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andy_ldr
03-25-2008, 11:10 PM
Hello everyone. New to this but like the site. I work a full time job with the county here and would like to mow around 10-15 commercial/residential yards a month. I just bought a 60" exmark, sthil weedeater and blower, with trailer.
I currently take care of 2 residential yards and 1 office. I have put an ad in the local paper (no luck), and made some door hangers to put out, (haven't done so yet). I was just wondering the best way to get more business without undercutting other people. I like mowing grass and would like to continue. Any help would be greatly helpful. Also I've seen alot of people around here using there zero turn mower's with the flap on there deck's up. Is this safe? None of the area's I mow look like golf courses and I'm scared of throwing something out and breaking a window or something. I'm about to put gator blades on my mower and would like any input on those also, likes and dislikes.

Thanks in advance. Andy

Raven386
03-25-2008, 11:21 PM
Welcome to LawnSite!
Gator Blades are only good for leaves and if your mulching... i would stick with med. or high-lift blades. jmo... do a search, postcards,doorhangers,door-to-door, those are just a few ways to get some customers. all of those have been discussed alot in the past month so you will have plenty of reading. and in the unfortunate event you do break a window...thats why you have insurance.

CreativeEdge
03-25-2008, 11:28 PM
I have removed all of my discharge chutes simply b/c it lengthens the distance that it throws the grass. You get more of an even spread of clippings. I would also maybe code your advertisements w/ numbers or letters and do a couple of different things mentioned above to get your name out there. Ask you customers where/how they heard of you and keep a tab on what works best in your area.

apolooza
03-26-2008, 02:04 AM
Years ago when I started out I contacted many real estate offices. I picked up many rental and for sale cleanups that way. Was it cutting grass? No. But I became visible and I was able to start acquiring accounts.

Paulup
03-26-2008, 02:38 AM
Be very selective where you put you advertising money in Biloxi. My grandmother has lived there for 40 years, and I've been there enough to know that MOST of the people you see out and about are only in town for the casinos and do not live there full time. My advice would be to try local grocery stores where tourists likely do not frequent. Also, i know the following would at least catch my grandma and her circle of friends. Find out which of the local casinos have the cheap/free senior citizens breakfast/brunch, and hit the parking lot up with flyers. You've got a lot of Air Force retirees in the area from Keisler, as well as their surviving spouses with no one to mow their lawn(both of my grandmothers are in that boat) so you need to find out where they go and spend some time trying to sell to them. Just keep in mind, many of those people don't have a ton of money, and are likely to hire some neighborhood kid cheap. Don't try to rake too much of a profit off of them or the accounts won't be easy(of course, make sure you're making money, otherwise it is a waste of time).

mow2nd
03-26-2008, 07:49 AM
I knew a guy who went door to door and would basically ask if they wanted their grass cut today. He would give them a price and offer them a one time cut. Once he finished and they paid him he would ask them about ongoing service and would sign up over half. Even if he didn't sign them up at least he got paid for cutting it once.

mow2nd
03-26-2008, 07:50 AM
I knew a guy who went door to door and would basically ask if they wanted their grass cut today. He would give them a price and offer them a one time cut. Once he finished and they paid him he would ask them about ongoing service and would sign up over half. Even if he didn't sign them up at least he got paid for cutting it once.

andy_ldr
03-26-2008, 06:09 PM
Thanks for everyones posts. I'll try and do some if not all of these things.
One of my problems I have encounted is that my mower (60" exmark) throws grass too far if I leave my shoot up. Most of the yards around here are small or the ones I have and It's hard to contain my clippings. I currently have sand blades on my mower (because of the soil) but am going to switch to gator blades and see if there is any diffence. As someone else posted earlier they said that there not any good exept for mulching leaves. Is this true? Or should I but the mulching kit for my mower or just block off where the grass shoots out. Any other advice is greatly appriciated.

Thanks again. Andy