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Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-22-2008, 09:22 AM
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010285.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010281.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010288.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010278.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010283.jpg

Steve
11-22-2008, 09:39 AM
Very nice pics Mike! Can you tell us what you got first and how you scaled up?

If you could buy an all new setup, what would you do differently from what you currently have?

What got you to start your lawn care business?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-22-2008, 11:30 AM
well Steve.
I have been in grading and masonary for around 18 year working for my Father. But wanted to run somthing on my own for a good while.
Last year 07 . I started Mowing Grass on Fridays only. With a Craftman 42in Rider. It's what I cut my own grass with for the last few years.
I have a 4x8 trailer that I started out with. First Commercial thing I got was a Honda Trimmer $300 new, then a Honda HRX217 Trim Mower $900 new, a Huskavarna Back blower from lowes $199.(did not make it past 1 year with only 1 day a week :( ).
Thats what I started with Last year .
More to come

Little's
11-22-2008, 03:08 PM
Hey Mike, Welcome to the forum.
I really like your setup.

Steve
11-24-2008, 05:01 PM
well Steve.
I have been in grading and masonary for around 18 year working for my Father. But wanted to run somthing on my own for a good while.
Last year 07 . I started Mowing Grass on Fridays only. With a Craftman 42in Rider. It's what I cut my own grass with for the last few years.
I have a 4x8 trailer that I started out with. First Commercial thing I got was a Honda Trimmer $300 new, then a Honda HRX217 Trim Mower $900 new, a Huskavarna Back blower from lowes $199.(did not make it past 1 year with only 1 day a week ).
Thats what I started with Last year .

Mike,

With all your experience in grading and masonry, why did you decide to do lawn care? Why not open your own masonry business? Will you be offering masonry services in the future and hardscaping?

justin_time
11-24-2008, 10:16 PM
I think your sign should be outside the trailer, not inside

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-25-2008, 06:45 AM
I think your sign should be outside the trailer, not inside
LOL there job signs and I have 20 of them. I have a guy working on truck sign this week . Here is one that he came up with.


http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/2008-11-19-1446-18.jpg

Steve
11-25-2008, 11:27 AM
I love the logo design! Did you do that yourself? WOW!

With all your experience in grading and masonry, why did you decide to do lawn care? Why not open your own masonry business? Will you be offering masonry services in the future and hardscaping?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-25-2008, 11:51 AM
I love the logo design! Did you do that yourself? WOW!

With all your experience in grading and masonry, why did you decide to do lawn care? Why not open your own masonry business? Will you be offering masonry services in the future and hardscaping?

Nope this sign is being made by a Guy that I trade work out for Signs (found him on craigslist)

On the Masonry
Yes we do From side walks to Walls
I put this wall up in 2 days flat
now I need to stuco the back :D
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/Landscapewall004.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/Landscapewall002-1.jpg

Steve
11-25-2008, 12:07 PM
That is nice job! You are very talented!

legendlawn
11-25-2008, 12:16 PM
Mike,

Very nice job on the wall. What advice could you give for somebody like myself, who does not have a masonry background, that wants to get into building retaining walls and such for their existing landscape business.

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-25-2008, 12:24 PM
Mike,

Very nice job on the wall. What advice could you give for somebody like myself, who does not have a masonry background, that wants to get into building retaining walls and such for their existing landscape business.

The Pics of the wall that I put up Is all dry stacked (no morter/cement)
Start with a good footing and Keep it Level :D

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-25-2008, 12:36 PM
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010219.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010217.jpg

Steve
11-25-2008, 01:49 PM
Very nice.

I love the fall colors too.

Mike, if a new lawn care business owner wanted to start offering retaining walls, what size job would you recommend they start with? Would they find more potential problems the higher the wall is?

Also, what kind of guarantee should they offer on their work?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-25-2008, 02:20 PM
Very nice.

I love the fall colors too.

Mike, if a new lawn care business owner wanted to start offering retaining walls, what size job would you recommend they start with? Would they find more potential problems the higher the wall is?

Also, what kind of guarantee should they offer on their work?

Here in NC 3ft tall after that it post to be Engineered /can also go the the local block,brick,landscape seller and they SHOULD give you the info that you need !!
The wall in the pics was from Belgard ( www.bigrockproducts.com www.belgard.biz ) also in NC www.cemex.com is also realy good

Steve
11-25-2008, 04:54 PM
Here in NC 3ft tall after that it post to be Engineered

Can you tell us a little what that means to have a wall 'engineered?'

