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winter income "Brainstorming"

MowJo

LawnSite Member
Location
KY
What are some industry related ways to make money in the winter? There is little if any snow removal to be done in this part of the country. I'd like to see some "brainstorming" on legitimate winter services and inexpensive ways to sell them. Are there ways to get customers to pay in advance on contracts, or for pre- season discounts?
 

Barkleymut

LawnSite Bronze Member
MowJo, I see your in Kentucky. It surely gets cold enough there to burn firewood. I assume you have a chainsaw, axe, truck, and trailer. Mulching is always good winter work.
 

Cutter1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Pittsburgh, Pa
My uncle lives in Dallas. He says a lot of the landscapers down there do christmas lights and decorations. Putting them up and of course talking them down. I guess this service is starting to take off down there.
 

davesgs75

LawnSite Member
mowjo

i am originaly from around Glasgow ky, and still have family there. a uncle who does lawn service there claims he can make more money doing small engine repair than he can cutting grass. maybe winter time repair, and tune ups. would like to know where in ky you are, just email if you dont won't to post location.
 
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MowJo

LawnSite Member
Location
KY
Does anybody do any of these things?

clean / detail customers autos in your shops

winter pruning

apply dormant oil

offer "salt only" services per event

is anyone making any "decent" money doing these servcies?
 

Greenkeepers

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
NE Ohio
Mowjo-

Up here in OH we can plow, but I think that you would have a great opportunity if you could spread salt on a per occurance. There is a much better profit margin for salting because the cost is lower and it takes less time than plowing. About your pruning, we prune back in the spring and fall not winter. What is applying dormant oil??

 

awm

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
stanfield nc
Ipressure wash decks but have found that
a couple gallons of clorox and a good rinsing
does it for 90 percent of the jobs.
TM
 

awm

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
stanfield nc
IM going out now and leave my card on
doors along with an estimate to do
whatever i see needs doing at that house.
Iput references on the card or they never
call.Also this works in city, country folk
are weary of strangers.OH well things get
to tight i guess i can sell new trailer
and exmark.be a shame though TM
 
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