Lawn Care

How Can You Have Safe Stormwater Management?

Stormwater management is the process or the act of dealing with the quantity and condition of storm water. This includes structural and manufactured control devices and systems (e.g. retention ponds) for treating dirty water, as well as functional or procedural routines. Management of storm water is really important, particularly in cities where storm water runoff is an issue.

Where is Your Lawn Company?

Many people who finally launch their own lawn services company do so after operating for some time as an independent contractor.  This is a good way to go because you can build your customer base but keep your costs minimal.  Often times you may operate like this doing most of the work yourself and so avoid having to keep "employees" or deal with partners.  

The thing that may be pushing you to start your own lawn care business may be that you are just too good at your job.  Your business is growing to the point that you may not be able to service all the customers without changing your profile from an individual contractor to a small business owned and operated by you.  This is a natural growth and businesses that start because of this kind of growth curve often succeed because you know the business and you know how to control costs and take good care of your customers.

The problem comes when the needs of the business outgrow your physical space that you consider to be "home base" of the business.  In most cases when you start doing lawn care as an independent contractor, you may use the same lawn care equipment that you use for your home.  Your garage is your "home base" and you keep track of the business details on your home computer.  

When you take that big step of actually starting your own lawn care business, you have a decision to make.  Do you continue to use your home as the base of operations for your business or do you invest in a business location to give you offices, a larger garage and storage facilities for the wide diversity of tools and equipment you and your employees will need to take care of the business you support?

The argument in favor of operating your small business from your home is economic.  If you can launch your lawn care business with little or more additional expense and avoid taking out loans, you can use the profits to buy more equipment, pay for additional workers and eventually afford a larger space.  This is outstanding business management if you can pull it off.

The problem is that you often have to invest in growth before the growth is a reality.  To try to grow a business out of your home and garage means there will come a time right before you finally lease space for your business that it will be overwhelming your home.  That can become a big problem for your family and for keeping the equipment of your business safe and separate from your private property.  It is smart to start out keeping costs low.  But when the time comes to formally launch your lawn care business, that may be the time to secure a small business loan and get a separate operating location for your new business.

Building and maintaining a separate location that is the physical location of your business has some real advantages.  For one thing, the people who work for you and do business with you have a place to work and interact with you that is only about the goals of your lawn care business.  Your family does not have to interact with your employees or clients and you can keep your equipment and paperwork of the business in one location secure and separate.  For you, it is a place to "go to work" and it gives your business a real legitimacy that is important when you are seeking to be seen a real business operating in the lawn care markets in your community.  

A separate facility gives you plenty of room to store your equipment including trucks and trailers you may need to transport your equipment to each job site.  It gives you room to work on that equipment, clean it and effect repairs.  And if you select the right location, you have room to grow when you buy more equipment to support your rapidly expanding business.  Just as you dress for success, equip your business with a "home base" that is ready for growth because you know growth will be coming.  Then the physical location of your business can grow with you step by step to greater levels of success each year.


Doing What You Love for a Living

There is a joy to lawn care that is hard for some people to appreciate.  To be able to work out in nature and enjoy the breeze on your cheek, the sound of birds as you work and the fresh air is just abouthealthy a lifestyle as you can imagine.  And to be able to take a yard and turn it into a beautiful and sculpted work of art is a singular joy that is one of the reasons you may have decided to start your own lawn care company.

When you do for a living what is your passion in life, you really never do go to work (blah,blah,blah).  Every day going out there to dive into the craft of taking care of lawns is a joy of life that to you is fun and not work at all (At some point it will be).  Sure, there will be physical fatigue that comes with working with your hands and body all day long.  But that is the good kind of tired because you did something good with your time and you made the world a more beautiful place.

Many lawn care businesses are started by people who simply love to garden and work with lawns.  So they decided to take what is a passion and a hobby on the weekend and make it their way of earning a living.  One reason this is a natural next step for you may be that you have reached the limits of your creative expression simply working on your own lawn.  If you have more desire to work on crafting a beautiful lawn than you can use on your own home, its a natural next step to take your skill for lawn care and turn it into a business.

