Archive for the 'lawn care equipment' Category

What kind of ZTR mower should I get starting out?

When it comes to buying a mower for a start up lawn care business you need to find out what the narrowest gate you have to get through and take that into consideration then buy the biggest you can afford. That is the common response to questions asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum [...]

Landscape trailer axle blowout accident.

Landscape trailer axle bearing maintenance is a very easy thing to over look during the year. Usually there is little to no warning when the bearings are about to go. But if they are not maintained, sometimes, you get what we see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When the bearings [...]

Homemade landscape trailer shovel rack.

Part of running a successful lawn care business is figuring out how to be creative when you are lacking money. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who found a way to solve the problem of securing his hand tools on his landscape trailer. A very creative [...]

Should I get a consumer grade mower?

Consumer grade or commercial grade? What is the best mower option for you? The answer relies on how much mowing you are doing per week. How important a warranty is for you and how much you have to spend on the mower. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from [...]

Homemade truck bed extender.

Every stage of growth in the lawn care business can be trying in it’s own way. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who had just upgraded his equipment and had no more in the budget to spend on a trailer. So what do you do? How [...]

Problems with my pressure washer.

There are lessons to be learned from every job you do. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who was providing pressure washing services to a home owner. As he was doing so, he ran into some mechanical issues and then a few other business owners responded [...]

Should I buy a small commercial mower or larger consumer mower?

Lawn mowers come in many sizes. There are also many levels of durability which go from consumer grade level all the way up to commercial grade. With these various sizes and equipment durability grades, comes a wide range in prices. Which options are best for you? Consumer grade? Commercial grade? A large lawn mower? Or [...]

Should I repair my lawn mower or replace it?

Should you repair a lawn mower or replace it? That is an age old question and it gets you thinking. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from a few business owners who have been through it all and figured out an ideal pathway to take. Consider each opinion before [...]

Overgrown lawn handled with modified lawn mower.

Sometimes having the right tool for the job requires you to make the right tool. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one member who altered his lawn mower to allow him to mow down overgrown lawns faster. Although this design may be a little too dangerous to use, [...]

Have you ever designed your own landscape equipment?

Have you ever thought about how you could make a better tool or device to improve your landscaping business? A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum created a machine to improve the process of collecting leaves. In this discussion he shares with us the steps he took to design, create and ultimately patent [...]

The problem with lending landscaping equipment to friends.

The more landscaping equipment you collect, the more of a target you become to those around you when it comes to requests to borrow. How you handle borrowing requests is up to you but here is a great learning lesson from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, on how lending landscape equipment can go wrong [...]

Can I use a midsize pickup truck for commercial snowplowing?

There are more midsize pickup trucks available on the market now than ever before. Along with all these different sized pickup trucks, there are various grades of snow plows you can purchase to use on them. So the question isn’t so much if these options are available as it is should you use a mid [...]

Here is my lawn care operation daily checklist.

Does your lawn care business have a checklist of things to do to your mowing equipment at the end of each day? Keeping processes structured and consistent will help you improve your operation. Maintaining your equipment will minimize down time and help you increase profits. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

How to bid a 3/4 acre residential lawn mowing job.

What do you do when you are used to bidding on and mowing lawns no larger than 2,000 sq ft and a potential customer calls to ask you to bid on their 3/4 acre property? How much is the job worth? Should you take it on if you don’t have anything other equipment than a [...]

What have you done to customize your landscape trailer?

In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we asked the members what kinds of customization have you done to your landscape trailer to improve your daily work flow. Various tips examples were presented and additional tips were shared. Maybe one of these improvements will get you to consider how you can customize [...]

Spraying bedliner protectant on underside of mower deck?

Do you spend a lot of time cleaning the underside of your mower at the end of each day or week? Have you ever considered using any sort of spray on product to improve cleanup times and limit the damage to your mower from rocks? One landscaper was considering spraying the underside of his mower [...]

Using a line trimmer 101. Do you know the basics?

Most everyone has used a line trimmer before. That includes anyone you may be looking to hire to help you during your day. But most don’t know the basics on how to use a line trimmer properly in order to get a top notch result. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

The D.O.T. stopped me to inspect my landscape trailer.

Have you ever been stopped and inspected by the D.O.T. while driving your commercial landscaping vehicle? It can be quite a detailed inspection process. If you haven’t gone through such an inspection, this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum will really shed some light on what to be wary of and be prepared [...]

Adjusting my mower governor to get more power?

You probably have found it happen to you many times. You will be out mowing and depending on the current conditions, your mower might bog down and cause you to have to mow an area twice to get the lawn to look descent. What is causing this? Could you simply adjust the mower’s governor setting [...]

Landscaper blowing grass into the street?

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts you will learn as you grow with your landscaping business. Some practices seem to work great while others may cause your company to get negative word of mouth around the properties you mow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we talk about the [...]

Should I mow larger lawns or stick with smaller ones?

It’s hard to turn away paying mowing customers when you get your mowing business started. However you have to take some time and think where you get the biggest return for your investment. If you have smaller equipment, mowing smaller lawns will probably be your focus. On the flip side, if you have larger mowing [...]

Why won’t my bermuda grass germinate?

So many things can go wrong when you are trying to perform a lawn renovation. You are probably starting with a lawn that has weeds or has issues in the first place, Next you have to get rid of the weeds, treat the soil to get it to where you need it to be for [...]

Blueing the lawn mowing blade when sharpening.

Keeping your lawn mowing blades sharp can cut back on the time you spend mowing a yard. With a properly sharpened blade, you may be able to make one pass on a lawn where you might need to make multiple passes when the mower blade is dull. If you spread that time savings out across [...]

Should I buy an entire landscape equipment setup on craigslist?

If you are looking to jump into the lawn care industry and want to buy a whole bunch of equipment at once in order to get started asap, maybe you have considered packages deals you have seen on craigslist or even possibly from a business owner in your area. The desire to do this may [...]

How to sell and charge for aeration services.

There are only so many times you can mow a lawn per year. That amount of mowings will generate a certain amount of money. Now since you are already at these properties and generating income. It makes sense to try and upsell you customer base on additional service, like for instance, aeration. In this discussion [...]

How graphics on your landscape trailer can attract customers.

Getting your landscape truck and trailer done up with some cool vinyl graphics can cost a bit of money and it tends to be lower on the list of things to do for new business owner. It’s not that most business owner don’t want the nice looking artwork to promote themselves, it’s that they don’t [...]

Are these lawn mower blades sharp enough?

Most new lawn care business owners can’t tell what a properly sharpened mowing blade looks like. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we learn that if you can’t tell what a blade is supposed to look like sharpened, you will never be able to properly sharpen your blades. Here we see [...]

Someone stole my landscape trailer!

Sometimes it can take one small event to really mess up your business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was gone from his house for a short appointment only to return to find his landscape trailers and equipment stolen. This story should give us all [...]

Using a sulky with your lawn mower.

There are a few different types of mower sulkies out there. They come in handy when you have a walk behind mower and larger properties to mow. You can attach them to the back of your lawn mower and have the mower pull you around the property. Different variations in the designs can cause different [...]

Bidding a garden rototilling job.

If you find yourself being asked to bid a rototilling job on a garden bed and don’t know where to start when it comes to pricing, consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, one entrepreneur talks about what he bid the tilling job at and how he came up with [...]