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Starting a Lawn Care Business

In suburban communities where homes occupy sizable lots, there is demand for professional lawn services. The wealthier the residents are, the more hours they work, the farther they commute, the more outside activities they pursue, and the larger their home lots are, the more likely it is that they will hire outside professionals to maintain their lawns. In addition to residential customers, successful entrepreneurs in the lawn care business look for commercial clients who own office buildings or office parks that are surrounded by grassy expanses.

In establishing a lawn care business, you may offer a variety of services, including, but not limited to:

  • cutting grass
  • watering grass
  • fertilizing
  • controlling harmful insects
  • seeding
  • laying down sod
  • weeding
  • removing leaves, pine needles, brush, and other plant debris

Moreover, consider branching out into other aspects of landscaping, such as:

  • pruning shrubs, bushes, and small trees
  • gardening services, such as planting and caring for flowers and flower beds
  • driving away burrowing animals such as moles

The rationale behind offering a wide menu of services is that you will make your business more attractive to clients with large properties and/or a variety of lawn and garden needs. You can greatly simplify their lives by offering them comprehensive, one-stop shopping. Otherwise, they would have the hassles of scheduling and coordinating the work of numerous separate contractors.

Depending on the localities in which you will operate, the licensing and insurance requirements may vary. In particular, expect to encounter stringent environmental protection regulations on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The examinations necessary to be licensed for their use normally are not difficult, but you may be subject to inspections and paperwork requirements, with fines for

noncompliance. Meanwhile, to address many clients' concerns about hazardous chemicals, you should learn about and offer non-toxic or "organic" alternatives, either exclusively or as an option.

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