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Old 05-21-2009, 08:43 PM
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Hey everyone,

You really need to get into Natural Lawn Care. I did a job this morning where I fertilized, enriched the soil, and aerated the lawn using the Nature'S Magic products (Aerafy, Mature's Magic, and Dethatcher). My material costs were under $6.00 and I payed my employee $30.00.
Including travel he spent 2 hours. I bid the job at $408.00 ($24.00 per 1,000 sq. ft.). After material and labor I grossed $337.00. or $118.50 per hour!

I have 5 like jobs for tomorrow. Smaller lots but the same $24.00 per K price. And I get 50% with order and balance on completion. Jobs I did last week got me 4 of tomorrows jobs. The results are that striking and the neighbors are actually pre-sold.

I have only been using these products a few weeks and I am adding a service truck next week just for spraying!

It's time for you to get on the band wagon!

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material costs were under $6.00 and I payed my employee $30.00.
Including travel he spent 2 hours. I bid the job at $408.00 ($24.00 per 1,000 sq. ft.). After material and labor I grossed $337.00. or $118.50 per hour!
My material costs were $102.00 and my labor was $30.00. $408 - $132.00 = $276.00 or $138.00 per hour.

Sorry for the math error, I'm very tired. 6am to 8pm not counting book work is a long day.

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I was telling my better half about what yall have been saying about this spaying deal. I told her that I think the sketter spray would sell around here good. I dont think I could get what yall have been getting as of profit, due to the fact we have had so many factorys closeing around here in the past few years, a candy factory, tire factory closing down and now P&G is talking that they need help and are gonna cut back 300 jobs. But I still think it would go good around here. Can you give me a site to look at again about this stuff?
I sure got my thumb out for this band wagon.

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I was telling my better half about what yall have been saying about this spaying deal. I told her that I think the sketter spray would sell around here good. I dont think I could get what yall have been getting as of profit, due to the fact we have had so many factorys closeing around here in the past few years, a candy factory, tire factory closing down and now P&G is talking that they need help and are gonna cut back 300 jobs. But I still think it would go good around here. Can you give me a site to look at again about this stuff?
I sure got my thumb out for this band wagon.

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A lot of people have started mowing their own lawn because of the economy. Pther than commercial sites and foreclosures I only have 3 residential mowing jobs. However, these people don't have the equipment or resources gor lawn care. And, the all natural - chemical free montra is what's in.
I am starting a campaign for Country Clubs this weekend (we're supposed to get thundarstorms). Get in there and then give bonus cash to staff for referals.
There are always outdoor weddings in the summer. How about graduation parties? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
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Steve is correct, this product sells itself and the results are striking and the performance tested, we are getting a tremendous amount of word of mouth jobs, Steve and I charge the same rate per 1,000.

Currently I keep two full time and one part time person spraying, a couple of weeks ago we added a four month spray program which I believe is necessary to get the maximum results from this product.

It costs so little to get into and the profits are light years ahead of mowing and it's fairly easy work, requires some self education and make sure you do so before you start selling, we run into Organic Gardeners on a regular basis and they will quiz you.

The big thing I get is "Many national companies advertise Organic lawn care, what sets you aside" I personally love this question, Natures Magic is not Organic Based, it's 100% certified Organic.

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Do products like this fall under typical restrictions? Do they require specific licensing? Or not since they are organic?
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Do products like this fall under typical restrictions? Do they require specific licensing? Or not since they are organic?
Both the EPA and the FDA classify these products as food sources. There are no restrictions or specific licensing required. I post the MSDA (Material Safety Data Sheets) required by OSHA on my website and carry copies in all my vehicles. I have been checked!

I like Andy offer a sort of 4 spray plan. I offer a 15% discount for repeat sprayings. $34.00 per 1,000 sq. ft 1st application and $28.90 per K for subsiquent applications. I also give either Lowe's or WalMart Gift Certificates for purchasing referrals. 1=$10, 2= $20, 3=$30, 4=$50 and=$100.

Present customers are really going after the $100.00 card and the profit makes the "Gift" easy to give. And, I am checking to see if it could be used as an advertising deduction.

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Thanks for the info. I have been thinking of adding organic lawn care to my list
of services. I already have the FIMCO sprayers. There definitely is a market in my area for this. I am going to educate myself on this stuff.
Thanks Steve and Andy.
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Thanks for the info. I have been thinking of adding organic lawn care to my list
of services. I already have the FIMCO sprayers. There definitely is a market in my area for this. I am going to educate myself on this stuff.
Thanks Steve and Andy.
I learned a whole bunch of talking points by by searching Google got Organic Lawn Care. The info on the dangers of synthetic fertalizers and pesticides will scare current users, especially those with children and pets (both are close to the ground). Show the need for change and then the advantages.

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It sounds great, I should be doing this!
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