there have been a lot of threads lately about slow starts for new guys. i was in the same boat until i noticed that most of the ads in the paper were for mow,trim and blow only. i changed my ad to emphasize full service, hedge trimming, mulch,plantings and cleanups. been snowed under ever since. i'm also picking up the mowing on about 30% of the other jobs. most of the customers say they would rather have 1 guy that will do it all.