winter income "Brainstorming"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MowJo, Dec 19, 2000.

  1. MowJo

    MowJo LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 70

    What are some industry related ways to make money in the winter? There is little if any snow removal to be done in this part of the country. I'd like to see some "brainstorming" on legitimate winter services and inexpensive ways to sell them. Are there ways to get customers to pay in advance on contracts, or for pre- season discounts?
  2. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    MowJo, I see your in Kentucky. It surely gets cold enough there to burn firewood. I assume you have a chainsaw, axe, truck, and trailer. Mulching is always good winter work.
  3. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,251

    My uncle lives in Dallas. He says a lot of the landscapers down there do christmas lights and decorations. Putting them up and of course talking them down. I guess this service is starting to take off down there.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Pressure washing decks and houses.
  5. davesgs75

    davesgs75 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72


    i am originaly from around Glasgow ky, and still have family there. a uncle who does lawn service there claims he can make more money doing small engine repair than he can cutting grass. maybe winter time repair, and tune ups. would like to know where in ky you are, just email if you dont won't to post location.
  6. ronslawncare

    ronslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 541

    pressure washing is great money but youll freeze to death in the gona be getting into pressure washing decks and fences next year ....
  7. MowJo

    MowJo LawnSite Member
    from KY
    Posts: 70

    Does anybody do any of these things?

    clean / detail customers autos in your shops

    winter pruning

    apply dormant oil

    offer "salt only" services per event

    is anyone making any "decent" money doing these servcies?
  8. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 695


    Up here in OH we can plow, but I think that you would have a great opportunity if you could spread salt on a per occurance. There is a much better profit margin for salting because the cost is lower and it takes less time than plowing. About your pruning, we prune back in the spring and fall not winter. What is applying dormant oil??

  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    Ipressure wash decks but have found that
    a couple gallons of clorox and a good rinsing
    does it for 90 percent of the jobs.
  10. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    IM going out now and leave my card on
    doors along with an estimate to do
    whatever i see needs doing at that house.
    Iput references on the card or they never
    call.Also this works in city, country folk
    are weary of strangers.OH well things get
    to tight i guess i can sell new trailer
    and a shame though TM

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