Archive for June, 2008

Fuel expenses too high? Save money by swapping lawn care customers.

There is a great post on the Gopher Lawn Care Business forum about high fuel costs and how a lawn care business can try and save gas.
Chuck wrote ” Holy Hell…. In the last 2 months with 1 truck/trailer, 1 mower & the usual hand tools I have spent over $1300 in fuel! $650+ [...]

Make your own lawn care business card display

Thanks to Gary for sharing with us this design he created that allows you to use your printer and some thicker paper stock to create a lawn care business card display holder. Use this holder to distribute your cards around at different stores in your local area.
You can join in on this discussion further and [...]

How to calculate your lawn care business overhead costs.

Before you can bid on a lawn care job you need to know what your overhead costs are. If you don’t know, then you are bidding blindly and that is the path taken by those lawn care business owners, destined for failure.
You can prevent failure from happening when you know you overhead.
Thanks to Brandon for [...]

How to get lawn care jobs from property managers.

We have a great discussion going on in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that I wanted to share with you.
I asked Brandon how he was able to get it set up so that property management companies send him faxes of the work they want done, daily. He was able to give us a great [...]

How to go door to door, to market your lawn care business.

We had a great discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Forum about how best to market your lawn care business when you are first getting started. One of the ways you can market yourself, which is cheap to do but time intensive is going door to door.
One of our friends on the forum, Brandon, shared [...]

Sherman posted two new lawn care flyers

Thanks to Sherman for posting two new lawn care business flyers. If you would like to download them visit this post at the Gopher Lawn Care Forum.

New lawn care business forum location

The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is upgrading and moving to it’s own domain name. Check out the forum at and let me know what you think of it.

Who should you present your commercial lawn care bid too?

This great discussion about who should you present your commercial lawn care bid to was taken from the Gopher Lawn Care Forum here. Feel free to visit the forum to join in on the discussion.
Rob: “Tim, do you already have a bid ready when you are going out prospecting?

How do you know what services they [...]

What you should include in a commercial lawn care bid.

When you are looking to submit a bid for a commercial lawn care property maintenance contract, here are some words of advice from our friend, Tim, as to what to include in your commercial lawn care bid.
He said “A brochure is a nice added touch to the professionalism of your presentation of your company. I [...]

How your lawn care business can get government bids.

A big thanks to Keith. We had a great discussion tonight that went on for over an hour and covered many great topics. I was able to record a little of it to share with all of you.
You can listen to the podcast here
Or read about it here.
Introduction:  This is Steve with GopherHaul and [...]

Free Lawn Care Aeration Flyer

Our friend Tom wrote us on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum and shared with us his lawn care business aeration flyer you can download for free.
Tom wrote “I have tried direct mail targeted to “new Movers” with no luck at all. I have tried this before and also have had no luck but thought that [...]

Help a veteran with your lawn care business and get media attention.

In honor of Armed Forces Day we asked our viewers to reach out to your community and see if there is a (military veteran or currently active) resident you can assist. Do something nice for them by helping out in their yard, take some pictures, and show us what you did. Out of the photos [...]

When you start your lawn care business use what you have.

This picture was posted in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. It shows a picture of a lawn care business operated with a lot of lawn care equipment shoehorned into the pack of a small pickup truck.
I wanted to bring this up for two reasons. First off, always be safe when transporting your equipment. You [...]

Lawn care business proposal and estimate templates.

Randy made a new post on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and asked “Hello all, I was just wondering if anyone has a template of a proposal they could post.  I have been given a wonderful opportunity to possibly get 12 yards from a local real estate developer and he had asked me to [...]

Have you tried marketing your lawn care business at a Wal-Mart Parking lot?

Brian made a post on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum, click on the link to read it. In the post he discussed a marketing strategy he tried where he marketed his lawn care business in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart, by distributing flyer ads onto cars.
Brian said “A Friend who does fencing on the [...]

Should you offer a Free Lawn Care Analysis?

Kurt made a great post in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum here and asked the following question.
“I was wondering if you offer free soil ph tests for new application clients? I recall hearing a few companies do this and they had alot of good feedback from the customers about it. I know [...]