What to look for?
I am continuing to grow my lawn maintenance business and am lacking in the area of lawn care. Its been my experience that the spray techs tend to tell customers that everything that is wrong with their property is the fault of the mowing company or irrigation system and I would like to have control of the whole thing instead of playing the blame game. I also understand that the profit margins are better here than in mowing and help is easier to get and keep. I plan on studying and getting all certifications over the next few months while starting to pick up equipment here and there to outfit a truck for next season.
What I'm looking for is recommendations of the type of equipment to look for to do my applications. My focus will be on residential properties under 1/2 acre. I will provide tree and shrub care but will focus on turf. I would ideally like to have a 1ton SRW box truck to work off of with a skid sprayer and push spreader but that is why I'm asking these questions. It seems like at first I may be better served with a 3/4 ton pickup as it can also be used to tow a trailer or used as a work truck when not on a route. What size skid sprayer will work well in this scenario, I'm not above pulling hose, and from my research 2gpm is pretty common. Should I just skip all the BS and just get a good ride-on?
Lastly, for the guys that are full service and mow also how well can you take a fert and squirt account and sell them on full service?
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