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 these 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.
Snow Plowing and Lawn Care Tips
When the seasons change we need to adjust with them. Some simple actions we take at the beginning or end of a season can save potential headaches and money. These are some simple tips for each season to refresh our memories.
Lawn Care Tips
There are several actions you can take to improve the overall appeal of your property.
- Spread granular, slow-acting fertilizer
- Aerate the lawn to treat compacted soil
- Landscape mulch around trees, flower and plant beds
- Water your lawn frequently, especially if there has been a break in precipitation
Grass needs 1 to 2 inches of water (including rainfall) each week to thrive. The more hydrated your lawn is, the better the root growth will be. Leave grass clippings on lawn as they will decompose leaving nutrients such as nitrogen to the soil.
- Lawn mowing the turf around 3″, during warmer temperatures
- Treat weeds and bare spots as soon as you see them
- Maintain a well hydrated lawn ladybugs can provide a chemical-free way to reduce the pest population of harmful, plant-eating insects
- Water trees and shrubs thoroughly and mulch before the first frost
- Fertilize your lawn to promote strong root growth during winter
- Cutting the grass a bit shorter just before winter will prevent matting under snow
- Fall lawn care; remove all debris from turf, such as leaves and sticks
- Core aerate turf every year!
Snow Plowing Tips
- Putting markers at the edge of your lawn will help you avoid damaging it when you’re shoveling, snow blowing or snow plowing
- If you can see the turf when the snow is still presence, avoid walking on it as much as possible.
- When a snow event is prominent, make sure to get plenty of rest
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.
- Wear & tear on equipment
- Client location
- Maintenance of equipment
- Customer service
- Hourly wages
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:
- Workmen Compensation
- Fuel per month
- Hourly wages
- Part and labor costs
- 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.
Lawn Care Estimate
When browsing the internet for lawn care services, do you expect a free lawn care estimate? The answer is simple; Yes you do. As an outdoor service provider, Ring Lawn Care will suggest services you may have overlooked or had not known existed that will be the best fit for you.
As a consumer you shop around for the best estimate and service provider. Who would not want the greatest lawn care service with the best prices? There are some really great and honest services out there, you just need to keep searching until you find one that satisfies all your lawn care needs.
What To Expect When Receiving An Estimate
Lawn care providers usually have a structured system when giving an estimate. But hold your wallet close until the bottom line is established. Just like any business or corporation they may seem higher than what you expected.
You must realize that you are actually hiring a professional landscape company. You are requesting an estimate for something you have little care to perform yourself. Maybe you just do not have the time to take care of it yourself, or you cannot physically handle your property maintenance anymore.
One thing will always remain constant, the cost of living. Most providers are fair and need to make a living, but there are those who try to push too far. Some are merely learning as they go and others are flat-out trying to take you to the cleaners.
Multiple Service Estimates
Here is a quick list of items you should have ready to be estimated before a provider arrives to your property. Even if you think you do not need any of these services, it is always a good idea to get the most out each estimate.
Ask Your Lawn Care Provider
- What service does my turf really need?
- How will these services benefit my turf?
- When will results of your lawn care be noticeable?
- What do I need to do?
The experience of working with lawn care and snow plowing customers around the Stillwater, Lakeland and Hudson areas, have shown that they are always going to search for the next best thing at the lowest price. Some of these customers have settled for the best “Salesman” before, I have suggested they “Go with their gut feeling”.
As a landscape business owner, I will continue making attempts with customers to provide better service. When receiving an estimate from a lawn care service or any service, remember the old saying: “You get what you pay for”.