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.

Rototilling service


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
  #1  
Old 01-23-2011, 09:56 PM
JessyMathers JessyMathers is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 5
JessyMathers is on a distinguished road
Default Rototilling service

Has anyone offered a rototilling service with their lawn care company? If so did you pick up a lot of customers for this service? was it a good moneymaker for time spent on the job?

Thanks
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 01-23-2011, 09:59 PM
mark123's Avatar
mark123 mark123 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pennsyltucky
Posts: 1,402
Rep Power: 8
mark123 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I was considering it but reading up on organic lawn care I discovered it's not beneficial to soil life. Apparently, it does more harm than good.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-24-2011, 08:31 AM
shahoo80 shahoo80 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 45
Rep Power: 6
shahoo80 is on a distinguished road
Default

I did last year and will continue. I thought about it after hearing a article on the news about the seed manufactures were seeing a growth in business for garden seeds. With the ecomony the way it is more and more people are making veggie gardens myself included and have for years growing up on a farm seems natural.

It went over real big as soon as the grounds thaws enough to get the tiller in it. I had a friend that had a used rear tine and he wanted 150 so I thought I needed one anyway so I bought it and running the ads and out it on my website as a new service. Most of my customers was one time service but a few wanted to replant again in fall that I hit again or till the compost in the soil for the winter.

I ended up pulling in over 3800 and I was late starting and gained a customer base again for this year. I thought it was great for only having to purchase equipment for 150 and it is still going strong. I am going to buy a new one this year and sell the old one for the same price that I bought it for. There were several that wanted big plots tilled for like Community or church gardens that i just could not do but have a guy that mows my pastures for me that did it for me and I made a few dollars of it. Im hoping this year to buy my own tractor to do my own pasture mowing and bigger tilling but the business cant afford it yet.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-24-2011, 11:33 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 JessyMathers View Post
Has anyone offered a rototilling service with their lawn care company? If so did you pick up a lot of customers for this service? was it a good moneymaker for time spent on the job?

Thanks
We did 67 last season, 43 the year before, very good money, our tillers are 48 & 60" wide so it's quick, really good money, close to $90 an hour
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-25-2011, 02:29 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Were most of those jobs for gardens or for full lawn tilling to replace the lawn?

Also did you find any of the jobs led to other work either by the customer or through their neighbors?
__________________
- 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
  #6  
Old 02-03-2011, 03:42 PM
devuono311 devuono311 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 74
Rep Power: 6
devuono311 is on a distinguished road
Default

I offered rototilling last year, and I made out like a champ. Done right it can pay out good. It isnt too bad to price. Figure out a rough estimate of time it will take you to do it, times your hourly rate, plus fuel and such. I averaged 35 - 65 dollars profit per job.

Heres a couple tips:
Keep a couple extra tines on hand , you never know when you will hit that boulder under the earth.
Dont till too deep and
be aware of underground lines, pipes, or wires.

Its a short lived span of business but tilling for people who want to plant a garden or flower beds can bring good business.

Good Luck

Last edited by devuono311; 02-03-2011 at 03:44 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-04-2011, 06:27 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Its a short lived span of business but tilling for people who want to plant a garden or flower beds can bring good business.
What is your view on when and how this should be marketed? Did you perform this service only for your lawn care customers or did you reach out to others as well?
__________________
- 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
  #8  
Old 02-04-2011, 05:06 PM
devuono311 devuono311 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 74
Rep Power: 6
devuono311 is on a distinguished road
Default

I advertised early as I do mowing and kept advertising the rototilling seperately and combined through july. Majority and I mean roughly 98% of my rototilling customers where May thru June. This service was open to everyone , even if they didnt aquire my mowing services.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-05-2011, 06:00 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,361
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I advertised early as I do mowing and kept advertising the rototilling seperately and combined through july.
What do you feel was the benefit of advertising the services separately and combined?

