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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by genesis landscapes, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. genesis landscapes

    genesis landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I have decided to make a go of it on my own after working for jerk of a Brother in law. I bought a JD lx173 rider 48 cut for 800.00 dealer wanted 1,000. looking at a lawn boy 2 cyl 21" cut push mower for 100.00 I have alot of other stuff already did i make the right choice couldnt afford a walk behind. I need a trailer cheep if anybody has one in new england? :help: I plan on doing this part time 20 Lawns?????? Don't want to just mow and blow and go.
    Wife supports my choice it is going to help because I have a sick child. also need help geting name out? lets be creative! am i making the right choices? What are the things I should do budget very small 0-none. Thanks for the help.
  2. wally world III

    wally world III LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    lawn mowing
    &#65279;< 1/4 acres ~~~~~~~~~ $25
    1/2 acre ~~~~~~~~ $35
    1 acre ~~~~~~~~ $45
    1 1/2 acre ~~~~~~~~ $ 55
    2 acre ~~~~~~~ $ 65
    2 1/2 acre ~~~~~~~~ $ 75
    3 acre ~~~~~~~~~~ $ 85

    i'm using Gravely pm 260z 60" cut period......

    mulch triple & double ground, red, brown, black cost $ 22/ yd
    express blower $ 19/ yd installed
    i always use express blower......... sell ~~~ $65/yd up to $ 85 /yd

    dethatching ~~~~~~~~ $ 20 / k ~~ $ 25/ k

    core aeration ~ 5k == $85, 10k == $ 150, then, $12/k after

    bed edging ~~~ $1.00 / sqft, new edging $ 1.35 == $ 1.65 / sqft

    if, want prices on fertilizer, grass seed, lime, corn gluten meal.
    let me know........
  3. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    come up with a good flyer you can print out yourself on your computer, and start putting them up around town. try to talk to people you know, and ask for referrals. word of mouth will help you a lot, but you have to get to that point. act professional, and do good work, and you will be sure to grow.
    make sure you protect yourself and do it right though (license and insurance) as one small incident will put you right out of the race)
    good luck at it
  4. 0money

    0money LawnSite Member
    from Around
    Messages: 62

    I love my kid, I think you might want to get a job intell things started to take off.
  5. genesis landscapes

    genesis landscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I do have a job and make a good living just want more payup
  6. 0money

    0money LawnSite Member
    from Around
    Messages: 62

    I know exactly what you mean.
  7. lawnlubber

    lawnlubber LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    Get some business cards and fliers printed. Don't spend too much on the fliers they don't work great but try it anyway. Focus on selling spring cleanups to get your foot in the door. Spring cleanups can be done with very little eqipment and will generate some capital to spend on a better mower. A used 36" wb with hydros will be much more productive than the Deere and could be had for a little over 1000. I wouldn't fault you if you had to lowball a job rather than be idle. I think everyone on Lawnsite has at some time except maybe BobbyGedd. Just don't make it SOP. Oh yeah, give yor wife and kid a kiss you won't see them again til December.
  8. Patrick.B

    Patrick.B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 249

    hey wally world III ,,,,,how you like your pm260 Gravely ?
  9. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    Make sure to do good work. Word of mouth is the best advertisement. Put up fliers around the parts of town you want work. They don't have to be expensive as long as they do a good job of getting your advertisement to the prospective customer. Also door hangers work well. You can probably get a 1-2% return on those depending on your area.
    Good luck.

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