hi guys just wondering when everyone is going to be starting if not allready, im hoping to be started in march atleast, what do you all do this time of the year any off you doing maintenance like leaf clearing and border maintenance etc:, at the moment i dont go to my gardens until march, but its a pain because im not doing anything now and really struggling money wise, so waiting game now, any suggestions would be appreciated on what can be done ???
Depends on how fully booked you are, but we are in the "lean season" so to speak, I find most customers are down to monthly top up visits to keep things tidy from December to the End of Feb, and by March the grass starts to march on and everythings goes manic for 9-10 months.
Try suggesting winter planting regimes to customers and "spring tidy's", then next year encourage people to have their garden visited monthly in winter to keep it tidy - Most agree when they see the difference it makes come spring - Ie no first spring vists wasted on clearing a winters worth of leaf blow etc.
Corey, my website details winter work that I typically do. I expect to do the first full round of grass cuts around 18-20th March given the mild weather. I have been on average 3 days per week through the winter, but the rest of the time on admin.
We carry on throughout the winter, in some gardens, there is more to do then the summer.
Planted a tray of Polyanthus today, variety 'Wanda'
Customers do like something bright & colourful at this time of the year.
I've been working all winter as i always do, but grass cutting i'm am thinking will probably start around 2nd week in march.
Doing a few now but the main trust will start second to third week in March. The beauty of having a large
customer base for lawn mowing also means I have a large number of customers who require hedge trimming etc. With that and one off hedge cutting jobs it keeps me busy enough.
For a while I did some decorating but I no longer need to do this because of the trimming work that has built up over the years.
Make sure that you inform customers of the services that you offer. For some reason despite being given a business card which lists the services, they do not always associate them with your business
Nothing worse than arriving at a customers to find out they have employed another to do a service which you offer but they did not know about. Ouch!!