my other guy discontinued cutting grass...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bobbygedd, Mar 4, 2004.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    as we are advertising, and doing lots of estimates, i'm hearing alot of this: "i had a guy for a long time, he's still in business, but eliminated his grasscutting end of it, he's only doing landscaping now." what's up with that?
  2. Flipperneck

    Flipperneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    More profit in Landscape then lawn. Alot of people just do lawns for a client base till they are known for their Landscape and Hardscape work then sell the accounts to someone who wants an instant biz or add on.
  3. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    My goal is eventually to stop cutting grass also and do Landscape installations full time. Thats where the money is and the creativity.....
  4. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    I'm getting more into landscaping as well, but I think it is also important to keep your lawns as lawn accounts are steady income.
    I'm going to keep doing lawns unless I get to the point where I am busy all year doing landscaping. Lawns pay less, but they are dependable. Landscaping pays more, but can be more sporadic.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    I agree with our fellow Joysee guy says bobby...but if I did that, I would be out of business since mowing consists of 73% of my total business revenue (2003 anyway).
  6. Flipperneck

    Flipperneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I want to start with mowing, but for me seeing the same lawn every mondays at 8:00 am and getting scratched by the same holly bush at 8:30 am etc.... is so mindnumbing to me I couldn't see doing it for the next 25 years. check this guy out he's a local that started in 78 or 80 just doing maintence....
  7. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    :blob3: ill only cut the lawn if i do the fert. or some other work, so we now do 210 full service accounts, i feel that works really well for us. i know in feb. what kinda clean-up work we have to do, no advertising needed, just a crap load of mulch.

    bobby doing a paver job in marlboro, pm me and i fill you in, stop by. tony

    ps. also by doing full service its nice to get a $200- 500 check each month from your customers
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That's just it with alot of guys in this industry. They get so focused on doing the mowing, that thay can't see the forest through th trees. I can't even tell you about how many incidents and people that brought in $180 for the month on the account, and left $200 sitting on the table. What really gets me are these "mow only" operations.
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I don't want to do any landscaping. That stuff bores me and it's a major pain in the butt, imo. There's money to be made doing lots of things, I don't have to do them all.
  10. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 955

    bottom line, there's not enough money in mowing, there's alot more in landscape but even that is getting worse and worse. I get 90% of my landscape wrk from my lawn accounts becasue they usually don't bid it out and I usually don't get work when it's bid out because I'm in business to make money, not for my health. Thats the biggest reason I keep all the lawn, there are a few others but I'm not gonna be a millionare just cutting grass, thats for sure.

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