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? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Pressure washing?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 12-28-2010, 01:07 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,623
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I generally wait until fall/winter to really push pressure washing. Everything slows down a little in the winter, especially during the holidays. In my experience at least.
Do you suggest using that in your marketing material? Saying something like 'now is the time to pressure wash your ...... things have slowed down and its a great time to cleanup and prepare for the new year?'

Or do you do something else?
__________________
- 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

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 12-28-2010, 01:34 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve View Post
Do you suggest using that in your marketing material? Saying something like 'now is the time to pressure wash your ...... things have slowed down and its a great time to cleanup and prepare for the new year?'

Or do you do something else?
Thats a great idea Steve. I get postcards from my mortgage broker several times per year letting me know of new services and interest rates and what not. I have really wanted to do this but we have had to just about cut back on all marketing other than the ad in the paper because right now we just cant afford it.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-28-2010, 02:52 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

There are two products, one is called Moss Buster which you can buy online and the other Moss Be Gone, sprayed on, both will actually fall off in the rain, we spray, give it a day, come back and pressure wash off.

Unless it's say 45 or below we will pressure wash.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-28-2010, 07:04 PM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 6
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

FYI for commercial jobs they will want the gum removed. Unless you know how, it will require hot water to remove. Cold water and high pressure will damage the concrete.

Go out and sell the job and then rent a pressure washer for the job. I have rented them for as little as $40 for 1/2 a day. You can also rent a surface cleaner which makes it much faster and a hot water unit if you need to.
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-28-2010, 07:08 PM
jasonw's Avatar
jasonw jasonw is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 1,008
Rep Power: 7
jasonw is on a distinguished road
Default

Not a bad idea. I would love to own my equipment but renting one might be a good way to start out.
__________________
White Company
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-29-2010, 11:46 AM
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

Quote:
Originally Posted by picframer View Post
There are two products, one is called Moss Buster which you can buy online and the other Moss Be Gone, sprayed on, both will actually fall off in the rain, we spray, give it a day, come back and pressure wash off.

Unless it's say 45 or below we will pressure wash.

Will the moss products kill lawns. I do roofs and driveways close to lawns that always have moss on time thick.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-29-2010, 01:34 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 9
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yard Elements View Post
Will the moss products kill lawns. I do roofs and driveways close to lawns that always have moss on time thick.
No it will not hurt anything

http://www.mossbuster.com/
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 12-29-2010, 06:06 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,623
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
it will require hot water to remove.
What's the best way to created the hot water on a job site?
__________________
- 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
  #19  
Old 12-29-2010, 06:55 PM
wdcutter wdcutter is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Maine
Posts: 81
Rep Power: 7
wdcutter is on a distinguished road
Default

not sure where your from, but in the winter here some pressure wash logging trucks, semis, etc. as the sand and salt from the roads build up on them. Check around with some local companies that use this type of equipment. Check on a rental unit and maybe you can hook up with a local company and go from there.

They have units with a kerosene heater to heat the water, just have to drain the lines and everything at night so it doesn't freeze unless you have a heated garage.
__________________
Brian
Durgin's Lawn & Landscape

www.durginslawnandlandscape.com
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 12-29-2010, 08:45 PM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 6
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

To answer your question Steve, There are pressure washers with heaters built in and there are add on heating units that you can use for a cold water pressure washer. There is a series of tubes that the water flows through and acts as a heat exchanger because they are positioned in the combustion chamber of the burner. Most of the burners you will see are Beckett (in my opinion the best burner out there) and these are identical, except in size, to what you would find on an oil fired boiler.

I used to work on these burners daily in Alaska. You set the temp gauge and when you pull the trigger the burner fires off and heats the water. Most cleaning can be done between 120 and 180 degrees with some systems going well above 200 degrees.

Some burners require 110v AC for operation while others are totally self contained and run on 12v DC for burner operation.
__________________
Pat
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
Pressure washing winkie61 Community Assistance 4 11-11-2009 04:27 PM
Pressure washing winkie61 General Talk 5 11-11-2009 11:32 AM
Pressure Washing - Another Idea picframer General Talk 10 06-10-2009 09:12 PM
Pressure Washing picframer General Talk 17 05-24-2009 05:25 PM
Bidding pressure washing? jawwells Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 6 04-03-2008 06:53 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
Today 03:25 PM
by stevef1201
4 8,656
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
Today 03:19 PM
by stevef1201
11 415
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Today 03:14 PM
by stevef1201
28 2,715
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Today 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 349,500
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
Today 12:31 PM
by jrs.landscaping
6 505
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Today 10:49 AM
by Steve
13 1,483
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Today 10:45 AM
by Steve
7 473
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
Today 10:23 AM
by Steve
179 14,404
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
Yesterday 09:48 AM
Yesterday 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 45
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-26-2014 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 327
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
11-26-2014 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 277
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
11-26-2014 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 105
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
11-26-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 112
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-26-2014 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 704
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
11-26-2014 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 445
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
11-26-2014 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,341
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-26-2014 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 501
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 269
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,311
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 733
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 399
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 625
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 224
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,083
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 641
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 2,006
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,570
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,297
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 886
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 661
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 587
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 411
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,511
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 371
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 636
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,716
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,841
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 32,066
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,805
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 550
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 757
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 431
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 506
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,469
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 708
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 615
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 408
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 425
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 691
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 467
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 apartment lawn care estimate auger bark bid blades bob villa care charge collections commercial decorating demonstration edging employee problems ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how much to charge how to installation john deere quik trac kawasaki landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting monthly mulch mulch estimate new buisness past due patio install per hour service podcast pto redmax reo scripts shell snow snow plowing sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve sulky theft toro toro grand stand trailer mate pro tree turfgrass consulting up sell employee
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:52 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:52 PM.

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