Business' jumping on the lawn care wagon

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DeereHauler, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    well a new fad i see in my area are pre-established business' starting lawn care and landscaping compaines. at one time it was just carpenters, or handy-man guys, now its doctors, financial places, horse trainers, and public accountants. most of these owners aren't even doing the work! mostly kids, and other family members. i guess they all have money to burn.....when i started i didn't even have a mower, i got a few customers, and then a lawn tractor, and i was off. these people for the most part are starting out with multiple work trucks, tons of brand new equipment, retail locations, and multiple employees. and if you think about it they have a good customer base already established through the "other means". i know they may not be making enough money to cover the cost of equipment at first, but they have "other means" to back it up. i have no doubts in my customer loyality, but i have already found out one customer won't give me a chance to bid her landscaping work because her "friend" started a landscaping business. the middle of last year her house was like a jungle, and her "friend" was going to spray and pull weeds every week, but she won't fire them, because they're friends....

    i'm proud of what i created the long hard way, but its a hard pill to swallow when you realize the short cut they took.

    anyone else see this happening??
  2. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I'm with you, but have to wonder if they experienced the same growing pains in their other company that is the financial backer of the lawn mowing? Regardless, it does create competition in the marketplace. Some say that is good, I say, it's good as long as they do not steal my accounts. ha.ha...
  3. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,858

    I can relate. I have a few that are this way. This one guy - works as a prof in a college - pays is really well. Has his kids and himself out mowing until dark everyweek after super. A few toro's, trailer behind the SUV and they mow quite a few yards in a week. The other guy is a maintance man at the the same college - and since he does the grounds there he can do else where. I have lost accounts to him b/c he is a friend to the business owner. Next guy drives truck from 3 am until 2 pm Then he is off to the races with a craftsmen rider and troy built wb.

    Ya deal with it the best ya can. We have one large scale landscaper in town. They refuse to mow but this winter they have been slow and now they equipment all the trucks with plows. So the circle keeps rotating.
  4. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    i would hope they feel growing pains like us......

    i've seen plenty of guys who "drive trucks and use craftsmans" , and sure they're competition, but then theres the day when he buys 3 trucks, with trailers, and mowers. that day sucks. haha

    just another thing to deal with i guess, it didn't affect me a whole lot until today i saw the one company had all their trucks stickered up, and they added lawn mowing.....which was new.

    but do you guys think they will charge accordingly for their services to make up costs, or will they be low ballers because their other business' support them?
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I think almost everyone on here can agree, they definately take the easy way out. Thats why it is time to go open up a service center/dealer ship for mowers, etc. When is the last time you saw a doctor do maintenance on equipment??
  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,858

    One guy I know about 2 hours away says the same thing. He is probably mid range size compnay but he took on EXMARk, SNAPPER, Brown Bed edgers & other equipment, perma green and handheld equipm. Now he not only sells to compition, he services there equipment, uses his equipment as demo units, sells them. And yet he has a crew out everyday mowing, spraying, and landscaping.
  7. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    I'm a salesman during the day. My wife runs the equipment and I service it nights and weekends. The business does carry itself now but of course in the beginning my day job carried it. I would think that there are quite a few guys here who started out the same way. Not many people jump into it full time right off the bat and make it for long. My wife likes the work and the freedom of working when she wants and as much as she wants. Going to school and doing lawns after school would also fall into this. Face it lawn cutting is an easy job to start up. There are many other jobs that are also easy low cost start ups. Drywall hanging, house cleaning, painting, handy man services, irrigation, and the list is endless. I'm not saying there easy to do just easy to start.
  8. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    Well, I saw the same thing here for a while. There were a few bankrolled lawn & landscape companies that emerged. Big trucks, big trailers, nice new equipment galore, employees... I checked them out, and like the majority of the rest here, they were well educated in how to work around the system too. No license, no insurance, no registration, no taxes, no real employees... just fake certificates of insurance, ect.

    I called them high rolling lowballers. They high rolled right in and lowballed many of the good jobs with high requirements, ect.

    The good new is, they came in a lit it on fire, but they burned out like a match.
    They are all gone for now.
  9. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    i agree with ya. i guess my big difference is that i didn't start my business with 3 dual wheels dump trucks, and trailers with mowers. if it weren't for my old job i couldn't have made the transition over. now when i'm slow i sub-contract to my dad, and some local contractors, but i still need to be out there all season long to make things happen.

    glad to hear your wife is invloved with your business, my fiance likes to mulch, but she won't go near the z-traks.....yet
  10. DeereHauler

    DeereHauler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    and i would call that good....haha.....thanks for the input.

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