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.

Equipment/Miscellaneous Questions


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 07-27-2012, 02:38 PM
Rdelahunr Rdelahunr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Park Rapids, MN
Age: 19
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 3
Rdelahunr is on a distinguished road
Default Equipment/Miscellaneous Questions

Hi, I'm new to the lawncare business and plan to start my own next summer. I'm 16, will be 17, and live in northern Minnesota.

Is a simple mow, trim, blow and go proper or do you think I need to include edging?

Is my pricing proper? I want to achieve around $30 an hour but will not give estimates based on labor time as that is a recipe for issues with customers. I called a couple local landscapers and one charges $75-$85 for a 1/2 acre lot 3 miles from town, while the other charges $75 for a 2 man crew working a 1 acre lot for one hour, so it's safe to say it's $75 per man hour or per half acre.
Ex: I see a 1.7 acre lot and figure 3-3.5 hours of work (48" tractor), but notice a lot of trees requiring trimming, so I would charge $100-$110, right?

Do I need to buy a backpack blower or would a handheld gas one be good enough. I work at a resort and use a backpack blower weekly and feel that it would be a little over the top to go with a backpack blower when there's only a few minutes of blowing to be done.

Opinions on biweekly cuts? During the months of June and July weekly cuts are necessary but here in MN during August weekly is somewhat of a waste. How do you guys get around this issue?

When do I start and stop cutting for the season? School ends around the end of May or the beginning of June, and I play golf for the high school team, and it's possible that the lawns may start growing again around this time. How to I get around this issue? I do not play a fall sport so I can work after school, which starts right away in September.

Advertising? I live in a very touristy town of 4,500 but is said to hit 80,000 on July 4th (Area, not just within town), so there are many more places to cut than a typical town of this size due to all the lake cabins. Thankfully, my family owns a business consisting of 8 radio stations covering every age group. Is this enough advertising (free!) to get me around 15 accounts or will I need to advertise more?


Thanks for your info
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 07-27-2012, 02:47 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
dont waste money on a hand blower there useless on leaves. True a backpack might be overkill for clippings but its needed for leaves. So it has more uses.

I would try to get weekly but customers are cheap and want biweekly. The problem is the lawn will look like crap in early spring and everytime you show up your cutting 5" high grass. If you can sell them on monthly service and base your price off showing up more in the spring and less in the summer, youll be fine.

When you start and stop depends entirely on the weather. Normally I start cutting end of Apr or beginning of Mar. This year I started first week of Apr.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-27-2012, 02:51 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 3
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

I'm pretty new to the lawncare business too, but I have learned a lot from this site.

My services include mowing, trimming, bi weekly edging and blowing.

I base my price off of $50-$80 per acre, depending on the difficulty of the acre(obstacles, banks, etc). I aim to make $60 an hour, but I don't tell my customers that.

I have a backpack blower and I love it, all the weight is on your back, and I think you can maneuver it better.

Bi weekly cuts are a waste of time. In the hot summer months you should be mowing with your deck high like 3 to 4", the grass should still be cut weekly, you could right up a service agreement that states your service starts and ends this time, and is a weekly service, its better to give a per month price than a per cut price.

I'm not sure about your start and stop, I live in pa and grass mowing season starts around mid April here and ends mid November.

Best thing to do for advertising is to get business cards made and talk to your family and friends and see if you can drum up some business from them. Talk to anyone you see and tell them about your business and give them a card. Posting an add on craigslist I have heard is good too, I haven't had any luck with mine so far.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-27-2012, 03:24 PM
Rdelahunr Rdelahunr is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Park Rapids, MN
Age: 19
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 3
Rdelahunr is on a distinguished road
Default

Could you also give me some opinions on ZTR mowers versus the typical tractor? We are getting a newer mower before next season and would like to hear your input. Also explain which brands offer the highest quality for price (Toro, Husqvarna?). Remember that this will be relatively small scale in comparison to most of your landscape businesses. I think I will just try weekly in June, July, and August for ALL clients and biweekly for all in May and September, if we don't already have dormant grass in the area.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-27-2012, 05:29 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rdelahunr View Post
Could you also give me some opinions on ZTR mowers versus the typical tractor? We are getting a newer mower before next season and would like to hear your input. Also explain which brands offer the highest quality for price (Toro, Husqvarna?). Remember that this will be relatively small scale in comparison to most of your landscape businesses. I think I will just try weekly in June, July, and August for ALL clients and biweekly for all in May and September, if we don't already have dormant grass in the area.
Theres not much difference in brands. When choosing go by engine brand and pump size. The rest really doesnt matter. Youll see guys on here with homeowner models but there no different then your tractor. They go the same speed but can turn better. A real ZTR goes 3-4 times faster then a tractor.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-27-2012, 07:21 PM
xandrew245x xandrew245x is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 648
Rep Power: 3
xandrew245x is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
Theres not much difference in brands. When choosing go by engine brand and pump size. The rest really doesnt matter. Youll see guys on here with homeowner models but there no different then your tractor. They go the same speed but can turn better. A real ZTR goes 3-4 times faster then a tractor.
All I have is a homeowner toro zero turn, I love it, but I can't wait to buy a real commercial mower. If I land this 4 acre property job and can get them to sign an annual contract, I think I'm going to get one.
__________________

