Adding Pesticide/Fertilizer Services

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Marvelous Gardens, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Marvelous Gardens

    Marvelous Gardens LawnSite Member
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    My Landscape/Lawncare Co. has been in business since 2003 and business has picked up alot considering the economy, but I am still interested in adding Pesticide/Fertilizer services as well as irrigation maint. and installs to my business. After the needed licenses and fees are paid. Does anyone have any suggestions? Is this a field demanded by an average homeowner/ commercial properties?
  2. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    I would think that it would have to depend on the area you are in and the money in the area.

    I see the "average homeowner" slowing down soon as the people with more money will continue strong.

    Not sure as you will have to just look around your area and see if people are treating their lawns.

    Will you have much competition if you do this?

    Biggest question: Do you have any experience or expertise in this area?

    This is probabaly something I wouldn't get into if I didn't know anything!

    Yes you can learn this stuff and probably be good within a year or two! I would make sure you know what you are doing when applying fert and chem.
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969

    Marvelous Gardens

    I started in this business as a part time lawn boy for pin money. After a Nice divorce, I was pinned for money and started to build a Real Business. With each service addition I grew by leaps and bounds with the lack of Employees being the big limiting factor. Finally I made the Hispanic connection and my employee problems were over.

    Having Irrigation & Pesticide License puts you 3 steps above the competition and in fact give you no competition. In my state because these License are so hard to get, Only Valley Crest and companies their size have all the licenses. By finding that Niche market in between Valley Crest type huge commercial accounts and Mow & Go accounts is where the money is. These are the up scale residential and smaller commercial properties. In my case this market segment has shown little or no slow down because of the present economy like working class neighbors. It was the One Stop Shopping of a multi service company that sells to that up scale clientèle. Besides Mowing and shrub trimming which was my original Horizontal Market, I vertically marketed Irrigation adjustment 4 times a years and 14 step Fert & pest. All of this was Reoccurring Revenue. I also got into landscaping by first up selling plant replacement and then total landscape packages including drip irrigation and Landscape lighting.

    Sod replacement was another vertical market that paid very good. A Sod replacement customer became a full service mowing, Pest, and Irrigation customers. The Cross over of customers from a Vertical market to vertical market gives a even broader Horizontal Market. I just purchased a run down Retail nursery when Hurricane Charlie hit. Had I not hit burn out from all the stress of that event along with other things, I am sure the nursery would have quadruped my business. As it was I sold out and semi retired. But the speed at which my business grew was amazing because of multiply services offered. Of course there are always problem when trying to do many different things. I had some help from many different people. But My main job became going to school to get all the different licenses, for many years.
  4. Marvelous Gardens

    Marvelous Gardens LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Thank you guys for the info, I do have some background with these services, while going through college I worked for a landscape company that installed irrigation, and before I Inc. my business I added granule fert as a "favor" for my clients. I wanna be licensed and do things the right way as I am in my mid twenties I make around 65k-75k a year working 12 hour shifts at a local plant, this gives me half the month off which is how I have been able to create and build up my business. I was gonna take the course then the test, then go back and help my old employer until I had it down, do you think this would be a little bass ackwards?

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