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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes
Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.

Tree Service


Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes

Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 08-24-2011, 01:09 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
What is your view on this pay structure? Is it worthwhile to offer services this way when you have to pay for things like insurance and other expenses?

How about using a bucket, would that make the process easier and safer?
My view on the pay structure is pretty simple, I have no cost other than the initial quote and the company makes 50%, almost always more as I would have staff on site to chip the wood.

Looked into a bucket, roof mount on a van, truck mount, kitty crane and rentals, not worth the time or effort.

In my case a kitty bucket crane could have been used by the pressure washing crews, law here is we can not use a ladder over 10 feet, rental of a bucket is $250 a day plus $125 delivery and pick up, in 30 months we only rented one twice so it wasn't worth the expense, the one(s) I was looking at were $35,000
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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 08-24-2011, 08:39 PM
Yard Elements Yard Elements is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 175
Rep Power: 6
Yard Elements is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
If you are good you don't really need a bucket, plus a lot of places you can't get a bucket in. As far as it being dangerous so is driving a truck and trailer or running a shop saw. I don't plan on just climbing way up my first shot. i am going to take a few seminars and practice. I think it will be fun.

I am sure I will need to add to my insurance and I am sure it will be costly, it is obviously worth it. Take a look a most of the top 100 as far as profit on lawn and landscape, they almost all offer tree service as well. I find it to be part of landscape maintenance. I figure a good truck to chip into and a chipper can be used for more than just "tree service" on clean ups it will save tons of time. We won't have two or three trips to the dump unloading by hand it would be one trip with a quick dump. Yes I know it is $20,000 or more investment. I don't plan on doing it right away. It is part of the company plan. i was soliciting advice from forum members like well. Andy.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 08-25-2011, 04:59 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 10
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yard Elements View Post
If you are good you don't really need a bucket, plus a lot of places you can't get a bucket in. As far as it being dangerous so is driving a truck and trailer or running a shop saw. I don't plan on just climbing way up my first shot. i am going to take a few seminars and practice. I think it will be fun.
Although I sold the lawn care and landscaping, I kept pressure washing, one chipper and several chainsaws. I work full time running a large market however I still have time for quotes in the evenings and staff that look after the jobs, so far it works with no issues. For the tree climbing I sub out the climbing and send staff for the chipping/cutting the trunk and large limbs up.

As far as profit margin vs return on investment, pressure washing in my case was and is #1, followed by tree work. I live in a region where there is not a deep soil system due to granite and bedrock, storms here have become more intense in the past 10 years which results in a lot of tree work.

There isn't a lot of competition for what we do on the tree side so it works well, with pressure washing it's repeat customers and word of mouth.

When you get ready to buy a chipper make sure you post, I can tell you based on an expensive experience what not to buy, I finally have equipment that chips well however this is my 5th setup in 3 years, it's been a costly experience.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting into tree care Steve Tree Care, Irrigation, Landscaping, Hardscapes 19 07-29-2010 05:44 AM
Recent Tree Job Little's Show Off - Picture Post - Photo Gallery 23 03-05-2009 07:16 AM
Tree limbing job justin_time Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 13 09-17-2008 06:23 PM
Tree service flyer Steve Graphic Design Discussions 0 07-06-2007 07:19 PM
Copying service prices from 1 service to another Gopher Tech Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 05-09-2006 06:08 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
Today 06:52 PM
by SGL1
10 135
gopher lawn care...
rvezakis
Today 06:50 PM
Today 06:50 PM
by rvezakis
0 4
Hello
designr69
Today 02:47 PM
Today 02:47 PM
by designr69
0 17
Hello All
HappyGrass
05-27-2015 10:10 PM
Today 05:05 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 86
big job for me....need...
holymoly
Yesterday 06:15 AM
Today 03:42 AM
by holymoly
4 107
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 03:13 PM
by HappyGrass
16 827
5 things you would...
Steve
09-11-2008 08:53 AM
Yesterday 03:02 PM
by HappyGrass
5 2,162
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by Steve
5 127
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 12:20 PM
by Steve
6 219
Things your lawn care...
Steve
05-27-2015 11:48 AM
05-27-2015 11:48 AM
by Steve
0 65
I can't believe people...
ExtremeLawncareServices
05-25-2015 10:29 AM
05-27-2015 11:45 AM
by jrs.landscaping
9 268
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
05-27-2015 11:35 AM
by Steve
5 196
Pissed off customers
stonegatedesigns
05-26-2015 05:29 PM
05-27-2015 11:26 AM
by Steve
3 138
Great start to the season
jcurr33
05-25-2015 08:49 PM
05-26-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 103
uploading video on here?
holymoly
05-24-2015 08:13 AM
05-26-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
2 101
new here ! need help
pgrace
05-23-2015 11:29 PM
05-26-2015 01:35 PM
by Steve
1 120
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
05-26-2015 01:25 PM
by Steve
14 413
problems with a customer
LawnCareMan280
05-19-2015 06:28 PM
05-26-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
5 234
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 303
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,487
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,236
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 551
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,904
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 846
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 390,444
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 148
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 249
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,060
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 257
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 185
ignition coil
jasonw
05-12-2015 05:31 PM
05-18-2015 12:07 PM
by Steve
3 300
Anyone need help? I have...
biglee
05-06-2015 12:22 PM
05-18-2015 12:06 PM
by Steve
13 739
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,550
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 329
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 556
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 680
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 547
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,153
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,067
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,100
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 456
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 473
Hello
SallyBorowicz
05-06-2015 11:14 AM
05-08-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
3 375
Mower Advice
tl757
05-06-2015 02:31 PM
05-08-2015 01:45 PM
by Steve
6 511
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 379
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 4,066
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,076
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 318
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 373
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,161
» 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 estimate foreman free advertising google growing a lawn care business hardscapes how to 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 marketing secrets 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 won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:59 PM.

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