Carlisle Lawn Care
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
I have a few questions timothy2406 Starting a lawn care business. 5 10-05-2011 06:22 PM
Fun Questions! CHEESE2009 General Talk 1 08-03-2009 03:59 PM
2 Questions jasonw Starting a lawn care business. 42 07-09-2009 04:01 PM
Spring Equipment Check-Up Guide For Outdoor Power Equipment from Gold Eagle Co. Gold Eagle Co. Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 1 03-17-2009 07:01 PM
2 questions... Billz Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 03-26-2006 07:20 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
Today 12:05 PM
Today 12:05 PM
by SC93
0 1
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
Today 11:52 AM
by Chilehead
15 407
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
Today 11:23 AM
by joshlawncare
22 779
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
Today 11:07 AM
by avetslawncare
25 5,468
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Today 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 853
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
Today 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 869
color fliers?
holymoly
Yesterday 02:32 PM
Yesterday 11:10 PM
by SC93
1 45
lawn care business...
holymoly
Yesterday 02:56 PM
Yesterday 08:18 PM
by holymoly
1 63
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
Yesterday 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 362
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 236
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-17-2015 08:58 PM
by SC93
10 301
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
04-17-2015 08:40 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
53 4,959
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 382
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-17-2015 07:59 PM
by avetslawncare
3 109
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 78
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 438
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 394
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,218
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 127
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-16-2015 03:38 PM
by Steve
3 183
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 7,915
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 130
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 160
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,152
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 363
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 174
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 211
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 450
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 182
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 385
Getting rid of "mulched...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 04:21 PM
04-13-2015 11:26 AM
by biglee
3 208
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
04-13-2015 11:11 AM
by biglee
7 323
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
04-13-2015 11:07 AM
by biglee
15 819
Landscape Fabric
CurbAppeal1
04-10-2015 03:58 PM
04-13-2015 08:02 AM
by Chilehead
4 267
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
04-12-2015 04:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
17 3,884
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
04-10-2015 12:05 PM
by Just for Cuts
45 2,106
Snow removal contracts
CDLAWNCARE
03-31-2015 02:57 PM
04-10-2015 11:37 AM
by kslawn
6 463
Do you have medical...
Steve
09-10-2011 11:46 AM
04-10-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
17 5,184
Shopping Centers
avetslawncare
04-07-2015 07:16 PM
04-10-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
7 371
Leaf Vac's?
ABurlison
11-07-2007 10:18 PM
04-10-2015 06:12 AM
by RSE
14 5,681
Grass and Leaf vacuum
captain200
04-07-2015 07:05 PM
04-10-2015 06:02 AM
by RSE
4 329
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
03-29-2015 09:01 AM
04-10-2015 06:00 AM
by Dan Tanner
19 931
I have a great idea!
biglee
04-05-2015 06:20 PM
04-09-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
4 381
lawn care school
kevinburch48
04-09-2015 09:13 AM
04-09-2015 11:27 AM
by Steve
1 240
What do you suggest?
Growing Green
09-20-2011 09:56 AM
04-08-2015 03:09 PM
by Steve
8 3,109
Survey
Ducke
09-20-2011 07:27 PM
04-07-2015 11:33 PM
by SGL1
12 3,432
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
04-07-2015 10:55 PM
by SGL1
14 1,249
Avoiding Clients
CHEESE2009
09-08-2011 10:58 PM
04-07-2015 06:05 PM
by GLAN
24 6,393
Mass/New Hampshire...
jcurr33
04-06-2015 09:48 PM
04-07-2015 04:19 PM
by jcurr33
2 278
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
04-07-2015 05:19 AM
by Chilehead
9 807
» Popular Tags
apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo marketing more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot sulky toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape up sell employee web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:08 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:08 PM.

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