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6'7 330
02-23-2006, 10:45 PM
What generates the most profits for your company.

Landscaping design and installs
Mowing and maintenance
renovations
Lawn applications
Anything I left off the list lol.

sanfordandsonfan
02-23-2006, 11:19 PM
I have concentrated on mowing for so long it makes up the largest part of my business. I did notice last year two or three mulch and trimming jobs that made me six or seven hundred bucks in about five or six hours. I just dont have enough of that work to scale back on my mowing. I'm going to keep trying though.

Envy Lawn Service
02-23-2006, 11:21 PM
My best margins per hour are on simple mulch installs.

Gatewayuser
02-23-2006, 11:38 PM
Landscaping and lawn treatments especially talprid for moles.

lawnspecialties
02-23-2006, 11:47 PM
I do 95% maintenance but when I do get an install job, I know it means big profit and quick. Most I've made in installs is clearing about $3500 in a day and a half.

sheshovel
02-23-2006, 11:50 PM
New landscape design and installations ,irrigation installs and renovation of old gardens..cuz that's all I do.

olderthandirt
02-23-2006, 11:59 PM
Marketing--:) and business managment

baddboygeorge
02-24-2006, 12:20 AM
design/installation,,,, top money maker!!

LLandscaping
02-24-2006, 12:26 AM
Installation, Renovations, Pine Straw, Fertilization are our top money makers. We would like to do more Installation and Fertilization.

just Cuts
02-24-2006, 12:57 AM
Mulch!!!! Landscapes!

wglawncare
02-24-2006, 01:04 AM
Seaweed Removal- for Lakefront owners. The stuff comes back heavy weekly throughout the summer. Pays a good sum per hour and I can put about 2-3 guys on a job and thatll keep um busy for a couple hours. I have about 30 accounts.

crzymow
02-24-2006, 01:14 AM
I'd have to say fertilizing/weed control, I just dont do a lot of it. This year i purchased a hydroseeder, have a few jobs lined up already, have a few months before ill be doin much of that though.

ozd12005
02-24-2006, 02:11 AM
I found great profit's on retaining walls and mulch jobs

YardPro
02-24-2006, 08:29 AM
chemical applications.
design work
construction
pool service

but the maintenance is the cash flow.

TLS
02-24-2006, 09:35 AM
Snowplowing

Salting

Nothing else really comes close. Take a really good hourly rate for mowing, and multiply it by 6

FrankenScagMachines
02-24-2006, 09:42 AM
I'm with TLS on this one, only I will say just salting... Plowing makes a large number per hour (as does salting) but requires more abuse on the truck.. Salting is extremely easy on a truck mechanically speaking and therefore is economical to do, charge per pound of product applied (or per bag) and make more profit than plowing, plus with less overhead...

But I really enjoy plowing :)

TLS
02-24-2006, 09:48 AM
Yes, I agree. Salting is #1 Quick and easy! I can salt my whole route at night in like a little over 2 hours and make a grand. Sure wish we'd get another snow/ice event....I have about 2 pallets of salt to use up yet!

FrankenScagMachines
02-24-2006, 10:21 AM
Yea, we've only pushed once and salted once... Indiana winters for ya :rolleyes:
Thats why I don't buy it in pallets... I just keep enough on hand for one event, just buy it from Lowe's it is just under $10 a bag for a 50# bag and I know its cheaper by a pallet but a friend of mine tried it both ways, said since you have to drive to another town to get it in pallets its not even worth the trouble no more than we have need to use... thats why it sucks here in the winter... you could have great snow & ice conditions or bad ones... Most winters we'll salt more than a few times though, Indiana is good for lots of ice :D and usually a few small plowings a season and maybe a good size one (like 6" LOL) ... dangit i feel jipped now!

DixieFerris
02-24-2006, 10:23 AM
I thought your most profitable thing for your business was selling your equipment on ebay, then going back into business with your new money? haha:rolleyes: just kidding man, hope you have a good plan written out for a great 2006

FrankenScagMachines
02-24-2006, 10:26 AM
what haha... the stuff that sold I didn't need very much so I will be better off with the decreased overhead. I still have the main items I will need, I could just kick myself for selling some of that 2 cycle stuff :(

impactlandscaping
02-24-2006, 01:21 PM
Hydroseeding.....

mulcahy mowing
02-24-2006, 01:51 PM
mulch........

gslawncare
02-24-2006, 02:17 PM
Install and rennovation. Brick garden wall or pathways, Mowing just pays the bills and is nice but install 1 3" tree and you made about the same as one house pays for 2 months.

