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How to sell and charge for aeration services.

There are only so many times you can mow a lawn per year. That amount of mowings will generate a certain amount of money. Now since you are already at these properties and generating income. It makes sense to try and upsell you customer base on additional service, like for instance, aeration. In this discussion [...]

Should you be charging for soil tests?

If you are looking for a way to improve your sales presentation to a new potential lawn care customer and would also like to add a new service, why not consider soil testing? There are different levels of complexity you can perform with your soil tests that can really help you find out what a [...]

Pulling money out of the ground with aeration.

Anytime you are thinking about buying more lawn care equipment, you need to ask yourself if you can justify the cost. Will you make your money back from the machine and then some? Or will it sit there in your garage and barely ever be used? That is the discussion we had on 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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Organic lawn care services leads to big profits.

Experimenting with different services can really help you find one that you enjoy performing and provides you with the best return on your money. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum we get some insight into the workings of one entrepreneur who found success with focusing on offering organic lawn care applications. [...]

Newspaper classified ad ideas for a lawn care business.

Depending on the amount of competitors in your local newspaper, placing a classified ad can sometimes really lead to a windfall of new customers. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, choosing the right wording will give your potential customers a call to action. Let’s see an example [...]

Lawn care business classified ad review.

It can be difficult coming up with a classified ad’s wording. Here are a couple of lawn care classified ads that an entrepreneur put together to promote himself online. He asked the members of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum to help make it better and got a few constructive points that will help him [...]

Lawn care advertising idea that stood out.

Have you ever been out mowing properties around town when you saw an interesting marketing method being utilized? It seems more often than not, marketing messages just don’t seem to stand out enough. But in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one entrepreneur saw a method that really caught his eye and [...]

Got fined by the county for spraying pesticides without a license.

Every year, the laws stating what you can and can’t spray on a customer’s lawn gets longer and more restrictive. Yet every year, there are still new lawn care business owners who get themselves started and think they don’t need any licensing because they are spraying chemicals on a small scale. Well here is a [...]

Rain and lawn care customers that owe you money.

Some of the biggest annoyances a lawn care business owner dreads is rainy days and late paying customers. So when you mix the two of them together, you get a day that is REALLY dreadful. As we will see in this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are ways to benefit and [...]

Have you ever come close to almost giving up on your lawn care business?

There are a lot of barriers an entrepreneur faces while running their business. If you find yourself dealing with some heavy issues, keep in mind you are not alone. Here is a collection, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, of how other business owners deal with forces that try to stop them from succeeding. [...]

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 [...]

Buying lawn care customers.

To grow your business, you can buy lawn care accounts and get a bunch of them in one fell swoop or you can utilize your lawn care marketing and build them up more organically over time. Either way, it’s going to cost you to do it. Either time or money. So if you have the [...]

How to perform a lawn renovation job.

It’s quite the nature of the beast when you run a lawn care business, especially early on, to try and take on as many jobs as you can. There may be times you find yourself taking on lawn care jobs you really have no idea how to perform. With a little research on your part [...]

What should you do with grass clippings?

If you are new to the lawn care industry, you may find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of what to do with all those grass clippings you create from mowing your customer’s lawns. Should you bag them? Should you rake them up? Should you pile them in a corner of the customer’s [...]

What spring clean up services should you offer?

It seems the services included in a spring clean up can differ vastly depending on which lawn care company is asked. As we will see here, from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, each of these three lawn care business owners differed on what their basic spring clean up services included and what services would [...]

How to specifically target an area for lawn care services.

Doing a quality job has got to be one of your best calling cards when it comes to lawn care. Whether you are onsite or not, a lush green and landscaped lawn will grab attention and speak volumes about your lawn care business. In this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, one member [...]

Home owner’s association lawn care bid proposal example.

It can be quite a daunting task to put together your first commercial lawn care property management bid. Finding the right wording and comparing how your bid looks with others can difficult to do because your local competitors are probably not going to want to share this information with you. Well thanks to a member [...]

Tips on getting your lawn care business started late in the season.

There are certain times throughout the year when it seems easier to attract new lawn care clients. The peak times tend to be mid spring into early summer. The slowest times seem to be late fall into winter. If you happen to find yourself starting a lawn care business during a slow time of the [...]

How to bid a lawn renovation job.

Job costs can play a large part in a lawn care customer’s decision making process when it comes to what services they will hire you to perform. Some customers will want top of the line service and be willing to pay a top of the line price. Others will want the most bang they can [...]

Why you should blog to get more lawn care customers.

Are you looking for an edge to get more lawn care customers and improve your website rankings on search engines? I am sure you are. Who isn’t! There are many ways to gain an advantage over a competitor and a lot of times it simply comes down to who is willing to put in that [...]

Answers to newbie lawn care business owner questions.

Any new lawn care business owner is most certainly going to have a lot of questions about running their business. Here are a few questions that came up on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum from a new lawn care business owner who was having some difficulties getting started. Below each question are some answers [...]

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 [...]

Listening to your lawn care customers can make a big difference.

I know it sounds so cliche to say listen to your lawn care customers, but I think this is one of those simple issues that is way to often overlooked. One lawn care business got on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and shared with us a story on how he has been able to [...]

Organic lawn care advertising sample.

There has been a lot of discussion on offering organic lawn care spraying services, on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and I wanted to share with you an advertisement one of our lawn care business owners used to promote this service.
The products he sprays on the lawns require no license and they work. Make [...]

Liquid organic lawn spraying = big profits.

Are you looking to add another revenue generator to your lawn care business? Do you find your area is highly competitive when it comes to offering lawn mowing services, well how about adding on organic lawn spraying. No license is required. Results will be visible quickly and you can add much needed profit to your [...]

What is the common cost for lawn dethatching and Aeration?

Tony posted a question on the Gopher Lawn Care Forum. He asked “What is the common cost for lawn dethatching and Aeration?”
Thankfully one of our business veterans, Tim, was there to jump in and give this great response.
“Here in KY I’m getting about $33 per thousand sq ft, so we charge $150 for the first [...]