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Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 05-16-2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 400
Posted By lxarth
I recently purchased a new 36-inch Scag VRide. A...

I recently purchased a new 36-inch Scag VRide. A few things I need to get is a new edger, as my old one is...old. I'm also going to have pick up a hedge trimmer.

So what I'm thinking of doing is...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-13-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By lxarth
When she called me last week to ask if I was...

When she called me last week to ask if I was interested in submitting a bid she requested that she get it no later than Monday. But then she emailed me and said to get it in by Tuesday.

My...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-12-2015, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By lxarth
I haven't heard anything back. I sent the bid off...

I haven't heard anything back. I sent the bid off with a good cover letter and then left a message with her voicemail that I sent it over. I left my bid at $340. I've had companies try and negotiate...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-07-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By lxarth
I know they decided the fire the last company...

I know they decided the fire the last company because they didn't think they were doing anything. And, in all fairness, I was taking care of weeds on the street strip of one of my customers...some...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 05-06-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By lxarth
Small HOA Bid

After serving a few customers in the same neighborhood for the last couple of years I finally get a call from a member of the HOA. She expressed to me that she has seen us in the neighborhood and...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-28-2015, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 834
Posted By lxarth
Why not just try a simple broadleaf herbicide? ...

Why not just try a simple broadleaf herbicide? Even if it hurts the ivy a little it will come back quickly.
Forum: Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 04-28-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 491
Posted By lxarth
Make your business force you to buy something. ...

Make your business force you to buy something. If you don't need a truck now, then don't get it. You can always get it later.
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 04-28-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 733
Posted By lxarth
Ride along for a week and watch how they work. ...

Ride along for a week and watch how they work. Obviously they will work differently with you there.

You can also email your customers and ask them how they feel about the crew you are sending out. ...
Forum: Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 04-27-2015, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 836
Posted By lxarth
Where I am at (Pacific Northwest) a yard of bark...

Where I am at (Pacific Northwest) a yard of bark is about $30. So 30 yards would cost $900.

Even a bark blowing company, which is what I would use for that much, would charge $52 per yard. So...
Forum: General Business Discussions 04-27-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 482
Posted By lxarth
You should probably take the contracts to a...

You should probably take the contracts to a contract attorney and have them read it over. The one near me charges $240 an hour. Might be work that little bit if you are dropping a lot on...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-31-2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 826
Posted By lxarth
Why? Extra space doesn't mean you need...

Why? Extra space doesn't mean you need commercial accounts. You could try to land some large residential lawns as well.

Just out of curiosity, why did you get such a large trailer? One piece of...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 03-31-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By lxarth
It's hard to pick out one piece of advice that...

It's hard to pick out one piece of advice that Mike Rowe has...so I'll simply post his S.W.E.A.T Pledge.

http://profoundlydisconnected.com/skill-work-ethic-arent-taboo/

“The S.W.E.A.T....
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-30-2015, 01:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By lxarth
He walked the lawn with me. He and his wife have...

He walked the lawn with me. He and his wife have been handling it, so he knows what it takes. He even told me he could show me the spots that his mower typically slips in the lawn (from it being so...
Forum: Lawn Care Employees Discussions 03-28-2015, 12:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By lxarth
Just go get any job. Any job is better than no...

Just go get any job. Any job is better than no job.

If you want to work outside look into construction companies too. Home construction, railroad construction, etc.

When I was about 16 I helped...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-27-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By lxarth
I estimate 2 hours because the lawn is so soggy...

I estimate 2 hours because the lawn is so soggy we would have to use 21" mowers on it. In the past it's taken 90 minutes to do 20,000-25,000 sq-ft of wide open lawn with a 21".

I didn't think he...
Forum: General Talk 03-27-2015, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,223
Posted By lxarth
I had my sister-in-laws mom cancel service last...

I had my sister-in-laws mom cancel service last year. She does it all the time. Cancels when she is laid off, cancels in the winter...always (to be fair I would cancel lawn service if I got laid...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-27-2015, 11:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 503
Posted By lxarth
Take it. Bust your ***. Because when you get a...

Take it. Bust your ***. Because when you get a bigger mower you will know you earned it.

That lot size will probably take 2 hours. So bid it accordingly. But also remember that if she gets other...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-27-2015, 11:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,191
Posted By lxarth
The customers sign a contract to pay by the 15th...

The customers sign a contract to pay by the 15th or incure a late fee.

I've had customers complain about it, and they are the ones that can't pay anyways. I am totally paperless.

I have accounts...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-27-2015, 11:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By lxarth
You give us almost no details except that it is...

You give us almost no details except that it is 10 acres. Okay...so about 480,000 sq-ft of lawn.

An hour per acre with a 72" mower. So 10 hours of work with a large mower. So...$600?

You really...
Forum: General Talk 03-25-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By lxarth
I got one job from ThumbTack. And I don't have a...

I got one job from ThumbTack. And I don't have a problem with them aside from being underbid all the time.

The one time I asked for a refund I got it fast. The customer indicated they wanted...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-25-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By lxarth
Yes. Edging: 2,650 linear feet, most being...

Yes.

Edging: 2,650 linear feet, most being actual edging, with a very little being cutting around trees and such, where the grass grows right up to the trunk.

Grass: 27,500 sq ft. This is 5...
Forum: Introduce Yourself 03-25-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By lxarth
Dude, sorry to say, but it's fried. Any debris...

Dude, sorry to say, but it's fried. Any debris in the tank will leach into the gas. Forget about gumming up the carbs, it's going to score the chambers and, essentially, blow up the engine. You...
Forum: General Talk 03-25-2015, 09:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,948
Posted By lxarth
I like seeing other companies truck and trailer...

I like seeing other companies truck and trailer and knowing that my setup is better than theirs now.

I also like seeing properties and knowing mine are still looking great.

Never gotten any...
Forum: Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 03-25-2015, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By lxarth
What is the square footage of lawn to be...

What is the square footage of lawn to be maintained? What about edging?

There is a handy-dandy calculator:
http://www.gopherforum.com/showthread.php?p=43299#post43299

Is it 22 acres of pure lawn? ...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-25-2015, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 913
Posted By lxarth
I have flagged them in the past, but I do so...

I have flagged them in the past, but I do so little aeration jobs now I don't think about it when I get a job like that. I need to remember, so I don't have to pay for new heads.

I had a customer...
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