Archive for April, 2008

Which Lawn Care Logo do you like better?

Chuck made a post on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum here and he wanted to know which of his logos looks better.
He wrote “I bought a little logo design software & built the whole image from scratch…..
I was thinking about using it on some shirts for me & the employee(s) I’m about to hire.”
Lawn [...]

30% off your next order of Doggy Oggy

I wanted to thank Delle for allowing our readers the chance of trying out his new lawn & pet product, Doggy Oggy. He has offered a 30% discount to members of the Gopher Lawn Care Forum. Just type the word GOPHER to get the discount when you place your order at This offer is [...]

How to Bid a Tree Removal Job

There have been a bunch of questions lately on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum on how to bid the downing and removal of a tree. I hope some of these examples I post will help you get a better understanding of how to bid on a tree removal job.
Paul wrote in “I had a request [...]

Lawn Care Business Upsell Idea. Doggy Oggy.

Hi Everyone,
I was contacted by this company and they make a product that you spread on lawns to “KILL 99.9% OF E. COLI AND OTHER DOGGY POO BACTERIA IN YOUR LAWN!”
Now my question to you is this.

How much could you charge for this upsell service if you were to offer it twice a month?
How [...]

Sample landscape job estimate.

Here is a landscape job estimate, from our friend Matt. Let us know what you think of the bid. Would you charge more or less? Join this post at the Gopher Lawn Care Forum here.
Matt wrote: “I have a flower bed(2 big flower beds)(the pic above)1 flower bed on each side of the sidewalk. I [...]

Doggie Doo Dumpster. What a great add on service for your lawn care business.

Doggie Doo Dumpster. What a great add on service for your lawn care business.
Another example of why the forum is such a great way to learn new business ideas, here is the latest example. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Forum members made this post, which I thought was brilliant. What a great idea and [...]

Stop Lowballing! Book now available in PRINT

I put this book out last year and there have been thousands of downloads of it since then. I have taken requests to make the book available in print version, so I said what the heck, why not!
if you want to get a print version of the book, you can now order it here.
Stop Lowballing! [...]

How to handle customers who only want their lawn cut every other week.

Most lawn care business owners will want to cut a lawn weekly. It is more profitable and it keeps the lawn from becoming overgrown. Overgrown lawns take more time to cut and wear down equipment faster. Sometimes you might run into a lawn care customer who only wants their lawn cut every other week to [...]

What is the common cost for lawn dethatching and Aeration?

Tony posted a question on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum. He asked “What is the common cost for lawn dethatching and Aeration?”
Thankfully one of our business veterans, Tim, was there to jump in and give this great response.
“Here in KY I’m getting about $33 per thousand sq ft, so we charge $150 for the first [...]

Lawn care logo

Cedaniels post on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum that he needed a logo designed for his lawn care business.
Gene from responded on the forum by posting this logo he created.

If you are looking for a logo for your lawn care business visit this post on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum or you can download [...]

A lawn care business yellow page ad makeover.

Our friend Jody made a post on the Gopher lawn Care forum. She was going to get a business ad in the yellow pages for her lawn care business.
She asked us “What exactly should we include in our ad?

Should we keep it short and simple?

Or mention all of our services.

But we plan to expand and [...]

GopherHaul Podcast Directory

I am trying to consolidate all the great content we have created at the Gopher Lawn Care Software site. Here is a great collection of all our lawn care business podcasts.
Check them out here

GopherHaul Episode Guide Episode 21 - 25

I was able to get together an episode guide of the GopherHaul show covering episodes 21 - 25. It’s really chock full a ton of great lawn care business material. Download it in pdf format GopherHaul Episode Guide here and read it cover to cover to make sure you didn’t miss out on any of [...]

New lawn mower attachment

I saw this video for a new lawn mower attachment and was really impressed with it. I think it was very creative and I am a big fan of creativity.
My name is Kin.
The tool you are about to see is going to revolutionize the lawn care industry like never before. I’m talking
about my new [...]

GopherHaul 25 - Lawn Care Marketing Business Show

Title: GopherHaul 25 - Lawn Care Marketing Business Show

Show description:

Hello and welcome to GopherHaul 25 - Lawn Care Marketing Business Show

In this episode we will be talking about

GopherHaul breaks the 900,000 view mark! Thank you everyone for watching us!

