Archive for the 'How to Estimate - Services To Offer' Category

A quick way to estimate a brick paver landscape job.

Your phone rings and it is one of your lawn mowing customers asking you how much it would cost them to get a brick paver patio area built in their back yard. Because you never bid on such a job before, you start to panic because you don’t know how long the job will take. [...]

Got caught spraying lawn chemical without license.

Do you spray weed killers at times without having a pesticide application license? Sure some do it and some get away with it. But some get caught. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who ran into big problems from what started off as a small situation.

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, [...]

Promoting student lawn care services.

With the way college prices have been going up up up and student debt has been following suit, it’s great when you can avoid going into debt by paying for college yourself. But how can you do that? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who decided [...]

How to deal with crab grass during the summer.

What do you do when mid-summer, a client calls you and asks you to take care of their crab grass filled yard? Do you rip out the current lawn and re-sod? To you pull the crab grass and reseed? Do you wait until fall to do anything? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

How to bill customers for an annual mowing contract?

Say you have a bunch of weekly or even bi-weekly mowing customers and you want to get them to agree to an annual mowing contract. How do you go about pricing it? How do you charge them? Do you just add the annual mowing total up and divide by 12 months and bill them that [...]

Lawn stopped growing cause of heat. Now what?

Temperatures will change throughout the year. Sometimes you will get a lot of rain and sometimes you will have drought conditions. If there is one thing you can guarantee, the weather will not always be consistent. You can’t change the weather but you can be creative in the services you offer. As we will see [...]

How to get bi-weekly mowing customers to become weekly.

Have you found that the only mowing customers you service are those that want bi-weekly mowing? Do you find it really cuts down on your profits? If so, consider some of these business tactics we learned from The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Maybe utilize a few of these strategies will help you improve your [...]

Should you promote certain fertilizer products?

There are a lot of manufactures who make mowers, trimmers, and fertilizers. Does it make any sense at all to promote these brands on your website? Will these company’s brand name and good will positively effect your bottom line? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who [...]

My landscape company made $200,000 last year.

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who has been in the business 8 years and has finally figured out how much he needs to make each day to break even. From that figure, we learn how it makes it easier for him to know how much [...]

Tips on mowing pricing.

Does a mowing customer ever counter your price and expect you to do your work for less than you can afford to do it? Do they tease you with the offering of more work in the future if only you give them a discount on a job today? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn [...]

How to price a 4 acre mowing job.

Have you ever gotten a call where a homeowner wanted you to bid on mowing a large acreage property? If you have only mowed smaller properties up to that point, you might not know where to begin your pricing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear [...]

Should I drop off commercial lawn care proposals?

Have you seen commercial properties that you would like to bid on but weren’t sure on how to go about it? Have you experimented with various methods only to get no response? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who came up with a novel way to [...]

I got lowballed on a lawn bid again!

Have you ever pulled up to a lawn care customer’s property, only to find another landscaping company already there and mowing the yard? What should you do when this happens? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who had this experience and wanted help on the best [...]

There are more factors than just property size.

What is the quick and easy way to bid a lawn when you are in the landscaping business? Is there a simple rule that can be applied? As we will see in this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there is more to it than just measuring a property and spitting out a [...]

Did I mess up this lawn care bid?

Have you ever come upon a property that looked challenging to mow? Did you wonder why it was overgrown? Possibly the home owner couldn’t get anyone else to mow the yard at the price they wanted to pay. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was [...]

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 [...]

Best way to remove ground ivy.

Ground Ivy is used in various landscapes for many reasons. The Ivy though has a tendency to envelope everything around it, if it is not managed properly. In this discussion form the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper looking for the best options on how to remove an area covered in [...]

Mowing very tall grass for the city.

If you are new to the lawn care business and are finding it tough to get new customers, one of the things you can do is sign up with your local town to mow overgrown properties when they get complaints. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur [...]

Making money on overgrown lawns.

Most townships and counties have laws on their books regarding overgrown lawns. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some entrepreneurs who have figured out ways to profit from these laws. Maybe you could use one or more of these ideas to make more money for your business as [...]

How I bid a 35 tree planting job.

You win some jobs and lose some, it’s the nature of the landscaping business. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who was called on to bid a job that required him to plant 35 trees, which all were in 6.5 gallon containers. Here we see how [...]

Mowing at big chain stores.

You have mowed your share of residential properties. Then you found yourself taking on commercial properties. Wouldn’t the big box stores be the next logical step? Wouldn’t they be the best payers and the customers you would want to grow your lawn care business to the next level? This is a topic we look into [...]

How to deal with weeds and gravel.

In some areas, xeriscaping is very popular as it conserves water usage. When done properly, a yard that is xeriscaped can look fantastic, but it needs to be tended too. If it doesn’t get the care it needs, you are destined to have a property that has a base of gravel and is full of [...]

Are you mowing angry?

Are you ‘mowing angry’ during the day? Is your mowing schedule full and yet you find you are not making the profit you thought you would be? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from entrepreneurs who have gone through multiple phases in their business and came to the realization [...]

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 [...]

Lawn spraying business tips.

There is a science to pricing lawn fertilization spraying. If you are just winging your estimates, you could be losing out on a lot of profit per day. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one veteran entrepreneur who has found that spraying more larger lawns at a lower [...]

Way underbid a craigslist lawn care job.

It’s really easy to underbid yard cleanup jobs, especially one time rush jobs as we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. When you see how badly others can underbid jobs, it can open your eyes to how and why you need to bid more for the jobs you are [...]

How to deal with mowing and rain.

Certain areas of the country gets a lot of rain. So what is a new lawn care business owner to do when the rain throws off their mowing schedule, especially for lawn care customers who get mowing every other week? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some owners [...]

New lawn customers want estimates over the phone.

The callers you get when you first are starting your mowing business can be quite frustrating with their demands. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are procedures you should put in place to handle new callers, to guarantee you don’t under bid a job by bidding [...]

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 [...]