for the BBB in Marshall, DeKalb and Jackson Counties.

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