Archive for the 'Mulch Jobs' Category

Installing mulch beds and lawn mowing.

It’s not an easy step to take going from simply lawn mowing to providing landscaping services. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from multiple business owners on how they handle the difficulty of scheduling landscaping jobs around their weekly mowing customers. With the right time management strategy, you can [...]

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 [...]

Buying landscaping materials wholesale.

In the early start up phase of your business, you may not be thinking about how to purchase landscape materials wholesale, but after getting just a handful of customers, you might see yourself needing more supplies at a better price than you can get at a local big box store. In this discussion from the [...]

How to write out my first commercial lawn care bid.

That first time you bid on a commercial property can really throw you for a loop if you are used to only working on residential properties. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur is trying to figure out how to include services like adding mulch to an annual lawn care [...]

Bidding a flower bed weeding job.

When you are used to bidding lawn mowing jobs, you can find yourself caught off guard when a customer asks you for a bid to perform another service. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one contractor who way underbid his mulch bed weeding job and ultimately spend double [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Needing help pricing a large mulch job.

If you are used to getting small mulch jobs to bid on from time to time and then all of a sudden you get a call for a larger area than you are used to, your ability to estimate the job may be challenging. Here is a great example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

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 [...]

Annual lawn care bid example for a hotel.

Are you currently mowing residential properties and looking to scale up to commercial? Or maybe you are servicing commercial customers and would like to see how another entrepreneur breaks down and bids a property. Here is a great hotel lawn care bid example from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Hopefully this helps give you [...]

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 [...]

Shrub planting job estimate.

Every landscape job you take on will be unique in some way. Here is one of those jobs that really stands out because of the tight area the job must be performed in. Normally planting a handful of shrubs along a property line wouldn’t stand out too much. But as we will see in this [...]

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 to get wholesale prices for landscape materials.

A great way to make more profit on your landscape projects and have more room to be more competitive in your pricing is to purchase your landscape materials at wholesale prices. Why pay retail when you can potentially save up to 40% on materials? Sounds great, but how do you get those prices? That is [...]

I blew a big lawn care bid and what I learned from it.

Each day you are operating your business, you will find there are learning lessons to absorb. Some lessons are small, while others can be larger. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about how it’s so important to follow up on bids you place. Also how it is very important [...]

So far, so good this spring lawn care season.

There are some steps you can take that will really improve your company’s ability to grow. Here is a great example of a few steps to take to improve your sales process, get more jobs, and reach out to new potential customers from a discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

Why you shouldn’t install mulch next to a home foundation.

Drive down any street in the spring or summer and you are almost guaranteed to see a home with mulch around it’s foundation. With so many people doing that, you might figure it’s a good idea. But wait before you install your next mulch job and read this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

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 [...]

How a lawn care business owner scaled up his use of employees.

There is a tendency with sole lawn care business owner operators to work themselves until they can’t work any more. They want to be in total control of every minute detail so they feel they can’t relinquish any control to staff. This can cause a lot of problems as the business naturally tries to grow. [...]

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 [...]

Topsoil and mulch, when is it better to pickup versus have it delivered?

Decisions, decisions. Every day you operate your lawn care business you are going to have to make decisions that hopefully will benefit your company. You will have to weigh both sides of an equation to figure out which path will help you come out ahead. That is the case when it comes to picking up [...]

How to quickly scale up for a larger commercial lawn care job.

At times you may find your lawn care business presented with a growth opportunity that really challenge your current infrastructure. Either they require a large financial commitment to upgrade equipment or they need a lot more man power to perform that you currently are able to offer. The decisions you make on such jobs can [...]

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 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 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 [...]

Mulch and lawn care bid pricing example.

Here are some great pictures of a lawn care and mulch job a lawn care business owner shared with us on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. Along with the pictures, he gave us some insight on how much he charged to perform this job. Compare this to jobs that you are looking to bid [...]

How networking with people landed me a $12,000 lawn care account.

Things can be tough when you first get your lawn care business started because you haven’t tapped into your social network yet. You may not even know at the time, the power of utilizing your social network to promote your business. As you become more aware of what your social network can do for your [...]

How to deal with seasonal out of state mulch suppliers and installers.

There are competitors in the lawn care business everywhere. From small start up companies to large corporate sized ones. But what would you do if you found yourself having to compete with an out of state competitor who was marketing to your lawn care customers and offering to do your job for a cheaper price [...]

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A big mistake many lawn care and landscaping business owners make is they may bid smaller jobs with a healthy profit, but as [...]