Aeration Specialists?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by krazykoncepts, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. krazykoncepts

    krazykoncepts LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2

    Hey Guys,

    Im looking to get into the lawn care business but am currently thinking on specializing in aeration only. Customers would primarly be from homes which currently mow there own lawns and I would also try to sell my service to a few small lawn care companys in the area who could subcontract the work out to me. (Seems like a lot of small companies dont own there own machines)

    This would be a one man operation, although I do have a few people which can help me out during busy times (if all goes well)

    What i wanted to know was are there other companies that specialize in just aeration? I think it would also be best to offer a seeding service after the aeration but dont want to go with slit seeding since I am trying to keep costs down for the first year. Is there anything else I would benefit fom offering?

    I know local market plays a MAJOR factor but just wondering what you have experience in your area...
  2. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    You generally want to aerate in Spring and Fall. You may want to find something to fill in the summer months.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    I think there is a market for aeration, but I am not sure if you could make a business out of it.
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,808

    If your only going to do aeration , I hope you like mac and cheese.
  5. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    Anything is possible. However, most customers in my area have been trained by us landscapers to aerate in the fall. In my area, I get all the calls for aeration in September. I advertise aeartion service all summer.

    I'm guessing you don't want to mow. So I suggest looking into the other specialty services, like dethatching, slice seeding, and renovation to fill in some big gaps in the calendar. For the same investment as a ZTR mower, you could buy machines for all those services.
  6. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    There is a husband and wife team I know, which does ONLY aeration, that has a very nice market in VERY UPSCALE well-to-do residential areas in northern Cincy and S. Dayton areas around Springboro, Lebanon and Mason, OH.

    They indeed stay busy all season long; as virtually all "upscale" lawns are irrigated here in Ohio.
    (But I believe they plow snow if it snows in the winter...)

    If you've got just the "right type" of marketing...and a prospective customer base like that....go for it !!!

    I'd NEVER suggest "aeration and seeding", unless you simply were to go over it 5 or 6 times...but then you may as well have sliced it, right ?!?

    I suggest going into the organic lawn care section of this site and using the key-word search to find info about 'mycorrhyzae' for better root development and growth, specifically ENDO-mycorr for TURF !!!!
    I've been incorporating this into my program for about 3-4 years now, and I'll NEVER turn back !!!
  7. krazykoncepts

    krazykoncepts LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 2

    This would obsviously only be profitable in the summer and I would need to do something else such as snowplowing in the winter, but i am currently a university student so I am not as concerned with the winter at the moment.

    I am concerned about it not being busy during the middle of summer though, although i do agree aeration is best to be done in the spring at fall, im not ripping people off by doing it mid summer am i?
  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    Not if there isn't summer drought of unusual heat stress conditions and/or artificial irrigation doesn't exist.

    You are "throwing the dice" by aerating...going into the summer months...on turf without sprinkler systems, particularly. And ones where people simply "can not water".

    You do have a problem if you go out and poke holes in lawns all over Canuck-land; only to watch nature's water faucet abruptly squeak to a stop.
    All those open "pores" you would have created, in that scenario, only serves to exacerbate the dessication (drying) of the soil, and thus cause serious damage to the turf's roots.

    You know your Canadian climate as well as anyone else, probably even your local weatherman.
    You have to work with what you know and sense by past seasonal patterns.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    Again, you may want to look at other offerings to fill your schedule.

    If you study up on pruning, you could offer it as a special service to fill in the slow times. Many landscapers around here have a bad reputation on pruning, so a specialist could easily get work. Irrigation is another option. I know a guy that makes a killing on servicing irrigation systems. Turns them on and off for the season, and offers repairs. He took a two day class and leaned the basics. There are lots of options.
  10. mngrassguy

    mngrassguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,167

    We have several companies here that started doing aeration only but now do seeding and even fertilizing. They make a "killing" spring and fall and take the hot part of the summer off.

    I used to sub a lot of work to them but now they are way too busy. I'd say "go for it".

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