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Hi folks. My name is Todd, recently retired from policing after twenty four years. I'm looking to slowly get into the lawn care business next spring. I would prefer to stick to mowing, edging, trimming and add other services down the road. I hope to learn as much as possible between now and spring and I imagine I will be lurking here more than anything but I'm sure I will ask a dumb question here or there.
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Welcome to our forum! Have you thought about offering any fall cleanup services so you could easier line up mowing customers for the spring?
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Thank you guys for the welcome. No I had not thought of that and that is a really good idea, I will give that some thought.
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The sooner you can get customers, the better. Otherwise you find yourself in the spring with the grass growing all around you and wondering where are all the phone calls.
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Little behind on this post, but I just saw it. TRV, where in KY? I am out of the Georgetown/Lexington area. I can probably help you out with some of the questions I had when I first started, especially those pertaining specifically to our area, like "When do I do xxxxx to my customers yards?"
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Nice to hear from you. I'm in Louisville. I guess the biggest question I've got is what to charge for residential lawn. Cutting, trimming, edging and blowing the driveway/walk. I plan to use door hangers and word of mouth to get business. Any advice regarding that would be much appreciated also. Oh, how long does it take you to cut a residential lawn? How often do you edge around the walkways and driveways for a customer? Do you use a edger every time or just the first time then use the weed eater to edge? Thank you.

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Nice to hear from you. I'm in Louisville. I guess the biggest question I've got is what to charge for residential lawn. Cutting, trimming, edging and blowing the driveway/walk. I plan to use door hangers and word of mouth to get business. Any advice regarding that would be much appreciated also. Oh, how long does it take you to cut a residential lawn? How often do you edge around the walkways and driveways for a customer? Do you use a edger every time or just the first time then use the weed eater to edge? Thank you.
It all depends on size. I also factor in things like number of trees, amount of mulch beds, other obstructions, hill slope, grass height, etc.

If you are new to the business, I would quote a 1/10 acre lot around $25, 1 acre lot is $60, 1/2 acre about $45. You will learn after a little bit that you can give an accurate price just by looking at it. The idea is that I want to make $60/hour. Also, if I have 5 yards close together, I can charge these prices, as there is little drive time. But if I am driving 15 minutes one way for one yard, I am going to charge more for my drive time.

These prices all include mowing, edging, blowing, and weedeating.

As far as marketing, I would skip door hangers. I tried those and they take forever and it got me almost no business. Instead, go to dirtcheapsigns.com, get some lawn signs made for $3 each and put those at the entrances to the neighborhoods you are wanting to get customers in. If there is retail shopping close by, put some there too. I would also recommend using thumbtack.com to get leads on new customers. Check out my post How to: Use Thumbtack Effectively for more info on this.

As far as time, I can usually do a smaller residential in about 20 minutes, medium in 40 and large in 60. I use a 36" Turf Tracer for most of them and have commercial grade weedeaters, edgers, and blowers. If you are starting out with a push mower and residential grade equipment it will take you longer.

I edge, weedeat and blow every time. This keeps it having nice crisp edges. I use a stick edger on certain yards, because it is faster. But flipping the weedeater sideways cuts through thicker growth easier and gives a better edge if you know how to do it right.

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Thank you Aaron, I really appreciate it.

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After working in the community for 24 years, you must know a lot of people. Maybe you could get some business cards printed up, get a website, and start going around visiting different people you know to spread the word about your business.

Possibly send letters out to others you know announcing your new business and include some cards in the letter.

You could also take on a community project, possibly a cleanup job. Or help a local veteran who needs their yard cleaned up.

Take some before and after pics and notify the local press about how you have retired from public service but are still helping the community in a new way and talk about your community service project.

Getting some media attention could certainly give your new business a boost.
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