Landscaping with shorts or long pants?

Do you wear shorts or long pants when you are out mowing lawns? Your answer may depend on your geographic location, or it might depend on the weather. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who are talking about what types of protection they wear when they mow lawns.

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Have you ever designed your own landscape equipment?

Have you ever thought about how you could make a better tool or device to improve your landscaping business? A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum created a machine to improve the process of collecting leaves. In this discussion he shares with us the steps he took to design, create and ultimately patent his leaf collecting device. Maybe this story will help inspire you to experiment with designs as well.

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Lawn care business start up lessons.

Are you new to running a lawn care business and feel like you really have no overhead expenses? Do you feel like what ever you make is profit? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who thought that way early on but eventually came around to the fact he did have expenses and he needed to find out what they were in order to charge the right amount per hour.

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The problem with lending landscaping equipment to friends.

The more landscaping equipment you collect, the more of a target you become to those around you when it comes to requests to borrow. How you handle borrowing requests is up to you but here is a great learning lesson from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how lending landscape equipment can go wrong and leave you wishing you never got yourself involved.

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Can I use a midsize pickup truck for commercial snowplowing?

There are more midsize pickup trucks available on the market now than ever before. Along with all these different sized pickup trucks, there are various grades of snow plows you can purchase to use on them. So the question isn’t so much if these options are available as it is should you use a mid sized pickup for commercial snow plow purposes? That is the discussion had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum which brought up many good points to consider before jumping at purchasing such a truck.

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How to bill customers for an annual mowing contract?

Say you have a bunch of weekly or even bi-weekly mowing customers and you want to get them to agree to an annual mowing contract. How do you go about pricing it? How do you charge them? Do you just add the annual mowing total up and divide by 12 months and bill them that price per month? Should you give any extras to get the customer to sign up with you? Let’s look at how the landscapers from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum do it and maybe you can utilize some of their ideas.

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Lawn stopped growing cause of heat. Now what?

Temperatures will change throughout the year. Sometimes you will get a lot of rain and sometimes you will have drought conditions. If there is one thing you can guarantee, the weather will not always be consistent. You can’t change the weather but you can be creative in the services you offer. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Form, you need to be adaptable and offer services you can sell throughout the year.

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How to get bi-weekly mowing customers to become weekly.

Have you found that the only mowing customers you service are those that want bi-weekly mowing? Do you find it really cuts down on your profits? If so, consider some of these business tactics we learned from The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe utilize a few of these strategies will help you improve your profits.

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Should you promote certain fertilizer products?

There are a lot of manufactures who make mowers, trimmers, and fertilizers. Does it make any sense at all to promote these brands on your website? Will these company’s brand name and good will positively effect your bottom line? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was looking into promoting a specific organic fertilizer brand and wondered if that would help his sales.

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My landscape company made $200,000 last year.

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who has been in the business 8 years and has finally figured out how much he needs to make each day to break even. From that figure, we learn how it makes it easier for him to know how much he has to charge for each lawn he mows. Try some of his examples with your own financial figures and see how much you should be charging per landscape customer. Then compare that to what you are currently charging them.

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Investing your landscaping profits in the stock market.

If you have gotten to the stage where your landscaping business is making more money than your expenses and you are able to start putting money away, have you thought about investing it? Sure you can take what ever money you have left over and buy more landscaping equipment, but is that going to give you the return on investment that stocks could offer? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple landscapers who have taken their business profits and made even more money from investing in the stock market.

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1st year lawn care business lessons.

Some new lawn care business owners really seem to hit the ground running as we see in this discussion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, he shares with us some of the marketing tips he has used to attract a total of 150 mowing clients in his first year. Experimenting with some of his ideas might help you reach your goals.

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Tips on mowing pricing.

Does a mowing customer ever counter your price and expect you to do your work for less than you can afford to do it? Do they tease you with the offering of more work in the future if only you give them a discount on a job today? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who ran into this situation and get advice from others on how best to handle it.

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Lawn care business logo planning.

After many years, one landscaper was interested in creating a new logo and rebranding his business. But what elements should he consider? What should he include or exclude? That is what this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is about. Read through this article and consider some of the tips before making your new lawn care logo.

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Here is my lawn care operation daily checklist.

Does your lawn care business have a checklist of things to do to your mowing equipment at the end of each day? Keeping processes structured and consistent will help you improve your operation. Maintaining your equipment will minimize down time and help you increase profits. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs about what is on their daily checklist. Compare theirs to yours and see if you are missing anything.

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How to price a 4 acre mowing job.

