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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by recycledsole, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    Hey guys,
    i am getting ready for next year, thinking about all the projects i can undertake. what do you do each year and when?
    i am in maryland (zone 7) ill list out what i know:

    feb/ march/: marketing with flyers/ spring cleanup/ treework/

    when do i begin mowing?

    april:marketing/ begin mowing

    can i do landscape installs, and overseed before last frost (april/may here)?

    may: overseed lawns, mowing/ begin landscape installs

    june july: landscape installs/ mowing
    august: market for fall cleanup/ begin aeration(late august) fertilize/ dethatch / landscape installs
    sept: aerate, fertilize lawns, landscape installs
    oct: aerate, fertilize lawns, landscape installs, mulching, fall cleanup
    november: end mowing, end landscape installs, do more treework, fall cleanups, gutter cleaning


    did i miss anything? when is best to trim shrubs? i know it varies from shrub to shrub... thanks for any help guys i really appreciate it!
     
  2. RiggitanoLandscape

    RiggitanoLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    March is the key month for marketing. If you market right you can get enough customers for all year. People do landscape installs in JAN around here on new construction, without any winters anymore anything is fair game. I would really shoot to market in March and forget about getting new customers by May, after that it's all referral's from other customers
     
  3. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    ah ok thank you
     
  4. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 481

    Okay. Here we go. I don't own a stump grinder. Usually near the end of January I rent one and grind up all the stumps from the previous year that I have scheduled. I start my mulch jobs around Valentine's Day. I can get them done in three weeks. All year long I watch very closely and write down every address where I see a lawn being mowed commercially ( mainly just US LAWNS ) they give me allot of business. I don't know why but it happens. I send potential customers out the standard offer packet that I send to all business and residential customers that I target. But most importantly on the outside of the packet it says, " If you are happy with your current lawn service please discard " in big letters. I think it is very wrong to underbid and steal customers. Too much of that is already going on in this industry. That is why we are still working for 1993 prices in this industry. I send all this material out in the middle of Feb.
     
  5. acculawnsystems

    acculawnsystems LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    Feb and March are peak times to start your advertising. If you are going to pass out door hangers, make sure to include your website and drive customers to it to get instant online quotes. We have used this method of gaining new customers over the past 3 years and have seen incredible results with minimal time and fuel wasted. Check out his method at acculawnsystems.com. We created this site to help other LCOs grow since we know how we'll it has worked for us.
     

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