what do you need to start doing lawn care in kansas?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by GreenEnvyLawnCare, May 20, 2011.

  1. GreenEnvyLawnCare

    GreenEnvyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 12

    do you need to get a business license? i know insurance is important, so i am getting insurance. I have two mowers, a trailer, a truck, a ride on spreader sprayer, weedeater, blower. I have everything a need. I am just curious, how i get my spraying license and how much it cost? Also what is the best way to advertise? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,332

    Where are ya in KS? The main advice I have is get DOT compliant from the start. It's a pain in the ass but they will catch you if you dont lol.
     
  3. GreenEnvyLawnCare

    GreenEnvyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 12

    i am in leavenworth county, near kansas city. What do you need to do to get DOT compliant? thanks for the help
     
  4. GreenEnvyLawnCare

    GreenEnvyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 12

    does anyone know how to get your spraying license, also if you are going to do any landscaping, do you need a landscapers license? any comments will help
     
  5. mykayel

    mykayel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    From my understanding you don't need any special liscence to mow lawns. You might need a contractors's liscence for your county if you do landscaping, but I don't realy know as I don't do this and don't plan on doing so. I looked into applying fertilizer as I thought it a good way to make some extra money and something many customers would want. You definately need a liscence from the state to apply fertilizers, see http://www.ksda.gov/pesticides_fertilizer/content/170 it goes over pesticides but fertilizers are regulated under the same laws in Kansas. Just the liscence cost $250 plus you have to pass a test; for me it wasn't worth it as I'm a small solo operation.
     
  6. GreenEnvyLawnCare

    GreenEnvyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 12

    thanks for all the help. I was going to see if anyone had tried postcards and mailing them out? Is it better to mail yourself or do a mass mailing? Thanks
     
  7. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    Contractors license will vary on your location. We do fert and squirt, have been since 2007 and the only time you need to be licensed is if you are applying a product to kill something. If all you are doing is fertilizer, no license required, if it is a combo product like crabgrass preventer or grub control then you need to be licensed. DOT is a subject I don't even want to start on, but the simplest solution is to run a light half ton truck with a single axle trailer to keep you under the 10,001 lbs rule. We run 3/4 and one tons with tandem trailers so we have to deal with the crap.
     
  8. GreenEnvyLawnCare

    GreenEnvyLawnCare LawnSite Member
    from KS
    Posts: 12

    What do u have to do to get DOT numbers. I have a one ton truck and trailer
    So I know I am over10,001. Thanks for all the help
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  9. jasonhc73

    jasonhc73 LawnSite Member
    Male, from WICHITA KS
    Posts: 42

    Just fill out the form:
    https://li-public.fmcsa.dot.gov/LIVIEW/PKG_REGISTRATION.prc_option

    I'd suggest getting your rig and equipment actually weighed on a scale.

    After I filled out the form, the US DOT called me the next day (actually super nice people). A couple weeks later KS DOT sent me a little one page form to fill in and return.

    They are mostly interested in Interstate transportation of goods. They really don't seem to give a hoot about us Intrastate guys with a truck and a trailer pulling around a mower. KS DOT seemed to be more interested if I was leaving the state. I do my best not to leave my town with gas prices like this!
     

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