Maintenance business plus lawn care

Hi all,I've gone for design & build jobs to mainly maintenance & restoration now. I'm thinking there's a good business in lawn care now. From basic fertiliser up to scarifier & aeration etc. Thing is it requires a bit of investment. Scarifier is €1800 Inc vat & aerator 2k plus vat. I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with the lawn care end of things. Ie is it worth the investment etc. I've many maintenance clients so I think there's a basis to start from.Any thoughts?Cheers,Darragh

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        Hi Darragh

        Have a look at the Eliet 501 scarifier.

        I didn't buy an aerator until my 2nd season, it's fairly easy to bunch up all the aerating jobs into one day or a week and hire a machine, that way you will see how much work you are getting from it before you spend the euros.

        I think brodericks are the dealer for Eliet in the south (I'm in Belfast). 

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          Thanks for that Robbie. I'll check that one out. How's the lawn care going for yourself
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    why invest in those two machines? What makes them suitable for your requirements? Step back.

    How many existing customers are you hoping to gain from the maintenance round and whats the average lawn size?

    Do you have a spraying licence PA1/6/AW?

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    To be fair to Adrian, if you're starting a busines from scratch and needing to go from zero to around 200 customers by end of year 1 its not an unreasonable figure.  Some may do for less, some more, but it's a good ballpark. Not sure thats what Darragh wants or needs to head for though as has existing business to expand from.

  • Like you Darrah, we have moved from landscaping to maintenance - it was a 10 year process, which enabled one side of the business to prop up the other and feed in customers. Where Landscaping required minimum motorised equipment, garden maintenance requires you to continually buy new equipment if you want to progress. While I was lucky enough to obtain a scarifier, cheaply a few years ago, I held off forking out £2k for an aerator until last year.  I don't expect it to pay for itself for a good few years(if at all!), but if we are a Garden Maintenance company, then I want to be able to offer all services - which we do.

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      Like Colin, it's route a lot of us have followed.... and for us it has also been a good move. I/we still do the odd small landscaping job but mainly for existing clients.  We determined our offerings and initially went back to our clients (including the commercial side with a dead simple, basic lawn care offering) and to our surprise a lot took up the extra services, especially lawn care. The beauty of providing full-service (or near to....) is a "year 'round" operation which provides the guys with confidence and stability.  It also gives us the chance to cherry-pick work.

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        Cheers for replies lads. I'm defo not starting from scratch. I see it as investing in these machines to enable offering a service & a name that can offer the full maintenance package to clients. The scarifier will pay for itself handy enough I'd imagine yet the corer would take more time to pay for itself but its the type of machines you would have for a long time. I think it's a good up sell to clients without the pushyness if that makes sense
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