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does anyone do this

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cspaugh, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. cspaugh

    cspaugh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    I want to try and sell the idea of small garden plots on clients property. Just wondering if anyone else was doing this, and how to arrive at a fair and eqitable price. I know I will have to bring in ammendments and all that, do I just charge as if it were any other install. Any positive input greatly appreciated.
  2. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    You may want to market this to apartment dwellers or condo owners who have outside patio's and in your price include something like a once a month maintenance program. I'm not sure how to charge for something like that but its an innovative idea.
  3. cspaugh

    cspaugh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    lots of looks only one reply, whats up?
  4. psychodoe

    psychodoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I have been thinking of doing the same thing. My wife grows all her plants from seed in a very small green house so getting the plants are really cheap. Building a 5x5 box is about $14.00. We have a large compost pile that we use for my wifes beds. I even thought about giving the client a plastic bucket with company logo to use when they harvest.
  5. cspaugh

    cspaugh LawnSite Member
    Messages: 84

    well thanks maybe i will try this somewhere else
  6. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,740

    Get your feet wet - and an (accidental) underbid here and there will teach you a lot. Analyze where you can avoid the same mistakes.

    To me, charging by the hour seems fairest to everyone as neither you nor they get ripped off...but if a bid is required (and most jobs will) make darn sure you won't get hurt financially - do this by slightly overbidding.

    Can't be too afraid to fail - best advice. Remember, you're doing this to pay your bills, invest in your business...and to have some fun with a portion as well.

    Good luck!
  7. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Check your PM cspaugh..........
  8. gobblet

    gobblet LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    I just moved out of an apartment complex, and everyone had a deck or a patio. I had a deck and had plenty of sun and I was the only one in view that had anything growing on the deck (flowers and veggies all potted) I was in view of about 50 other apartments. I thought of the same idea let me know what info you might come up with.

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