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? > Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....

DreamScapes Landscaping 2008


Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery

Post your lawn care and landscaping pictures. Also show off your stuff: Lawn care trucks, trailers, equipment, mowers, signs, marketing material, shops, lawns, toys, projects etc....
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 03-15-2008, 09:57 PM
AMW Graphics
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Very Nice!
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


  #12  
Old 03-15-2008, 10:11 PM
justin_time justin_time is offline
Justin
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: French River, ON, Canada
Age: 29
Posts: 1,801
Rep Power: 0
justin_time is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Yeah very nice setup.. i'm kind of jealous.. i'm only 22 and i don't have that much stuff yet
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 03-24-2008, 12:46 AM
hondaboy80 hondaboy80 is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 12
Rep Power: 8
hondaboy80
Default

yeah really nice stuff
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11-11-2008, 08:57 PM
Dream Scapes Dream Scapes is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 8
Dream Scapes
Default

Well... I totally forgot about this forum! Things have been so busy this year and all...

So i'll update you guys on what I've been up to this year.

Things have gone great! Gross profit is over three times what it was last year.

I ended mowing this year with about 40 weekly mowing customers. I have an employee, retired gentleman who is a very hard worker.

I added a few new pieces of equipment:

Toro Pro-Line 21"
Lesco 48" WB
Lesco 32" WB
Rice 7x16 Trailer
Billy Goat Leaf Vacum

I'll post some pictures.

-Mitch-
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 21 001.jpg (156.1 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg Truck-Mowers 001.jpg (148.0 KB, 52 views)
File Type: jpg 16' Trailer 002.jpg (151.4 KB, 26 views)
File Type: jpg Billy Goat.jpg (158.8 KB, 33 views)
File Type: jpg Pics 006.jpg (152.1 KB, 33 views)
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11-11-2008, 09:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,356
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Mitch,

Great job! What lessons have you learned so far this year that you can share with others just getting started out?
__________________
- 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
  #16  
Old 11-11-2008, 09:04 PM
Dream Scapes Dream Scapes is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 8
Dream Scapes
Default

I traded the Toro ZTR for the Lesco 48". It really was overkill for most of the yards I was putting it on, and the 48" WB is perfect! I do plan on adding a ZTR next year.

I really took a liking to Lesco's products, and my dealer support is tremendous! So I bought a 32". I have a lot of gated properties, where the 48" doesn't fit, and this takes care of that! I got it on sale, at one heck of a price.

The Toro Super Recycler basically fell apart on me. The wheels started coming off the frame, and it was a mess. So i got a Pro-Line. No regrets.

Found the trailer on ********, and got it in September. I don't know how I got by without it! Its awesome to have space to spare! I do still have the 5x10 for aerating, landscaping, etc.

The truck is doing great. Just under 115k miles, no major problems. Plow is coming next year (Western, possibly a v-plow).

Next Year's List:

48 or 54" ZTR
STIHL KM 110 Multi-Task
Western Plow



-Mitch-
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 11-11-2008, 09:11 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,356
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Do you have any marketing advice for everyone on the forum? What has worked and what hasn't?
__________________
- 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
  #18  
Old 11-11-2008, 09:15 PM
Dream Scapes Dream Scapes is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 38
Rep Power: 8
Dream Scapes
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Mitch,

Great job! What lessons have you learned so far this year that you can share with others just getting started out?
There are a ton. This year was an eye-opener for me. I was busy all year, never struggling to get work. I really worked myself hard this year, but it is all paying off.

1. Develop Relationships. I got to meet the owner of the biggest nursery/supply yard around here. He started out just like I am. I do all my plant purchases there, etc. I walked in one Saturday afternoon, very close to their closing time, and I really needed a delivery. They took care of it. I will never forget that, because they came through for me, so I could get this job done. That means a lot to me, and its how I like to treat people.

2. As Forrest Gump says, $hit happens. Don't get frustrated. I had a day where I blew a trailer tire on the side of a major highway (474 for those who live in Illinois), had no spare, then I missed my exit getting back into town, had to drive an extra twenty minutes, then had to go back to Pekin, get my school schedule, drive back to the town I got off the highway at, had to go back to Pekin, then back to John Deere Landscapes, where I started my day off at. 150 miles traveled that day. Had an employee on the clock, etc. It sucked, but it could have been worst.

3. You will find that you will learn a lot by making mistakes.

Mistakes I made:

Not asking for help when I needed it. Especially in the spring, i worked myself to death.

Buying used equipment. I don't plan on buying used mowers anymore. With new stuff, you get a warranty, and a little more power at the dealerships.

I'll come up with more, don't worry.



Marketing: Word of mouth. Thats how I have expanded my business. Truck/trailer signs are great for getting noticed as well. Yard signs work great as well. Even for small jobs (ex. bush/hedge trimming job, stick the sign in the yard while you are there, take it with you when you go).

Being professional. I have shirts, hoodies, windbreakers, all with my logo on the back. I've been walking out of the hardware store and gotten people to ask me about work. I always have jeans on when I'm mowing, shirt always tucked in. Safety equipment: Ear muffs (with the radio of course, glasses, gloves, etc.

You have to show people you are serious, then they will take you seriously. Most people don't realize I'm fifteen. I normally tell them after we have discussed work and such. Most people are just impressed and willing to support me

-Mitch-

Last edited by Dream Scapes; 11-11-2008 at 09:20 PM.
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
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
Today 05:04 PM
Today 05:34 PM
by jrs.landscaping
1 22
Things your lawn care...
Steve
Today 11:48 AM
Today 11:48 AM
by Steve
0 28
I can't believe people...
ExtremeLawncareServices
05-25-2015 10:29 AM
Today 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
9 227
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
Today 11:35 AM
by Steve
5 164
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Today 11:28 AM
by Steve
14 742
Pissed off customers
stonegatedesigns
Yesterday 05:29 PM
Today 11:26 AM
by Steve
3 105
Great start to the season
jcurr33
05-25-2015 08:49 PM
Yesterday 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 78
uploading video on here?
holymoly
05-24-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 01:37 PM
by Steve
2 86
new here ! need help
pgrace
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
Yesterday 01:35 PM
by Steve
1 91
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 142
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
Yesterday 01:25 PM
by Steve
14 381
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
Yesterday 01:22 PM
by Steve
5 208
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 270
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,454
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,176
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 520
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,855
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 826
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 389,992
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 126
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 229
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,030
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 236
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 167
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 281
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 712
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,516
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 304
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 531
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 662
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 526
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,132
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,041
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,084
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 435
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 450
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 361
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 487
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 364
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 4,018
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,053
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 306
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 358
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,144
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 385
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 420
mowfinder
scaypa
04-27-2015 05:44 PM
05-04-2015 01:14 PM
by Steve
1 446
Latest video, Facebook...
Sprinkler Buddy
05-01-2015 06:54 AM
05-04-2015 01:09 PM
by Steve
3 418
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
05-01-2015 11:38 AM
by Steve
8 831
so i need somehelp with...
dalvan0
04-28-2015 07:43 PM
04-30-2015 10:55 PM
by avetslawncare
3 729
» Popular Tags
aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to husqvarna hydraulic jobs john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business mulch new business ordinance patio install per hour service pricing pto scag scag v-ride scripts secrets to landscaping sell the vision shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns swzt theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:27 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:27 PM.

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