Archive for April, 2011

The best way to test soil.

Before you treat any lawn with a fertilization treatment, do you know what the property really needs or do you just spray and pray? As you will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it is better to know than to guess. It will make you look much more professional [...]

Should I start with a lawn mower or a tractor?

When you are out driving around town, you will probably see many lawn care businesses mowing properties. Most may appear to only use mowers but some do use lawn tractors. Which piece of equipment is right for you when you get started comes down to a matter of opinion. Here is a great discussion on [...]

A few lawn care marketing methods you should try.

At the beginning of every lawn mowing season, we seem to get innundated with request for marketing ideas. Here are a bunch of lawn care marketing methods a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us and I think will help you. Try implementing one or a few of these methods this [...]

How to acquire a line of credit from your local nursery.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get an agreement with a local nursery to allow your lawn care and landscaping business the ability to purchase plants and materials throughout the month and not have to pay each time? There are plenty of reasons why having a line of credit from a nursery is helpful. [...]

Preventative maintenance tips for an older lawn mower.

You can get a lot of hours out of your lawn mowers when you know how to care for them. As the machine’s hour usage increases, you need to pay closer attention to certain issues if you really want to maximize the return on your investment from that machine. Here is a situation that was [...]

Buying a lawn care business from a friend.

Every once in a while, a business opportunity may appear that would make for a perfect fit. In this situation, shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a would be entrepreneur considered buying an already operating lawn care business from a friend who was moving out of town. He wondered if this [...]

Lawn care business lessons from her father.

Some of us are born into families with entrepreneurial blood pumping through our veins while others are first generation and have to start from scratch. A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum is a second generation entrepreneur and shared with us some of the business lessons she had learned from her father. There [...]

Mulch job bid example.

A new lawn care business owner shared with us his job description and bid price for a mulch job he was called to do. The price he shared with us, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, differed quite a bit from other landscapers who shared with us what they would charge. I think it [...]

How to compete with illegal lawn care businesses.

The lawn care industry is relatively easy to get started in. Because of the low barrier of entry, many new business owners get started without being licensed or insured. Such unlicensed or uninsured businesses can operate with a competitive advantage due to their lower overhead costs. This then presents a problem to those business owners [...]

Don’t let your dethatching job turn the lawn into a warzone.

Lawn care business owners love to offer their customers dethatching services because they are a fairly simple upsell and can improve the health of a lawn. However, they can also make a lawn look like a warzone. This discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum will help you understand the best way to perform [...]

How a freebies or discounts can turn into a nightmare.

There is an old say that goes ‘no good deed shall go unpunished.’ In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see how one lawn care business, who tried to offer a kind gesture, wound up regretting it later. This should make you pause and think about the interactions you have with [...]

How much do you push your employees before you fire them?

Hiring a new lawn care employee can be a crap shoot. Sometimes you find a good one while other times you find one that just doesn’t work out. You can improve your success rate when hiring a new lawn care employee by improving your interview and training process. Understanding the points where new staff members [...]

Lawn care business start up tips for teens.

Getting a lawn care business started can be a tough experience. Being a teenage entrepreneur can further add a unique level of complexities to it. A teenage member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had a few start up questions that were answered by another business owner who had gone through the same experience.

How to motivate a slacker lawn care employee.

A good lawn care employee is hard to find. There is no doubt about that. But what should you do when you have a lawn care employee who seems to be seriously lacking motivation to get the work done and get it done right? That is the problem one business owner ran into when he [...]

How to price tree and shrub installations.

A lawn care business owner, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, was looking to expand into offering landscape services and was interested in knowing how to charge for planting trees and shrubs. He wrote “I need help pricing tree and shrub installation and sod installation. I don’t want to charge by the hour [...]

How to protect your lawn care business from being wiped out!

You may be surprised on how fast you can go from being a lawn care business owner to being the owner of nothing but a business name and concept. A theft can take place in the blink of an eye and leave you left with no equipment. Here are some stories from the Gopher Lawn [...]

Lawn care marketing methods that can get you fined!

Did you know there are a bunch of different lawn care marketing methods that can get you fined or even sued! If you don’t know what they are, your ignorance will not be able to protect you. Here is a discussion, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how two different lawn care business [...]

The struggle to go full time with my lawn care business.

Starting a business is never easy. It tends to get harder as you get older for many reasons. One big reason is that you accumulate liabilities and expenses as you live longer. You tend to buy larger ticket items, have families and cost just escalate. Here is a story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Is internet marketing worthwhile for your lawn care business?

There are many ways to market your lawn care business. Some require your time while others require your money. Some are high tech while others are low tech and their methods date back to the dawn of mankind. Which is best for you depends a lot on your circumstances. Here is a great discussion, from [...]

Does your lawn care contract scare your customers?

The longer you are in business, the longer your lawn care contracts tend to get. Why? The simple reason is, as you go through life and operate your business, you run into new and interesting situations with your customers that you feel could have been resolved if only you had that in your lawn care [...]

How to improve your loading and unloading times.

Loading and unloading your lawn care equipment onto your landscape trailer or into your truck can take a large bite out of your day. The more time it takes to perform this function, the less money you will be making. One lawn care business owner figured out a way to improve his equipment load and [...]

Should I advertise FREE MOWING on my truck?

I have seen a lot of lawn care marketing ideas being shared on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, but I don’t think I have ever seen anyone try to advertise Free Mowing on the side of a lawn care truck. However, that is exactly what one new business owner was thinking of doing.

How to prepare for a new mulch bed.

When you are out in the field and a customer asks you to create a new mulch bed on a specific area of their property where grass now grows, what is the best way to prepare the area for the mulch bed? That is what one lawn care business owner was curious to know when [...]