I'm 16 and starting up!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Cartapo, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Cartapo

    Cartapo LawnSite Member
    from Canada!
    Messages: 3

    Hey guys,

    I found the site here after I was doing research about aerating and such. Basically, my plan is to buy an aerator (around $2,000) so I can go around my neighbourhood and do the lawns for slightly cheaper than the big companies would, like Spring Masters.

    At the same time I was thinking that I should include seeding after the aeration to maximize effectiveness and profits (make a bundle package).

    Do you guys agree with this? If so, do I need an expensive seeder? I want my work to be quality because I don't mind investing my money. Since I'm new to this, I just want to make sure I'm actually going to benefit peoples lawns and not make it worse. So, what do you think, should I just stick to aerating or should I include seeding? And if so, what type of seed?

    My work will be done in the spring and fall, and I live slightly north of Toronto.

    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    good luck.....
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    If you line up a few aerations, you can rent a machine for the day and save a bundle.

    Purchase a "broadcast spreader" for seed, lime and fertilizers (45 dollars)

    Use "Canada Grade 1 seed" not the cheaper crap at Canerican Tire (know who I mean?)

    It is a struggle. Never stop learning and good luck.
  4. integrityman

    integrityman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,713

    Go to school and put this as your #1 priority.

    That said, there is nothing wrong with an entreprenuarial spirit.

    Make sure you know what your doing.

    Get a liability insurance policy, pay your taxes, develop liability waivers and do things right.

    Aeration may seem simple, are you prepared to pay for things you may damage?

    Sometimes things arent always as simple as they may seem.
  5. Cartapo

    Cartapo LawnSite Member
    from Canada!
    Messages: 3

    Thanks to everybody the posts have been really helpful so far!

    As you mentioned the rental, I was considering that too.

    My plan was to create and print out 100 flyers (that look professional), distribute them, and if I got a minimum of 20 bookings then I would rent the aerator. I think there's a lot less risk in this plan than buying the aerator.

    As for the seeder, I would buy that and the seed.

    I was thinking of something like this:
    Aeration - $40 (with optional seeding for full potential - $70)

    So this brings me back to the question that might've already been answered; seeding after aerating would be beneficial, correct?

    I just want to know so I could market both with the seeding complimenting the aeration.

    As for legal matters, those will definately be handled.

    Thanks again!
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Seeding after aerating is beneficial. The seed will fall into the tine holes.

    Where are you located exactly?
  7. Cartapo

    Cartapo LawnSite Member
    from Canada!
    Messages: 3

    Great, that's the response I was hoping for!

    I'm in Ottawa, ON.
  8. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Funny, Ottawa was my first guess. I pm'd you with some info.
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  10. DOlandscape2011

    DOlandscape2011 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I did the same thing several seasons ago and the first several times I rented an aerator. We offered seed, fertilizer and lime. That day alone we grossed close to $1200. Get a partner because after several lawns you will be beat. We scheduled the night before and lined enough up and rented an aerator the next day. You will make good money. Good Luck.

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