Somewhat new to biz and need help!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by buddhacj7, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I have been doing this on the side for about three years and just doing some
    commercial work for friends. I really would like to build up the biz but am not sure about all the things it entails. I don't want to sound stupid but I am not
    sure about mulching, seeding, fertilizing? What are the rules for applying seed
    and fertilizer and what exactly is "mulching". I mainly mow a large apartment
    complex and blow,trim,edge,etc... Am I in the wrong business because I do
    not know these things? I just don't want a soon to be customer ask me a question that I don't know the answer to.
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    You mow a "large apartment complex" with a homeowner Sears riding tractor and a Homelite trimmer? Wow!
  3. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Make do with what ya got! Need real mower asap!
  4. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Yeah cause I would think that the maintainence and time it is taking using that vs. having commerical equip it is probably actually costing you money on this deal if large to you is what large to me is. :)
  5. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Well it is about 2 acres and to me doing it solo with a crappy mower, it seems
    pretty large.
  6. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    as to the mulching question it depends on which mulch you mean

    Mulching as in the beds is the material and placing it there such as mulch, pine bark, pine needles, etc,

    Mulching as in grass cutting is a special set up (blades and maybe a discharge guard if needed/want) to cross cut the clippings when cutting
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  7. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Do you just buying mulch and spreading in beds? That is all there is to it?
    What about fertilizer? or is it circumstantial?
  8. Ability

    Ability LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    A couple of suggestions....

    1. Use this site exhaustively.....use the search function. Almost everything has been discussed here before at one time or another.

    2. Go to your library and read read read everything you can about lawn care. I recommend a few different books to buy, The Lawn Bible and Lawn Care for Dummies. Both are excellent and break things down well for the novice.

    3. Look seriously into commercial grade equipment. Less repair costs, and much faster mowing time

    Hope this helps
  9. buddhacj7

    buddhacj7 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    Thanks for the literary input! I will go buy them tonight.
    This site is extremely helpful
  10. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Look up your cooperative extension service in your area and sign up for classes. They are generally really inexpensive. Could join a trade org. like ALCA or similar to take classes as well. More in depth books on turf management and horticulture are available at college bookstores, go get ISBN number off of it and look on, Barnes and Noble, to get them even cheaper and read, read, read all winter! Look at old posts on this site and ask questions, people are very helpful here (well most of the time, nobody's perfect :p ) I listed a bunch of good resources in an earlier post, do a search and you'll find it.

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