Watering your lawn

One of the most important items to maintain a healthy lawn, is adequate hydration. Your lawn needs 2 inches of water per week. This may increase to 2 inches of water twice per week in hotter climates or drought seasons. By getting down into the soil 2 inches you’ll promote great root structure for your turf. Just dampening the soil or watering your lawn everyday a little bit will only allow the water to just penetrate the soil. This will make for a very shallow root system…exactly what you do not want.

Son is off the hook ( for now )

 




 
Owning & operating a lawn care service has its ups and downs, just like any business. Over the years I’ve learned to accept that accidents happen, equipment breaks down, and people are just people. Yesterday was one of those days that all three of theses things came into play.

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One time mowing

There are rare occasions we will take on a “one time mowing” job. Our earlier years when Ring Lawn Care was STARVING for jobs we would honor this. Now that we are in a position of being able to choose the accounts we want, we are strictly a weekly lawn care company. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OpCe8xgLGo&w=400&h=324] (more…)

Lawn Care profitibale in this economy?

 

 

Ring Lawn Care is all about service. We provide weekly lawn care and snow plowing services to residential and commercial clients. In this industry it is hard to just focus on one aspect of client. We still have 15 of the 20Lake Elmo Residential Lawn Mowing customers since conception in 2002.

Take a look at this residential home after we completed the mowing. No this is not a golf course or Photoshopped. My son cut this to perfection, at first glance his verbalization was “All I see is a golf course.”

Having commercial accounts does help us get through the tough MinneSnowta winters, but we rely on both residential and commercial clients throughout the growing season. (more…)

One Time Lawn Mowing

 
 

One Time Lawn Mowing

There are occasions established lawn care providers will take on “one time lawn mowing” jobs. Most hate to refuse work, but there are times they just have to. Newer lawn care providers may take on these type’s of requests in order to build-up a base of accounts, but soon will realize that they will have a hard time relying on a weekly lawn mowing income.

One time lawn mowing customers may be unaware of a lawn care provider list. List of factors may look like this:

  • Wear & tear on equipment
    Lawn Mower Maintenance

    Weekly Lawn Mower Maintenance

  • Client location
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Scheduling
  • Customer service
  • Fuel
  • Hourly wages
  • Insurance

With a demanding weekly schedule and not losing sight of your beginnings, you have learned from your mistakes. With this in mind, when a potential client should call for a “One time lawn mowing“, you need to let them know that your schedule is set up for weekly lawn care.

 

Owning A Lawn Mowing  Business

Being your own boss comes with much responsibility. There are many aspects that were not thought of in the very beginning. Landscape provider’s must watch the bottom line more accurately and wisely as the cost of living continues to rise.

Basic costs a lawn mowing business cannot overlook:compose_256px

  1. Insurance
  2. Workmen Compensation
  3. Fuel per month
  4. Hourly wages
  5. Part and labor costs
  6. Taxes
  7. Advertising/Marketing
  8. Annual D.O.T. inspection

These are only a few of the most over-looked aspects of this industry.

If you have lost the passion or love for your lawn mowing business don’t just hang it up or quit. Take a step back and start over, YES I said start over. Reevaluate your commitment to yourself, employees and customers.

Operating a lawn mowing business can be scary in any economy. Having the right people in place for your operation will create time for you to market and promote weekly services. If you think your lawn business will run itself after it has grown, forget it. The landscape industry is demanding. Only hard-working and committed individuals will succeed.