Ok, lets talk the benefits and liabilities of diversity. This is going to be year 5 of not working for someone else. I started out to be "irrigation only". For those special customers, I have done almost anything they ask. Year one was OK, Year two was good. Year 3 was wetter than a flood year, and this last year has been dismal. I have had lots of requests for mowing and chemical maint contracts. I know that some of you are Landscapers as well as Irrigators, and I know it is prejudice, but I don't count most LCO's that "do irrigation" as irrigators. You got to be an old school ditch digger for me to consider you to be an "Irrigation Technician". Seems like there are fewer of us every year. So, is diversity the spice of life? Or the bane of the competitive market? I originally thought being irrigation only would net me a lot of referral and sub work. Most of the guys I've dealt with needing sub work were the worst paying customers my books ever saw. And the past tense here is accurate. Jumping into the LCO market wouldn't cost me a lot, and I've been commercial pest certified in five states, so getting certified and licensed to apply isn't a problem. This would also mean I am shutting the door on those who don't want competition doing their irrigation work, but I would be opening the door to use my design skills and plant knowledge again. Thoughts? On the flip side, I seriously considered all but closing up shop. Keeping my best customers on a hidden side basis and finding a place to go back to punching the clock and making someone else a lot of money.