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What do you like to do in the winter?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by EquityGreen, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    how about a xmas tree lot. you maybe able to come up with somthing to sell at an indoor fleemarket. Or an ebay business. Temp job maybe.etc.

    Posts: 1,343

    Odd jobs, dump runs, pray for snow, and hit the gun range to keep sharp.
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  3. bobbo57

    bobbo57 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    keep applying preemergence herbicides.
  4. nik

    nik LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Lots of guys here do fall cleanup on yards. They also hang Christmas lights and set up decorations for customers. Then take them down. Mostly they rack up the snow plow and clear lots.
  5. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,674

    Rest, work on hotrods, rest, work on hotrods, rest, work on lawnmowers.
  6. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,499

    Battlefield 3
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  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,216

    Equipment maintenance, clean-up, change plugs, oil, filters, air filters, sharpen or replace blades. Grind rust and paint everything possible. Lubricate everything possible. Change diaphragms in pumps, o-rings in guns. New gears in spreaders. Sometimes re-calibrate spreaders and sprayers for better accuracy. Make sure everything is working perfectly. Go to turf conference. Shop for next year's product allowing several dealers to show me their programs, discounts and payment plans.

    Retired now, but I normally made up a new marketing plan. Find green grass photos and prepare mailers, flyers and estimate folders for next year. Try to take advantage of any year-end, or early-bird sales, (equipment, uniforms, fert, herbicide, printed invoices, envelopes). Learn and improve software.
    Finally, I always wrote my newsletters in advance. I had these printed in January and passed them out at each round. I included information on watering, mowing correctly, earth-friendly garden care, grubs and pests to watch out for, and optional (upsell) treatments they might want. Always mention your customer referral plan and the rewards of same.

    I never had a website--but winter is a good time to build or improve a site.

    Its also a good time to drive down major streets in your favorite area and and compose a mailing list of potential customer homes. Use it two to three times per year--year after year. Prepare and address letters and stuff the envelopes in advance in January.
  8. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    from Raleigh
    Posts: 523

    That's what I do - for myself and a few select customers.

    We also paint houses in the off-season.
  9. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,896

    I take care of my 6 month old and 3 yr old in the winter.
    That job is tougher than any lawn related business I do in the warm months....

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