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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Using a line trimmer 101. Do you know the basics?

Most everyone has used a line trimmer before. That includes anyone you may be looking to hire to help you during your day. But most don’t know the basics on how to use a line trimmer properly in order to get a top notch result. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we will hear about different line trimming operation techniques to get the best results from your work.

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Should I use my personal address in google places?

Have you ever found yourself considering if you should use your home address in your online presence because you don’t have a commercial space? Is it a good idea or bad? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have experimented with various options and gotten differing results. Listening to their stories may help you decide what is best for you and your company.

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How should a landscaper handle property damage?

Have you ever damaged a lawn care customer’s property while you were there mowing it? If you haven’t, it’s just a matter of time before something happens. When an accident occurs, it is how you handle the situation that will effect not only your future interactions with that customer but also your bottom line. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business, there is a right way to handle things and a wrong way. Let’s look into this further and find the best way to handle it before it happens, so in the future, you can move forwards quickly and professionally.

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Making money on overgrown lawns.

Most townships and counties have laws on their books regarding overgrown lawns. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have figured out ways to profit from these laws. Maybe you could use one or more of these ideas to make more money for your business as well.

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The D.O.T. stopped me to inspect my landscape trailer.

Have you ever been stopped and inspected by the D.O.T. while driving your commercial landscaping vehicle? It can be quite a detailed inspection process. If you haven’t gone through such an inspection, this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum will really shed some light on what to be wary of and be prepared with when you do get stopped.

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How I bid a 35 tree planting job.

You win some jobs and lose some, it’s the nature of the landscaping business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was called on to bid a job that required him to plant 35 trees, which all were in 6.5 gallon containers. Here we see how he was planning to do the job and what his expenses were going to be. This information could help you in a future bid.

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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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