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Forum: General Talk 04-30-2009, 08:40 AM
Replies: 27
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Posted By Totally Green
I think the biggest problem is overloading. We...

I think the biggest problem is overloading. We have a lot of sweet gum balls around here and they pile up fast. I'll try both suggestions. Thanks to All.

Gary
Forum: General Talk 04-29-2009, 07:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,229
Posted By Totally Green
I've attached a photo of the sweeper I have. The...

I've attached a photo of the sweeper I have. The bottom rear of the leaf catcher starts to drag after a few leaves are swept. This is where the thread tore and left an opening for the leaves to...
Forum: General Talk 04-28-2009, 11:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,229
Posted By Totally Green
I've tried sweeping. The problem I have is that...

I've tried sweeping. The problem I have is that the catcher on my sweeper, a John Deere, just doesn't hold up. It drags, resulting in the thread rubbing through and then I have a hole in the back...
Forum: General Talk 04-28-2009, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,415
Posted By Totally Green
Help Finding Auction Site

I read somewhere that someone had started an auction site geared toward the lawn & landscape industry. I didn't write it down and now can't find it. Hope someone can help.

Gary
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-17-2009, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,959
Posted By Totally Green
Well, the JD 790 is too small. I would at least...

Well, the JD 790 is too small. I would at least go to the next size up and get a 6' bushhog. Then you need a trailer to haul it and a truck to pull it. You would probably be looking at 25 to 30k...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-17-2009, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,959
Posted By Totally Green
I would not buy a tractor to do this. I already...

I would not buy a tractor to do this. I already owned mine and figured I might as well make some money with it.

Gary
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-17-2009, 02:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,959
Posted By Totally Green
I like the smaller properties. When I do the big...

I like the smaller properties. When I do the big ones, I hire an operator for $10 an hour. It cuts into profit, but I don't care be on a tractor for 15 hours. The small ones, I do myself. The...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-17-2009, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,959
Posted By Totally Green
I really don't know what a tractor rental would...

I really don't know what a tractor rental would be. However, a 40' man lift in my area is $250 per day. I think a decent size tractor and disk would be significantly more. Then your going to spend...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-17-2009, 01:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,959
Posted By Totally Green
I can only tell you what I charge for...

I can only tell you what I charge for bushhogging. I have a JD 790 with a 5' bushhog. It takes me about 15 hours to mow 10 acres in rough/hilly terrain. I charge $750.00 for this job which works...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-16-2009, 09:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
If I'm right for PA, then I may be a little high...

If I'm right for PA, then I may be a little high in NE Louisiana. Maybe I'll hear from some guys down south.

Thanks
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-16-2009, 05:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
Thanks for all the advice. One thing though. ...

Thanks for all the advice. One thing though. Did my bottom line seem reasonable? Too high? Too Low?
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 04-15-2009, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,403
Posted By Totally Green
Why waste time with him. You can be nice and...

Why waste time with him. You can be nice and still get your point across that he can take it or leave it. Last time I checked, lawn care was not a non profit business. Chances are you'll never...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 08:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
We can clean a 400 sq ft bed in about 20 minutes...

We can clean a 400 sq ft bed in about 20 minutes if its not too deep. Laying new mulch takes about the same if we can pull up close to the bed.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
I read a comment on another forum and this...

I read a comment on another forum and this landscaper said he charges a flat $50.00 per yard of mulch. That sounded good to me since I usually about $32.00 in bulk and $45.00 if I buy retail. I...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 04:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
Just so you'll know, we did not mulch that high...

Just so you'll know, we did not mulch that high up the tree. The mound was old. Our mulch is actually only an inch or two deep at the tree trunk.
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 04:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
Steve, Actually, there was no need to sell to...

Steve,

Actually, there was no need to sell to this lady. Let me tell you a story. About a month ago, we quoted a yard which we looked up on Google Earth. The lady wasn't home so I looked at the...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 03:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
It's more of the latter. We'll probably do a...

It's more of the latter. We'll probably do a little more than required during the growing season and very little during the winter. The main thing is to get some income during the winter. We...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 02:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
Steve, My clients husband is 87 years old but...

Steve,

My clients husband is 87 years old but still active. He loves to mow, so he takes care of that. Also, they have a prior contract for lawn fertilizing, so we edge, trim and blow twice per...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 01:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
I really don't have that down to an art. I try...

I really don't have that down to an art. I try to break each task down and assign it a dollar amount, then multiply that by the number of times per month the service will be performed. With that...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 06:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
I didn't know that. They are oaks. We'll go back...

I didn't know that. They are oaks. We'll go back and correct that oversight. Thanks for the great advice.

Gary
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-14-2009, 06:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
Luckily, we also have the maintenance contract...

Luckily, we also have the maintenance contract for the landscaping.

Gary
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-13-2009, 09:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
We always try to stay in the $60 per hour range. ...

We always try to stay in the $60 per hour range. I'm really not sure what other outfits charge around here (Northwest Louisiana). As for my customer, she was a little surprised at the estimate and...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-13-2009, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
The 25% markup was based on information I read...

The 25% markup was based on information I read while studying for my Horticulture test. Thanks for the advice on not showing the hourly rate. You said $30.00 was a good deal. What should I be...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 04-13-2009, 07:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,925
Posted By Totally Green
First Landscaping Job

I feel a little dumb asking this, but here goes. I just did my first landscaping job consisting of four flower beds and a fountain. I basically did the job for cost to get the experience but I did...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-12-2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,064
Posted By Totally Green
I really don't know which way to go. I would have...

I really don't know which way to go. I would have to have another full outfit (truck, trailer, ZTR, trimmers, crew, etc). At best I'm probably looking at spending $20k. And I agree that having one...
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