Lawn Care Business Question:

“I need help selling my accounts.”

What newspaper ads work best for lawn care businesses?

As I was scrolling through all the great discussions we have been having in the Gopher Lawn Care Forum, I came upon this jewel I had forgotten to blog about. We were having a discussion about the importance to answering your business phone during the day, especially when you are running newspaper ads and then [...]

How to get the most out of craigslist for your lawn care business.

Fernando made a post on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum and asked a question about how best to use to market his lawn care business.
He said:
“Hi, everybody!
Well I startet using last month and so far I’ve gained 4 new accounts, (so I guess it works for me), but how many here use or [...]

Pollen Flyer Lawn Care Marketing Idea.

I thought this was a great idea posted by our friend Keith in this post at the Gopher Lawn Care Forum.
Keith wrote:
“This time of year if you stand still for more than just a few minutes you will notice your skin coated with a thick layer of yellow pollen.
This morning, I was thinking about advertising [...]

Jason is just getting started in lawn care and has some questions.

Jason, a new member of the Gopher Lawn Care Forum, is just getting started with his lawn care business and he posted a bunch of questions that I think many new lawn care business owners might have. I hope this discussion helps you grow. You can join this specific post by clicking on this link [...]

How to edit our FREE lawn care marketing templates with FREE software.

A new lawn care business owner will often need a logo and marketing material to get themselves up and running. If you have ever visited our Gopher Lawn Care Software site, you know that we have hundreds of FREE lawn care logo templates, lawn care flyers, lawn care door hangers and much much more. So [...]

Lawn care business postcard review.

One of our friends from the Gopher Lawn Care Forum, Chuck, posted his latest lawn care postcard design and wanted some feedback on it. We got some really great responses I wanted to share with you as you may be designing your own lawn care postcard now as well.
If you have any thoughts you would [...]

Using current events to grab attention for your lawn care business.

I saw an article the other day about Fort Collins, CO offering their residents a $50 rebate if they traded in their gas mower and purchased an electric powered mower instead. Then Clean Air Lawn Care jumped on this current event by offering a discount if you signed up for an annual lawn care contract [...]

FREE Spring Lawn Care Flyer.

I wanted to send a big thanks to Chestin for taking part in one of our lawn care business discussions on our forum. If you would like to join in on the post where Chestin included this flyer you can by visiting the Gopher Lawn Care Forum here.
Spring Lawn Care Flyer from Chestin of
Thanks [...]

A creative lawn care marketing idea. Lawn mower signs.

I thought this was a really creative idea. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Forum embers, Rick, created a bracket and mounted this yard sign onto the back of his mower. Now when he is towing his trailer around town, this sign on his mower will be see by everyone. It will also be seen [...]

Used lawn care equipment. How many hours is too much?

Chuck, a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Forum asked a great question today I wanted to pass on to everyone. He asked:
“I came across this in my local area on craigslist….is 3000 hrs alot for a diesel mower?   I know it is for a gas machine but I don’t know..”

Tim then gave us [...]

How to create or edit your lawn care website?

As many of you know, I have over 20 FREE lawn care website templates on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum. Here is a sample image of one of them. Click on the link above to review all of the lawn care templates and download the one you would like to use for your business.
With [...]

Richard’s New Arrival! His New Lawn Care Truck!

We all love seeing the recent additions to the forum member’s businesses. Richard shared a few pictures with us of his New Arrival, join the discussion of his truck here in our Gopher Lawn Care Forum.
Richard wrote:
“Its a 2001 Chevy Silverado…great body and runs smooth.  4.8 small V8 so not too bad on fuel.“

Do you [...]

Student aged lawn care business owners can charge a premium.

I thought this was just great. Very creative. It all started with this post on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum . Will Mears of Mears Mowing Lawn and Landscaping was introducing himself to all of us on the forum. Will said:
“I am only 17 years old. I got my first account when I was 11. [...]

Review of Podcast with Lawn Care Business author Ken LaVoie

I had a great podcast last Thursday night with lawn care business author Ken LaVoie . Check out his site at The podcast lasted about an hour and we covered a lot of interesting topics. We also had many of our Gopher Lawn Care Forum friends call in and ask Ken questions as well. [...]

Rainbird’s $10,000 competition

I got a notice from Rainbird and thought that I would pass it on to all of you. Maybe this is something you are interested in taking part.