After tinkering in a topic like this in landscaping, I decided to toss a version in Lawn Care. Why don't lawn care companies grow? Here's how I view it, partially. These are general, because some people can expand business whether they are competent or incompetent. These pertain to expansion or lack of it, that involves an income increase. Another form of successful growth, would be a business that triples size with no increase of income, but provides an increase for employees, like benefits, or payment for landscape college classes. That would be a growing productive business. A. THE POSITIVE OR REASONABLE 1. The owner does not want the company to grow, and has it under control. Estimates may be raised or lowered to maintain the customer base. Advertsing may be increased, decreased, eliminated or maintained as needed. 2. Economic hardship in the community, whether a poor local economy or environmental weather extremes. B. THE NEGATIVE OR UNDESIREABLE SIDE (ASSUMING GROWTH IS DESIRED) 1. The owner failed to gain a proper education about soils, plants, etc.. 2. The owner started in business prematurely without acquiring 2 or 3 years of experience od training first ( and 2 to 7 years for landscaping). 3. Too many employees may not speak English, or the main language of the neighborhood, irritating customers, who can't convey immediate concerns or warnings to workers on the property. 4. Lack of organizational skills like scheduling, organizing paperwork, etc.. 5. Not adept at overcoming obstacles like increased workload, inclement weather or equipment breakdown. These are a few. I place 1. and 2. as the most important in the "B" category, because most lawn services cannot reasonable apply pre and post-emergent herbicides professionally without a very substantial amount of education or experience. There are hundreds of plant materials that should be learned, to adhere to the labels on pesticide products. Even in just the lawn and shrub bed car industry.