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mikewhit1010
03-26-2009, 09:02 AM
My name is Michael and I own Mean Green Lawn and Landscape in Dallas Fort Worth.

------ DISCLAIMER. I know the trailer is not level in one of the pictures. I dont have those Toros any more and I dont have pics of the Hondas. This is not all my equipment. The curve shaft trimmers hanging up is from the start of my business. _____



I have been on here for a while and I might have posted an about us but I figured I would let everyone know with an update.

I have a full time job and run crews during the day. I have had this business for 2 years (this being the second season) but I have been cutting grass for a number of years before. My twin brother ran Mean Green for a while and then sold it. I got into it because I was not happy with my current job (no sense of accomplishment) and I was in debt big time. I started Mean Green OCT 5 2007 with $500. I purchased a Toro lawn mower (Home Depot), Homelite blower, edger and trimmer. I put all the stuff in the back of the Yukon. All the Homelite stuff broke in 2 weeks. I picked up a few lawns which gave me a little cash to keep replacing homelite equipment with more homelite equipment. Then I picked up a property manager and he gave me 15 accounts. I bought a 1992 S-10 with 200K miles and loaded up everything in the back. I bought another Toro and my brother gave me an echo straight shaft. From there I kept adding lawns and upgrading equipment. I added a full time guy in Feb 2008 and then kept adding people as needed. A lot has happened since Oct 5 2007 but here is where I am now.

Dodge Ram
Big tex 16ft trailer
Zero Turn Exmark 48"
34" Zero Turn
36" walkbehind
3 Honda Commercials - Just sold 4 Toro commercials
1 Snapper commercial
4 stihl weed eaters
1 stihl chainsaw
2 echo blowers
1 Redmax back back blower
2 Random chain saws
2 echo hedge trimmers
3 echo trimmers
Misc other stuff.

50 Residential accounts on schedule
150 acres managed for energy company
about 2 landscape or tree jobs a week
100 clients typically during the summer
3 Full time employees - 1 that stays full time threw the winter


I still have everything that I started with to remind me of were I came from. I have been very lucky but I owe a lot of success to a few things.

Reinvesting - not being afraid to spend what I made
Working long hours
Not low balling, but not giving jobs away to low ballers if there was still profit
Not giving up
Sleepless nights
My brother
My new girlfriend who supports what I do
The fact that I spend the time to learn everything I can about this industry
Lawnsite - cheezy I know but you can gain a lot of knowledge on here
My full time job floating my bills while I build Mean Green

So this is a success story during the time where the economy started tanking. If you do good work, surround yourself with good people, and never give up you will do well.

Here is some of my equipment. I will post more later.

www.meangreenlawncare.com

mikewhit1010
03-26-2009, 09:04 AM
More pictures

KrayzKajun
03-26-2009, 09:05 AM
nice work!!!

mikewhit1010
03-26-2009, 09:08 AM
Last one for now

J&R Landscaping
03-26-2009, 09:17 AM
Nice pictures!

nnj18
03-26-2009, 10:04 AM
i really like big tex trailers, what size it that? 14'?

mikewhit1010
03-26-2009, 10:39 AM
It is a 16ft. Man it is nice. I got it for $1400. It has a steel plated floor. I honestly like the open sides for day to day use. Do miss the sides though when hauling brush.

nnj18
03-26-2009, 10:54 AM
man you stole that for $1400!!!!

mikewhit1010
03-26-2009, 11:02 AM
Yea I did. I saw it up online and the guy lived out way out there. It just so happened the day I called him he was coming into Fort Worth so I met up with him with cash as quick as I could. New tires, everything works, no scratches (before i got it) and it only hauled ATV so no landscape wear and tear. I would say that was one of the best deals I have done in this business. Sometimes you get lucky you know.

Runner
03-26-2009, 11:20 AM
Very nice! Also, Jeez,..for the sides on the trailer, you could always make you up some temporary sides that slide in and out for hauling debris and stuff.

mikewhit1010
03-26-2009, 11:44 AM
Yea I was trying to figure something out the other day. I just havent decided how much I want to invest in the sides. I dont want to skimp but I havent found the right way to do it yet.

tom's lawn care
03-26-2009, 01:04 PM
I was wondering how you like your wright velke walk behing, also would you be interested in selling it. If you would like to email me about it my email adress is middleton_t11@moeller.org Thanks.

