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Old 11-06-2014, 11:14 PM
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Hello everyone!
I'm new to the forum but have been reading for quite some time. I have a small solo lawn care "business" that seems to grow every year.
Today I want to inquire about what services you all offer and which ones are worth while and worth the money spent on equipment.
Are there perks to going beyond mowing and weed-eating/edging?
What are the "must have" services of a successful lawn care business?

Things I'm interested in:
Fertilizing
Seeding
Spraying
Hedge trimming
Tree pruning
and any other "add on" service you guys are successful with.

I appreciate any feed back!

Thanks,

Blake
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Old 11-07-2014, 10:23 AM
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mulch installation and sod are good money makers
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Old 11-07-2014, 11:41 AM
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Take on as many services as you can handle. Biggest complaint I hear from customers is that they hate having to find a guy for this, then another for that. If the piece of equipment is too expensive to buy, then rent it. For pesticide/fertilizer, get in touch with your states dept of ag to find out about licensing. Remember, that anytime you give a chance for another company or contractor to step onto a customer's property, you loose money and the possibility of loosing that customer.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:11 AM
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Take on as many services as you can handle. Biggest complaint I hear from customers is that they hate having to find a guy for this, then another for that. If the piece of equipment is too expensive to buy, then rent it. For pesticide/fertilizer, get in touch with your states dept of ag to find out about licensing. Remember, that anytime you give a chance for another company or contractor to step onto a customer's property, you loose money and the possibility of loosing that customer.
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I agree with this 100%. If you let another contractor on the property, at least make sure that you know them. I work hand in hand with other contractors in the area that I sub to come do some jobs I can't handle. That way the contact is still me.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:50 AM
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It all depends on local and state laws. Come up with a list of things you want, then figure out which ones need a specific license. For example, in my state, you need a different license for hardscapes, another for fertilizers, and another for tree removal. So 3 different license's for 3 different scopes of work.

I've always had the theory of doing a few things and doing them well. Getting too involved with too many things can get difficult and frustrating.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:10 PM
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I do just bout anything you can think of. Mulch, sod, planting, design, hardscapes, snow, firewood, tree work, debris removal. The real money is in that side of the business, not in the mowing
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:41 PM
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We do a lot of things, but three of the big services we don't do are arbor work, lawn apps(we do shrub fert and pesticide), and large scale(grading and drainage concerns, etc) architectural design. As said in am earlier post, people like having a one stop shop, so we have subs that are specialized in each of these services. Just look at the construction industry. Subs can burn general contractors, but more often than not the arrangement is mutually beneficial. A sub that is getting a lot of work from you wouldn't dare burn you over 1,2, or even 3 opportunities to go behind your back.
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