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Chris W
01-04-2004, 04:22 PM
What additional services does everyone offer such as... Aeration,Rolling etc...

Which ones have proven most profitable with the least investment?

pjslawncare/landscap
01-04-2004, 04:35 PM
We do many, but some of the most profitable besides mowing are
Snow plowing
Salting (ice management)
Bushhogging
Mulch apps
Lawn installations
Fertilizing
Spring/Fall clean-ups
Lanscape installs

pjslawncare/landscap
01-04-2004, 04:36 PM
Oops, least invests bottom 5

J Hisch
01-04-2004, 06:45 PM
Most profitable, least invest ment would be. rent equipment for the service y ou want to provide. for example, if you want to offer aeration. rent for 65.oo day make that back on the average residental lawn do five or six a day you can add some numbers to your bottom line. This worked out so well for us we purchased our own areator and seeder.

jeffex
01-04-2004, 07:24 PM
Aeration is a big money maker because most people who cut their own lawn won't tackle this job. Like someone posted , rent one for $65 for the day and book multiple jobs for the day. I charge $65 for each 1/4 acre lawn in my area so the first job pays the rent. Combine this with seeding, starter fert., and lime and I can get $200 to $250 .

rodfather
01-04-2004, 08:19 PM
Turf Inspection
Soil Testing
Fert
Weed Control
Aerating
Power Raking
Overseeding
Clean-ups (Spring & Fall)
Tree Prunning (small)
Hedge Trimming
Flowerbed Maintenance
York Raking
Snow Plowing
Ice Control

and...

Tarrot Card Reading
Brain Surgery
NASA Shuttle Pilot

sgallaher
01-04-2004, 08:28 PM
Just about everything we can:

pavers
Landscape installs
Pond intsalls
mulch
spring/fall clean-ups
fert/pesticide
over seeding
sod
aerating
etc.......

gogetter
01-04-2004, 08:41 PM
Here's a thread that might be helpful:

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=26871&highlight=most+profitable

just Cuts
01-04-2004, 09:35 PM
We provide: Clean-ups,Bed maintenance,landscapes,Lawn maintenance,mulching,Sprinkler systems/ blow out/ start up,thatching and aeration.

Yard Perfect
01-04-2004, 09:45 PM
.......................adding to the above with minimal investment ($600 - $1200) I do a lot of power washing of driveways, sidewalks, patios - I don't do roofs because of potential for damage.

Dave

Expert Lawns
01-04-2004, 09:57 PM
my 3 most popular besides weekly mowing are:

hedge trimming
edging
cleanups

others we do (not too often):

laying mulch
weeding flowerbeds
tree trimming (small)
pruning

sildoc
01-04-2004, 10:12 PM
Most profitable is mulch/bark installs. I get between 35-65 a yard and pay 6-8 a yard for most bark or mulch. I can do any where between 4-10 yards in an hour.

LawnScapers of Dayton
01-05-2004, 06:57 AM
Sildoc.......4-10 yards of mulch in an hour is with a crew, I assume??

Derek

sildoc
01-05-2004, 03:51 PM
dmontgomery- My dump trailer hauls 4 yards. I can unload 4 yards by myself in an hour if it is around drive way(ie the 35 yard charge, easy work). I base all of my mulch installs on a 3 hour max installs. Ie if I have 20 yards to unload and it is a distance I have about 8 guys to help me. I usually only do this in the spring since that is when most people want it. I have 2 guys shovel and 5 of us wheelbarrowing it. 1 guy spreading. It varies on the combo as to what the landscaping is. I might have on guy shoveling the wheelbarrows full and 2 spreading. We switch out who shovels. Most of my freinds who help work for beer money so a case or two for a job is pretty cheap.

DieselDeere
01-05-2004, 04:06 PM
Clean-Ups spring and fall
Pruning tall and small
Snow Removal &
SP Blow Outs

the scaper
01-05-2004, 04:30 PM
i like aerating. i bought my own aerator though, renting one every time doesnt make sense to me unless your not sure if you're gonna keep doing it. i also like underbrush clearing and cleanup jobs. these pay good and we knock them out pretty fast.

paponte
01-05-2004, 04:37 PM
If it pertains to landscaping in any shape or form, we most likely offer the service. Investment all depends on what you can get your equipment for. the :cool:

olderthandirt
01-05-2004, 04:50 PM
I refer all old, ugly, divorced, widowed woman to be serviced by Rod and keep 20% off the top LOL


Mac

Remsen1
01-05-2004, 06:00 PM
in addition to what others have said, I've taken on some painting, driveway sealing, tilling, tree removal (and sell the wood) (not dangerous trees, refer those), roof shoveling.

Expert Lawns
01-05-2004, 06:47 PM
There was a thread not too long ago about this subject. When people talk about painting, drywalling, and sealcoating; makes me think that the lawncare professional has deminished to the ''i'll do anything to make some extra money because i'm a handyman" man.

Potomac Lawns Inc.
01-05-2004, 07:17 PM
snow plowing
fall and spring clean-ups
seasonal plantings