Archive for the 'Sod' Category

Lawn renovation call. Sod or seed?

Your phone rings, and the potential customer asks you to bid on a lawn renovation. You have never done one and you work alone, so what should you do? That is the question one member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum was asked. A little insight from some of the guys that have been [...]

Should I offer a warranty on a sod installation?

In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one landscaper who put in a bid to install sod on a property. That is the only part of the situation that appears relatively normal. After that, everything becomes murky. Dealing with an existing client who constantly throws up red flags, to [...]

Dealing with low ball lawn care bidders.

How many times has this happened to you? You get a phone call from a potential lawn care customer who wants you to bid on their property. You show up to bid and then never hear anything back from them. Or if you do hear back from them, you find out your price was too [...]

I need help on a sod job.

Your lawn care customers are going to ask you to perform a variety of services. Sometimes you will be comfortable in bidding and performing them. Other times you will have no idea how to go about it. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur decided to take on a sod [...]

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 [...]

How to prepare for a sod installation job.

Taking that step from simply offering lawn mowing to offering larger landscaping projects can bring in more money but they might also test your abilities and knowledge base. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about what you need to do if you are hired to install sod on a [...]

How to use a box blade and landscape rake to install a new lawn.

Installing a new lawn can be a very labor intensive job if you let it be. If you harness the power of a compact utility tractor, you can do a lot more work, in a shorter time, with less staff you need to pay. Here is a great discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business [...]

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 [...]

Should you rent or buy a sod cutter?

Most lawn care business owners love equipment. But when does it make sense to buy a new piece of equipment rather than rent it? That is the question one landscaper was interested in knowing more about when he talked about his latest job on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. The job called for the [...]

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 [...]

Sod bid estimate example.

Are you looking to place a sod bid for a new lawn care customer? Here is a great chance for you to compare how you put together your bid with how this landscaper put together their winning bid to re-sod a home with 750 sq. ft. of new sod. Read through this discussion from the [...]

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 [...]

Bidding a big new home development sod job.

You never know when a big job is going to come your way. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one lawn care business owner got a call to install sod at 300 new properties with the average property size of 10,000 sq ft. Such a job could take a small lawn [...]

How to price tree and shrub installations.

A lawn care business owner, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, was looking to expand into offering landscape services and was interested in knowing how to charge for planting trees and shrubs. He wrote “I need help pricing tree and shrub installation and sod installation. I don’t want to charge by the hour [...]

How to bid a sod removal and install job.

When a lawn care customer calls you and asks for a quote on a new sod installation, there are a bunch of questions that should pop up in your mind before you actually proceed in bidding the job. If you don’t find out first why the current lawn needs to be replaced with new sod, [...]

How to bid a sod cutting & removal job.

Have you ever found your lawn care business in a situation where you were asked to bid on a sod cutting and removal job, but you weren’t quite sure what was really involved in doing such a job? That is the situation that was brought up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. One of [...]