Archive for the 'Tractor' Category

How to fix this brick patio job?

Have you ever been in a situation where a mowing customer wanted you to perform some hardscaping services yet you were unsure of what to do? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to repair a brick patio that has been installed improperly. Hopefully this information will broaden [...]

Would you let a homeowner help you with a landscape project?

A novel method to making your landscape customers happy and getting them to talk about you and your business may be to get them involved in the project. Everyone loves operating machinery but should you get your customers this involved? That is the question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Sure it might [...]

How to use a box blade and landscape rake to install a new lawn.

Installing a new lawn can be a very labor intensive job if you let it be. If you harness the power of a compact utility tractor, you can do a lot more work, in a shorter time, with less staff you need to pay. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Lawn rolling service tips and suggestions.

When was the last time you rolled a lawn with a roller? It’s quite possible you have never considered offering this service. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that talks about the benefits to rolling a lawn. When you should roll a lawn and some of the steps to [...]

What services do you offer to stand out?

Mowing lawns seems to be a service most every new landscaper performs. Many times it’s the only service they perform. It’s easy to put on your blinders and think all you need to be successful is just more mowing customers, but what if you stopped for a moment and looked around you to see what [...]

Fall tilling service ideas.

How often are you able to take a scrap that you would normally have to pay to dispose of and turn around and sell it to make a profit? I would bet it doesn’t happen too often. Well here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that details how you can [...]

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 [...]

Secrets to success with lawn care ads in newspapers.

Sometimes all it takes is fine tuning one or two elements in your lawn care marketing campaign to really hit on something big. In this success story from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who played around with his newspaper ad position and found that it pays to be in [...]

How to bid lot clearing jobs.

Making a $100 an hour with your landscaping business is possible with the proper tools. Here in this great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who can make $100 - $150 an hour with lot clearing services. He also does a pretty good job at marketing himself while [...]

Is it too late to get into snow plowing?

There are times when situations present themselves unplanned and you have to react quickly to them. It’s great to be able to plan everything out in advance, but what if winter came and you found yourself needing more money than you had planned on. What if you were into the winter seasons by a few [...]

Wrapping up the end of the lawn care season.

Wrapping up the lawn care season is just one part of a bigger picture. Just because the grass stops growing for winter doesn’t mean you need to wait until next spring to make money with your lawn care business. Let’s check out what one entrepreneur does to keep himself busy and keep making money through [...]

How many snow plow customers can 1 man handle?

If you are just getting your snow plowing business going or maybe you have been doing it part time for a while and are curious as to how many customers you could handle with a one man crew, here is a great discussion that covers that topic from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One [...]

Where’s the money in the lawn care industry?

Depending how many competitors you have in your area, making serious money in the lawn care business can be tough if you simply try to go out there and stand out on price. Sometimes a better way to go about things is to offer additional services that your competitors don’t. Such upsell services can really [...]

How to bid a gravel driveway regrading job.

If you are expanding your lawn care services to include landscaping, you may find yourself unsure of how to price such jobs. Here is a great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum on how to price a gravel driveway regrading job. It also talks about how long such a job would take and [...]

How to make $200 an hour offering tilling services.

There are many ways to make money when running a lawn care business. One great strategy we will see here in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, is offering smaller services that can open the door to upselling even more. There are times when people may not need you for mowing, at [...]

Is your lawn care business overlooking great opportunities?

Have you taken a moment lately to consider if you are missing potential business just because you didn’t see it or were simply looking past it? This happens plenty of times to all of us and it is quite amazing the results we can find when we think about what we are missing. Here is [...]

How a driveway regrading job led to a lot more work.

There is work out there if you want it. Here is a great example on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum of how one landscaper who was called to regrade a driveway ended up signing 6 more customers on, just by talking to people who were passing by. Imagine how many more new customers you [...]

Why lawn care employees leave to start their own company.

If you are a lawn care business owner and have employees, you are lucky to have many minds all working together to achieve a common goal. When you are trying to come up with ways to grow your business or improve your processes, you have a valuable resource right under your fingertips who’s brains you [...]

Lawn mower gets caught on landscape trailer ramp.

Do you have landscape equipment that hangs up on your trailer ramp when you are loading it or unloading it? This can become a real problem because it not only slows down your operations but it can also wreck your equipment. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one lawn care business [...]

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 [...]

When to switch from a walk behind to a riding lawn mower?

You can waste a lot of time during your day when using the wrong lawn care equipment for the job you are doing. But when should you make the switch and upgrade the equipment you are using for something better? It all comes down to time. If you can save time with an equipment upgrade, [...]

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 [...]

Why a tractor is better at snow plowing than a truck.

Do you live in an area where it snows? Is snow plowing a service you currently or would like to perform in the future? Are you concerned about attaching a snow plow to the front of your truck for fear it will send it to an early grave? Why not then consider a compact utility [...]

Lawn care bid example: Two acres of grass, two feet tall.

A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was asked to bid on a job that included mowing two acres of property with grass that was two feet high. Such jobs can go from being relatively simple and straight forwards, to absolute disastrous mine fields of unforeseen obstacles, all ready to destroy your brand [...]

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 [...]

A great way to find low cost lawn care equipment.

Are you just getting your lawn care business started and looking for ways to get some lawn care equipment to get you started? If you want to find some great stuff that is cheap and nearby, consider doing what this lawn care business owner did. He shared a great tip on how to do this [...]

How to use and market tractor services for your lawn care business.

When you are looking to scale up your equipment and expand the services your lawn care business offers, instead of simply buying the next larger sized ZTR mower, why not consider a tractor? A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did and it has opened the doors to many new services that make [...]

Septic system upsells a lawn care business can offer.

As a lawn care business owner, you are probably always looking for ways to make more money from your current customer base. There are many services you could offer and your customers could use, but plenty of times you just can’t think of them. In a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum the [...]

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 [...]

John Deere X749 tractor vs. a ZTR mower.

Being that a lot of start up lawn care businesses read the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, I asked the members what equipment would you suggest purchasing now that you have had some time to see what works well and what doesn’t. What I found was quite interesting and I hope it gets you thinking. [...]