CT.er may be relocating to N. FL.(Lake City Area)
Hey all you Floridians, this is a long post but I appreciate your time.
I live in CT. and have been landscaping for several years. I lived in Florida about 18 years ago, but didn't do any landscaping. Anyway to the point, I am debating getting the heck out of CT. before I go broke paying taxes. (can't say that I enjoy freezing 3-4 months out of the year either) I thought that I would simply move my business down south and everything would slowly fall into place. I'm guessing it wont be that simple. Northern and Southern landscaping being completely different, I feel I would have to relearn the business from the ground up.
For starters, I imagine the pay scale is probably different. Here I can charge $60-$80 dollars per man hour. My lawn mowing typically nets about $100 per hour including drive time and loading, unloading at the shop.
Mowing grass up here is usually from mid April to early November, then leaf clean up from early November till done, usually late December or until snow flies. Of course snowplowing until it doesn't snow anymore (late Feb. early March) and then Spring clean up until mowing resumes.
Landscaping jobs that I typically get are design and/or install garden and foundation beds, mulching, brushcutting, roto tilling and pruning/trimming hedges,shrubs and trees.
What is the typical schedule in Florida and what kinds of side work or landscaping work do you do.
Any friendly advice, tips or guidance in caring for Southern grasses, trees, etc...is appreciated. If you don't mind sharing what you charge that information is helpful as well. I know it depends on overhead, expenses, profit etc... and right now I am a one man show. I have done some reading on caring for palms, trying to learn about caring for southern grasses and such. I thought it would be a good idea to ask the guys who are doing it for some feedback.
I feel the best way for me to get started would be to work with an established company for a couple of years to learn the business, meet vendors and suppliers and build a relationship that way. However, having a wife and two kids, I don't think I would be able to afford that. That is another question, What do you guys pay your help?
Thanks for taking the time to read through this post and thanks again if you can take the time to help me out.