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 and probably different


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 09-29-2012, 06:02 PM
Humbled21 Humbled21 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
Humbled21 is on a distinguished road
Default New and probably different

Hey Guys, My name is Matt from Indiana. I was wondering what you guys know about Sheep mowing. I've looked it up and it seems it could be profitable.

My main questions are.

Do the yards look decent after they're done?

What should I charge for something like that? Some website said a dollar a day per sheep but there is no way you could make money like that. I figure if I could setup the electric fence in the yard, let the sheep into it give them some water and a temporary tent shelter, leave and come back the next day, boom they're done, or if it's a big yard move the fence somewhere else. I was thinking sense I mow with a Dixie chopper where I work now, I could charge them what I think the job would take using my Dixie chopper and a weed eater. However I don't know if that would be OK because I would not leave the pretty tire marks in the yard that some people like. Hard to say. So any ideas?

Are there any weird zoning laws I would have to deal with?

Would I need some form of insurance for it?

Who should I market this too and how?

I would appreciate your thoughts, and I apolligize if not using a lawn mower is heresy on the site
Matt
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 09-29-2012, 09:03 PM
Apex Lawn & Landscape Apex Lawn & Landscape is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Pittsburgh suburbs
Posts: 384
Rep Power: 0
Apex Lawn & Landscape is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Lol residential mowing with sheep? Good luck man. I've only heard of this in California, a lady does this with people who have steep hillsides .
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-29-2012, 09:19 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

Baaaaaaaah-d idea.




I had to do it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-29-2012, 09:21 PM
Cashin H&P Cashin H&P is offline
new member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Bedford NH
Posts: 409
Rep Power: 0
Cashin H&P is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Apex Lawn & Landscape View Post
Lol residential mowing with sheep? Good luck man. I've only heard of this in California, a lady does this with people who have steep hillsides .
My friend runs his flock of goats and sheep on power lines and the electric companys pay him or it. So it is possible but residential I dont think makes sense.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-29-2012, 10:52 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: 10
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Don't be silly.

Sheep are for s.e.x, not for mowing!

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-30-2012, 12:43 AM
Grass Doctor Grass Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: san antonio tx
Posts: 407
Rep Power: 3
Grass Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post
Don't be silly.

Sheep are for s.e.x, not for mowing!


Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-30-2012, 05:45 PM
Humbled21 Humbled21 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
Humbled21 is on a distinguished road
Default

Come on it's not that bad. From what I saw today the yards looked decent. People like sheep and see them on peoples yards and are like that's awesome! Then they come watch the sheep and are like, "Hey I want some sheep on my yard."

Sheep don't use Gasoline.

They Multiply, so as sheep have more sheep my potential business expands

They trim, mow, and fertilize all at the same time

They're way quieter than mowers, and much cuter

They were cutting lawns long before lawn mowers

If they're baaaad, I can eat them.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-01-2012, 11:05 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

What kinds of property would you use them on? Are you talking about residential properties or large commercial areas?

What got you into thinking about this?

I saw an article in the nytimes about this http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/ga...o-getters.html that says the owner charges $1.00 per day per sheep. And you can keep 8 - 15 sheep on an acre of grass.

But I have no idea how long that would take to eat down or what it would look like when done. So it may be ideal for certain situations but not for others.

__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-01-2012, 03:37 PM
Humbled21 Humbled21 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 5
Rep Power: 3
Humbled21 is on a distinguished road
Default

I believe I would use it primarily out in Rural area's but possibly in a subdivision based on how popular it becomes.

I started thinking about it while mowing a 5 acre lawn with my fathers Dixie Chopper. Going back and forth, back and forth the mind tends to wonder. I started thinking about how people use to mow their fields. My father inlaw has a chicken coup in the back yard also and when I drove by them I noticed all the grass in there cage was dead. So I realized that the chickens had eaten all the grass, and now were surviving off of the food they were given.
I then began to think about cows and horses ate lots of grass, but they poop too much, and they're a ton of work. What about Goats and Sheep? The Goats are more for eating raised up plants, although they will eat grass, but they're also a bit more likely to miss behave. So when I got home I looked up sheep and how difficult it was to take care of them, and if anybody had ever tried it before. I found quite a few places were it had been used in the past and is being used today. So that's what got me thinking about it.

Here are a few examples
http://articles.businessinsider.com/...oison-ivy-lawn
http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/06...0-lawn-mowing/
http://urbanshepherds.com/Urban_Grazing___Mowing.html

the top article seems to be the most useful, but it gives me something to try to copy. I intend to either email them or call them sometime this week to see how they got started and how it's going.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-02-2012, 11:41 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is very interesting!

How many sheep would you like to have an how many properties do you feel you could service per week?

Have you worked on any numbers to see how much you would have to do to make it worth your time?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Yesterday 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,568
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
Yesterday 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 64
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Yesterday 08:21 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 176
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
Yesterday 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 282
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
Yesterday 06:00 PM
by homey
5 146
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Yesterday 05:44 PM
by stevef1201
7 185
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
Yesterday 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 84
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
12-17-2014 05:09 PM
by Chilehead
28 8,922
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,951
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,098
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,290
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 274
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 276
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 339
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 244
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 785
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 792
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 265
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,050
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 376
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,350
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 609
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 457
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
12-09-2014 06:24 PM
by Steve
36 9,781
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 879
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 408
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 406
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,151
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,685
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 948
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,243
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,428
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 586
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 661
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,209
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 833
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,219
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,850
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 684
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,426
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 621
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,507
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,467
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,484
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 696
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,256
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,158
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 600
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-28-2014 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 355,572
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
11-28-2014 10:49 AM
by Steve
13 2,301
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush care charge christmas collections edging employee problems equipment rental estimate foreman four wheel drive georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hills holiday husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate new buisness new business new mower ordinance past due per hour service podcast profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business savannah search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair sprayer starting a business steep lawns theft toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:37 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:37 AM.

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