Archive for August, 2009

How to get commercial snow plow accounts.

If you live in an area where you get a lot of snow and are looking to expand your lawn care business into snow removal, you may be thinking how to land commercial snow plow accounts. That was a question brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum when a member asked “as part of [...]

Performing acts of kindness with your lawn care company.

How often have you found yourself in a situation where you could perform an act of kindness to your lawn care customer or to a local member of your community? Have you jumped on these opportunities to really shine or were you simply in too much of a rush to get on to your next [...]

How to turn my low profit lawn care business around?

Do you find yourself in a situation where you are running your lawn care business yet you feel after paying bills, you have no money left for a salary? That is the subject of a question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A new business owner wrote “I started my biz 2 years [...]

Commercial lawn care bid example of an ocean resort.

We all tend to learn best by example so here is a commercial lawn care bid example that was posted on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. If you haven’t gotten into creating lawn care bids for commercial properties, this will at least shed some light on the process.
A member wrote “I tried searching the [...]

What’s stopping your lawn care business from growing?

Do you find yourself at times reflecting on your business and wonder what is stopping your lawn care business from growing? Do you wonder if what’s stopping you also holds back others? Or maybe what you feel is holding you back is unique to your situation. I think I would like to know it’s not [...]

How to bid a sod cutting & removal job.

Have you ever found your lawn care business in a situation where you were asked to bid on a sod cutting and removal job, but you weren’t quite sure what was really involved in doing such a job? That is the situation that was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One of [...]

How often should you edge a customer’s lawn?

As a new lawn care business owner, you may find you provide some services too often that are just not necessary or on the flip side, you may not be doing enough that is necessary. One of those things you may be curious about is lawn edging. How often should you be providing this service? [...]

Offering animal trapping services to your lawn care customers?

Have you ever considered offering animal trapping services? This is a great topic that came up in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When you are offering your customers property maintenance, this is a service that could fit right in as an upsell. It could also open more doors to other potential customers who have [...]

Lawn care customers that don’t want to pay sales tax.

Sooner or later when you are running your lawn care business you are going to run into a new client who is going to want to haggle with you and tell you they don’t want to pay sales tax either. How should you deal with such a situation? Should you agree? Should you disagree? Should [...]

When the storm hits, will you be prepared to profit?

When storms come through your area, are you prepared to service your community? Will you be able to remove fallen trees? Board up broken windows? Cover damaged roofs with large tarps? Pump water out of basements? Offer general property clean ups? We had a great discussion on this topic in the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Free lawn care business postcard templates.

Here are a bunch of great lawn care business postcard templates you can download and use for your landscaping or lawn care business.
You can download the full files of these and more designs at the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum here.
Download the RAR here.
Download the lawn care postcard template *.png here.
Download the lawn care business [...]

2010 Wright Stander lawn mower review.

A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had just made a new mower purchase. He bought a 2010 Wright Stander 52″ with a 23hp Kawasaki engine. I asked him what he liked or didn’t like about his new mower and this is what he had to say. You can also jump on the [...]

Most asked for pressure washing jobs?

If you are looking to add pressure washing to the list of services your lawn care business offers, you might be interested in knowing which pressure washing jobs are most commonly needed? This was brought up in a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.
One lawn care business owner asked “I wanted to get [...]

The importance of vinyl signs on your landscape trailer.

Are you using your lawn care truck or landscaping trailer to attract attention? Sure your vehicle and trailer need to be functional first but it’s quite amazing how this simple step can really change the image of your lawn care business and bring you more customers. Getting vinyl signs and lettering on your truck and [...]

GopherHaul Extreme Lawn Care Business Tips. New Book!

Here is my latest lawn care business book.
GopherHaul Extreme Lawn Care Business Tips. - Unfiltered, unedited, and a little rough. A collection of landscaping & lawn care business lessons.
A collection of landscaping & lawn care business lessons I’ve learned along the way. I see so many new lawn care businesses get started only to fail [...]

Landscape retaining wall bid example.

I think we all learn better when presented with an example. A lawn care business owner asked a great question on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about how to bid the removal of an old railroad tie retaining wall and replacing it with a new castle stone retaining wall. How long will it [...]

Lawn Care Business Uniforms.

One simple way to easily make your lawn care business stand out from others is to wear a uniform. The more outrageous the colors, the more attention you will attract. But in general, most small lawn care businesses don’t wear lawn care uniforms. So the simple act of wearing one will make you stand out.
One [...]

The fear of getting too many lawn care customers.

Fear is an interesting topic. It is amazing how the fears we have can effect how we see the world and what we do in the world. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum brought up a great topic that has popped up in the past, leading me to think many lawn care [...]

How to get your first commercial lawn care customer.

If you are a newer lawn care business owner who hasn’t made the jump yet to servicing commercial properties, you might be thinking, how do I land my first commercial lawn care bid. This questions seems to come up often and when I hear stories from those who made the leap I love to pass [...]

What’s your minimum price to mow a lawn?

Setting a minimum price to mow a lawn is very important. No matter what the size of the property, you are going to have a certain amount of expenses just to show up to the lawn and lower your landscaping trailer gate. Knowing your expenses can help you determine a minimum price to mow a [...]

How to use lawn care business bandit signs / yard signs.

Lawn care signs or bandit signs as they are called at times are an interesting and unique way to promote your lawn care business but do they work? Why are they referred to at times as bandit signs? That’s because they are almost always illegal to use. Let’s check out this question asked on the [...]

Replacing lawn mower blades, how much torque?

When you are replacing mower blades, how much torque do you use to tighten them on? That is a great question that was asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. It’s something everyone is going to need to know yet probably most aren’t really sure how to answer.
The lawn care business owner wrote “I [...]

lawn care business upsell idea - driveway sealing.

A question I get asked often on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is, what other services can I offer to make more money? I usually have a bunch of ideas to share with them but here is a great idea I hadn’t even considered. One of our members wrote “Yesterday I was out giving  [...]

Lawn Care Business Insurance Basics.

Understanding what insurance you need when you are just starting your lawn care business can be quite overwhelming. I have been able to have a few discussions on landscape contractor insurance over the years to help you understand the topic better. In this most recent discussion I had an opportunity to talk with an insurance [...]

Organic lawn care advertising sample.

There has been a lot of discussion on offering organic lawn care spraying services, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and I wanted to share with you an advertisement one of our lawn care business owners used to promote this service.
The products he sprays on the lawns require no license and they work. Make [...]