View Full Version : New guy with questions.

12-12-2001, 05:29 PM
Well I have been cutting since I was 8. I started my own little business when I turned 16 and could drive. Using my parents and grandparents stuff I was able to buy my own equipment. Now that I am 18 and getting out of Highschool I plan on going into Horticulture. I was wondering what other courses I might should take. Also with mine not being in high school anymore I am planning on starting my business full force while at the same time working for a professional in the process to learn. So how do you usually price your clients? What do you find to be the best mowers for residential customers? Have any tips? I would appreciate all the help I can get cause I plan on doing this the rest of my life. Thanks buches. PEACE!

12-12-2001, 05:36 PM
Here's a tip, get two sets of cards made up, one for your customers & one for chicks, listing your profession as a Neurosurgeon.

12-12-2001, 05:57 PM
Come on now Casey... thats now way to treat a new member.


First off, Welcome to LawnSite.com.

Get yoru business license and insurance.

I think learning the ropes by working for a company is a good idea. If you gain a good relationship with your boss you might be able to start your own company at the same time. He might just give you the extra work or not wanted work.

Use the search funtion of LawnSite.com by following the search link. You can read through past discussions on topics you are looking for.

Good luck.

Chuck Keough

lawrence stone
12-12-2001, 05:59 PM
Better yet make your specialty gynecology and offer free exams.

12-12-2001, 06:06 PM
I see Stone and Casey have much wisdom to share with all. Shame that is the best you guys could do to help out, real bright fellows.:rolleyes:

Classes can be taken at many local universities. as chuck said get your licenses/certifications and insurance asap. Classes can be found as online at:


12-12-2001, 06:06 PM
Not-Around-Here-They-Don't lol

Lawn Dog2001
12-12-2001, 06:27 PM
I just wanted to compliment you on your choice of names. Now if it were only true;)

Good luck with school and business. I use Emark for residential and commercial accounts. There is an Exmark forum here at Lawn Site if you wanted more info on them. Or you can use the search to find info on the many other brand names of equip.

12-12-2001, 07:58 PM
Hey Lawn Dog, Too bad they are the second best team in PA! Go EAGLES!!!!

12-12-2001, 08:20 PM
Here are some trade mags.

There is mucho info in the arcives on pricing, mowers, etc.......

Turf Magazine

PRO Magazine

Lawn and Landscape

Grounds Maintenance

Landscape Management

Landscape & Irrigation

12-13-2001, 12:46 AM
Thanks for the info dudes. For those who had something smart to say......"Is this where you want to be when Jesus comes, making fun of the new yard guy?" I mean just cause you cant get a woman dont mean you need to take it out on me.:D

mdb landscaping
12-13-2001, 08:33 AM
lawn chick guy,
i am currently majoring in turfgrass science in CT. if you want to get a good feel for things, go to work for another company to pick up the tricks of the trade. in college i feel you could major in just about anything horticultural. i have to take a lot of courses not dealing with turf, that will benefit the landscaping business, so no matter which way you choose to go, good luck.

Lawn Dog2001
12-13-2001, 09:52 AM
Originally posted by G.Williams
Hey Lawn Dog, Too bad they are the second best team in PA! Go EAGLES!!!!

Steelers 10-2 Eagles 8-4 Who's better??? Maybe we will have an all PA Super Bowl this year.:D

12-13-2001, 11:58 AM
Lawn guys dig chicks too (espescially in the sumer)! (Just keep employees from being too rude when shouting at them)!

Steelers - Cordell = great system

Eagles (fan realistic) - Donovan = unpredictable

Steelers WIN!!!

12-13-2001, 01:01 PM
Hey Lawn Chick guy,
Im currently 18 now with my own small landscape maintenance company. I also am going to school for landscape horticulture. My advice is to make sure u are insured, and have a applicators license if u plan on doing fertilizing, i dont have one yet but i plan on getting it soon so i can start doing fertilizing. Most of my customers are residental and a ZTR works great on these yards, you may also wanna consider looking into Hydro Walkbehinds they can be very helpfull in small areas but still get the wide open areas very quickly.
Also if u plan on working for a company while working for yourself id make sure u watch how many customers u pick up, u dont want to get too big yet if u r doing two jobs, otherwise my thought is to quit working for someone and keep on growing with your own business and make more money.
Ive heard now is a good time to go to school while we are young so thats what im doing, but if u arent and feel fine learning on the job well good luck to you. This site is full of great helpfull advice, so happy searching :)
Matt (Lawnman)


12-13-2001, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by mklawnman
Ive heard now is a good time to go to school while we are young :)
Matt (Lawnman)

:) [/B]
Man, is THAT the understatement of the day!;) I just wanted to chip in here one more time to let you know, all these magezine links that LGF gave you are all FREE publications. That's right they are all sponsor paid, so they cost you nothing. You can simply click on their links that he gave you and subscribe, and there is no cost - no obligation. Good luck!;)

12-13-2001, 06:15 PM
Use the lawnsite chat rooms if you have AOL instant messenger. My screen name is HouseF911.