What is one way you set yourself apart from the competition?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by christw, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. christw

    christw LawnSite Member
    from pa
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    What are some ways you guys set yourself apart from the competition? Its a noisy world and theres probably 50 other landscaping companies in your area, How do you set yourself apart from the pack?
     
  2. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Customer service...answer their calls and respond to their emails.
     
  3. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    No lawn tractors or heavy sit down riding mowers. All WB mowers.

    Sharp blades installed daily and most lawns are double cut and double edged.

    My attention to detail and cut quaility is flat out one of the best in the region.

    My PlugrĀ® 850's pull 46%-100% more plugs per square foot than all other rolling tine aerators.

    I actually have a clue about what is good and bad for the turf.

    I'm not just some guy out there running equipment over a lawn as per customers wants.


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  4. christw

    christw LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Posts: 22

    Thats good Im sure you have a lot of raving fans!
     
  5. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't go around cutting others throats and cut my own for the sake of pretending to be a high roller.
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  6. 123hotdog

    123hotdog LawnSite Senior Member
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    One of the things that sets me apart in my area and actually gets my foot in the door is the signs on my truck. They are fourteen feet long and the letters are 12" tall. :weightlifter: After that, my work keeps me there.
     
  7. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
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    Groundskeeping Service
    I take responsibility for my customers' landscape maintenance. Like a greenskeeper for a golf course or a groundskeeper at a college. Except I provide this for customers that ain't quite big enough to do their maintenance "in house" with their own staff & equipment. Clients with 10 to 35 acres of lawn.

    It's a narrow market. But customers are loyal and competition is light.
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    No unnecessary expense for the client, at any level or any part of the landscape or lawn...
     
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,359

    I like that one. :)
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  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Quality work. Which I think is the theme here in this thread. Out of the 50 lawn care businesses you say you have in your area (about the same here) I'd bet there's only a handful that do consistently good quality work. If you are one of them you will thrive.

    You can do fine work with ride on equipment too, I do. And I never double cut and I've never heard of double edging... Most guys here, including myself bag 95% of the time. I've tried discharging and it's just too time consuming cleaning up the mess and there's often leaves from the cottonwood trees here that don't just disappear with even double cutting.

    Set yourself apart by alternating your mowing direction weekly and leaving a clean cut and clean lawn every week. People notice ruts or tire wear marks in their lawns and they notice debris laying on top. Never leave grass in the street either. I see so many guys here that will leave a pile of grass in the street or blow it across the road into the neighbors gutter. Also, have a schedule! People like when they know when you are going to be there each week, even if they are last on the route and you don't get there till 7:00pm in the spring, at least they are expecting you at that hour.
     

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