Archive for the 'lawn care equipment' Category

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 [...]

How to speed up the process of picking up acorns and twigs.

Have you ever tried to perform a fall leaf cleanup service on a property with a lot of oak trees? With a leaf blower, you will probably only be able to clear out all the leaves and then you may find yourself still having to deal with acorns, twigs and branches. A member of the [...]

How to keep equipment busy making money.

A good way to improve your chances of success in business early on is to explore different avenues and see which one is the most profitable. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who is trying to find out ways to utilize the equipment he has, to [...]

Looking professional and getting more lawn care customer referrals.

When you look professional, you are perceived by others as being professional. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, looking professional is an important step a new entrepreneur needs to take in order to grow. Then the next step is to project confidence that the customer can trust [...]

I need help with a huge hedge trimming bid.

The lure of a few hundred dollars can at times tempt the newer lawn care business owner into jobs that they may not have the ability to perform. So before you take on a larger job that is outside your normal scope of operation consider this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum where [...]

Buying my first commercial lawn mower.

Are you starting out and looking into buying your first used commercial lawn mower? With so many makes, models, and options, what should you be looking for? In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get some insight as to what the pros look for when they are buying used lawn care [...]

Pulling money out of the ground with aeration.

Anytime you are thinking about buying more lawn care equipment, you need to ask yourself if you can justify the cost. Will you make your money back from the machine and then some? Or will it sit there in your garage and barely ever be used? That is the discussion we had on the Gopher [...]

Blew my truck’s transmission, now what!

We are so used to having our vehicles work when we start them up that more often than not, we don’t have a plan in place to use if our truck breaks down for any reason. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some business owners who ran into [...]

4th mowing season update on where I am at.

Every lawn care business grows at different paces but it’s always nice to know a little about how others are doing compared to you. Maybe you can pick up a tip about which mowing setup works best? Or possible which landscape trailer is ideal. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one [...]

ZTR Mowers and seatbelts. Do you wear them?

Many larger lawn mowers nowadays come with seat belts and roll over protection systems. Even with all the time and energy spent on safety, there are still many operators who feel the safety devices will lead to more injury during the event of an accident, so they fail to utilize them. The fact of the [...]

Homemade lawn striping kit.

Here is a great example of necessity being the mother of invention. What do you do when you don’t have the budget to go out and spend $400 on a lawn striper to create wonderful looking stripes on a lawn? You make one yourself for a fraction of the cost as we will see in [...]

Bartering lawn care service for lawn care equipment?

It’s really important to keep an open mind when you are talking to your customer base. Sometimes real interesting deals can present themselves that will help your business grow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who really struck gold with a townhouse complex he was servicing [...]

Quick lawn care business tips that make a difference.

You can go years running your lawn care business and not piece together this collection of tips that can make your life easier. Thankfully one entrepreneur shared with us some of his insights on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that should help you. See how many of these ideas you have already implemented and [...]

How far should you go to win a commercial lawn care bid?

There is a big difference between gross income and net income. All too often when a new lawn care company is bidding on a property, they look at the gross income they will make on the job and disregard the actual amount they are going to be profiting. As we will see in this discussion [...]

I got my first lawn mowing job, now what?

There is this desire early in your business path to try and offer as many services as you can to experiment with and see what catches. The down side to this is different services require different skill sets and different equipment. Try taking on some jobs that you don’t know how to perform with the [...]

Should I buy that consumer grade lawn mower?

The prices for consumer grade mowers can make them a tempting option for the new startup entrepreneur. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it all, there is a hidden cost associated with those cheaper mowers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there [...]

I need help on a sod job.

Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod [...]

Third year lawn care business plan.

Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about business growth. Some entrepreneurs look for hyper growth, where each year their company grows by leaps and bounds. But as we will see from some veterans of the industry, slower growth can give you time to build a longer lasting [...]

Why lawn care businesses fail.

Here are some great insights from a business veteran on why he feels so many new start ups fail and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, he also talks about ways he has been able to not only survive, but [...]