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Window Box Business Idea Questions

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Box Companion, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. Box Companion

    Box Companion LawnSite Member
    from IL
    Posts: 1

    Does Anyone do this?
    I hope this is the right section for this. I've been thinking of a secondary business to operate in addition to my lawncare service that would help out during the winter months and slow periods. I want to start a general woodworking business where I make keepsake boxes and small children's furniture. But the main part of this business would be making, installing, and maintaining window boxes. I think they are such an attractive addition to a home, but I've noticed that barely any of the houses around here have them, not even the historical or well-kept mansions. My idea was to use time making the window boxes during the winter and selling them during the warmer months. But I would also offer to maintain the boxes for the clients, adding and removing the appropriate plants for each season. Here's my biggest thought: Could I also offer to maintain them during winter and plant winter blooming or evergreen plants so as to add a nice bit of greenery during the cold months? I've read about many flowers that will even bloom in the winter where I am in Zone 5. I don't really want to get into growing flowers myself so I'm wondering if there is a local supplier I could look to during the winter to provide me with plants to do this. Also I've read about some people placing the window boxes on the inside of a kitchen or living room window during the winter with flowers that will grow during that time. I was just wondering if anyone deals with window boxes as part of their business and what comments or advice you may have about my ideas. Thanks very much!
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,233

    Intersting, wood working can be rewarding if your good at it. I have a million ideas for winter, right now Im working hard to cover winter lol
     
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Your ideas are viable. Make up some displays, take pictures and post them on a company page on fb or your companies website.

    How about adding grape arbors, trellises, adarondack chairs, patio floor planter boxes?

    With the way the economy is effecting me this year, I may need a pine box for my business. I'll let you know.
     
  4. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    Thanks for the encouragement guys. Not very many people visit this do they?
     
  5. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    All of the sites are slow this time of year.
     

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