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Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-12-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,788
Posted By Upscale2
Industry standards tell us that it takes 1 man, 1...

Industry standards tell us that it takes 1 man, 1 hour, to install 1 yard of mulch.
Yes you can do it faster, but for all intents and purposes figure above calculation.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-12-2015, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,788
Posted By Upscale2
Total sq ft divided by 27Xdepth: 4500/27 X...

Total sq ft divided by 27Xdepth:

4500/27 X .08=13.5 yards

Each inch is .08 because we know that 1/4 foot is .25 or 3 inches

In NH, we are charge at a rate of $110 per yard installed. Obviously,...
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 01-08-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,117
Posted By Upscale2
Check out a small dump trailer, single axle. You...

Check out a small dump trailer, single axle. You can modify it for mowing, and it will give you more options like: carrying mulch, loam, materials, equipment etc.

My first trailer was a 12'...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 12-19-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,474
Posted By Upscale2
I have been planning to do this also. The plan...

I have been planning to do this also. The plan is to put systems into place that will help staff learn more efficiently and be able to carry out tasks.

I am working on creating check lists for...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 12-05-2014, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,336
Posted By Upscale2
Create a channel on Youtube. Load & Edit your...

Create a channel on Youtube.
Load & Edit your videos
Get people to watch your videos.

Q: Who bought Youtube?
A: Google
Q: What does this mean to you and your business?
A: Your business is now on...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 11-02-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,973
Posted By Upscale2
Here are my thoughts, without seeing the jobsite...

Here are my thoughts, without seeing the jobsite its a little difficult.
I would rent a Bobcat MT-55 with a soil conditioner/harley rake plus the bucket.
Use the soil conditioner/rake to till the top...
Forum: General Talk 04-13-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,567
Posted By Upscale2
I use a free online site. You can add pins to...

I use a free online site. You can add pins to areas and it figures out sq ft, yardage etc....

$10 and i'll let you in on the secret. I accept c/c's:D
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-13-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,623
Posted By Upscale2
I get $100 per yard installed. After a full day...

I get $100 per yard installed. After a full day of doing that I realize its not enough. Installed 30 yards friday with 3 men, different locations, not fun.
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-08-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,469
Posted By Upscale2
All good points Remember you're selling LABOR. ...

All good points

Remember you're selling LABOR. Period.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-17-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,801
Posted By Upscale2
I am at $100 prepay, and $110 for non-prepay. I...

I am at $100 prepay, and $110 for non-prepay.

I buy my mulch in bulk, around 90 yards at a time. So I send out a post card or email offering the discount and most customers prepay. This way I can...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-13-2014, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 926
Posted By Upscale2
No Compete Clause

Any of you guys use a no compete clause for new hire's?
Last year I had an issue with a guy scooping up one of my
condo snow plowing contracts. Never again.
If so any samples?
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 02-07-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,503
Posted By Upscale2
findlotsize.com

findlotsize.com
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-19-2013, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,971
Posted By Upscale2
Yes that is the plan....change the Title. Also...

Yes that is the plan....change the Title. Also you must change the length of the video slightly. A few seconds will do. Youtube will not publish the video if it is the exact same. I've tried...
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-19-2013, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,971
Posted By Upscale2
Thanks, I do get calls from my videos. It works...

Thanks, I do get calls from my videos. It works hand in hand with my SEO hobby. I am always trying to out do my competitors.
:D
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-19-2013, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,191
Posted By Upscale2
If you don't have any idea on how to put pavers...

If you don't have any idea on how to put pavers in then why are you doing it?
Its a specific process to install pavers correctly. Take some courses and become proficient at it first. Then start...
Forum: Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 03-04-2013, 04:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,646
Posted By Upscale2
Hunter

Go to Hunter Irrigations website.
They have online training classes for FREE!
Lots of good information..
Forum: Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 03-04-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,971
Posted By Upscale2
New short video

Made this video today with some pics I had, using Windows Movie Maker.
Pretty easy after figuring things out.

I'm going to change up video length and titles to hit different keywords.

<iframe...
Forum: Promote your products or services 04-15-2012, 09:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,009
Posted By Upscale2
Hedge, I'll take note of your comment. Thread...

Hedge, I'll take note of your comment. Thread was started in "Promote your products and Services" area. So I don't consider it spam.

Furthermore, it may save some of these guys some money on their...
Forum: Promote your products or services 04-15-2012, 06:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,009
Posted By Upscale2
Dont' open this thread! FREE!

Hey guys Upscale2 here. A buddy of mine sent me some info. about this Online Printing Company that is starting up soon.

Business Cards, Banners, Postcards, Yard Signs, Brochures etc.. are all...
Forum: General Business Discussions 04-15-2012, 06:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,864
Posted By Upscale2
Good information dpld! There is an easier way to...

Good information dpld!

There is an easier way to send postcards right from your computer. No stamp machine required. No labels to print. Ink ain't cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And what about all of that...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-05-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,172
Posted By Upscale2
That about sums it up. You're lowballing just to...

That about sums it up. You're lowballing just to get the work, without knowing your costs, overhead etc.

Bid it like you don't need it.

Before you know it, you'll be out of business and the...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-16-2012, 05:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,863
Posted By Upscale2
Not really familiar with doing timber walls. $35...

Not really familiar with doing timber walls.
$35 average per foot for Block retaining walls, but that
varies depending on site.
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-14-2012, 01:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,173
Posted By Upscale2
See how many dethatching jobs you get. If you...

See how many dethatching jobs you get. If you get several rent a gas powered dethatcher. Do them all in a day. Divide the cost of rental between them, add labor, and overhead etc....

Don't kill...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-13-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,685
Posted By Upscale2
Definitely go door to door. Good luck! I did...

Definitely go door to door.

Good luck!

I did this when I started out and got a handful of customers on the spot, and others called back later.

After the initial contact you should follow up with...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-13-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,874
Posted By Upscale2
I'm over in the Portsmouth area and I pay around...

I'm over in the Portsmouth area and I pay around $17 a yard for black pack or 3/4 crushed from Pike..If you buy from Stone Shop it will be double.

I use 3/4 as a base because it is 95% compacted...
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