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Old 04-11-2015, 12:43 AM
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Alright so I need some advice im in my second season of mowing and been asked if I could do landscaping work so now my question is what all do I need to do landscaping work is it worth it to offer that to my clients or should I stay away from it
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:51 AM
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Lol I got popcorn. How old are you?
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:11 AM
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"Landscaping work"



Could mean you need a rake.

Could mean you need a skid steer.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:25 AM
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Rakes, a good back and legs, shovel, haha what kind of landscaping do you mean
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:32 AM
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Mainly a flower bed all they way round her house planting more shrubs flowers and trees and lost and lost of mulch
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:53 AM
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Lots and lots of mulch
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:17 AM
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Yuu u really need to be more specific. What about this flower bed around her house? Are you creating it from nothing? Redoing/rehabbing something existing? What kind of shows is it in. We can't answer your questions when we have next to zero info to go on
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:29 AM
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All new install and no idea on where she got it but
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:36 AM
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Assuming you have a truck and trailer already, the basics you'll need to be able provide the widest range of landscape work are:

Assorted shovels; round, flat, trench, scoop, etc.
Wheelbarrow
Landscape rake
Typically some kind of saw to remove old shrubs and trees; hand or chainsaw
200'+ tape measure
Assorted levels; line, post, etc
Some kind of powered edger
Sod lifter

Those will get you started. You'll probably need to rent the following for larger jobs:

Skid
Dump trailer
Sod cutter
Bed redefiner
Tiller

If you have most of the stuff in the first list or have the money to get it, you can start doing small jobs and it would be a good income supplement.

You may have a hard time getting resonable bid numbers on larger projects if you end up needing to rent the large equipment. That's something to grow into.

I stopped offering many hardscape projects so I can focus on lawn maintenance. Much steadier income and easier since I'm solo. I still do mulch and plants install from time to time. I'll take on a few new garden or hardscapes in the middle of the summer since mowing is slow.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:04 PM
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This is where experience ends and the popcorn begins.

"what tools do I need" = "I have no idea WTH Im doing and shouldn't even attempt this"

Plain and simple. it's like the how do I price threads.

If you don't know how to price it, why are you putting yourself out there to DO work in the first place?

How do you learn how to estimate, price and DO work?
You work for someone else first!

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