What services offer the most profit in lawn care?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by catch and run, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. catch and run

    catch and run LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Hi im starting up my own business and im wondering what services should i offer? Any response is cool with me as long as you know what your talking about. I should probably mention that at the time being its just me which i hope not to take too long before i can hire another hand but for now i need services that I can do by myself and generate the most profit. Thanks to whoever replies
  2. catch and run

    catch and run LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I also do landscaping
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,099

    most people agree fertilizer/pest applications make the most dough.

    but you need a license and money to buy the product upfront.
    so its usually not for someone just starting out.

    it's easier to screw up and get the hang of for a new guy as well
  4. Mayers

    Mayers LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 18

    The landscaping projects have make up a good bit of my overall profit :).
  5. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    For the basic services for me it was:
    1. Fall Clean ups to include cutting down and servicing garden beds.
    2. Sod repair or install if your able to pick up the sod from the facility yourself.
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  6. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,764

    Mulch/bed maintenance
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  7. catch and run

    catch and run LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    good stuff i like the ideas im going to start looking into sod anymore suggestions??

    RSMUTAH LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 180

    It depends on what you're legally able to do based on state requirements.

    I can't legally plant a flower without my states Landscape Contractor license. I can only mow.
    Of course, I can apply pesticide, but I need a sate license for that (different that the contractors license).

    So, depending on what you're actually able to do within your states requirements, mowing may be the best option. For me, I've made the most money with gravel installations. Removing mulch, installing gravel. But, again, my state requires a contractors license to do that.
  9. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    Mulching is great money, high mark ups and you can bang them out quickly.

    Fertilizer and pesticides are the best money maker, but again, licenses are required. Don't mess around with chemicals you know nothing about. There are a lot of dipsh*ts that just burn the hell out of lawns with round up and high nitrogen apps on the hottest days of summer and come here asking how to fix it. The easiest fix is don't do something you don't know how to do in the first place.

    Clean ups can be really profitable, and so can stonework. If you know nothing about stonework, take some votech or adult education masonry classes. Don't just watch YouTube videos. Most of those people have no idea what they're talking about.
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  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,099

    I think I remember it being relatively simple to get a Utah State contractors license… it was Nevada where it was a bear, or was it the other way around?

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