View Full Version : What Is your Most Profitable Job In your Business?

11-22-2007, 05:01 PM
Lets hear It...would It be Aeration...Fert...Reno...sod...Mowing... Tell Me what makes you the most buck for the bang.

J&T Kiev
11-22-2007, 05:27 PM
Installs--my overhead for installs is less verses Maintenance. .. Lower overhead with a higher "net" return. I gross about 3x's as much doing installs over maintenance.

shane mapes
11-22-2007, 07:45 PM
installs as well. been in bus. for a few years and have not done to many ..., but i did a few this year and made good money .. i will do more next year..much better profit then just mowing.. plus you can pay workers a few dollars more per hour....

11-22-2007, 10:31 PM
Bed care (weed, insect, and disease control).

11-22-2007, 11:34 PM
We have a mix of renovations and some installs.

11-23-2007, 06:54 AM
Snow plowing then aerating

11-23-2007, 08:41 AM
Plantings, then hardscaping.

11-23-2007, 10:47 AM
I too Find Aerating to be a good add on for the lawn care biz.

With the Installs you have your mark up on materials etc

11-23-2007, 01:48 PM
aeration is real profitable, but so is sprinkler winterization. if i could do this all year i would be rich!!!!!!!!!

11-23-2007, 03:44 PM
Leaf cleanup. Especially this year, leaves are dropping real late, it hasn't stopped raining/ snowing for 2 wks., and it gets dark so early, homeowners dont have the time in the evening to do it and it rains or snows on the weekends, so they call me. They know how much work it is, and I stress the fact that the wet leaves are much harder to work with, usually they are willing to pay a little more, if not they can call someone else.

lawn king
11-24-2007, 08:41 AM
Commercial aeration with the kubota & 3 point aerator. No material cost, just a tank full of diesel fuel. Easy money!!

2 clowns mowing
11-24-2007, 10:19 AM
limb mulching into usable mulch, snow removal

Accu-cut Lawn Care
11-26-2007, 03:06 PM
I've made massive profits this year aerating and overseeding.

11-26-2007, 10:10 PM
I love areations. I think I've found the best way to be efficient and most effective. I can gross $100+/hour when aerating on a good day, $70-80/ hour on a average day.

11-26-2007, 10:45 PM
For me, it's add-on insect sprays when I'm out doing treatments.

When I'm at a yard doing a standard fertilizer/weed-spray application, I can make an extra $35-$75 for an extra 3-5 minutes worth of work and less than $1 in chemical...

11-27-2007, 12:18 AM
Plant installations and snow removal/ ice control.

11-28-2007, 10:13 PM
landscaping then aerating overseeding

11-28-2007, 10:48 PM
Snow Plowing, Aerating, And Weed control

11-29-2007, 12:43 AM
It's amazing how different this business is from state to state.

In Phoenix, Arizona, it's year round maintenance. There's always grass to mow and always hedges to trim. I don't have to worry about picking up seasonal work. Although, by the sounds of it, I wish I did.

With that being said, I seem to make a killing on sprinkler/drip system repairs. Wish I could keep a full-time guy doing just that.

11-29-2007, 01:08 AM
Snow Plowing, snow plowing and aerating

11-29-2007, 09:12 AM
salting, then fert.

11-29-2007, 12:00 PM
I would have to say plowing and mowing. We have a lot of corporate parks that we take care of during the season.

11-29-2007, 05:14 PM
mulching buy it at $8 a yard install at $75 a yard

11-29-2007, 07:13 PM
definately hardscaping. once we bought an excavator and the new loaders we can bang small walls in a long day, and large walls in a week or so.

11-29-2007, 10:05 PM
hard scaping isnt as profitable around here anymore co are doing walks for $8 foot not worth it to me we still get the one or two nice jobs but not like we use to

11-29-2007, 10:22 PM
Hourly I make more aerating I can pull down 250-350 an hour

11-29-2007, 10:49 PM
Ponds are most profitable for me, followed by retaining walls & patios tied for second.

11-29-2007, 11:28 PM
landscaping installation hands down!

12-02-2007, 10:58 AM
Fall lawn renovation=ez money, plus you get the contract for next years chem program.

12-02-2007, 10:41 PM
we just had three storms this week, at $125 per truck per hour, we brought in over $7000 in 4 days. wish snowstorms were as frequent as mowing lawns.