Archive for May, 2013

How to bid & mow lawns with steep inclines.

There are some jobs you will come across that aren’t taken by other lawn care business owners for a reason. Sure you might get some extra money out of mowing on a hazardous property, but you have to consider if it is worth it. You also have to confidently know your limitations and the limitations [...]

5 things I would do different after two years in the lawn care business.

Once you get your business started, your list of things you would do differently begins to grow. Wouldn’t it be nice to know what that list is though before you got started? Or maybe know what is on someone else’s list so you could compare it with your own and see what you might be [...]

How much to charge to deliver a truck load of mulch?

Part of your spring yard cleanups may include a fresh layer of mulch on your customer’s flower beds. But how much should you charge to pickup mulch and deliver it? That is the question which was asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. As we will see here, it doesn’t hurt to call around [...]

Lawn care advertising idea that stood out.

Have you ever been out mowing properties around town when you saw an interesting marketing method being utilized? It seems more often than not, marketing messages just don’t seem to stand out enough. But in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur saw a method that really caught his eye and [...]

Mowing foreclosured properties and dealing with banks.

In many areas of the country, there are still high levels of property foreclosures and money to be made with them if you take your time to investigate the job. Look too desperate for work and take any job that comes your way and there is a good chance you may never see any payment. [...]

Should you blow grass clippings into the street?

You can spend a lot of time mowing a lawn and then miss getting that final perfect look all because you were in a race to get to the next property. One of those small steps you can do when you finish mowing is clear the grass clippings that might have been flung off the [...]

The reality of insurance and the start up lawn care business.

We all know the importance of having insurance, whether it be for your auto, theft, fire, medical, or liability. The reality of insurance though is it costs money to purchase and many start up businesses simply don’t have enough cash to go to all the things they would like to get. All too often insurance [...]

Do you bag or mulch lawns you mow?

When you mow a lawn, your mower clips off the top of the grass and the clippings are left. Some service providers will mulch the clippings while others will bag the clippings. There are pros and cons to each method. Which one you choose to perform will depend on a bunch of factors like your [...]

Two man lawn care crews are tough to keep productive.

It can be difficult to find good employees. Then finding ways to keep them productive is a whole other story. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, if an employee has a moment to rest, they tend to have a difficult time getting re-engaged into the work. This [...]

Lawn care business growing pains.

A one man show can only take on so much work in a day. Then going from a solo operation to adding your first employee can be a huge step. This one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us his angst as he tried to figure out the next step he [...]

How to get wholesale prices for landscape materials.

A great way to make more profit on your landscape projects and have more room to be more competitive in your pricing is to purchase your landscape materials at wholesale prices. Why pay retail when you can potentially save up to 40% on materials? Sounds great, but how do you get those prices? That is [...]

Pre-season lawn care marketing door hanger review.

Trying to come up with the right lawn care marketing message, the right manner to communicate that marketing message, and the right time to send it out can be difficult. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we see one door hanger design a landscaper created to promote his message and how [...]

A lawn care business needs help re-branding itself.

It can be frustrating when you are trying to get new lawn care customers and you keep running into the same kind of customer. One that focuses on price is very hard to sell on quality. Rebranding your company image may help you promote more of who you are and better target who you want [...]

The hoops you need to jump through to get a business license.

You would think the government would be pro-small business and pave the way for any and all entrepreneurs to get started. Well, as we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it’s just not the case. Government employees seem to enjoy making you jump through hoop after hoop even before [...]

Got fined by the county for spraying pesticides without a license.

Every year, the laws stating what you can and can’t spray on a customer’s lawn gets longer and more restrictive. Yet every year, there are still new lawn care business owners who get themselves started and think they don’t need any licensing because they are spraying chemicals on a small scale. Well here is a [...]

5 lawn care business startup questions.

Sure you may have a lot of questions when you are starting up your lawn care business but here is a great collection of 5 questions one new entrepreneur had. He asked them on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and got a few great responses to help better direct him as he sets off [...]

Can’t seem to bring in any new lawn care customers, help!

The first year of starting your lawn care business can be very frustrating, with the biggest frustration likely being the difficulty of adding new customers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, it is so very important to talk to people. The more people you talk to, the [...]

What size line trimmer should you get?

There are many different sized line trimmers manufactured these days that designed to perform different sized jobs. But which size is the right choice for the average lawn care business owner? Should you go with a 22cc engine or a 32cc? What about a 4 stroke versus a 2 stroke? Some are heavy while others [...]

Do you include a stop charge in your lawn care bid?

Do you include a stop charge in your lawn mowing estimates or do you estimate the amount of time the job will take and create a bid based on that number? If you find you have a hard time coming up with a bid price, this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum will [...]

Lawn care postcards and why they are a good form of marketing.

Which lawn care marketing method would you feel generates more callers, business cards or postcards? After reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you may be surprised to find that postcards tend to win out. But these are not just any general postcard designs. No no. These successful companies are getting up [...]

I blew a big lawn care bid and what I learned from it.

Each day you are operating your business, you will find there are learning lessons to absorb. Some lessons are small, while others can be larger. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about how it’s so important to follow up on bids you place. Also how it is very important [...]