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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > General Talk

General Talk If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.

Couple more service ideas


General Talk

If it doesn't fit anywhere else, post it here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-09-2009, 07:44 PM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default Couple more service ideas

We have been asked several times if we would build an interlocking wall for customers, I have been turning them away until last week.

Halifax has the largest manufacturer in Atlantic Canada so I went to a free information session on retaining wall construction, I have built dozens with 6 X 6 timbers but never man made rock.

In short it doesn't require hardly any tools, 4 foot level, plumb line, hammer, shovel, rake, hoe and that is about it.

One does have to prepare the base, you could rent a mini excavator to speed this up or do it by hand if you have good soil to work with.

I spent an hour with the backhoe digging a trench 14" wide, 12" deep and 32 feet long, filled it with 6" 3/4 clear stone then 2" crusher dust, compacted and had the guys start the first row. We checked everything to ensure it was flat with a level and plumb line, checked the back to ensure it was straight, guys filled the openings inside the rock with crusher dust and I left to do another job.

6 1/2 hours later they called and said they were done, I went to the site, results were amazing, the wall is about 32" high, spent 1/2 hour back filling then we left.

There is very good money in this, charged $200.00 for the backhoe, $45.00 for 3/4" rock (cost about $15.00), $105.00 for crusher dust (cost $32.00) and $945.00 to build the wall (staff salary costs $ 195.00 + $100.00 as I gave them each a $50.00 bonus for doing a great job)

The other thing I did a few weeks ago as we do a lot of jobs where we only need, for example a thousand pounds of rock, it's crazy expensive to have such a small amount delivered and many places simply won't that I cleared an area on my property and buy tandem loads of crusher dust, 3/4 Clear, Crusher run, top soil, garden soil and mulch, because we are a contractor we receive a discount from the quarry. As we need the product we have two small dump trailers that will haul around 1,500 pounds max, I simply use a loader and put the amount required for the job, the markup I am using is close to 300% before transportation costs and my/staff time, it works perfect, if you have room, something to consider.

Andy
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 05-10-2009, 08:10 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,067
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
This sounds very interesting! Do you have any pictures of the wall you did? I'd love to see it.

Quote:
The other thing I did a few weeks ago as we do a lot of jobs where we only need, for example a thousand pounds of rock
What would you use the rocks for? Driveways? or for the foundations of a wall?
__________________
- 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
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
Couple of questions.. Mow Right Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 12-13-2006 10:11 AM
Getting away from it all for a couple days! kc2006 GopherHaul Lawn Care Business Show, Video, Book & Podcast Discussions. 5 06-24-2006 01:46 AM
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
couple of suggestions Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 04-18-2006 08:35 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Any successful one man...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-26-2016 06:04 AM
Today 07:16 AM
by Chilehead
2 44
What were your top...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-13-2016 05:10 PM
09-26-2016 05:43 PM
by Steve
4 369
Enter to win Free...
arthur712
09-25-2016 11:28 AM
09-26-2016 05:41 PM
by Steve
1 45
I have a new show!
Chilehead
09-19-2016 06:50 PM
09-23-2016 05:45 AM
by Chilehead
7 137
First commercial estimate
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-19-2016 12:42 PM
09-22-2016 05:42 PM
by acrajchel
7 145
Larger projects - Labor...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-18-2016 07:38 AM
09-21-2016 06:51 AM
by Chilehead
5 164
I need some business...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
07-06-2016 05:42 AM
09-16-2016 01:50 PM
by DLC123
5 615
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
09-16-2016 01:35 PM
by DLC123
15 1,327
Not a newbie just...
lwlawn
09-09-2016 02:32 PM
09-16-2016 01:25 PM
by DLC123
2 521
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
09-16-2016 01:15 PM
by DLC123
6 1,403
Lawn problem
magiccc
09-14-2016 11:37 AM
09-15-2016 06:14 AM
by Chilehead
2 287
What kind of seed do you...
Bradcook21
09-02-2016 02:58 PM
09-12-2016 07:18 AM
by joshp
4 916
Commercial Flail Mower...
Chickenthief
09-05-2016 04:46 PM
09-09-2016 04:50 PM
by Steve
7 782
Newbie here
paulgrant
09-07-2016 04:52 PM
09-09-2016 12:01 AM
by paulgrant
2 619
Hello, New Member Here,...
Chickenthief
09-05-2016 06:19 PM
09-08-2016 09:35 PM
by Chickenthief
6 742
Pricing fall cleanups?
WarriorLandscapingCAN
09-06-2016 11:17 AM
09-07-2016 04:06 PM
by Steve
3 715
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
09-06-2016 05:25 PM
by Steve
1,255 443,810
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
08-31-2016 02:47 PM
by Steve
21 3,273
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
08-30-2016 07:47 PM
by SC93
11 2,094
fert/lawn programs
joshp
08-28-2016 10:43 AM
08-30-2016 03:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 1,129
» Popular Tags
annual apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts convention converting customer dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care seasonal snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:44 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:44 AM.

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