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Thinking of starting a lawncare business


LawnSite Member
Hi;<p>My name is Dave Kechnie. I come from a Canadian city with a population of 80,000. I have an extensive background in the turf industry(golf courses). This area has been very rewarding but I'm now looking for a change. Owning a business has always been of interest. My question is where do I begin. Where do I get stats in this industry? Is this field of work growing, declining or stable? What professional organizations are the best to belong to? Do I focus on residential or commercial? Do I have a landscape division? Is spraying and fertilizer applications viable? How many fertilizer and spraying programs do you offer? What is the best mower on the market? How do you estimate or bid on properties? Do you ask the competition what they are charging or is this to bold? I know this is alot to ask but any information to help me make a decision would be greatly appreciated. Also is there any literature that directly relates to every aspect of this industry.<p>Sincerely;<br>Dave Kechnie


LawnSite Bronze Member
In an effort to be helpful, I'll be terse:<br>1.) Stats? Don't need 'em really, just keep asking questions and get all the free magazines.<br>2.) Growing (big time)<br>3.) Local organizations are best, I'm a member of the PLCAA - it's okay, but not the best I belong to.<br>4.) Commercial, but you may start res, since they're earier to aquire good paying accounts early w/ resdential.<br>5.) Yes, landscape, start w/ landscape upgrades for maintenance customers and work from there. Landscape install tend to be more profitable than maintenance.<br>6.) Yes, get licensed and aplly your own fertilizer. If not the very first year, contract it, sub it out and do it next year when you'll have enough customers to justify the addition equipment.<br>7.) I offer 5 apps.<br>8.) Exmark (My opinion) they seem to be the most &quot;in-tune&quot; with the mowing contractor. But buy a mower you can get parts/service for immediately - (good dealer)<br>9.) Estimate the time it takes and bid $35-40 per man/hour (in my market) Do top notch work to build your reputation and ultimately make more money.<br>10.) Don't ask your competetion in your area, ask someone from out of state.<p>In a nutshell.<br>

Eric ELM

Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
Chicago, IL USA
You dug up an old one here. The last post on it was over a year ago. You must have been digging way back. :)