Ben's Landscape
04-21-2009, 07:01 PM
Nice pics!! Good luck this season!!

deerewashed
04-21-2009, 07:54 PM
when you said it had tilt you ment TILT

hvphotog
04-21-2009, 09:48 PM
Nice job.. much luck this year

2brothersyardcare
04-22-2009, 06:42 AM
nice stuff if you do all that mowing then y have a regular job?

Kennedy Landscaping
04-22-2009, 11:48 AM
Looks great! Looks like you've got things under control pretty good.

KCfireman
04-22-2009, 11:49 AM
awsome.......

mowerdude777
04-22-2009, 10:25 PM
Looks great

DRBLawnBuster
04-22-2009, 10:52 PM
NIce equipment looks good. I have a question i see you mow 150 acres for power company how do you get a job like that?

mikewhit1010
04-23-2009, 09:08 AM
NIce equipment looks good. I have a question i see you mow 150 acres for power company how do you get a job like that?

Well honestly it fell on me. They contacted me via craigslist. I thought it was BS until I called and verified the company. I did work for them for cheap and earned there business. I was still doing stuff for $65-85 an acre but some of that stuff really hurt my equipment. After the end of last summer they decided I was the only honest guy. Now I dont have to bid on anything. I just do work and send them a fair invoice. We are working towards a contract which makes me excited.

mikewhit1010
04-23-2009, 09:10 AM
nice stuff if you do all that mowing then y have a regular job?

I have a regular job too because
1. I just had knee surgery (It is my fourth) and am about to have my 5th in October.
2. Pay checks are nice in addition to Mean Green - I might be able to do better though if I go full time. Goal is to go full time in April 2010 depending on the knee
3. My bank loves to lend to me since I have a job as well.

EagleGrounds
04-23-2009, 09:57 AM
Yea I was trying to figure something out the other day. I just havent decided how much I want to invest in the sides. I dont want to skimp but I havent found the right way to do it yet.

Building your own sides is very easy, i built some for my trailer that you can fold down when not in use, or remove. They could easily be lengthed to fit the 16 footer, take a look here:

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=262633

PM me if you need some ideas, i had about 10 before i settled on this one, because it suited me best.

mikewhit1010
04-23-2009, 10:11 AM
Thanks for the advice. That is kind of what I had in mind. I do like the open trailer when mowing. Easier to get things on and off.

deereman
04-24-2009, 10:31 PM
NIce equipment looks good. I have a question i see you mow 150 acres for power company how do you get a job like that?

was wondering the same thing. How in the world can you maintain 150 acres with only the mowers that you have stated in your sig.? Thats awfull lot of ground to cover plus the 50 accounts as well as a few landscaping jobs in the mix for the week???? Not saying it cant be done, but I dont know how it could be done.:dizzy:

mikewhit1010
04-25-2009, 12:01 PM
I cut the smaller stuff with my 36" and 48". Anythingover about 2 acres I have a guy with a tractor go out there. He cuts anything for $40 an hour and can do about 2-3 acres an hour (he has a 6 ft cutter) usually takes him a week or so to get everything done for me. Actually looking into purchasing a tractor but for how much he is charging me and for what he is putting his equipment on $40 an hour is well worth it.

mikewhit1010
05-07-2009, 11:48 PM
So thinking about adding another truck and also adding some equipment.

2005 wright standard. Guy is asking $1000 seems to be pretty desperate. It has 600 hours.

2004 52" Scag and 44" Toro walk behinds

Was going to purchase another ZTR but not sure. Any suggestions. We do cut a lot of grass and a lot of it is knee high. Might just stay with 36" walk behinds. They do the best I have found in over grown grass.

DRBLawnBuster
05-08-2009, 07:22 AM
Get the scag you will not be disappointed they mow awsome in wet or dry, tall or short they to a great job.

mowerdude777
05-08-2009, 06:47 PM
Looks like you have a very efficent and porfessional setup

nnj18
05-08-2009, 08:56 PM
buy that stander for $1000!!!