Mowing at big chain stores.

You have mowed your share of residential properties. Then you found yourself taking on commercial properties. Wouldn’t the big box stores be the next logical step? Wouldn’t they be the best payers and the customers you would want to grow your lawn care business to the next level? This is a topic we look into from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In this talk we learn a lot more from landscapers who have been in the trenches, dealing with nationwide customers.

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Adjusting my mower governor to get more power?

You probably have found it happen to you many times. You will be out mowing and depending on the current conditions, your mower might bog down and cause you to have to mow an area twice to get the lawn to look descent. What is causing this? Could you simply adjust the mower’s governor setting and increase your rpms to get more power? That is the question one entrepreneur had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. After a little bit of experimenting, he found it wasn’t the governor that was giving him problems and here is why.

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How to deal with weeds and gravel.

In some areas, xeriscaping is very popular as it conserves water usage. When done properly, a yard that is xeriscaped can look fantastic, but it needs to be tended too. If it doesn’t get the care it needs, you are destined to have a property that has a base of gravel and is full of weeds. In other areas, gravel and weeds become a problem for driveways, patios, walkways, etc. There are various methods to battle weeds and remove them if the area is overgrown. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will hear from some professionals on how they make their weed removal jobs profitable, by being efficient with their process.

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How does ego and pride effect your lawn care business?

With time spent running a lawn care business, veterans of the industry can reflect back and think about life lessons they learned along the way. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who learned a big lesson when it came to ego. He reflects on how his ego almost destroyed his mowing business. But then he took some time to change course and found much more success because of it. Which path are you going on? The path to having one or two landscape trucks max or are you going to be able to grow to a much bigger size?

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Are you mowing angry?

Are you ‘mowing angry’ during the day? Is your mowing schedule full and yet you find you are not making the profit you thought you would be? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from entrepreneurs who have gone through multiple phases in their business and came to the realization on what they had to do to actually hit their profit goals and stop mowing angry.

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Landscaper blowing grass into the street?

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts you will learn as you grow with your landscaping business. Some practices seem to work great while others may cause your company to get negative word of mouth around the properties you mow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we talk about the practice of blowing grass clippings and leaves into the street or into other neighbor’s properties. It seems that it goes on more often than not, so is it harmless? Let’s see what others in the industry think about it.

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Lawn spraying business tips.

There is a science to pricing lawn fertilization spraying. If you are just winging your estimates, you could be losing out on a lot of profit per day. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one veteran entrepreneur who has found that spraying more larger lawns at a lower price, makes him more money than servicing smaller lawns at a higher price. His examples really help you see why.

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Way underbid a craigslist lawn care job.

It’s really easy to underbid yard cleanup jobs, especially one time rush jobs as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When you see how badly others can underbid jobs, it can open your eyes to how and why you need to bid more for the jobs you are working on. If you underbid a lawn care job too much, you end up paying to work and that is something you never want to do.

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A new twist on an old lawn care marketing idea.

There is always this rush to offer mowing services for cheaper. To give away landscape services in hopes of attracting more customers, more quickly. Does any of this work? Is it worthwhile to consider? That is a discussion which was had on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Some veterans of the industry shared with us their experiences of such marketing methods and let us know if they were worthwhile to try.

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Annoying lawn care customer interactions.

There has to be a happy median you can find between talking all day to lawn care customers, and not stopping to talk to them at all. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple entrepreneurs on how they handle talkative customers. Some want a friend, others want to give you gifts. Some just want attention. All this is going on while you are trying to maximize your day and make money. Seeing how others handle such situations will help you better deal with similar situations you run into.

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How to deal with mowing and rain.

Certain areas of the country gets a lot of rain. So what is a new lawn care business owner to do when the rain throws off their mowing schedule, especially for lawn care customers who get mowing every other week? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some owners on how they deal with such situations to make their mowing schedule work the best.

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These are the times that try men’s souls.

The longer you are in business, the more chances you have to run into difficult lawn care customers. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who talks about a single difficult day he recently had and how it stood out. It is a great insight as it allows you to compare your difficult days with his, and see that maybe everybody goes through these strange situations at times that really make you question if you want to do any of this.

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New lawn customers want estimates over the phone.

The callers you get when you first are starting your mowing business can be quite frustrating with their demands. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are procedures you should put in place to handle new callers, to guarantee you don’t under bid a job by bidding it sight unseen.

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Should I mow larger lawns or stick with smaller ones?

It’s hard to turn away paying mowing customers when you get your mowing business started. However you have to take some time and think where you get the biggest return for your investment. If you have smaller equipment, mowing smaller lawns will probably be your focus. On the flip side, if you have larger mowing equipment, it is easier to make money mowing larger properties because you can do it in less time than someone who attempts to mow it with smaller equipment. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to figure out his mowing property size sweet spot.

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Should I offer a warranty on a sod installation?

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who put in a bid to install sod on a property. That is the only part of the situation that appears relatively normal. After that, everything becomes murky. Dealing with an existing client who constantly throws up red flags, to the customer wanting to pay with other store gift cards. Should the entrepreneur take on this job? If so, should they offer the warranty the potential customer wants?

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When to say goodbye to a mowing customer.

There are easy mowing customers to deal with and there are difficult ones. The easy ones agree to a simple list of services, don’t knit pick, and pay you promptly. Then there are those customers who always want you to do one or two more extra things for free. ‘Could you just do this, while you’re here? Could you just do that?’ In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight as to how veteran lawn care business owners deal with such situations.

