Archive for the 'Landscape Project' Category

How I underbid a hedge removal job.

It doesn’t take the average start up lawn care business to figure out how much to charge to mow the average size lawn in their area. Once you start to branch out and begin to offer landscape services, properly estimating times and fees can become more difficult to do. In this discussion from the Gopher [...]

Thinking of offering a free landscape project to promote my business.

When it comes to promoting your lawn care business, you can either spend your time or your money. When you are limited on time, you can spend money to get your marketing message out. When you are limited on money, you can spend your time. If you choose to do this as we will see [...]

Should you bid a lawn care job lower to get other work?

Have you ever been called to submit a lawn care bid on a property where the property owner promised more work later if the initial bid was low? This temptation can be used as an inducement to gain a lower bid. Once that bid is secured, the property owner can then put out for bid [...]

A warning about taking on landscape services you know nothing about.

There is a constant desire and drive by new entrepreneurs to go out and explore. The boundary of how far they are willing to explore seems to forever be pushed further forwards. If you find yourself doing this with your own lawn care business, here is a cautionary tale from someone who has been there [...]

What kind of shrub warranty should you offer?

You get a call about a potential job that includes some plant installs. So you stop by the potential customer’s house. You walk the property, find out what the homeowner wants, and present a bid. Great news, the customer accepts and you are off to the nursery to purchase a trailer full of shrubs. The [...]

Plant and material discounts at big box stores.

Big box stores are seem to be everywhere you go. They offer a wide variety of products too. But as a landscape professional, should you be buying your materials and plant products from them? Are their prices the best you can get or are there other, better alternatives? That is what one entrepreneur wondered when [...]

A method to sell more landscaping jobs.

It is difficult to create your own lawn care marketing message from scratch without any outside influence. Sometimes getting a little help in the form of an example can really help you get going. Here is that help thanks to a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. In this discussion, a fellow landscaper [...]

I got a call to level out a yard but am unsure as to how.

While performing lawn care services, you are probably going to get a lot of calls for various landscape projects as well. If you haven’t yet worked on any retaining wall or fence projects, here is a relatively simple landscape project that an entrepreneur was called on to perform. Doing the job the right way will [...]

Was my landscape bid high or was I lowballed?

If you have estimated more than a few landscape jobs, you have been in a situation where you didn’t get a job because of price. When that happens, you may sometimes reflect on your estimate and wonder if your landscape bid was too high or if you simply got lowballed by a competitor. In this [...]

How to bid commercial lawn care jobs that require a lot of materials.

Bidding some commercial lawn care customer jobs is fairly straight forwards and similar to the way you would bid a residential job. But as the jobs get larger and the amount of materials needed is increased, you can find yourself in a cash crunch. The last thing you want to have happen is finding yourself [...]

How to get your biggest landscape job just by showing up - GopherHaul 76 Lawn Care Blog Show

How to get your biggest landscape job just by showing up - GopherHaul 76 Lawn Care Business Blog Show.
You might think there is a big trick to landing those larger landscape jobs. But as we will see here in this discussion, a big part of success comes from showing up. If you can get yourself [...]

Offering drainage repair services.

As an entrepreneur I am sure you are always looking out for other service yous can offer your current customer base. The benefit of adding more services and selling them to customers you already have is making more profit per customer. Less money is spent marketing to customers you already have as is less travel [...]

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 [...]

Sometimes you just have to turn down landscape jobs.

Most of the time you are fighting tooth and nail to get new landscape customers to call you by using various methods of marketing. But what do you do when a call comes in from a potential client that lives a little outside your immediate service area? It creates a dilemma that you must weigh [...]

Got the biggest landscape job yet all because I showed up.

You might think in order to win larger mowing accounts than you are used to, it would take some kind of skill only larger companies possess. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, sometimes that secret skill is simply being [...]

It takes how long to get a landscape contractor license?

A lot of lawn care business owners besides mowing also offer landscape services as well. Each state seems to have it’s own laws that regulate these landscape services. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, sometimes you can get away with not having a license and sometimes you [...]

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 [...]

How do your landscape sales presentations compare to these?

When you are trying to sell a customer on a landscape project, how do you create the imagery? Do you walk around the property with a customer and talk about how you might add this plant here or put a mulch bed in over there? Do you hand draw out a design on paper? Or [...]

Simple steps to improve your ability to sell to lawn care customers.

There are improvements you can make on your estimating and sales presentation that can improve your ability to sell. Some people naturally seem to excel at sales because of their extrovert nature while others who may be introverted have a difficult time being outgoing. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we [...]

What’s the best way to remove small trees and shrubs?

A simple landscaping job you may be called on to perform is removing small trees and shrubs. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you can do things the hard way and make some money, or do things the easy way and make more money. Which option you [...]

First landscape project and invoice.

Have you been performing lawn care for a while and had the desire to perform some landscape projects but were unsure of how to do them or bill them? One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum shared with us a landscape project he created. The job was done for cost so that the [...]

A landscaping job turned disaster.

Sometimes a day can make a real bad turn for the worse and cause all types of problems. The longer you are in business, the better your chances are of having one of those days where everything goes to hell. Knowing that others go through similar situations can help you remember you are not alone [...]

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 [...]

Landscaping upsell letter to send to customers.

Things can be pretty busy at times and you can find yourself very short sighted when this happens. Instead of seeing all the additional work you can get from the current lawn care customer you are services, you may be looking to other customers to increase your profits. As we will see from this discussion [...]

What I learned from my Oleander removal bid.

Taking on new jobs can be so tempting, especially when you are new to the business, but you have to be smart in the jobs you decide to work on. Some jobs will make you quite a bit of profit, while others will be money losers. As we will see from this discussion on the [...]

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 [...]

Culvert installation and marketing.

There is plenty of work out there for your lawn care or landscaping business. Don’t expect the work to just come to you. You need to keep an eye out for it. Then once you find an opening, get yourself an opportunity to present yourself and sell the customer on why they need your services. [...]

How to improve your landscape sales bid presentation.

Do you ever find yourself wishing you landed more lawn care or landscaping accounts? Do you find after putting a lot of energy into your landscaping bid that you get negative feedback from the potential lawn care customer? If you do, you are not alone. Putting together a well oiled landscape sales presentation machine takes [...]

Lawn regrading estimate example.

Have you ever been called to a new lawn care customer’s home to bid on a regrading job but didn’t know what to do or where to begin? Here is a great landscaping estimate example where a customer needed their front lawn regraded to allow rain water to flow smoothly away from the house and [...]

Should you be charging for your landscape design work?

Have you ever gotten the feeling as you were spending quite a bit of time and energy designing a landscape project, that the potential customer was only going to take your design and price shop it around to other landscapers in the area? What should you be doing to prevent this from happening? How can [...]