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Old 07-23-2012, 03:34 AM
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LOL... well, I started cutting lawns at the age of 8, charging $1 in 1966. Gas was $0.23 a gallon, a 16-oz Pepsi was $0.12, you got 5 pretzel rods for a penny, or 3 pcs of bubble yum for a penny. A movie ticket was $0.25 as was bowling per game or 5-games for a buck, and you could buy a sack of 10 hamburgers for a buck. So making $5 a week cutting lawns was a big deal.

When I was 14 I got my working papers, started working with Moony Landscaping laying sod, planting bushes and trees, creating landscaping beds, and cutting lawns. Worked in landscaping until I was out of school and scored my first manager job. Then for 28-years I was an advid home gardener, doing mine and some of my neighbors property, and now at 53 I started my own company. So... 45/years... LOL... it was more fun when I was 8... LOL
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Gas for .25 Gal ?? That would be great!
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started full time on my own in 1987....its been quite an adventure (with no real regrets) have raised 2 great kids...still married to my first wife, and own my 47 im still working alongside my guys in the field (my choice) as im affraid if i stop working ill fall

Same way, gotta stay busy.
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:48 PM
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Been mowing since I was 15
Took over day to day operations of my father's company last year.... I wish I could go back to being 15 when riding on a sulky and trimming all day didn't cause so many aches and pains and when I went home at night I didn't have more work to do
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:04 PM
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Me and my dad started doing this on the side 4 years ago. Hopelly next spring we will make it official and really push for more business.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:32 PM
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10 years by myself...started in the neighborhood when i was 8
Commercial Applicator Certified in 3A and 3B
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:54 PM
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3 going on 4 soon
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:44 PM
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I started with 4 lawns all within walking distance of my parents house. Used a push mower 21 lawn boy. I started when I was going into the 4th grade so whatever age that is! Each year after that I gained a few more. Pulled the mower behind the bike for many years until I could drive. Now I am 38 yrs old and expanded into all lawn service, landscape design and build. Spraying. Snow. Striping parking lots. Remodel or build new houses. Started a nursery this year. So yes been around. Always learning new things. Improving always. And I can't forget I have an awesome support system -my wife and three boys! Oh yes I still have the paper work from those early years. My wife thinks I am nuts keeping those old records but I just gotta keep them.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:04 PM
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Started cutting when I was 13. Officially went into business at 18. Closed it down at 46 during the divorce, returning to the industry I love at 48.
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:13 PM
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Im Just finishing up my 4th season, cant wait for next year!
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Any Questions feel free to P.M. me!
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Old 09-16-2012, 02:32 PM
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28 years here, love it too, its a hard business now with high fuel costs, and a sporadic economy but try making every day the best I can
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Old 09-16-2012, 07:48 PM
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I just realized I never said my experience. Ive been cutting family members yards since I was 14. Officially went in buisness at 16. I'll be 18 tomorrow on the 17 of sept. And Im finishing my 2nd season of lawn care this year. Loving every bit of it
“Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.”
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