Damn, I guess I gotta stay put...smallest mower I have (1) is a 21 incher. Everything else is 52 and bigger. Guess I better go and tell the other half where we're NOT semi-retiring to...aw s***.Originally posted by brucec32
I noticed that in some areas of costal florida the emphasis is as much on landscape as on lawns. Some lawns I see there isn't a 48" wide patch of grass on the property, so big riders may not work in some neighborhoods.
Nothing specific against any one reply, but I find it amusing that no matter where in the country one asks about the biz, it's always "horribly competitive" and everybody is mowing lawns for $10. I suspect some of these replies come from those in good markets who want it to stay that way by shooing off newcomers with "advice" to stay out of such a downtrodden market.Originally posted by MTR
Another move to FL? Gosh, oh, well, welcome anyway...
It is ridiculously tough and crazy down here regarding crowded competition among LCO. Like somebody had said "saturation" regardless what areas you live in. Yes, so much grass to cut, but if you expect to get paid like New England price or where you have come from, you have to bite dust a lot. There are ten of thousands of licensed & insured LCO as much as unlicensed & uninsured LCO (kids from highschool and retired war veterans, or social security benefits recipients) competing one another for just as little as $ 10 a cut, so go figure?
Anyway, your quality has to be right there to stay strong regardless of how much you make though.
Melrose Fl Traffic? Ha. Try driving around Atlanta sometime. We have lunch hour traffic reports here and I sit in traffic jams out here in the country while looking out the window at cows in a farmer's field.Originally posted by Red Dwarf
This is about the 5th thread I've seen this month about forum members moving to FL.
Honestly, what's so great about FL??? It's really getting overcrowded down here. I am fairly young, but I can remember when we didn't have 10% of the traffic we have now.
Sorry to be the neighsayer of the group, but dang....it's getting ridiculous down here.
Gonna have to challenge this one too, though I bet you're dead on on the shrub work aspect. And the humidity goes w/o saying, though it's no picnic here in Atlanta, either.Originally posted by DennisF
If you like heat and humidity, you'll love Florida. Lots of St. Augustine grass and Bahia (tough knarly stuff) and plenty of hedges and shrubs to trim. The most money is in hedge and shrub work (make sure you know a lot about them). Lawn maintenance pricing is 20%- 25% lower than in the northern climes. Lots of retired folks looking for the cheapest LCO they can find. It's a extremely saturated business here in FL, but you should do well if you do high quality work and are dependable.
Good Luck and welcome to the Sunshine State!