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What do I do about all these lowballers?

No matter what industry you are in, there will always be a percentage of business owners who feel the best way to grow their business is to advertise the cheapest rate. The lawn care industry is no different. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are alternatives to going the cheap route when you are getting started. A few of these suggestions might make the difference between your mowing business making it through it’s first year or not.

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Closing our landscape doors with lessons learned.

Have you ever gotten that burned out feeling from your business when you are in the peak time of the mowing season? A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had been getting it for years and ultimately decided he was going to try something different. Check out his story below on what he decided to do about it and the lessons he learned that caused that burned out feeling.

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How to make landscape customers understand man hours?

After reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you will think, surely such a situation didn’t really happen. But it did happen and it happens everyday to new business owners. If you have a landscape cleanup you are working on and you have multiple employees working on the job, don’t let the customer confuse the amount of time you spent at the job site with total man hours, especially when you have an agreement of the customer paying you per hour.

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Stump grinding and how to charge for the service.

Going from offering lawn care to tree pruning is a relatively small step to take and can be done by most lawn care professionals without too much hassle. But what about when you start getting into removal of tree stumps? What types of issues do you need to be aware of and be concerned about? That is what one business owner was interested in knowing when he asked how to improve his stump grinding estimates on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

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How to charge for a steep roof gutter cleaning.

If you are asked to perform a gutter cleaning on a client’s house, sometimes if the roof isn’t too steep, you can use a leaf blower and simply walk the roof line and blow out the leaves. As the roof gets steeper, it gets more difficult to perform this and you need to work from a ladder, which makes the job more dangerous. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one member who was called to bid on gutter cleaning on a steep roof. He tells us how he priced it and how long it took him to perform.

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My first lawn care bidding experience. Shot down.

Is this your first season and are you out looking to get mowing jobs? The first few jobs you bid on are usually the toughest to get because you don’t have the infrastructure in place to properly estimate how much a property should be charged. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear a few of the trial and tribulations one new business owner went through and the advice he was given to improve.

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Dealing with low ball lawn care bidders.

How many times has this happened to you? You get a phone call from a potential lawn care customer who wants you to bid on their property. You show up to bid and then never hear anything back from them. Or if you do hear back from them, you find out your price was too high. Is there something you can do differently in your sales technique to potentially get a different result with the same price? Yes! As we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are ways you can present your bid that can improve your chances of success.

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How long do you wait for your money?

Billing lawn mowing clients and being paid in a timely matter can be a monthly battle if you don’t set up a system that makes sense and is relatively standard across the industry. Too many new landscapers will go out and buy expensive equipment, take their time to perform the work, and then wait and wait and wait some more until they get paid, if they ever get paid at all. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from veterans of the industry on how they handle these situations to make sure they get paid for the work they perform.

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Why won’t my bermuda grass germinate?

So many things can go wrong when you are trying to perform a lawn renovation. You are probably starting with a lawn that has weeds or has issues in the first place, Next you have to get rid of the weeds, treat the soil to get it to where you need it to be for the grass to grow. Then you have to spread the seed, protect it, and make sure it’s watered properly in order for the seed to germinate. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who really had a heck of a time getting all the variables right and lost quite a bit of time and money when things went wrong. Hopefully by reading what went wrong for him, you can avoid the same issues and find success quicker.

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Blueing the lawn mowing blade when sharpening.

Keeping your lawn mowing blades sharp can cut back on the time you spend mowing a yard. With a properly sharpened blade, you may be able to make one pass on a lawn where you might need to make multiple passes when the mower blade is dull. If you spread that time savings out across a day, wee, month, and year, it becomes some serious money. There are a few variables you need to be aware of when sharpening a blade. One of those is trying to avoid blueing the blade. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we learn more about what that is and why you should avoid it.

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Some lawn care customers are just not worth the effort.

Some mowing customers will throw up red flags from the moment you start talking with them about lawn care. Maybe they will try to haggle with you on price or when it comes time to pay their first invoice, they will refuse to pay sales tax. Others may ask for a senior discount or want you to mow an overgrown lawn for the price of a regular lawn. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from entrepreneurs who deal with some odd customer situations. Read through them and prepare yourself for when you bump into a similar potential customer.

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Should I buy an entire landscape equipment setup on craigslist?

If you are looking to jump into the lawn care industry and want to buy a whole bunch of equipment at once in order to get started asap, maybe you have considered packages deals you have seen on craigslist or even possibly from a business owner in your area. The desire to do this may be considered because the seller will offer you payment options you don’t feel you can get anywhere else. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are other options that should be considered before you dump good money into a bunch of used lawn care equipment.

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Losing my shirt on a landscape bid.

You can be caught off guard in your landscape bids when you don’t have enough experience bidding and performing the jobs you are asked to do. Sometimes, what seems like a quick and easy job can become a great big time sucker. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we hear from one landscaper who underbid a weeding job. As we will see from this discussion, there usually more than one way to perform a job and knowing the various ways can mean the difference between making money and losing money on a job.

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Lawn irrigation troubleshooting.

There are all sorts of issues you can have with lawn irrigation systems over time. Sprinkler heads won’t pop up. They won’t spray correctly. Then sometimes some of the heads spray but others won’t even pop up. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who had a problem with a tree root pinching a main water line that kept the system from performing properly. Let’s look into this further and find out how he diagnosed the problem and how he ultimately resolved the issue!

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