Ways To Make Quick Money Launching...
A Lawn Care "Fast Cash" Business
Table Of Contents
- Ways To Make Quick Money:
- Launching A Lawn Care Micro-Business
- What You Gain From This Venture
- Who This Venture Benefits Most
- Who Will Succeed
- Who This Venture Benefits Most
- The Venture Step-by-Step
- Basic Requirements
- Startup Equipment
- Delivering The Service
- Running The Operation
- Marketing This Baby
- Making The Moola
- Simple Cashflow Estimate
- Startup Equipment
- Insights and Caveats
- Lawn Care Tips
- Nurturing Your Customers
- Lawn Care Tips
- Additional Resources and Final Comments
- Let your clients give you their expectations not only about lawn mowing but their lawn care needs.
- Let them ask questions and likewise ask questions of them.
- Make sure you can explain your lawn mowing and other services simply but accurately.
- Make sure you know your schedule and can quickly view it to ensure that you aren't overlapping jobs.
- Come prepared to work.
- If you are certain that your clothes will be very dirty by a certain time in the day, bring an extra pair so you don't present yourself to clients with filthy apparel.
- Edging The Lawn
Edging provides a lawn with a clean-looking perimeter. Think of it as manicuring. It's the final touch you give, but the most impressive. Botch this up and you've messed up the job no matter how well you've done the rest.
That's why you begin a lawn mowing job with edging!
Prior to mowing use your edging tool to cut along the sides of the lawn to remove any grass that may be encroaching outside the lawn area.
- Mowing The Lawn
With a walk-behind mower cut your client's lawn in a side to side pattern, making sure that you mow along the perimeter of the lawn without going outside the lawn area. Develop a pattern to follow, either criss-cross the lawn or do parallel lines. Leave the area evenly trimmed.
With a mulching-mower, the grass clippings will be cut into very thin pieces and as a result will not have to be picked up afterward. But you should still leave neatly aligned stripes as you move across the area cutting.
If you aren't using a mulching-mower, then you may have to pick up the clippings after your mow to leave a carpet-like appearance to the area.
Don't have a lawn mower? Consider starting your lawn care business using a gasoline-driven trimmer and a rake as your only equipment. The quality of your work won't be as good. But it's a start. In fact, it is a very good start if you don't have a car where to carry a lawn mower.
The video below gives you a good example of the quality of work that you can do using a trimmer to mow a lawn.
By the way, keep in mind that when you use a trimmer to cut grass, it is the tip of the string and not the length of the string that cuts the grass. So edge your way through the grass using the circumference of the circle that the spinning string makes around the trimmer head.
A mower will be unable to cut flush against the perimeter of the lawn. So you'll end up with longer grass along the perimeters of the lawn. With your trimming tool cut the taller grass along the lawn perimeter to the same height as the mowed grass.
If you were unable to get into tight areas with your mower, use your trimmer to fit into those areas and make a clean cut. If the trimmer won't fit, get on your knees and using a hand-held sickle, trim as necessary.
After completing the edging, mowing, and trimming you'll be left with grass clippings along the sidewalk, driveway, etc. Yes, lawn mowing can be a dirty business.
But with your push broom, sweep up the grass clippings. If the clippings are small (under 1 inch) you can sweep them back onto the lawn. They won't harm the lawn.
Grass clippings longer than 1 inch that are left on a lawn need to be raked up. Large grass clippings damage lawns because they end up forming thatch, which blocks sunlight, nutrients, and water from getting to the grass roots.
Here's a short video with a quick explanation on the process of mowing a lawn professionally:
Besides mowing a client's lawn, you have the option of providing additional services to maintain his lawn. These services can add a substantial amount of extra income to your lawn care business. Here are a few services that you might consider offering:
- Seeding lawns
- Fertilizing lawns
- Aerating lawns
- De-thatching lawns
- Spraying pesticides or insecticides
NOTE: You will need a contractor's license before you perform this service. As with any service, get educated so that you have confidence in offering a reliable service to your clients.
Mowing grass isn't as simple as just pulling out a mower and pushing it over a lawn. There are important aspects to lawn mowing that you should consider in order to do a good job.
- The Rule Of 3
There's a common rule for grass cutting that says grass generally should not be cut below 3 inches in height.
Grass roots are almost exactly proportional to the height of the grass blade e.g. 3 inch blade of grass, means a 3 inch long grass root.
So the shorter you cut grass, the shorter the grass root becomes. Roots that are too short will not be able to absorb vital nutrients from the soil and are prone to infestation.
Really short grass can't retain necessary soil moisture. The result may be a burnt lawn. So as a rule of thumb, when in doubt don't cut grass below 3 inches in height.
If you want a more accurate mowing height for certain grass, check out the table at the bottom of this page.
Taller grass tends to be healthier because it provides more shade for newer shoots of grass. It also gives the grass a competitive advantage over weeds, which leads to a lawn with very few weeds.
Another rule of thumb concerning lawn mowing is not to cut more than an inch of grass blade in a single mow.
When grass is cut it goes into shock. Too much lawn mowing puts the grass in distress, which makes it more susceptible to weeds, disease, insects, and drought.
If a lawn needs more than 1 inch of its height to be cut, consider cutting 1 inch of the lawn one day, waiting a few days and returning to cut another inch until you've reached the desired height.
On Monday you have a lawn to cut that is 5 inches in height. Cut down to 4 inches. Return Wednesday and cut another 1 inch of grass to reach 3 inches in height.
If you mow too fast your mower can miss certain spots on the lawn, and you'll have blotches of taller grass scattered throughout the lawn.
If you are using a mulching-mower, then mowing quickly will not allow for the grass clippings to be finely cut and pushed back into the lawn. Instead you'll end up developing large clumps of grass lying on top of the lawn, which will need to be raked.
It's a good habit to vary your mowing pattern every mowing. Mowing a lawn in the same direction each time bends the grass and will eventually lead to ruts and indentations on the lawn made by the lawn mower.
By mowing a lawn in varying patterns the grass grows straighter and the result is a healthier lawn.
Don't take your lawn mower over large rocks, pieces of wood, etc. Not only will you dull the blades and possibly damage your mower, but you can propel objects into the air and hit something or someone. Remember David and Goliath? Someone died in that story...
An added service worth doing after lawn mowing is seeding the lawn. Tattered yards do not improve simply by mowing the tuffs of overgrown grass covering them. Some patches of dirt could improve by stimulating some shoots to grow. All you need to do is disperse the grass seed, rake it slightly into the soil and water.
Now, don't be fool by the simplicity of this concept. In fact, you do need to learn a bit more about seeding than simply dispersal and planting. You need to understand how ready is the soil to accept seeds. Is it too acidic? Is it too alkaline? Does it need some nutrients?
But once you can identify these factors for the time of soil and climate in which you work, you could add some very valuable service to your lawn care business.
The videos below, though they're ads, do contain some valuable introductory insight. Take a good look and keep on learning!
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