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30 thousand square feet to install

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Landrus2, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    Why would you sub out 4500 sq. ft?
     
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,990

    Because they have rolls 4' wide by 150', the equipment to roll it, the trucks to deliver, all for far less than I can install 1 yd rolls by hand.

    Fewer seems, faster install and my employees can do other productive work while these guys are installing my sod.

    Same reason I sub out my:

    Hydromulch

    Bark blowing

    Irrigation

    Trenching

    Stump grinding\large tree removal

    If I can find someone that can do the work better\faster\cheaper than I can, I partner with them and start a relationship.

    I am not a jack of all trades, we do what we do best and find someone else to do the work that we can't do efficiently.
     
  3. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Amen. I do exactly the same. Had a stump ground out just tonight. Get relationships going, refer work, make customers happy by getting jobs done, Pick a niche and stick with it.
     
  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    We have a niche, landscaping. Sod is part of that I thought.
     
  5. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,990

    Can you provide me with the sod, equipment and labor to install 4' wide and 150' rolls cheaper than I can provide 5, 10, 20 laborers to install 1 yd rolls at a time?

    So is hydromulching, but I don't do enough and the company I work with can do it within a day.

    So is bark blowing, and if I need it badly enough, they will also schedule it within 24 hours.

    Same with trees or stumps. Or irrigation.

    Because I use these companies exclusively and have used some of them for 20+ years.

    Even if I did a lot lawn installs, if these guys want to provide this service and own the truck and sprayer, why would I want to tie up my capital?

    Same with any of the other services.
     
  6. straightlineland

    straightlineland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    write a contract that describes you are installing sod, require a deposit as it is normal part of business, and make sure she knows you arent going to warranty it.
     
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,552

    I would never let the customer supply the sod. You have no control over the quality. It could be half burned crap that is left over from last week. 3/4 of my sod business is from referrals of previous work. No way am I putting my name on a job i didn't do from start to finish.:usflag:
     

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