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Starting a lawn care business.

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Old 04-11-2010, 11:21 PM
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agh im sorry..my finger must have twitched.hahaha
i meant to say 30.00$
you think that would be too pricey?
i am only 16
ill be raking out the old with standard hand tools..throwing it in some garbage cans..laying out new mulch and spreading it..and if she wants maybe fabric and edging..i hope she does edging so that way i just have to dump and spread and that way i dont have to worry about over hang..its just dump spread leave..

I'd say don't even bother with telling her additional work that could be done for this job... the longer you are at a job, the more stressful it becomes.

$30.00 is fantastic!

I'd say, go grab a tarp for $5.00/$15.00 load up all the old mulch onto it, tie it up & throw it out.

Charge her for the tarp. It's cheaper than garbage bags depending on the job size.

Then all you gotta do is lay down some mulch, easy money! In and out!!!

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well i dont need to worry about bags..i have 4 rubbermaid cans that i use for home and sometimes for lawns..

i can just put it in to there..no hassling with tarps..and to get rid of mulch theres a 50 acre lot right next to me...all brush and woods..i dump my lawn clippings in it and my old food..its a compost pile..works great..ill probly just throw that in next to it..
plus about 12 acres is cut out for construction and the piles of shredded trees is there..matches perfectly..ahah
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well i dont need to worry about bags..i have 4 rubbermaid cans that i use for home and sometimes for lawns..

i can just put it in to there..no hassling with tarps..and to get rid of mulch theres a 50 acre lot right next to me...all brush and woods..i dump my lawn clippings in it and my old food..its a compost pile..works great..ill probly just throw that in next to it..
plus about 12 acres is cut out for construction and the piles of shredded trees is there..matches perfectly..ahah
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lmao... I wish my area had a special little dump spot right next to home!
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hahahaha yeah..its pretty convinient..fall leaves..blow em right over the little fence
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Hey JK
Just wanted to add my 2 cents here. I used to work for a pest control company and we really hated to see people put mulch against a house foundation. It draws ants and especially termites like you wouldn't believe. Now in your case, it's next to a shed, but still keep it in mind. If you're gonna do mulching around a house, use the rubber mulch. The sales pitch is it won't attract any bugs or termites and it will last for 5 years without fading (for the colored). If they don't want mulch, recommend they use a decorative rock, like river rock because it retains heat which will cook the normal bug. For your pricing, I charge $25/hour for all my small/light work (mulching, trimming shrubs, etc). If I'm installing rock or trenching, then it's $35/hour. Don't forget to add a fee for hauling off the old mulch. That's probably why she's looking to hire someone, as she doesn't want to deal with the hassle of disposing of it. I always forget to add this fee in and I regret it every time. Also, I charge a 5% markup on all my materials. Markup is great because your labor goes into your pocket and the markup goes back into your business.
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Sorry, I posted a 5% markup and meant to post 25%. My fingers are dyslexic tonight.
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I used to work for a pest control company and we really hated to see people put mulch against a house foundation. It draws ants and especially termites like you wouldn't believe.
When you worked for the pest company, would you tell the customer the mulch should be removed? Or did you spray it or how did you deal with that?

I guess they get comfortable in the mulch area and then they start to explore and climb up into the house?

When you are working in lawn care, do you point this out to your customers if you see it and suggest they have you remove it? I bet most people don't realize this.
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I have a question .Since you have the empty lot beside you,why not get a large load of mulch dropped there ,then bag it yourself [or use your rubermaid cans ] to deliver it to the site .This way,you will get the mulch cheaper,and have some left to use on the next job .Also,you have to get some mark-up on any supplies you use ,rule of thumb is in the 40-50% range .For a great customer,you can show a discount on your supplies [say 25 % OFF] ,this will give your customer a reason to think your really taking care of them .while your still making a 25% mark-up .
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When you worked for the pest company, would you tell the customer the mulch should be removed? Or did you spray it or how did you deal with that?

I guess they get comfortable in the mulch area and then they start to explore and climb up into the house?

When you are working in lawn care, do you point this out to your customers if you see it and suggest they have you remove it? I bet most people don't realize this.
Yes we would always recommend that the customer remove the mulch near the foundation. We would always recommend rubber mulch or river rock instead.

Bugs, especially ants and termites love the moist, warm mulch and it provides termites with a food source. I recommend rock because it holds a high enough temperature that insects can't hardly survive. Your chance of an infestation are much less with rock or rubber mulch. That and rubber mulch lasts for up to 5 years before the color fades. Now all you need to do is buy some mulch dye and re-apply every couple years. This saves you time and the customer money. I know I'd rather show up and dye it then re-apply it! Hey...that kinda rhymes...maybe I need to sell that to the manufactures!

Yes, I always point this out to my customers now that I do lawn care. I think it's a good way to take care of your customers when you are protecting their property. Termite jobs are horribly expensive, and the way I see it, I don't want to be responsible for them getting it. Another bad idea is getting the "free" mulch from the city brush sites. This is so BAD BAD! If you think about it, you are just spreading terrible things. Community mulch can harbor a number of tree diseases, termites, insecticides, unwanted herbicides, and even wood mites. Here in northern Missouri we're having a breakout of pine tree mites that are wreaking havoc on all our pines and spruces. They will totally wipe a tree out in a couple years time. Just some food for thought.
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Another bad idea is getting the "free" mulch from the city brush sites. This is so BAD BAD!
I never thought about that! Ultimately how does it compare with other sources of mulch? What would other places do to treat the mulch to minimize problems?
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