10-19-2003, 10:40 PM
I have always been fascinated by any sort of equipment whether it being a lawn mower or an excavator. When I was just a couple of years old having the usual crying fit in the car my parents would try to find a tractor dealer just to shut me up. As I got older I started following whom ever was mowing our yard around. I was always a step behind them or was running out into the woods to get leaves to put in the path of the mower to watch them get sucked up. When I was around nine my mom finally gave me the OK, I was now allowed to mow the lawn all by myself. I was so proud using that 4.5 horsepower, 22 inch cut, self-propelled 5 speed John Deere. It wasn't much longer before I was mowing two of my neighbors lawns for ten bucks a pop. I didn't start expanding my business till I was in seventh grade. Thats when my mom bought the my Bolens ST125 38 inch cut tractor. I was ready to start making the big bucks. I teamed up with a neighborhood friend who had just gotten a brand new John Deere ride on mower. We maintained about six or seven properties that summer. When fall came we decided we needed leaf blowers, I bought a 5HP Toro walk behind and my friends bought an Echo pack back blower. This fall would be the last time that my friend and I worked together as partners, he now occasionally works for me when he needs come extra cash. My years at the middle school were drawing to a close now and I decided I really needed to step it up. So probably in May of my eighth grade year was when I purchased my 48 inch Ferris walk behind which since has had a sulky added to it. Now I was really ready to work. Now a senior in high school I have around 25 accounts and mow other lawns here and there. I still have the little mower that I started with and the tractor, they are pretty idle these days though. I now have a 1999 F-250, 18 foot trailer, 61 inch Wright Stander, two Little Wonder walk behind blowers 8 and 11 HP, two Echo backpack blowers, two echo string trimmers, and a multitude of other small gizmo's and gadgets. I have absolutely fallen in love with this industry and I am planning on attending Stockbridge school of landscaping in the fall to further my education.