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-25-2008, 06:16 PM
Can you tell us a little what that means to have a wall 'engineered?'

If a wall has more the 3 ft of back fill on it , It needs a enginer come out and draw up plans such a architect would on a house. Going with permites and building plane if it's over 3ft.

I have done walls in the past thats been 15 to 20 ft tall and over 200 ft long in the past !!!

legendlawn
11-25-2008, 08:40 PM
Mike,
I like the mowing pics. It looks like a larger account. What is it? Is it commercial or residential? How do you bid your mowing?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
11-29-2008, 09:59 AM
Mike,
I like the mowing pics. It looks like a larger account. What is it? Is it commercial or residential? How do you bid your mowing?
That one is a Residential!Most of my bids are a set price for yards.
Min cut is $35 even if it only takes me 15 min. I have a few that runs $125 ,but on avg most of my yards are $50. I have 3 accounts that I charge by the HR.

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-03-2008, 04:11 PM
Before
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010279-1.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010282-1.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010289.jpg
Mid day
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010301.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010296.jpg
Some after pics
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010300.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010299.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010294.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010293.jpg
I have more to do in the morning !!!

Steve
12-03-2008, 05:35 PM
Mike,

Nice pictures! Can you tell us a little about what you were doing in this job and how long it took you?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-03-2008, 06:01 PM
Mike,

Nice pictures! Can you tell us a little about what you were doing in this job and how long it took you?

I was redoing some old mulch beds .
Called Bed edging .
Today I started at 8:30 laid out where he whanted the new edge be as in one of the pics with the line in it !! Run a Bededger over the out line (that was marked out with paint ) Then you clean all the Sod out thats in the beds. Then I used a BK blower to clean the dirt off he grass then Mulched.
by 3 pm I had done the edging and some sod clean up and spread 2 yards of mulch.
I have to go back and finsh tomarrow with 2 more yards of mulch (PS thats all thats fits in the back of my truck at a time )
more to come

Steve
12-03-2008, 07:02 PM
I am looking forwards to seeing more!

What advice do you have for newer lawn care business owners when it comes to creating an estimate for such a job. How should a bed edging job be estimated? By linear ft? How much should they charge? Any advice?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-03-2008, 07:25 PM
I am looking forwards to seeing more!

What advice do you have for newer lawn care business owners when it comes to creating an estimate for such a job. How should a bed edging job be estimated? By linear ft? How much should they charge? Any advice?

On this Im doing the edging by the Hr and the mulch by the yard. I started the price for $120 for 2 yards This guy I talked to long time ago aboult this and I told him I would do the work for $35 hr if it was in the winter.
when I get done im going to get the footage of it so I can get a idea how to charge per job (this is the firts one that I have done with this edger )PS way way faster the digging !!!! LOL I will try and get a good price for running foot !! I used $15 in paint to lay out the lines today .

legendlawn
12-03-2008, 09:13 PM
Mike,
Once you cut the edge and it came time to remove the sod, how did you go about doing that? Did you use a sod cutter?

Steve
12-03-2008, 11:24 PM
Were you using one of these edgers? Did you rent it or buy it? Any specific ones you recommend?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-04-2008, 02:33 PM
Mike,
Once you cut the edge and it came time to remove the sod, how did you go about doing that? Did you use a sod cutter?

If I had a sod cutter I would have but I used a pitch fork by going under the grass and prying up . It worked a littel fast then a shovel !!

Were you using one of these edgers? Did you rent it or buy it? Any specific ones you recommend?
The bed edger is made by Brown.
I bought it this year . It was a used one . There some ebay going around $800. New there $2500

Steve
12-05-2008, 04:43 PM
Mike,

What advice do you have for newer lawn care business owners when it comes to creating an estimate for such a job. How should a bed edging job be estimated? By linear ft? How much should they charge? Any advice?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-05-2008, 05:15 PM
Mike,

What advice do you have for newer lawn care business owners when it comes to creating an estimate for such a job. How should a bed edging job be estimated? By linear ft? How much should they charge? Any advice?
Well this one I did by the HR and the mulch by the yard . Lession #1 that a nono. Its to hard to figer what time to take away from the hrs from the time that you spread the Mulch.
Im figering it up by the running foot, and I will give a ball park idea what that is.
Removing the sod takes the longest time and is the hardest work .
The next will go llike this.

