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Where to find good labor help

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This year, with our growth, we had to hire a lot of people. Unfortunately where we live, there is a not a big labor pool to pull from for physical labor jobs. So what did we do? We scrapped- hired … Continued

Working on the business, not in the business

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This year has been a very tough year financially. Along with many unexpected large equipment repairs, our labor costs also rose. Along with our aggressive growth, we also made many changes which were amplified by the growth.  The biggest downfall … Continued

Red Flag Customers

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When doing landscaping or any business, you are going to have the easy customers and then the difficult customers. The easy customers are the good ones and are the ones you want to have. The difficult customers are not worth … Continued

Benefits of new equipment

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Since I started the company, for the most part I have always purchased used equipment. I have searched craigslist autotrader you name it. Each year I have tried to purchase one new truck for around 5 or 10,000 dollars and … Continued

One, Two, or Three Man Crews

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This is a common conversation in landscaping. Should I operate with one, two, or three man crews? Well there are several ways to look at it and no 100% right answer. The biggest factor is going to be drive time. … Continued

Finding Help

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This spring, finding help has proven to be a much larger challenge than in the past. In the past, simply putting up ads on craigslist has worked for us. This year we have had to go a little further. We … Continued

Commercial Maintenance Equipment

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Currently, for each crew, we provide three different lawn mowers: 1) Primary mower Each crew has a primary mower which is a 52″ hydro Ferris. The favorites are the 52″ walk behinds (pictured above). We also have a Ferris 52″ … Continued

Lawn Care Advertising

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  Through my small businesses I have tried many different approaches to advertising. I have tried the following methods: Keep in mind that using more than one method of advertising has building benefits. I have read that a customer has … Continued

Bobcat for Landscaping

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Last year, we purchased our first bobcat skid steer. We purchased a 1991 753 model. We bought it for $3000 but it needed quite a bit of work. It came with a trailer as well, so we did get a … Continued

Safety Training

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Safety is starting to become important in our company. When we were smaller with only a couple employees, it was less important as there were less people in the field to get hurt. In 2014, we had 2 workers comp … Continued