How important are signs on your lawn care truck and trailer?

How important is it to have signs and marketing material on your landscaping truck and trailer? This is a very good question that was asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. A member wrote “things are really taking off here this Spring and it has has been crazy in a good way. My question [...]

Mulching or side discharge when mowing a lawn?

When you are mowing a customer’s lawn do you mulch the grass clippings or use your mower’s side discharge? That is a question asked on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and I found the results to be very interesting.
One of our members wrote “I have noticed a lot of local lawn care folks are [...]

Walk the lawn before you bid or this might happen.

With the advent of google maps and other similar services, your lawn care business might feel more inclined now to pull up an overhead map of a new customers home to review their yard. Once you calculate the dimensions of the property, you may even feel compelled to give the new lawn care customer a [...]

Lawn care t-shirt idea that will get attention.

Creating a catchy idea or phrase to stand out with your lawn care business can be very difficult. Unless you are doing creative thinking everyday, when you need to be creative it can be tough to pull these ideas out of nothing. This leads me to a question Kurtis wrote on the Gopher Lawn Care [...]

Show us your lawn mowing stripes.

Have you ever driven through a neighborhood and seen some lawns that really strike you as amazing! You look at them and ask yourself how the heck can the lawn care business owner do such a great job. Well I felt that way when Sean posted some of his striped lawn photos in the Gopher [...]

Lawn care business postcard distribution tips.

When you are thinking about marketing your lawn care business, why not consider using postcards? That’s what one of our forum members did and he has been getting great results. He wrote “Hey, I just wanted to share with you my new oversized postcards. I am very happy with them and have been getting great [...]

Lawn care business website search engine optimization tip.

Did you know you can appear on google’s search engine even if you don’t have a website? And if you have a lawn care website, here is a tip that you really need to take advantage of. The best part about all of this, is that it’s FREE. It’s amazing what you can learn when [...]

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 [...]

New Lawn Care Business Flyer Template Added

Here is the latest free lawn care business flyer added to our collection. You can download and edit this flyer template with the free word processing program OpenOffice. Edit and alter it to fit your lawn care business needs and start handing them out. To download this lawn mowing flyer or any of our others, [...]

The problem with discounting your landscape projects.

If you think by offering to do a landscape project for cheap will make the customer more appreciative, think again. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum members offered a customer a really good price on two jobs and he found himself running into problems. Here is what he said.
“I’m about to lose my [...]

Overcoming lawn care business owner newbie syndrome.

“Back in the days when you were starting your lawn care business, did you encounter the ‘Why would I hire you if you’re so new?’ dilemma?
I’d like to have some way of spinning that question into a positive if and when that should arise.”
That’s the question asked to us by Scott, a new lawn care [...]

Free Lawn Mowing Flyer Template - Dug yourself into a hole?

Here is a new FREE lawn mowing flyer template entitled ‘Dug yourself into a hole.?’ The goal of this flyer is to make the reader think of all the lawn care and landscape projects they started and never got finished. Or the all the landscape projects they wanted to do but never got a chance [...]

Lawn Care Customer Questionnaire.

When you run a lawn care business over time you tend to develop a structure for processing new callers into becoming lawn care customers. You create different steps to follow in order to improve productivity. This system you create can then be passed on to new employees with the result of having them easily duplicate [...]

GopherHaul Snow Plow Estimate Calculator now available.

If your lawn care and landscaping business performs snow plowing and is desperately trying to create estimates that bring the same percentage profit on small or large jobs, here is a tool for you. The GopherHaul Snow Plow Estimate Calculator is available for use on your personal computer.

Lawn Care Business Flyer Door to Door distribution advice.

For every lawn care business start up that exists today, there is a theory on how best to distribute lawn care flyers door to door. Everyone seems to have their own way to do it. Everyone thinks their way is the best way. Some put flyers in the door without knocking. Some put flyers in [...]

3,500 lawn care business postcards mailed and how many results?

Have you ever sent out quite a bit of lawn care marketing material and gotten lack luster results or no results at all? It happens. What is really difficult about this is if you are just starting out and you spend a lot of money on marketing and then get nothing in return, you might [...]

Where your phone number should appear in your lawn care website.

You would think by the title of this article, the story below would be so simple you didn’t even have to read it but that is certainly not the case. Most lawn care business owners don’t put much time into where their phone number should appear. Just ask yourself where does your phone number appear? [...]

Lawn Care Business Estimate & Contract Template

A big thanks goes out to Justin for sharing with us his lawn care business estimate and contract template on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum. I asked him if this was his first year implementing lawn care business contracts and he said “this will be my first year.. I am doing this so I [...]

Online lawn mower sales scams. Be aware!

Have you ever looked on craigslist and searched for some used outdoor power equipment? There are plenty of items to choose from. Just make sure when you do choose one, you can inspect the item before you buy it. One of our Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum members almost got caught up in a scam [...]

How one lawn care business owner is attracting more customers.

Sometimes the difference between success and failure can be so slight we just don’t know when we are close to that line. Many times entrepreneurs can walk within inches of success but give up before crossing over. Recently one of the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum members got on and posted on how he was [...]

Should I raise lawn care prices mid-season?

Many times when a new lawn care business gets started, they tend to under price their services. In order to jump start their lawn care business, they figure if they undercut the aver price to mow a lawn, they will quickly fill up their customer base. While this tends to work for an initial jolt, [...]

Spring lawn care flyer and direct marketing ideas.

Spring is here and many lawn care business owners are sending out their lawn care marketing material. I have seen quite a bit of flyers and direct mail offers that I wanted to share with you. Maybe some of these ideas will help you create offers and marketing material of your own. First up let [...]

How to charge for landscaping maintenance?

It’s important to find a niche when you run a business. Some business owners in the green industry focus on cutting lawns, some focus on hardscapes and some on pondscapes! But what if you want to focus on landscape maintenance only? How should you charge for such a service? That is a question put to [...]

Does your lawn care business marketing have a call to action?

There are many ways to promote your lawn care business through various forms of marketing. When you are creating your marketing, do you include a call to action? If you don’t you might be wasting your money. I had a chance to talk with a Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum member who had at one [...]

Marketing your lawn care business only with business cards?

Here in this economic slump we see daily posts on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum about the difficulties lawn care business owners are having, trying to find new lawn care customers. One of our members had an opposing marketing view that is held by many. He is finding a lot of success now. Let’s [...]

We will beat any lawn care quote by at least 20%.

What should you do when you open your mail and see a lawn care business direct mail campaign that says “We will beat any quote you receive by at least 20%!” How do you compete with those willing to drop their prices by at least 20% to get the job. The simple answer is you [...]

Marketing your lawn care business in a 14% unemployement rate area.

A lot of areas around the country are dealing with high unemployment rates. When you are just getting your lawn care business started, you may find that this adds to the difficulty of getting your business off the ground. Luke got on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and shared with us his frustrations. He [...]

Warning: read this before you buy a used mower.

Buying used outdoor power equipment can be a great way to save money but it can also open a can of worms and end up costing if repairs are needed. How do you know if a used lawn mower is going to be a good deal? That’s what one of our forum member’s asked when [...]

Topsoil & Mulch Calculator.

Do you find it difficult when looking at a mulch bed to know how mulch mulch you will need to cover the area? Trying to figure out the math for it can be very difficult. Well stop worrying about buying too much mulch / topsoil or not enough and have to go back to the [...]

Lawn care business sales lesson.

We can always learn more about sales. Without sales we would have no income and without an income we would have no business. So to boost your lawn care business sales let’s have a talk with Nick, a fellow Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum member. Nick used to be a car salesman before he moved [...]