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How's the Competition Where You Are?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by TMN Guy, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. TMN Guy

    TMN Guy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    The other day, while I was driving to my first cut of the day, I noticed alot of other LCO's driving to their jobs. I counted 7 trucks with trailers in about 15 minutes.

    On days I stop for gas, I can count probably 4 or so just at the gas station. If I were to sit there for an hour or so, I could probably count 20 or more LCO's stopping for gas.

    So, it got me thinking, how saturated is your area?
  2. dbf4992

    dbf4992 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Probably 15 highly established names in a city of 36000 folks
  3. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD/NC
    Messages: 3,012

    Mine is about the same. Sometimes at red lights I see 3 or 4 outfits. Funny though.....they all seem to go away in August!

    Last year was great, I had a bunch of calls at once and found out a bigger LCO went under. Too bad his customers were outside of my service area.
  4. TMN Guy

    TMN Guy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I hope that happens here. Not a business going under, just a few that decided to hang it up. I would do good to pick up a few more yards. :)
  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,082

    Practicaly everyone with a pickup here cuts grass on Sat or Sunday
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  6. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    3 here over 10 years including ours. the rest are beer guzzlers for money dope heads, people jumping in debt (new truck, 2 new mowers, sitting in parking lots half the day) destroying everything they touch. I live in a now 2 red light big country town a hour away from any big city you cannot go to red light without seeing all kinds of new guys.

    Seen many yards messed up, peoples vinyl siding destroyed from idiots not knowing how to use a trimmer it's ridiculous.

    I went and bid on a hotel new guys did brush cut left the whole place a wreck and took off before job was finished the girl was new I guess she bought someone else's BS but not heard back and the lot has not been cleared of the brush yet, seemed pretty urgent.

  7. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,178

    Huge market, metro area is over 1 million. Landscaping happens year round and stuff grows quickly, so there is no shortage of work or companies.

    How many? I have no idea, but the local Business Journal publishes a list yearly of the 100 biggest LCO's in town. If everyone volunteered there company info I am sure you would need 25-30 employees to make it.
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  8. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    Wow! My city is like 5,000 haha
  9. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    Also in a metro area outside of dc in a city of a little over a million. Theres probably 20-30 established lcos around here
  10. olajoe808

    olajoe808 LawnSite Member
    from Zone 5b
    Messages: 221

    1/4 million population adjacent to 1/2 milltion city, short growing season water restrictions and educated consumers. Saying we only use commercial equipment emphasizing qoc or we stripe better is yesterdays game. It's either whoever is cheaper or you have something else to provide.
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    Last edited: Jul 2, 2014

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