Archive for the 'Lawn Care Truck' Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Using a dually pickup for your lawn care business.

Every lawn care business owner seems to have a different ideal rig setup. Some prefer a single pickup. Others like an enclosed landscape trailer. But how many of you have experimented with using a dually pickup as your main truck? That is what this entrepreneur did and he shared with us his insights on the [...]

I need a bigger lawn care business truck.

Everyone wants bigger, better, stronger, faster. This applies to landscape trucks as well. But before you go out and spend thousands of dollars on a new truck, you really need to think about what you need and why you need it. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, [...]

Leaf cleanup services. Mulching or removal?

There are a whole bunch of leaf removal services you can offer as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The one(s) you choose really come down to what kind of equipment you have. Different equipment opens you up to offer different services. Some are easier and more profitable [...]

I want to start a lawn care business but I only have a car.

What to do when you are interested in starting your own lawn care business but you are driving around in a car with no money to buy a truck any time in the near future. If you think you have no options though, think again. Here are a couple great ideas, from the Gopher Lawn [...]

How running a lawn care business effects your auto insurance needs.

Getting your lawn care business started can be very exciting. Getting the proper insurance for your vehicle and equipment can seem like quite the opposite. Many new entrepreneurs put off getting the right insurance or even asking their agent about what insurance they need for fear of finding out the costs will be too much [...]

What’s the best lawn care work truck to buy?

Getting the right landscape truck for your needs is something you may need to fine tune over time. Some trucks tend to be purchased over others for various reasons but if you are looking to just start up your lawn care business and are trying to do it on the cheap, here are a few [...]

Second year in the lawn care business.

How often do you have a few thousand dollars laying around that you just don’t know what to do with it? When you do, does your mind start spinning thinking about all the lawn care equipment you could buy? Or do you take the extra cash and stick it in the bank where you leave [...]

Should you use a beater truck for your lawn care business?

Look, we all have to start somewhere. If you have a beater truck and want to start a lawn care business, it shouldn’t stop you. In fact, you should feel lucky that you have a truck in the first place. There are plenty of entrepreneurs out there that don’t have access to a truck and [...]

Lawn mowing equipment tips when getting started.

What the best way to go about your lawn care equipment purchases when you are just starting out? Should you go big and get all commercial equipment or should you stay conservative and either use what you already own or buy some consumer grade equipment? That is what one entrepreneur was looking for advice in [...]

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 [...]

Crazy lawn mower hauling stories.

Most all of us take our personal safety seriously when we get into a car. Before we even start the engine, the first thing we do is buckle up. But it seems a lot of times, there is a disconnect when it comes to carrying equipment or materials. The same level of importance isn’t put [...]

Laws your lawn care business may be effected by.

There are many laws that effect lawn care businesses. Some you probably know, but I bet there are some you don’t know about. For instance, does your local community have a time when you can start mowing lawns? If so, when is it? That is a very simple law to avoid breaking by knowing it [...]

Topsoil and mulch, when is it better to pickup versus have it delivered?

Decisions, decisions. Every day you operate your lawn care business you are going to have to make decisions that hopefully will benefit your company. You will have to weigh both sides of an equation to figure out which path will help you come out ahead. That is the case when it comes to picking up [...]

On the fence about getting a landscape trailer.

It seems like whenever we start something new, we are always trying to copy what we see others doing. Sometimes we do this even when it’s not something that works to our advantage. Take for instance this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In it, one new lawn care business owner questions if [...]

The pros and cons of different lawn care business vehicle options.

There are many different styles of vehicles you can use for your lawn care business besides a standard pickup truck. Each has their pros & cons based on their designs. Choosing a vehicle which would be best for you depends how you will use it. It also might come down to what you have access [...]

Sometimes you just gotta call it a day.

Sometimes you have a good day, week, or month, but every once in a while, you are going to have one of those days where everything works against you. When you are running a lawn care business, such days will cost you financially. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Can I run my lawn care business with a smaller truck?

As gas prices go up, more people are looking for ways to save money at the pump. One of the ways to do it is to drive a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle. But how would using a smaller truck effect a lawn care business owner’s ability to make money? That is a question that [...]

Best Truck, Shop and marketing material of the year contest.

As 2010 comes to a close, I thought it would be a great time now to look back on the year and have all the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum submit their lawn care truck, shop and marketing material photos. It will give all of us a chance to see what everyone [...]

Lawn care equipment needed for startups.

When you start up your lawn care business, you can go a couple of ways when it comes to equipment. You can either take the low dow approach, which means the cheapest equipment you can find, or spend some big bucks to get new commercial equipment. Which way you go depends a lot on the [...]

How to get a good deal on your next lawn truck.

Is your lawn care business growing and are you finding that your old lawn truck just isn’t performing the way you need it to. This tends to happen to most new lawn care businesses after their first year but usually it’s a bad financial time to be out looking for a new truck. What options [...]

Should I buy a used mower on craigslist?

Getting your lawn care business started can mean scrambling around trying to find a bunch of basic equipment and spending a lot of cash. Some entrepreneurs are able to do this while others need to work within a very tight budget. If this is your situation, have you considered buying your mowers from craigslist? One [...]

Turn your truck and trailer into a force multiplier.

In the military they use terms like force multipliers. This term means with a given number of soldiers using certain equipment, they are able to project a larger amount of force than if they didn’t have it. The same term can be applied to the lawn care business. In this discussion we will see how [...]