Now get the job installing 10 of those big trees, that's a living.

topsites
02-24-2006, 03:49 PM
For me, the biggest profit generator is taking a dump while I'm on the clock.
:walking: payup payup

Seriously thou, it depends...
Grass-cutting is the best residual, meaning long-term, long-range, continuous profit.
Short-term, when I'm using the backpack sprayer we're talking 10-15 dollars / gallon at a rate
of one gallon / 5 minutes, so upwards of 120 / hour but then 20 minutes later, the job is done
and the party is over.

Remsen1
02-24-2006, 03:54 PM
The most?
#1 Lawn Mowing
#2 Snow Removal

The best %?
#1 Roof Shovelling (consistently net $50 hour, not much work this year though.)

down size
02-24-2006, 04:34 PM
My biggest profit is grade work,sod and or seed,straw

ICE
02-24-2006, 04:58 PM
Mulching and post stamp sized yards back to back are the best if you can get them!

Tim

cush
02-25-2006, 11:26 AM
Sprinkler blowouts $20,000 net this year. Not bat for 6 weeks work!

TLS
02-25-2006, 03:56 PM
Sprinkler blowouts $20,000 net this year. Not bat for 6 weeks work!

Don't take this the wrong way, but....

Thats approx. $83/hr (based on 6 - 40hr work weeks=240hrs) . Not saying thats chump change, but there are guys making more than that per hour mowing grass.

Trinity Lawn Care, LLC
02-25-2006, 04:04 PM
I would say mulch.

rodfather
02-25-2006, 04:13 PM
If I am interpreting this topic correctly, it would be mowing since that was 73% of our total revenue in 05.

Tider6972
02-25-2006, 04:18 PM
How do you sell pine straw /mulch jobs? What do you charge for putiing down and/or re-doing straw beds?

I want to do some of that in montgomery, but the tightazzes here want it installed for the price Home Depot sells a bale for !!! I intend to make money on the materials and the labor if I get involved.

Thanks !

6'7 330
02-25-2006, 04:20 PM
#1 Design and installations
#2 Complete full maintenance.

cush
02-25-2006, 04:21 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, but....

Thats approx. $83/hr (based on 6 - 40hr work weeks=240hrs) . Not saying thats chump change, but there are guys making more than that per hour mowing grass.

That is net not gross. Helps me get through the winter.

Precision
02-25-2006, 08:01 PM
complete yard clean ups.

Average $100 per man hour including drive and dump time.

Very low margin cost. no dump fees, very little gas consumption. And it usually leads to additional work after we make such a huge impact change on their property.

Most recently a complete clean up on a .18 Acre property. shrub trimming, weed killing, vine overgrowth and dead shrub removal. $1500 10 man hours of work and 1 man hour drive time

led to a $1750 sprinkler system rebuild. 12 man hours and 2 man hours drive time. (I left the shop twice without the right part and a valve actuator died) yeah it was one of those days. but $1750 and $350 in parts and 14 hours of time. I'll take it.

Now her mowing guy just quit because he is mad. So now it is gonna be a $190 per month acct.

And we were asked to bid on doing a clean up and install on the property next door.

Yeah I really like clean up work.

After that it is sod jobs. $125-150 per man hour after materials.

old dog 80
02-25-2006, 08:53 PM
Snowplowing

Salting

Nothing else really comes close. Take a really good hourly rate for mowing, and multiply it by 6
Problem is it is only a few days a year!Is January a better month or is June a better month?
Mowing ,then fall cleanups,then spring cleanups.

deereman
02-25-2006, 09:49 PM
We make more on landscape/installs and fert. apps. But we do way more lawncare maintenance than anything else. But I enjoy lawn mainteance more than landscaping.

TLS
02-26-2006, 08:40 AM
Problem is it is only a few days a year!Is January a better month or is June a better month?


Most years....let me rephrase that...a good portion of the past 20 years, January & February make me more money than May, June, July, and August combined.

I've had years in the past where winter snow numbers exceeded summer numbers.

And, I don't live where it snows that often. Williamsport seems to always be snowing.

lawnsbyrj
02-26-2006, 11:49 AM
I make good on mulch and straw but that is once a year, so i never let down on my quality for maintence because I know that money will come weekly,
I look at it like this, if I do an install and get $1000 GREAT. if i get a mowing contract I ll get $1500 BETTER than Great. but htat is just me