Archive for the 'leaf clean up' Category

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 [...]

How to make landscape customers understand man hours?

After reading this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, you will think, surely such a situation didn’t really happen. But it did happen and it happens everyday to new business owners. If you have a landscape cleanup you are working on and you have multiple employees working on the job, don’t let the [...]

I am finding a market in cleaning rooftop moss.

A big off season money maker for lawn care professionals is fall leaf cleanups and spring yard cleanups. With all those leaves falling on the ground, they can make a yard look like a mess. But what about up above? Roofs and gutters? It might not seem like a perfect add on at first, but [...]

Reflections on the first week running my lawn care business.

If you get your lawn care business started up later in the season, your first obstacle may be accurately bidding leaf removal jobs. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, such jobs can really catch you off guard and require a lot more time than you may initially [...]

How would you handle this fall cleanup situation?

Have you ever run into a situation where you have already provided a fall yard cleanup only to have that same customer call you back a week later asking when you are going to be there to pick up the rest of the leaves? That is what is going on in this discussion from the [...]

My lawn care marketing strategy and response rate.

Here is some great insight shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the lawn care marketing strategies and responses an entrepreneur found. If there is one lesson to be learned from it, you never know what kind of response you will get until you try, and try, and try again. The [...]

Offering free leaf cleanups in the fall?

Marketing is always an experimental process. Altering different variables and testing those marketing elements is the only way for sure to know what is working and what isn’t. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who promoted free leaf cleanups and how he made out at the [...]

Efficient leaf removal techniques.

Sometimes what seems like a simple straight forwards task, take for instance leaf cleanups, can actually be performed in many ways. Some ways will be faster than others which translates into less time spent on site and more money in your pocket. Here is a great example of that from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

Got my first lawn care customers from word of mouth.

Having a large local social network can be a real asset when it comes to starting up a new business. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, a new entrepreneur was pleasantly surprised when his first few customers came to him through word of mouth, even before he [...]

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 [...]

How to create a bid for the lawn care of 32 cabins.

When presented with a potential mowing job on an average sized property for one home, the average new lawn care business owner would more than likely go to the property and check it out before bidding. But when presented with the opportunity to bid on a larger lawn mowing job with a limited time to [...]

Help! Too many leaf cleanups and not enough time!

The end of the year can bring along with it a frantic pace of yard cleanup. But what do you do when you schedule in too many yard cleanups and run out of time? Another thing to consider is this poor planning on your part? Do you need to re-think the way you handle fall [...]

Leaf collection in comfort.

Sometimes all it takes is an upgrade to your lawn care equipment to really make a change in your ability to perform a job as well as improve profits. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who decided to go bigger this year with his leaf collection [...]

Should you be a jack of all trades or a master of one?

Focusing on a few services or even one service is probably not a wise move when you are starting your business. But as you progress with your company and have some time to experiment, you can find which services you like to perform the most and which make you the most money. From there you [...]

Giving away free fall leaf cleanups turned into a disaster.

Promotional ideas that may seem like a good idea initially can look terrible when you take a moment to think about them. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we see one entrepreneur who decided to offer a free fall leaf cleanup to customers who signed up for his lawn mowing service. [...]

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 [...]

Lessons for your first year leaf removal season.

There are many variables you need to take into account for fall leaf cleanups. Do you wait until all the leaves have fallen or keep up on the property until the last leaf has dropped?  What about equipment? Is it worthwhile simply starting off with a rake and some bags or will you need more [...]

How are my bid prices on this big lawn care account?

Some landscape jobs will come along that might just seem outside your scope to accurately bid. When that happens, it is best to break the job down into smaller sized projects that you can more easily price. As we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, smaller pieces are a [...]

Having a hard time finding fall leaf cleanup customers.

How is your fall marketing going so far? Are you keeping busy? Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about one member’s desire to reach out and gain more customers. In it he shares with us what kind of leaf cleanup marketing he has been doing and the results he [...]

How to make money at the end of the mowing season.

When is the last time you are going to be able to mow for the season? When that time comes, will there be other ways for you to continue to make money or will you simply pack it in and wait it out until spring? One new landscaper was trying to find out more about [...]

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 [...]

Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of starting your lawn care business?

In the beginning, trying to pull everything you need to do together to get your lawn care business launched can feel overwhelming. Which services should you offer, which should you pass on? Which services are best to start with and which are better to add on later? All these questions can make you feel a [...]

How to deal with lawn care customer yard debris.

What to do with your lawn care customer’s yard debris? That question may not seem like a big deal early on but as you go, you will find it can quickly become a money sucking burden! If you haven’t thought about it or your policy is still undetermined, consider what this lawn care business owner [...]

Lawn care customer early warning signs.

It seems like 90% of your lawn care customers will never be a bother and will pay on time. They won’t ask for additional free lawn care services. They won’t try to haggle you down to the point you are losing money on a job. They will just be pleasant to work with. But then [...]

How to win an $11,000 apartment lawn care bid.

Have you had the chance yet to submit a lawn care bid for a local apartment complex? If you haven’t because the job seems like it is overwhelming, why not take a moment and break down the job into simple parts. Compare the smaller parts to the lawn care work you are currently providing for [...]

A small lawn clean up turned into a big profit job.

Small lawn care clean up jobs can grow and grow and grow at times. As we will see from this discussion in the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, keeping your eye open for opportunities can really help your bottom line. Just make sure as these projects grow, you can handle the job, and your bid [...]

Should I get a chipper/shredder or a vac/shredder?

There are many ways to perform leaf cleanups in the fall. Some lawn care business owners do things a very manual way by raking leaves into a pile and then hauling that pile away. Others utilize more expensive equipment to speed up the process while improving their profits. If you find yourself wondering which equipment [...]

Should you give away free fall leaf cleanups?

Early on in your lawn care business start up phase, you may find yourself desperate to try anything that will bring you lawn care customers. Ideas that may not be logical to veterans of the lawn care industry may be experimented with by new business owners and come with disastrous results. As we will see [...]

Lawn winterization marketing plan.

If you are looking for a lawn winterization marketing plan, here is a suggestion from a member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. With a little altering, you might be able to make this plan fit perfectly for you.
He wrote “In an effort to re-design my business and for next year I have been [...]

Half acre clean up, how much to charge?

A member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum had a job come up that consisted of a bunch of smaller jobs and he wanted to know what he should charge. He wrote “I have a half acre field (flat) with branches and sticks strewn around it that I need to clean up. I [...]