To wait or not to wait, that is the question.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BLandL, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. BLandL

    BLandL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Hi everyone. Ive been watching this thread for a few years now and seeing what you all have to say. I have an excellent job working in a factory making 50k plus a yr, but my true dream is to open a lawn care business and turn it into a garden center someday. I have a degree in horticulture and am very good with the yard care thing and have worked at garden centers for about 6 yrs b4 I got this factory job. My question is what do you really need to get started, what a good price to charge, and if anyone knows the prices to start a garden center/nursery would be very much appreciated.
  2. BLandL

    BLandL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    please help me
  3. Gilligan

    Gilligan LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 37

    I hope this doesn't come off as mean, but if you have been reading here for a few years and you don't know what equipment you can start with, or what is a good price to charge, then you still have alot more reading to do...

    and my opinion is wait.... and read read read....

    its all here...multiple times.....
  4. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    As far as opening the garden center is concerned, you will have to find real estate to build it on or buy a prebuilt building. Then you will need to find out what you can and will stock and such. You'll probably need a re-sellers license unless you grow everything yourself.

    I'm not quite sure what it is you are asking for? I might cut grass for $20 here in Pa, but down in Fl, the prices will be different. The prices will probably be different in Iowa as well. You might consider talking to a few local companies to see what you might be able to find out.
  5. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Respectfully concur. All the answers are here, just search on the topic of interest. There is an entire historical archive of great information here.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It would seem your own question contains your answer. :rolleyes:

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    If you are making 50k with benefits stay where you are working.
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,203

    Yep....if you are making 50K better stay where you are.....and why would you think about going up against all the chains and sell plants. In our area even grocery storys sell plants....and wallmart, lowes, homedepot, sears on and on. Even the best nusereys are going out of business.
  9. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    not going to make that kind of money or benifits, and as said, you will never compete with the box stores...

    buy a boat and go fishing...:clapping:
  10. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    Keep your 50k yr job

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