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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by olectra47, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. olectra47

    olectra47 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm doing a project for my college Business Project class. We chose to do our business as a lawn care business. We have to right a report and part of it is on Technology.

    Can anyone give me any idea on how technology has affected or will affect the industry? We have decided not to include things like pesticides.

    Any help ASAP would be great, thanks!

  2. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    The Green Industry is like so many industries, full of evidence that technology is having a major impact on how the field is advancing.
    Take a look at each part of the Green Industry closely and you will see such examples. For instance, in the Landscape Management field, mowing practices are being advanced a feverish pace by the help of state of the art equipment. Strict emission controls have resulted in better equipment that are not only environmentally concious, but also stronger for the operator. ZTR's and mowers are more durable, quicker, and safer, thus increasing our efficiency and profitability. There are all sorts of attachments for trimmers and even mowers, thus allowing our services to expand and and allowing us to again, increase production.
    Landscape Contractors are benefiting from advances in Design Programs, equipment and plant cultivations. Computer graphics and design softwares are allowing anyone to have the capability to provide a service to clients that before was only designated to Landscape Archtitects. Plant cultivars are being created every year and thus introduced into the market that are showing resistance to more and more insects and disease. They are having more prolific and prolonged blooms or various other favorable features. The equipment that make the installations of these plants are becoming smaller (ie. "mini-excavators").
    Even Chemical Operators have been introduced to the "ride-on" machines. These advances have allowed their production rates to sometimes double, going from a single technician's daily production goal of 100,000 square feet to now close to 200k.
    All of these technological advances help elevate the playing field and increase productivity, while ultimately driving the market prices up. It is definately a Win-Win situation!
  3. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,041

    Hi olectra47,

    You might want to review this post as well. We are all helping out a new LCO (lawn care operator) get started, maybe some of the info will be helpful in your report. Feel free to add anything you'd like.

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