You may run a different kind of lawn care business than the big commercial operations.  There is nothing written in stone that you have to start a lawn care business that exists to become a corporate giant employing thousands of people.  Perhaps you want to just own a very small lawn care operation that lets you make your full time job out of a passion you have for lawn care and working with plants.  It doesn’t take that much to support that kind of lawn care business.  If you get just enough customers to give you 4-5 yards to do each day, that is sufficient.

Your passion for what you do will come through when you are talking to perspective customers.  But what will really make you a sought after craftsman of lawn care will be the immaculate job you will do on every lawn that is put in your care.   That is because you don’t come to the job with the objective of getting it done as fast as possible so you can make a lot of money.  If you created this lawn care business to give you a vehicle to do what you love to do and get paid for it, you can dawdle over each lawn and not quit until it is absolutely perfect.

That perfection will be admired by your customers and by his or her neighbors as well. Before long you will have more requests for your services than you know what to do with.  Then you can pick and choose who you wish to work for.  You might choose based on the whether the home owner has that same passion for a beautiful lawn that you do. Or you might select clients that can accommodate your meticulous insistence on perfection and don’t mind giving you the time to create a masterpiece out of their yards.

By approaching your working this way, you will never lack for income. You may even find yourself wooed by hotels or golf courses to bring your special vision for a truly great lawn to their environment.  

That is up to you as to whether you want to take on that kind of challenge.  It could be your master work to create something magnificent from a larger setting like that.   But as long as you are true to your vision for what you want to do with your time and you are doing what you love to do for a living, the details will fall into place.  And you will never regret your decision to make a living with your own lawn care business living for the joy of your work rather than just working for a living.

Aerate and seed for a Beautiful Lawn

When is the best time to aerate and seed my lawn in Chattanooga?

To answer this question we need to delve further into your lawn and your climate and also determine if it is best to aerate your lawn or go a different route entirely.

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  1. What type of lawn do I have?

    1. Bermuda, or Fescue

If your lawn is Bermuda grass, generally speaking, you will not want to aerate your lawn instead vertical cut or De-thatching  your lawn will be a better option followed by over seeding just as the weather begins to maintain 65 degrees regularly. Bermuda grass is a warm season grass, slow to germinate and cool weather with stunt if not entirely kill  the seeds germination.

Aerate Fescue lawns

Now, for Fescue grass, Aerating will benefit your lawn greatly. However, for this you will need to establish the best time to aerate and seed the lawn based on climate. Read below to establish he best time to aerate. If you are in the Chattanooga area, autumn will most likely be the best time for you.

  1. Do I live in a warm climate or a cool climate area?

    1. Southern, or Northern areas?

In the southern states, with minimal to no snow fall, the best time to aerate and seed your lawn is in the late summer or early fall just as the weather begins to cool.

In areas receiving snowfall the best time to aerate and seed your lawn is going to be in the spring after the last sign of frost. This will help the lawn that has been under the load of snow and has been compressed all winter.

If you want to be really effecting in your efforts, then aerate twice a year both in the spring and in the fall. This will be especially beneficial in establishing a new lawn or in repairing an older neglected lawn.

If you are in Chattanooga and need advice on your lawn or are looking for lawn care or tree services give Crider Landscaping a call to schedule a free consultation or contact me through the contact page.

Aeration For Your Garden and Lawn Soil

All gardeners need to be aware that lawn aeration is an essential part of lawn maintenance. If your lawn area has heavy traffic or the soil is clay a type, then it needs to be done every 1 - 2 years based on the condition of the lawn area and soil. In case your soil type is a sandy earth then lawn aeration would not be a problem for you.

How to take care of your lawn yourself

How to take care of your lawn yourself

There are many people out there who do not even think of having a lawn because they feel that a lawn can only be maintained with the help of professionals. This is far from the truth. All you need for taking care of a lawn is a vague idea of the various issues that matter in lawn care and health. If you have a basic education in this area, you can save money and time by DIY lawn care.