View Full Version : Worthwile or not?
03-04-2009, 06:36 PM
I am 26 years old and have graduated from college and have been mowing/landscaping for about 10 years. I currently have about 80+ residential lawns to mow plus the light mulch and landscaping on those lawns. All these lawns are within a 5 mile radius of each other and are 1/4 to 1/3 acre lots. Over the years more and more of them are asking for fertilizer/weed control as well as several of there neighbors. Do you guys think it would be profitable to get an app. license to do basic fertilzer/broadleaf control on these lawns or should i just stick with the mowing and landscaping aspects and tell them to hire someone else. I have a helper to help mow/landscape but it would only be me doing the apps. I am afraid I will start losing clients if i dont offer a full service. I figure I can do these apps with a push spreader and a small skid mount sprayer in the bed of the truck or on the trailer. What do you think? Worthwhile or let someone else do it??
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03-04-2009, 06:41 PM
This is basically what happend to me and I went ahead and got the license. I started fert and weed control last year and without trying that much picked up 30 customers (most of which i had as mowing acconts). I have put together a basic program and sell it as much as I can. So far so good. I am glad I did it...JMO
03-04-2009, 06:45 PM
I say go for it but be sure to learn and grow slow in the beginning. Slow and steady wins the race :)
It will be the most profitable part of your business if you don't make too many costly mistakes along the way.
Good Luck Sir,
03-05-2009, 10:51 AM
Hey! Good to see another Lexingtonian on here! Its a big plunge getting the app license. As an owner you will have to get whats called an operator license not an applicator license. Your employees get app licenses but one person in the company has to have an operators license. The main thing is that you will see your liability insurance skyrocket in order to start offering these services. And of course you will also have to add aditional equipment. I would be glad to help you in any way I can. If you are not interested in your license and buying the equipment you can talk to me and we can talk about my company subcontracting for you and you can take a percentage off the top.
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