Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Introduce Yourself

Introduce Yourself Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!

New Eco Friendly Lawn Care Service


Introduce Yourself

Welcome all new forum members. Please introduce yourself and tell us about you. Tell us about your company. How did you get started? How long have you been in business? What do you do for fun? Don't be shy, say hello! It's fun and educational to interact on the forum!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-08-2012, 01:36 PM
SavEcoMowing SavEcoMowing is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
SavEcoMowing is on a distinguished road
Default New Eco Friendly Lawn Care Service

Hi,

I am starting an eco-friendly lawn care service in Savannah, GA. We use battery powered equipment powered by a solar panel on the roof of the truck. I am interested in any opinions or advice anyone might have.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-08-2012, 05:14 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
whats the run time can you run the mower all day? how big is the mower? got pics? Are you running biodiesels in your truck? do you cost more?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-08-2012, 10:12 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 11
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

This post comes up once a year, I wish I could find the older ones for a reference.

Basically, it's not worth it, and never will be.

Gas is good for mother nature, she's a bad girl.


I can also guarantee that the client(s) will care more about every other aspect of your operation before they consider how eco-friendly you are. I believe it will actually work against you, and you will eventually have to start using gas powered equipment which destroys your brand.

We've been debating this long and hard, and it has come down to:
Battery operated equipment is worse for the environment.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Unless you have a super-concentrated cluster of wealthy tree huggers to support you, I just don't see how it can be efficient/profitable.

I'm guessing you could only cut well maintained properties, as overgrowth would likely pose a problem for "electric" equipment.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-09-2012, 07:31 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

it seems as if it would be a niche business and the major problem i would see is being able to keep up with high production.

what kind of mowers are you useing and what size?

most of the electric mowers i have seen are meant to cut the lawn everytime it grows a 1/2" to 1" and what do you do when you got to hack off 3 or 4 inches?

i know it is the big thing to do, " be a green company " everywhere you turn people are pushing the widget the world watcher crap and all it ends up being is a sales pitch.

there are plenty of things one can do to be a good steward of their planet but a battery operated lawn care is not one of them.

the batteries are far more toxic then the exaust from a lawnmower is and when you are plugged into the grid to charge them, somewhere at the end of the line there is a huge coal plant burning to produce that energy or a trash incinerator.

electric cars and mowers and such are just a way to hambone you into thinking you are helping the planet when in fact all you are doing is pushing the pollution down the line for someone else to deal with.
it is the out of sight out of mind method.

there are other ways to be a eco freindly business that will have a far greater impact like organic tratments to the lawns.

battery powered equipment is fine if you are a homeowner and have 1 lawn to cut but to do it commercially i have yet to find a machine that would even come close to handling it.
when i did homeowners i was cutting 20+ lawns a day and now that i do only commercial we cut 25 acres a day and during the busy heavy growing season we could be working until dark.
what would the solar panels do for you when it was getting dark and you needed a charge.

when it comes to commercial equipment the only viable machine i have ever seen was either gas, diesel or propane.
i have seen electric mowers, but like i said they were toys for homeowners and considering we can not build a electric car that replaces a conventional engine yet i doubt there is any means to build a commercial mower that runs on electricity to completely replace a gas engine driven mower.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-09-2012, 08:13 AM
stck2mlon stck2mlon is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Laconia, NH
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 4
stck2mlon is on a distinguished road
Default

I, for one, at least applaud the effort. I do like the 0 noise factor for the mowers though!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-09-2012, 09:30 AM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by stck2mlon View Post
I, for one, at least applaud the effort. I do like the 0 noise factor for the mowers though!
i am not knocking it, in a perfect world it would be great.

it just is not viable at a commercial level, the competion is too great.
how can you compete with a guy that is gonna do it quicker and cheaper?

the equipment would all add up to the same and you need extra items as well like solar panels which are not cheap.
what about parts when things break?
ther are not many electric lawnmower repair shops out there.

what do you do on a overcast day when the sun is not as strong?

run a generator? does that not use gas?
what about the truck that transports the equipment?

it is kind of hypocritical in a sense for lack of a better word to say you are eco freindly lawn care when the truck you are driving up is emmitting emissions.
not to mention what kind of blowers will be used and string trimmers?
gas or electric?

there is a market for these services but it is a small market.
some people are so insensed in saving the planet that they would not mind the added cost, but as i said the market is small.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-09-2012, 09:47 AM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

If you want to be GREEN i would run diesel mowers & trucks. Make your biodiesel from waste cooking veg. oil. Very green and cheap. the trimmer could be battery powered and charge it off the truck well driving. the blower i think needs tobe gas
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-10-2012, 12:58 PM
SavEcoMowing SavEcoMowing is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 4
SavEcoMowing is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for all the input, I appreciate it.

I agree that battery powered mowers cannot handle all jobs. I live in a city where there are lots of smaller residential properties, so I'm starting off doing those with an electric, which does a better job than you might think, and eventually get a bio-diesel or electric zero turn for larger jobs.