Layout time. (This Job took 3 cans of paint) and around 2hrs
+
Price per running foot on Edging (2hrs)
+
Price per SQ foot of sod removel (4hrs)
+
Mulch per Yard ($60 per yard)
+
Clean up time (1hr)
I have one more day on it next week. After im done with the hole thing I will take measurements of Running ft, SQ ft of sod ,and sq ft of mulch .
I hope this helps out a little

Steve
12-05-2008, 05:50 PM
Well this one I did by the HR and the mulch by the yard . Lession #1 that a nono. Its to hard to figer what time to take away from the hrs from the time that you spread the Mulch.

Ahh ok, so what you are saying is, don't estimate this kind of job by the hour?

One should estimate it by the parts of it?

Instead of by the hour, you should create the estimate in your head like this?

Layout time. (This Job took 3 cans of paint) and around 2hrs
+
Price per running foot on Edging (2hrs)
+
Price per SQ foot of sod removel (4hrs)
+
Mulch per Yard ($60 per yard)
+
Clean up time (1hr)

Is that right?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-05-2008, 07:56 PM
Ahh ok, so what you are saying is, don't estimate this kind of job by the hour?

One should estimate it by the parts of it?

Instead of by the hour, you should create the estimate in your head like this?



Is that right?
one word!!!
YES

Steve
12-05-2008, 08:20 PM
I have one more day on it next week. After im done with the hole thing I will take measurements of Running ft, SQ ft of sod ,and sq ft of mulch .
I hope this helps out a little

I am looking forwards to seeing what you come up with! Thanks!

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
12-18-2008, 07:30 PM
This is what he came up with!!!!
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/MTM%20Midtown/P1010312.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/MTM%20Midtown/P1010315.jpg
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/MTM%20Midtown/P1010313.jpg

Steve
12-18-2008, 11:17 PM
That looks fantastic! I bet you are very pleased!

joe_ramirez
12-19-2008, 09:00 AM
I really like the clean look your closed trailer gives. Outward appearance is presentable. Do you have any plans to paint or have a sticker put on the outside of the trailer?

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
01-17-2009, 04:26 PM
I really like the clean look your closed trailer gives. Outward appearance is presentable. Do you have any plans to paint or have a sticker put on the outside of the trailer?
Yep was plaing to do it this week but my sign guy is busy (we work on trade for my sign work for landscaping and installs for him ).
He's going to send me some mocup pic some time tonight!! Soon as it gets warmer next week he's go to put them on.

Steve
01-17-2009, 04:39 PM
He's going to send me some mocup pic some time tonight!!

I'd love to see them!

MacTrina
02-15-2009, 09:41 PM
Hey steve why do you have it set up that if you want to read the post from start to finish you have to go to the end and work your way back to the front

Steve
02-16-2009, 12:43 PM
Hey steve why do you have it set up that if you want to read the post from start to finish you have to go to the end and work your way back to the front

It seems some of the links will take you to the last post of a thread while others take you to the first. I still haven't figured it all out yet :)

VPS Lawn Care
02-16-2009, 11:57 PM
It seems some of the links will take you to the last post of a thread while others take you to the first. I still haven't figured it all out yet :)

all you have to do is look by the title of the thread and it shows the # of pages and then says last page, just click on the 1st page and go from there, or if ya want to go to last click the last

Mike's LawnCare Landscape
04-12-2009, 10:34 PM
I really like the clean look your closed trailer gives. Outward appearance is presentable. Do you have any plans to paint or have a sticker put on the outside of the trailer?
My sign guy got to it a few weeks back !!
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f70/Hyderyoda/P1010322-1.jpg

quickcleanlawn
04-24-2009, 10:05 PM
I think your sign should be outside the trailer, not inside

Ha Ha, I was thinking the same thing.

Hey Mike, how ya like that Ferris walk behind ?

Steve
04-24-2009, 10:58 PM
Your trailer sign looks outstanding!

Happy Grass Lawn Care
05-01-2009, 11:28 AM
Heyy Mike,

I have that same sulky but cannot figure out how your attaching it to the walk behind? if you could help me out i would appreciate it man! :)


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