Archive for the 'Trailer' Category

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 [...]

The perfect sized start up lawn care business trailer.

What size landscape trailer does your lawn care business need? Do you need a big one that shouts ‘Hey my company is big, and I am successful!’ or could you get away with a smaller one that doesn’t shout at all. When you pull up next to another landscaper at a stop light, do you [...]

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 [...]

How to protect your lawn care business from being wiped out!

You may be surprised on how fast you can go from being a lawn care business owner to being the owner of nothing but a business name and concept. A theft can take place in the blink of an eye and leave you left with no equipment. Here are some stories from the Gopher Lawn [...]

How to improve your loading and unloading times.

Loading and unloading your lawn care equipment onto your landscape trailer or into your truck can take a large bite out of your day. The more time it takes to perform this function, the less money you will be making. One lawn care business owner figured out a way to improve his equipment load and [...]

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 [...]

How my landscape trailer was stolen.

We learn a lot of great lessons about business and life on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Some of these lessons stand out more than others. This specific lesson I felt was real important for everyone to read in order to have a head’s up about theft of lawn care equipment. The more you [...]

Home built landscape trailer gate assist.

A lawn care business owner shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum a landscape trailer gate assist he made.
He wrote “I built this gate assist for my trailer so the gate would be easier to lift. I used a garage door spring that I had laying around. It didn’t take long at [...]

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 [...]

Lawn truck signs can make a big difference!

Looking like a lawn care business versus looking like someone towing a trailer of lawn equipment can make a big difference when it comes to success. If you are operating a lawn care business and sitting there scratching your head, trying to figure out why you aren’t as busy as you want to be, consider [...]

You may want it, but does your lawn care business need it?

We can all create a list of items we would like to buy for our business. Maybe it’s a new mower, a truck, a trailer. Whatever it is, before you buy it, you need to ask yourself, do you need it? If you end the business year scratching your head wondering where all your profits [...]

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 [...]

Six do’s and don’t for the start up lawn care business.

I can never get enough of good start up business advice. When ever the opportunity arises, I like to ask successful business owners to share some insight as to how they were able to cross that very difficult mine field from start up business to successful operation. The best answers are never quick two or [...]

Your first commercial lawn mower.

Getting your first commercial lawn mower can be pretty challenging. There are so many options out there with so many models and sizes. What is best for you? Should you go with the biggest you can buy? Should you get a tractor, a ztr, a walk behind? That’s what one of the members of the [...]

The importance of vinyl signs on your landscape trailer.

Are you using your lawn care truck or landscaping trailer to attract attention? Sure your vehicle and trailer need to be functional first but it’s quite amazing how this simple step can really change the image of your lawn care business and bring you more customers. Getting vinyl signs and lettering on your truck and [...]

How important are signs on your lawn care truck and trailer?

How important is it to have signs and marketing material on your landscaping truck and trailer? This is a very good question that was asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A member wrote “things are really taking off here this Spring and it has has been crazy in a good way. My question [...]

Low cost enclosed lawn care trailer rack ideas.

How do you secure your lawn care equipment in your trailer when you are out and about driving around town and servicing your customers? Here are a great bunch of ideas on how to construct a top notch and cheap trailer rack system.
Andy wrote “Some time ago a member posted pictures of racks they had [...]

You don’t need a truck to start a lawn care business.

If you have been waiting to start your lawn care business because you are saving for a truck, you need to reconsider. There are many lawn care businesses started with just a car. Look at what Jason has been able to do.
Jason wrote us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and said “Hi my [...]

Biggest lawn care business start up mistakes.

When you get your lawn care business started there are plenty of things that can go wrong. Are you buying the wrong mower? What about your landscape trailer. How about your lawn care marketing plan? Consider the following problems other lawn care business owners went through and learn from their mistakes. I asked this question [...]

Rate your lawn care equipment.

I set up a new page to allow you to rate your lawn care equipment and see how others rate their lawn care equipment. This should help us all grow, especially when we are looking to upgrade and buy new mowers, trimmers or leaf blowers. Are you happy with your current outdoor power equipment or [...]

Lawn care business advice from a 15 year old entrepreneur.

I know there are a lot of teenagers who are avid readers of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and I am sure they are constantly looking for inspiration. One of our forum members who is 15 years old has given us some great insight after ending his first full season running his lawn care [...]

What’s better, an open or enclosed landscape trailer?

When most landscapers start up their business, they tend to start with a truck only. Then later they may add an open trailer. At a certain point you may be asking yourself what’s better to have, an open or enclosed trailer and why?
That’s the question one of our new forum members asked and he quite [...]