New To Site - But Not To Landscaping

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by briancom, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. briancom

    briancom LawnSite Member
    from 70458
    Posts: 28

    Before you read this please take a moment and say hello, i'll save you on my buddy list.


    summary:
    owned lawn service, about 75 accounts, it put me thru college, graduated, sold buisness, began career as the primary structural designer for subcontractor in the petro chemical industry, spent 9 years drawing and designing everthing and anything, over the course of those 9 years I moonlighted doing landscape and maint. projects, then BAM-CRASH-BOOM, Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans area, wipes out workplace, thankfully my house was ok, no job, 6 month old son, just got married. What was I gonna do? And I better do something quick...So I decided to 3 days after the storm to purchase a track loader (50k), I figured I could at least help out with the clean up and make a few bucks. At this point im still evacuated in San Antonio, Texas. Well I make it back to Louisiana and it looks like a war zone. I start talking to people, and find out these "out of towners" are coming in and ripping people off, by preying on thier shock and amazement of what Katrina did to thier homes and lives. Some contractors were charging as much $10k to take 3 trees off of houses and just stack it by the curb. Outrageous. Well I started knocking on doors and passing out flyers but i charged about $500 a tree for big ones, well, word spread and buisness flooded in, made some important contacts along the way, began maintenace and landscape division and 1 crew. Jumped right into lawn care and landscaping design and I am doing pretty good.

    well ill post some pics and show yall the enclosed trailer setup -very efficient, ohh yeah and my badboy-Takeuchi TL140 track loader (with a/c)

    SETUP:

    3 man crew
    truck 1 - F350 longbed w/gooseneck
    truck 2 - chevy 1500 w/custom ladder rack
    trailer 1 - gooseneck 7x18 tandem 14 ton
    trailer 2 - enclosed 7x16 tandem 7 ton
    Takeuchi TL140 - track loader
    exmark 52" ztr
    exmark 36" wb
    redmax blowers and trimmers
    and alot of other stuff........
     
  2. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    Welcome aboard:waving: .
     
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,073

    Wow, interesting story, and welcome to the site. Make yourself at home, there is ton of reading to do. Lots of good folks here. Enjoy yourself. :)
     
  4. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    Welcome to the site
     
  5. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Welcome. It's sad how people try taking advantage of bad situations. Nothing wrong with storm chasing but when you taking food of someones table its just wrong. Look forward to you pics and chating with you.
     
  6. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 712

    Welcome to the site. Sounds like you did the right thing... I really respect that.
     

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