IMAGINE, IF ONLY FOR A MOMENT, A
lawn so overpopulated with
weeds and overgrown blades of
grass you’d think you were kneedeep
in some faraway jungle. Not
exactly idyllic, right? Well, no great
A WELL-MAINTAINED LAWN IS
a source of great pride for the property
owner. It also sends a message
to all who pass by about the quality
of a well kept property. By the
same token, the landscape professional
who maintains that property
has the same pride—the pride of a
job well done, not just now, but on
a regular basis.
Rich Angelo’s people are learning
how to write. For six solid
weeks, for two hours each
weeknight, they meet with an
English teacher, drafting
make-believe letters to make believe
people, learning formalities,
style guidelines and
basic writing skills such as
spelling and grammar.
You`re cruising down the
highway, and you notice that
the needle on your fuel gauge
leans toward the empty mark. You
pull into the nearest gas station
and hop out of your truck. Shielding
your eyes from the sun, you
scan the large sign that broadcasts
the prices for regular, plus, premium
Mowing seems untouched in today's over-analyzed business world. Shouldn't we be doing time-motion studies to make sure we have the most efficient mower for particular sites and checking the productivity of employees on a biweekly basis?
As a landscape maintenance contractor, you will spend thousands of dollars
on these machines over the course of your business. For much of the year,
your lawn mowers will be operated on a daily basis. Yet unlike cars, trucks
or other pieces of equipment, the contractor often does a minimum amount
of maintenance on their mowers, running them into the ground. There’s
got to be a better way and there is.
I USED TO OWN A LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE COMPANY THAT I SOLD to another
company when I retired. Well, that didn’t last too long; I got bored and
took a position as president of a landscape company. Along the way, I
learned a lot about how to make more bottom-line profits.
From the outside it looks simple. You mow a few
lawns and collect money. You earn enough to buy more
equipment and hire others. Soon your clientele seems
to be growing as quickly as the grass you’re cutting.
From the outside it looks simple. You mow a few lawns and collect money. You earn enough to buy more equipment and hire others. Soon your clientele seems to be growing as quickly as the grass you’re cutting.