I am in the process of starting a landscape construction business. I used to do lawn maintenance and that isn't for me. I know that i'll be much happier creating landscapes, ect... Anyways, I will not start this until the spring of 2006. I want to get a loan for about $100,000 and save about $50,000 for all of my equipment. I am looking at F-650 dump trucks, Ford F-350, Chevy 2500 and Internation 4200 and 4800 dumpers. I am also looking at some CAT skid steers. With this type of business, would you do the traditional mailbox fliers to get business or do you choose your customers with sales letters and postcards, even phone calls? There are a lot of landscaping companies here in Chicago and I would really like to stand out. Any suggestions are appreciated!