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Organic Landscaping, Only hand tools?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by tcalb2, Mar 9, 2007.

  1. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    Tell me what you guys think. I life in Rhode Island and recently opened a landscape company and i'm trying to offer a hand tools only service. Push reel mowers and brooms. I don't know how much demand there is for this type of service i've talked with a company in Canada who does this exact service.
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    i dont really think that there is a real demand for this.
  3. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    Yea i'm not sure either. I sent out about 60 surveys in my area to see what the response would be. hopefully I'll hear back from some of them with an answer if there interested of not.
  4. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,996

    Seems to me you'd have to charge a lot to make it worth your while. The push reel mowers suck in the long grass- you'd be hosed if you had two weeks straight of rain.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    that or he's too cheap to buy any equipment. d0od can spend like 300 bucks for all the tools he will need for a "hand tools only service".
  6. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    Ha thanks for the input guys. Yea if I had a alot of rain I'd be done.
    Yea part of the idea of hand tools only is that the equipment cost would be greatly lower then with power tools. So that would bring my overhead down, so I could be a little bit more competitive with my pricing. I have to get more information about it. I'm just not sure there is a demand in my area for this type of service. Has anyone heard of companies doing this type of service? I've sent out a bunch of surveys, I'll let you guys know if I get any bits.
  7. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,169

    by competitive you dont mean low-ball do you?
  8. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    I think when it comes time to "walk the walk", the customers will forget the "green" way and go with the most efficient service method.

    Unless you just have a bunch of hardcore hippies in your area......who knows?
  9. Rax

    Rax LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I would imagine that the only people that would be interested in this type of service are the tree huggers. No harmful emissions. No noise.
    They may be willing to pay double, IF they really care about the environment.
  10. tcalb2

    tcalb2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    Yea, To answer your question about low-balling. I really can't low ball with this service. I meant that I could be more comparable to someone who was using power equipment. Obviously its going to take alot longer to cut the lawn with this type of machine, and I'm limited to how big of a lawn I can cut. I meant if my over head was lower I could go lower on my rates so that my "hand tools only service" could be comparable to ABC landscapes power tool service.

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