Have you ever gotten a call where a homeowner wanted you to bid on mowing a large acreage property? If you have only mowed smaller properties up to that point, you might not know where to begin your pricing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who blindly bid on a 4 acre mowing job and ended up lucking out with his price. But if this happens to you, understand how long the job will take you before you bid or you might lose money every time you show up to mow.

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Should I drop off commercial lawn care proposals?

Have you seen commercial properties that you would like to bid on but weren’t sure on how to go about it? Have you experimented with various methods only to get no response? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who came up with a novel way to land new mowing contracts, will it work for him? Would it work for you? Let’s look into this concept a little deeper.

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I got lowballed on a lawn bid again!

Have you ever pulled up to a lawn care customer’s property, only to find another landscaping company already there and mowing the yard? What should you do when this happens? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who had this experience and wanted help on the best way to deal with the situation.

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Someone has my business name incorporated!

It happens more times than you might think. A landscaper gets his business started and comes up with a name that he feels will be unique. Then he puts a bunch of years into the business, building up his brand and one day, he decides he wants to incorporate. When he does a search for that name, he finds the name has already been taken and is currently being used by another landscaper in another part of the state! What do you do then? That is what this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum discusses. Read on to see some of the options you would have and what the pitfalls are of certain decisions.

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There are more factors than just property size.

What is the quick and easy way to bid a lawn when you are in the landscaping business? Is there a simple rule that can be applied? As we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is more to it than just measuring a property and spitting out a bid price.

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Did I mess up this lawn care bid?

Have you ever come upon a property that looked challenging to mow? Did you wonder why it was overgrown? Possibly the home owner couldn’t get anyone else to mow the yard at the price they wanted to pay. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was second guessing himself after he put in a bid for a difficult property. Read how he handled it and what advice others gave him on dealing with such properties. It may help your future bids.

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How to bid a 3/4 acre residential lawn mowing job.

What do you do when you are used to bidding on and mowing lawns no larger than 2,000 sq ft and a potential customer calls to ask you to bid on their 3/4 acre property? How much is the job worth? Should you take it on if you don’t have anything other equipment than a push mower? Should you buy larger mowing equipment for the job? That is what one entrepreneur found himself asking on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. He got a bunch of responses to consider that might help you when you come upon bidding larger properties as well.

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What have you done to customize your landscape trailer?

In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we asked the members what kinds of customization have you done to your landscape trailer to improve your daily work flow. Various tips examples were presented and additional tips were shared. Maybe one of these improvements will get you to consider how you can customize your set up to improve efficiency.

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Do I have what it takes to get started?

There are many variables involved in starting up a business. Do you have enough cash to get yourself started? Will you be able to get the equipment you need? Will you have enough money to market your business? What about having a partner? Is that important to improve your chances of success? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who has many questions about if he has what it takes to get started. Compare your start up situation to his and see how you would respond to these questions.

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Best way to remove ground ivy.

Ground Ivy is used in various landscapes for many reasons. The Ivy though has a tendency to envelope everything around it, if it is not managed properly. In this discussion form the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper looking for the best options on how to remove an area covered in ground Ivy. There are various methods suggested, depending on the way you want to attack it.

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Mowing very tall grass for the city.

If you are new to the lawn care business and are finding it tough to get new customers, one of the things you can do is sign up with your local town to mow overgrown properties when they get complaints. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who did just that and needed a little advice on how to tackle very tall grass mowing jobs.

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Spraying bedliner protectant on underside of mower deck?

Do you spend a lot of time cleaning the underside of your mower at the end of each day or week? Have you ever considered using any sort of spray on product to improve cleanup times and limit the damage to your mower from rocks? One landscaper was considering spraying the underside of his mower with a pick up truck bed lining spray. Here is a great discussion on it from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum so you can see some of the pros and cons of potentially doing this yourself.

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When should you reopen a lawn care contract, midseason?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you landed a mowing contract and sometime mid season, the customer alters their property which then takes more time from you to perform the job you bid on? What do you do in such a situation? That is what one landscaper was curious about in his discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A few responses gave him an idea on how to best handle the situation, but would you handle it differently?

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In the landscape business for 20 years, but what is different?

Have you ever wondered what the biggest difference is between a smaller landscaping business and a larger one? Maybe you have no one that is larger you can talk with to find out. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who looks back over his past two decades in business and reflects on where he is.

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Looking professional right out of the gate?

When to start? Is it better to start your lawn care business in the spring, summer, or fall? Should you wait until next year to get started or get started now? Is it important to look professional right out of the gate or can you just get started with what ever resources you have access to? These are some of the questions a new entrepreneur had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and he got quite a few answers.

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