Jeff's Lawns

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by jeffslawnservice, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. RPM90

    RPM90 LawnSite Member
    from Philly
    Posts: 134

    Yea i hear ya its way to late now to get a plow, i ran 5 snow blowers this year because we have a few large apartment complexes that we clear all the side walks some places take around 35 man hours to clear one place. As far as a dump insert ill look for one but not many guys around this way use them i kno maybe one or two guys that i have seen with dump inserts. HOws the dodge running?

    Whats the plans for the spring marketing, new equipment, employees?
     
  2. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 830

    Will do. Trsiler Looks good but I'm not sure about Kawasaki blowers because I have never run one but definitly a good choice with an exmark.

    Dodge is running pretty good. It is definitly sort of weird to go from a F-150 that struggled to pull my trailer to the Dodge that I almost forget I am pulling it.

    For spring I plan on trying to hand out some where between 5k-10k door hangers and I am hoping that these give me a good return because last year I had horrible results with a plain black and white flyer. I also want to get some lawn signs made up because I used one last year and I would put it on an Install job I would do and it worked pretty good. Another thing I plan on doing is where I live there is some community thing in the summer where businesses rent out a table and people come by and you can show them your work and give them a free pen or something. Ive noticed that there are never any landscapers at this and I think I am going to do this.

    For new equipment I am definitly picking up hedge trimmer, weedwacker and probably another blower and a Stihl saw. Leaf loader probably closer to the fall. If everything goes right a plow closer to the winter and hopefully by this time next year a bigger trailer. And i am hoping to find a good used dump insert.

    Employees I still have my main guy with me and ill probably use him more this year. My other guy that i used every now and then got a job at a hospital so I cant use him unless he is off work. But I want to find someone who knows what there doing and can work every now and then for when I get big jobs.

    How about you, anything new, new accounts, how is that dump running?
     
  3. RPM90

    RPM90 LawnSite Member
    from Philly
    Posts: 134

    Yea i hear ya on that with not even knowing you have the trailer behind you. As far as advertising for the spring I'm planning on sending out 2500 post cards once in march once in april and then once in june or july all to the same households and see what kind of return i get on that in addition to that i am going to order around 5k door hangers and give them to my guys to keep them busy. We have around some sweet ads running in these golf course ads that go to the 12 richest golf courses around my area put over 2500 bucks into the ads so we better see a good return. Also looking at add a website in july next year and the dump truck is getting wrapped and the trailer is going to get lettered up.

    As far as accounts i updated to 2 mil in insurance so im going to hit the phones hard this week calling commercial places trying to place as many bids as i can and see what the out come is, even if i don't get the job now these commercial places know my name and know who i am so hopefully next year i can get it with the. I didn't land the huge account i was trying to get i actually turned it down because it was just too big for me right now it would take a 3 man crew around 3 or 4 10 hr days to cut the place and they would leave no room for other expansion so i passed on that until maybe next year. Employees i have 5 work during the snow storm, one with me i the plow truck 4 guys in the dump. For the spring I added a third guys so the one guy and the new guy are gong to cut grass all day and me and the other guy are going to be doing the mulch and the installs in the dump truck, i hope i have enough landscaping work hat we can do this for the whole season.
     
  4. exmark user

    exmark user LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont run kawasaki i only run stihl just took it on trade just going to sel it.
     
  5. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 830

    Yea it might be tough with trying to have enough installs to keep guys working especially in this economy but you never know you might be able to land a few big installs and be busy for almost the whole year. ANd I hear you on not taking on that big account I had the chance to bid a school and church but when I was going over my numbers it would have taken me about 3 days to cut the whole thing and then they gave me a bunch of regulations of when I could cut and when I couldent it would have been sort of crazy so I passed on it.

    I remember you were saying you were going to be advertising at a few wealthy golf courses. Hopefully that pays off. I'm trying to advertise to more wealthy people you can say becuase alot of my current customers dont want to pay for anything extra. Non of them want installs and alot dont even want mulch so I want to expand to a different client base. If you ever have the chance and arnt to busy I have a few questions on how to price plowing that you might know. Thats really the only thing I can not price at all.
    Or just keep it around for a back up if you cant sell it.
     
  6. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,438

    Hey jeff, Finally got on here to check out your pics the truck looks great! is that a custom bumper on it? What you getting for mpg it should be around 20-22 right?
     
  7. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 830

    The bumper is actually off of a utility body truck it is the bumper on one of them. It looks sort of dump on the back but i like it because if i have some idiot rear end me it might help me out in my favor. I think its around that I would have to check, I drove about 60 miles on the highway the other day and the gas guage didnt move but driving around the city here it sucks burns alot more gas.
     
  8. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,438

    nice yeah that would really help you if someone rear ended you. I feel the same when i have the pintle hitch on my truck hahaha. So are you going to keep that bumper? Did you tow your trailer with it just for the heck of it yet?
     
  9. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,176

    Hey again lol,i know u are talking about getting a new trimmer,hedge trimmer and saw thats kool.how u like the srm 210 i like my echo trimmer its the same thing but mine is the newer version got it in spring of 09 i really like it,and must say for a smaller trimmer its relly great,i trim,even use it as an edger for the walks,drives etc..its great since i dont have an edger and if u dont mind me asking whats ur next trimmer u plan on buying,and keep the echo as a spare,Thanks alot just corious like always haha.
     
  10. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 830

    Yea I think I am going to keep the bumper on it, no point in putting another bumper on it if there is already one on it. Didnt tow the trailer yet between work snow and other crap I didnt get a chance to hook up the connection for my trailer lights yet.
     

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