Originally posted by tiedeman
I am thinking of doing away with landscaping installation. I know that everybody tells me that is where the money is at, but I look around every year and ask, "WHERE?"
It puts a strain on my crews because I have to constantly pull one or two guys from lawn care and have them help out with the installation. I always get backed up when it comes to landscaping projects, because so few happen during the year I can't see hiring on people for about a total of only 2 months of work, and then letting them go. Plus, I noticed that there is more down time in installation than mowing. Like the guys could be standing around 15 to 30 mins waiting for something, while mowing they are working more.
My very first venture into the biz, we did everything. Brick pavers, landscaping, bed maintenance, etc. I hated it. I don't like getting down and digging around to plant things. My wife can't even get me to plant flowers at my house. It's just not my thing. Which is crazy because I have a bs in biology! I really didn't mind the pavers/hardscape stuff, but I don't have the $$ to invest in the equipment and to be honest, I'm not real creative. I've seen some of the stuff the guys around here do, and I'm very impressed. I could never compete.
What I have been thinking about is laying down mulch this coming season. Haven't really done that much of it before, don't know how I'd like it.
What I like about mowing is it's task oriented. You know what you have to do, you know when it's done, and it feels good to show up and turn a shaggy lawn into a nicely cut yard.