And what is your view on the best ways to market rototilling services? Through craigslist? Or maybe on flyers? Or 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
  #10  
Old 02-05-2011, 06:18 PM
devuono311 devuono311 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 74
Rep Power: 6
devuono311 is on a distinguished road
Default

The benefit of advertising rototilling seperate and combined was that some people seem to assume if its a lawn care co. advertising the service they must be expensive. By advertising both combined and seperate, I cover all areas. The local penny saver seems to be my best source of advertising this service as well as others. However, I always advertise on craigslist as it is free anyways. Just when I inquire where people saw my services the majority respond with the local free paper.
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
Rototilling kithiggins Community Assistance 3 05-24-2010 10:58 AM
Another New Service, well actually two picframer General Talk 20 05-10-2009 04:07 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
Service F.A.Q.'s Steve Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 0 02-23-2004 12:34 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Share your stolen...
SGL1
05-27-2015 09:05 PM
Today 08:35 AM
by Chilehead
9 125
Hello All
HappyGrass
05-27-2015 10:10 PM
Today 05:05 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
3 82
big job for me....need...
holymoly
Yesterday 06:15 AM
Today 03:42 AM
by holymoly
4 101
What a JERK!
Chilehead
05-06-2015 08:13 AM
Yesterday 03:13 PM
by HappyGrass
16 816
5 things you would...
Steve
09-11-2008 08:53 AM
Yesterday 03:02 PM
by HappyGrass
5 2,159
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by Steve
5 123
Equipment dealers
mattthelawnguy
05-21-2015 04:33 PM
Yesterday 12:20 PM
by Steve
6 211
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
9 266
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
3 136
Great start to the season
jcurr33
05-25-2015 08:49 PM
05-26-2015 01:50 PM
by Steve
2 100
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
1 119
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
5 232
More Rain or Less?
Steve
05-20-2015 12:06 PM
05-24-2015 04:37 PM
by SGL1
12 301
Irrigation
pboy8634
02-21-2010 12:46 PM
05-22-2015 10:05 PM
by biglee
25 8,486
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 11:45 AM
05-22-2015 09:58 PM
by biglee
37 9,222
Peace garden ideas
SGL1
05-13-2015 03:15 PM
05-21-2015 07:51 PM
by avetslawncare
16 549
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
05-20-2015 09:18 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
84 6,898
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
05-19-2015 08:22 PM
by SGL1
15 842
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
05-19-2015 04:12 PM
by NinaMarie86
1,223 390,387
New Lawn Service
carmelitaslawnservice
05-19-2015 10:02 AM
05-19-2015 02:51 PM
by Steve
1 144
Landscaper Jailed After...
SGL1
05-18-2015 08:15 AM
05-19-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
5 248
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
05-19-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
38 2,058
feeling like im being...
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:33 AM
05-19-2015 02:11 PM
by Steve
6 255
good news yesterday
Bradcook21
05-17-2015 07:08 AM
05-19-2015 06:16 AM
by Bradcook21
3 184
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
13 735
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
05-15-2015 08:46 PM
by biglee
22 1,547
big dog mowers?
Bradcook21
05-13-2015 04:03 PM
05-14-2015 10:55 AM
by Steve
4 327
Small HOA Bid
lxarth
05-06-2015 10:37 PM
05-13-2015 11:55 AM
by Steve
9 552
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
05-13-2015 11:51 AM
by Steve
11 679
Fired for refusing to...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:15 AM
05-12-2015 01:36 PM
by Steve
6 545
I have ZERO confidence...
Just for Cuts
05-01-2015 04:24 PM
05-12-2015 03:53 AM
by jrs.landscaping
31 1,152
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
05-11-2015 01:15 PM
by Steve
6 1,063
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
05-10-2015 07:50 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
9 1,099
Bought my first STIHL...
Mr. Mow
05-09-2015 06:29 AM
05-10-2015 08:36 AM
by Mr. Mow
9 452
advice wanted please and...
CHenricks
05-07-2015 08:40 PM
05-08-2015 04:20 PM
by CHenricks
7 472
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
6 509
Home today...Still...
biglee
05-06-2015 11:59 AM
05-07-2015 12:06 PM
by biglee
2 378
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
05-07-2015 11:17 AM
by Steve
79 4,056
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
05-07-2015 10:57 AM
by Steve
16 1,074
Looking good
mrsmichigan
05-06-2015 09:47 AM
05-07-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
1 317
What are your biggest...
Steve
05-05-2015 01:24 PM
05-07-2015 10:52 AM
by Steve
2 372
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
05-06-2015 07:15 PM
by TheYardGuy
12 1,159
Go daddy web site and...
jcurr33
05-04-2015 06:00 PM
05-05-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
2 400
How busy are you now?
Steve
05-04-2015 01:10 PM
05-05-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 435
» 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 12:44 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:44 PM.

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