Expanding your lawn care business with mini excavation services.

There are many services you can offer your lawn care and landscaping customers. The ones you focus on can be the ones that make you the most money, or the ones you enjoy performing the most. If you feel yourself stuck and can’t find a way to push your lawn care business to the next level without taking on a lot more staff, how about offering mini excavation services? One member of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum did and he found great results because of it.

He wrote “after experimenting with lawn care and fertilization, I found a niche I really enjoy and one that seems to be needed in my area. Mini excavation. With the few pieces of equipment I have purchased, we are bigger than the small guys and can do excavation jobs they can’t. We have the gear to do it faster too. Many rent equipment as needed but they don’t have the experience to do the job properly.

I did an excavation job today the client had initially hired another company to do. It was quite a mess. Due to the previous landscaping companies lack of experience and the fact they used the wrong size excavator, a simple job turned into a big disaster.

Because we are smaller landscaping company with smaller equipment, we can do jobs that the big guys can’t get their gear into or jobs they are not interested. Quite frankly, I am a little shocked more lawn care business owners haven’t caught onto this niche already. In any event I am really enjoying it and the profit margins are healthier than in lawn care.

The second thing I’d like to point out about this niche goes back to the old saying, it takes money to make money. This barrier of entry is one of the reasons why there isn’t more competition in the field. I have invested a considerable amount of money in my landscaping company, and now I am  amazed to find it is providing more work than I know what to do with.

You can make amazing $$$ with a compact utility tractor and mini excavator in your company’s toolbox. Tomorrow I am off to till a place another landscaping company had underbid me on however they were using a walk behind tiller and it proved ineffective. The client called last week saying the previous landscaping company quit the job after working the ground for four hours. The area that needed to be tilled was close to two acres and they were having a lot of issues. With the tiller I have that is attached to my compact utility tractor, I will be able to perform the job in two hours tops and I bid it at $260.00. On such jobs where a customer had initially gone with a previous landscaping company, I won’t change my estimate regardless of how much work they did. The tillers that attach to compact utility tractors turn at three times the speed of a walk behind and leave outstanding results.

One great thing about owning a business is that I can pick the job sites I want to work on. I can choose the ones that I can make the best profit on based on the equipment and skill I have to perform the job.

Another job I had recently completed was to help a homeowner with a massive drain job. In short, the owners were pumping 240 gallons a day from their basement due to blasting for a new school nearby.

To do this job, I showed up with the 27D excavator, 2520 tractor and X749 tractor. Each serves a purpose to get a job like this done fast. One part of the job that I completed in a day was to spread out 64 yards of top soil and then lay 12,000 sq ft of sod. Try doing that without the right equipment.

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So if you are looking for ways to grow your lawn care business and don’t want to have to add more mowing customers and take on more crews, consider offering the mini-excavation services. You just may find your profit margins grow because of it, just like I did.”

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