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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.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:46 PM
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I did a cleanup and some string trimming of a hillside today.


One of my regulars said that since the lawn didn't need cut I could clean up the debris in the yard from the sycamore trees if I wanted. Then she asked if I could trim back the ivy from the edges of all the beds.
That was helpful.

The hillside was one of those "as needed" jobs with another person.

At least I got SOME money today.
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Raise you cut height to 4in. during the summer time. The lowest I cut is 3.5. I'm up in CT. This help sad out weed and promotes growth, but if it's hot like the south and mid west you screwed with no Irrigation, which is nice to offer to you customers. It's east to do and will add value to there home.
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We do all sorts of other things for our customers besides mowing. We've been doing probably 20% of our usual number of lawns each week...or less. The storm that just passed through northern IN is creating more work for cleaning up limbs, downed trees and debris. But, we also offer landscaping...it seems this year that people have the money to add more plantings since they are saving money from not paying for mowing.

Also, we absolutely NEVER mow a lawn that doesn't need it. We feel that is unethical and just flat out wrong. Would you want someone to do that to you???

Surprisingly, this has been our most successful year yet....year #7 in the business and hardly any mowing. Our landscaping services saved our butts this year!
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LOL ! You're bad.... lol ... to the HedgeMaster reply
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If lawns don't need to be cut, I basically just leave tire marks.

Clients will come out and say "Good job, looks great!".



I'll never understand them... lmao
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Is it ever hot ! several days in the high 90's and then 4 or 5 days in the 100's. 6/27/12 it was 109 the all time high in Nashville,Tn ever recorded and if I remember well the high for that day in the U.S. We are not cutting anything, everything is brown, or dead. I have a friend who went fishing on 6/28/12, said the lake water was so low and the outside temp was so hot, he hooked a Catfish, got it to the boat, and it had a tick on it ! Walking on the grass here is like walking on Corn Flakes. All the mowers are setting around waiting on mother nature to push the rain button, and we all are getting things around the house fixed up, as long as its in the house in the AC. If its hot where your at, be careful - stay cool - maybe it will rain soon and "green" things up again.......
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If lawns don't need to be cut, I basically just leave tire marks.

Clients will come out and say "Good job, looks great!".



I'll never understand them... lmao
this is exactly what we did last year.
we raised the heights on the mowers, and started to cut the grass.
we have stripe kits on all the mowers.
the places looked great, and we moved a lot faster
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It seems the lawns that are "treated" in this area are the first to brown out. I have several that are full of clover and the owners love it since they still have green in their lawn. I do start mowing taller as soon as the spring rush growth starts to slow down. Most of the lawns I mow stay greener longer. What really saves me is the big jobs in the country that are basically fields turned lawn. I may only mow them every other week but they always need mowed to not look so raggy. I also have the pond and creek bank weedeating jobs to fill in. Work does slow down but does not come to a stop. Gives me time to work in my own yard.
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for the customers that have irrigation systems, I would sell them and install an automatic controller so that you can then manage the lawns according to the weather and keep your customers lawns lush and green even in the hotter temps, those with-out systems, sell them and install an irrigation system. Even if they have to pay it off in their contract, it is then easier for you to maintain happy customers.
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Keep in mind that you can damage a lawn by mowing in hot conditions like I did a few years back. Check the pictures below:
How does this happen? just by stepping on the grass and going over it with the tires? I think I have seen this before but I just can't figure out how it happens...

Anyone know? Thanks
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