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Hey everyone. I just started this past June(yeah I know, a little late in the season). I work by myself and my wife might help out when needed. Shes a real big help though. The equipment I have is a 60" cut Toro Zero Turn, Echo weed eater, kawasaki weed eater, husqvarna backpack blower, 6.5' x 10' trailer with dove tail and also have a Troy bilt self propelled push mower that I just bought yesterday at Lowes for a great bargain. I have had a handful of yards during this season, some mulching jobs and various clean up jobs already. So, imo I did alright starting out. I will post pictures soon of my setup.
We are new here. I say "we" because I will be posting along with my fiance. If a dumb question is posted it's from me "A" if it sounds like a reasonable post it will be from my fiance "R." We just started a lawn restoration business about a month and 1/2 ago. We also mow grass, mulch and offer seasonal clean-up. R has been in the lawn care field (lawn tech) at a national company for about 8 years. He has held other jobs in related fields prior to this and has owned his own pest control business many years ago. Thanks for all the informative posts; I've been creeping on you guys for a year now. (A)
My name is Steve and I've been in the lawncare business now for 5 years. The name of my company is Diversified Home Services, out of Frederick, Maryland. I actually got into lawncare by accident but I love it. I was layed off from a home build company after 23 years when the market tanked in 2008. So I took the test to become a contractor, past, and got my lisence, insurance, and started doing home improvements. Unfortunately I couldn't find enough renovating work to keep me busy. Customers started asking me to mulch, the trim hedges, and mow. Now it's full time and I don't have time for renovation work. I'm considering expanding into areation, overseeding, and applying fertilizer and pesticides (legally) which is what has brought me to this site. I'm looking for advice from you who are more experienced.
Hello Steve and everyone else that might be regulars here. just want to say "hello". my wife and are have recently got out of the horse racing business. i've worked in racetrack management all my life and my wife Sarah and i worked at the track in Ontario, we recently had new management come in and things started to go south for us. Sarah had been the head ************* at the racetrack/casino for a number of years and has finished a two semester course on horticulture at a local university and in the next week will be "Red Seal" certified in the field of horticulture. she received a nice severance from the racetrack (there was some sexual misconduct) and we decided to go into business for ourselves. we bought a Husqvarna self-propelled push lawn-mower, a Husqvarna zero-turn mower, a 14 foot landscape trailer, Stihl weed-wacker, one that has changeable attachments (blower, roto-tiller, hedge trimmer.....great piece of equipment, highly recommended, blower is fantastic) and all of the other stuff that goes with lawn care maintenance. we had a website designed (www.GreenLeaflawn.ca), bought a 2012 Dodge quad-cab 1500 (needed new truck anyway) and then had it wrapped with our logo and services. looks so good, can't tell you how professional our truck looks like now. so hopefully we'll be ready to go full bore next spring (she's working for a professional landscape company this summer/fall.....we are trying to get clients on the side, away from her work).
so, anyway.....just wanted to say hello and i think i'll be seeking advice and help on making our little 2-person company a success. we are very aware how hard we will have to work to become successful. prior to me leaving the racetrack i printed up some nice full color flyers (from a high end printer we had there) and did it the old fashioned way, delivering them door-to-door in a couple of high end estate type sub-divisions in the city (we live in Ottawa), homes that are just wreaking with money. actually got a hit or two on the very first day.
please don't be afraid to say hello back and will look forward to any tips that might help us out along the way.
I plan to start my business next summer, but I am confused about what equipment to start off with. In the beginning I am going to do residential lawn to lock in some accouts. The go for commercial accounts. I was this about getting a self-propelled push mower and a tractor. Then once I make some money get a ZTR. What do y'all. Think? I am of course going to get a couple trimmers and edgers. Plus a walk behind leaf vac.
i bought a Stihl gas powered whipper snipper that can covert to other attachable attachments, i bought the main engine head that came with a whipper snipper and then bought a attachable blower and an attachable roto-tiller. blower works fantastic, very powerful and the other day we used the roto-tiller attachment for a dead grass and overseeding job. one of our best investments, yes, Stihl is somewhat expensive, i believe the original head w/whipper snipper was $320, the blower was around $200 and the roto-tiller was $260......but we now have a very good dependable piece of equipment w/ great attachments. well worth the money.
Hi, my name is Chad Andrews from SC. I have been in painting and power washing since 2001 and thought i would start a lawn service for 2013, went out and got a 2007 Isuzu truck, two pz6034 couple of string trimmers and so on, now i need to drum up some yards. Any help would be appreciated.
My name is Jason and i'm kind of new to the lawn scene. I would love to start doing this full time. I'm currently an auto mechanic that is looking to make some life changes. I for one love the thought of being my own boss instead of someone else getting paid for my hard work and to be honest I'm getting tired of the ever increasing complexity of new cars. Work has also slowed to the point wear the shop I have worked for the past 16 years has started reducing our hours and is practically giving work away just to get customers in the doors.
About 4 years ago I bought A Toro zero turn and an assortment of other yard tools and have been doing work for family and friends ever since. I absolutely love the feel of accomplishment and the compliments that come with. The way the economy is I'm more than a little nervous about starting a new line of work but am going to commit anyway.
I need to do this for me and my family so please wish me luck and any pointers for A newbie would be greatly appreciated.
I love the site and will be on frequently to try to get a little more educated before next March when the next season starts. Also any pre season pointers would be of great help. Thanks to all and thanks for A great website
Hello, My name is Chris, I'm obviously new to the forum. I'm looking to grow my company, which is one reason I joined this forum. This year has been has been an extremely benificial learning season. However, I'm looking to gain as much knowledge as possible. I look forward to interacting with the members of this forum.