The solar panel set up was not as expensive as people are imagining, certainly cheaper than a zero turn. It did require that I figure out on my own what components etc. to get. I have a battery bank that I plug the chargers into, so if it is cloudy or getting dark I can still charge batteries. This would not work for larger battery powered equipment. I have a 390 watt panel, but you can only get so much out of it.

Some people are claiming that battery powered equipment actually pollutes more. I have not seen any information that claims this, but would be interested in looking at that if anyone has any info to volunteer.

Also someone mentioned that if you plug a battery into the wall, somewhere there is a power plant creating emissions. This is true, but the reason they are still eco friendly is because the small gas engines on mowers and trimmers etc. really do pollute a lot. Even a coal power plant creates much less emissions.

I have a small Toyota Tacoma, which gets better gas mileage than a van or larger truck towing a trailer.

I don't agree that it is hypocritical to call something eco friendly if it greatly reduces emissions, but is not quite zero emissions.

Also, Savannah Eco Mowing is not the only company in the country to do this, there are already many companies around the country that provide similar services.

Someone mentioned that it would be better to offer organic lawn treatments, and I am doing that as well, and would recommend that others do too.

I will let you all know how it goes. Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-10-2012, 01:40 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

I am sorry but a lot of what you are saying is wrong
Coal is never "clean" just look up MERCURY FROM COAL there is good reason why they spend so much to say it clean

Mining for the metals in batteries is very dirty. just look up " is the prius bad for the environment" BTW my mother has a prius and I love it

If you want to be CLEAN run older tools & trucks. Making this stuff is the dirtiest part of it. Keep it tuned up and not leaking oil

organic lawn treatments are good just make sure how they are made is not with oil some are
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
new lawn care business

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to get the neighbour lawn care service dell General Talk 6 12-07-2011 07:06 PM
Pantless knights lawn care service Steve General Talk 2 08-08-2009 12:58 AM
Remember When... Lawn Care Service Remember When Introduce Yourself 5 01-11-2009 01:18 PM
Cooperative lawn care service Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 2 03-05-2007 02:18 PM
B&P's lawn care service Steve Graphic Design Discussions 0 06-12-2006 03:46 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Engine question
Blue Star Lawn Care
03-30-2015 09:47 PM
Yesterday 11:40 PM
by Blue Star Lawn Care
5 121
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
Yesterday 09:47 PM
Yesterday 09:53 PM
by avetslawncare
1 33
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Yesterday 09:21 PM
by aduttonater
17 1,140
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Yesterday 09:17 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
38 4,216
Help create a new lawn...
dlc7101
Yesterday 07:24 PM
Yesterday 07:24 PM
by dlc7101
0 52
hello
oasis_greenscapes
Yesterday 06:18 PM
Yesterday 06:18 PM
by oasis_greenscapes
0 29
Please share video on...
Sprinkler Buddy
Yesterday 02:59 PM
Yesterday 02:59 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
0 32
First big mower decision?
SGL1
03-28-2015 08:58 AM
Yesterday 02:35 PM
by SGL1
19 357
Trailer flooring...
Pattersonllc
03-31-2015 02:40 PM
Yesterday 02:06 PM
by SGL1
6 106
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
Yesterday 01:51 PM
by Steve
13 260
Staff at school give me...
LawnCareMan280
03-31-2015 09:00 PM
Yesterday 01:39 PM
by Steve
1 183
New to the site
tl757
03-31-2015 07:30 PM
Yesterday 01:36 PM
by Steve
1 61
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Yesterday 01:24 PM
by Steve
10 342
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Yesterday 01:14 PM
by Steve
11 323
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
03-31-2015 02:57 PM
Yesterday 12:50 PM
by Steve
1 86
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
03-31-2015 11:16 PM
by CurbAppeal1
11 372
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
03-31-2015 08:05 PM
by shadrach
11 447
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
03-31-2015 02:14 PM
by Steve
1 93
Dethatching attachments
jcurr33
03-29-2015 08:56 PM
03-31-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
3 126
Tree Service
Yard Elements
09-10-2011 08:19 PM
03-31-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
25 8,668
Hydro oil
googus
03-30-2015 06:45 AM
03-31-2015 05:42 AM
by mac83
3 105
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-30-2015 10:51 PM
by SC93
22 672
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
03-30-2015 07:39 PM
by SGL1
30 2,510
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
03-30-2015 07:36 PM
by SGL1
16 649
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-30-2015 07:08 PM
by Dan Tanner
7 460
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
03-30-2015 07:03 PM
by avetslawncare
11 469
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
03-30-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
4 477
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-30-2015 01:40 PM
by Steve
3 249
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
03-30-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
16 3,545
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
03-29-2015 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 213
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-29-2015 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 704
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
03-28-2015 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 253
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 340
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 301
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 1,163
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,585
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,675
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 385
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 272
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,737
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 665
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 177
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 281
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 210
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 173
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,811
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 930
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,696
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 327
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 221
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush collections deliquentaccounts design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hills hiring husqvarna introduction john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets mr dave mulch new business past due per hour charge per hour service pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot steep lawns sulky theft toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee walk behind web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:20 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:20 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy