started up this spring or next spring

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by racin240, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. racin240

    racin240 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    right know i kinda have a idea on equipment n everything allow i don't have any equipment handy or anything here is what i was thinking of buying
    48" hydro drive walk behind toro mower
    fs70r stihl trimmer
    fc70 stihl blower
    bg86 stihl edger

    for mowing i am going to do a weekly mow which let just say mid April to mid Nov which approx 32 cuts and bi weekly mid April to mid Nov approx 16 cuts

    fertilizing i have a basic, mid and high level fertilizing plans
    it has areation weed control insect control limeing soil sample overseeding

    liming, areation, theaching

    fall clean up have a too level cleanup a basic and mid level
    spring clean up

    priceing is on the square footage of grass the way i know how to estimate
    ex: if it is 50 steps in one direction andf 25 steps in other direction it be calculated liikemt his
    150*75=11,250 square foot
    if anyone knows if this is a good way to do it let me know or if there is a easier way to do it

    with advertising i was going to put ads in like facebookbook craigslist door to door flyer's put stuff in the paper

    if anyone thinks this is a good start let me know thanks
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  2. Prestige Landscaping

    Prestige Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    No one is going to give you there estimating spreadsheets or info. I'd start with guesstimating on a lawn and learn by trial and error. If your thinking square foot it may be helpful to by the tools to properly measure the work at hand.
    Maybe start with a larger landscape company try to learn the ropes and learn how long it takes to do things and what is involved before going all out!

    Good luck!
  3. racin240

    racin240 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    i did work for a landscape company in illnois but was a mechanic wasnt a laborer or anything like that so
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Since you're in no hurry to reach the top in one season, I'd buy a blower and see how much money there is in Spring Cleanup... see what kind of connections you make in the meantime... go from there... when you find that there is a client base that you're comfortable with, buy the ztr and go mow...
    Wayto risky to just buy a bunch of stuff b4 you have the client base...
  5. racin240

    racin240 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    i was goin to start by just useing a regualar 21 inch cut mower and start that way and see what i can do from there
  6. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Be 600 magnum blower. Only way to go
  7. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    Do you have a 21 inch mower? If so then I dont see why not start this coming spring and work on building for next year.
  8. racin240

    racin240 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    yes i do what i shoulda sayed in this post that i was going to start this spring doin it on the side but then work on trying to get the whole buisness side of things down pack for next moweing season the opnly things that i dont have is a trimmer or blower just the lawn mower since i am unemployed this will be the only income i have comeing in and work towards building a goood name for myself any other suggestion on how to get the customer base basically what i said in the post
  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,529

    Take a tape and measure your pace, it's probably closer to 2 1/2 feet.
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    On the parade deck Marines march with a 30" step...
    It can become an accurate measuring tool if you measure out 5 steps, instead of just one...

    Milwaukee should be seeing some ground thaw in a couple of weeks,,, is that true???
    If you could swing buying a blower(back pack) that would get you working a lot sooner, than waiting for mowing season...

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