Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Landscape89, Dec 10, 2004.

  1. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    Hello I am a new member to this site. I am going on 16 years old wanting to own my own landscaping business after graduating from high school. I am recieving extensive training at my agricultural school which will benifit me in the future. Currently, I do about 7 Landscape Maintenance jobs, most of which include lawn maintenance, spring and fall clean ups, hedge trimming, and snow shoveling. My question to you people: Does anyone know of any good videos I can buy online which have details on the proper procedures and training for new crew members? Also, any advice on what equipment to purchase for the " Just starting out" type of guy? Any information is very helpful and sincerely appreciated.

    Thanks again,
    Sean Howland
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    sean--welcome to LAWNSITE and the green industry as a career.

    I dunno about any videos for training but I am sure if you visit here often and participate you will learn bunches, pronto.

    GEO :)
  3. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    I know of some vids for tree work and there is this link but I have to admit I've never watched one of these .http://www.lawncaresuccess.com/lawncare/videos.asp hope that helps. What type of lawns will you be doing? How big, hilly, flat, gated back yards etc? There is a forum for just stating in the business that may answer a bunch of your questions as well. Lot's of guys start with a 21 inch mower, some hand tools, weedeater and blower and work up from there.
  4. Landscape89

    Landscape89 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 237

    I am starting out just that way. I own a Honda 21" Mower, Husqvarna 21" Hi-Vac Mower, Maruyama String Trimmer, Husqvarna 145BT Backpack Blower, Echo Hedge Clipper, Maruyama Backpack ( Although its old and needs to be put to rest soon) , Mantis Tiller w/ Dethatcher and Aerator Attachments, Lesco Spreader, Husqvarna 16" Chainsaw, and recently this fall bought a Yard Machines 5HP Walk Behind Leaf Blower. I guess I'm doing well for a 15 year old kid who's just starting out!
  5. Gatewayuser

    Gatewayuser LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Welcome to the lawn and landscape industry Landscape89! :waving: I started out with a 13hp yard machines rider mowed great and striped pretty well, cost about $900 and a $100 push mower $100 leave blower and a $150 stihl weed eater. If I would have had more money back then I would have got a 36" WB. But I was not old enough to operate one. Check your local library for videos.
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Man I think you're better equiped than many people on here are. ;) Lot of good name equip to start with. You must know a little something about this business already. You came to the right place though. At 15 all I was cutting was my parents yard and volunteered work for our church. I had my dad's Tanaka trimmer and a 21 inch Sensation mower, that was it. Sounds like you're off to a great start :waving:
  7. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Yep, that's how my brother and I started out when I was 15. Two 21" mowers, homeowner weedwacker and a broom. It looks like you're on the right track. Have you considered getting a bigger mower yet? Do you have your driver's lisence yet? Do you have a truck yet?
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    welcome to most overflooded, least respected business on the planet
  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Now don't sugar coat it. lol
  10. sethsodsquad

    sethsodsquad LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    I would recommend getting more customers (>7) before you think about buying more tools and hiring workers. Plus, you'd have to find some dedicated workers who will listen to you (most likely younger than you . . . which isn't too possible).

    What I would suggest is getting about 2x as much profit as you are now and then buying some heavy-duty equipment. Oh and one more tip - never buy residential stuff - you will pay more for it than for the commercial equipment in the long run.


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