Help me start a landscaping business!
November 4, 2009 4:59 PM Subscribe
I am thinking about starting a landscaping business. I don't really have direct experience in the field. Looking for resources.
I am in my mid twenties, moved to a midsized city in Texas about two months ago. As you probably know, our economic condition is not the best these days, which made looking for a good steady job pretty frustrating. To sustain myself I did a bunch of small gigs including small landscaping projects (Through craigslist mostly).
I am thinking about starting my own little landscaping business.
I volunteered in various organic farms for about two years; Have a modest knowledge about edible crops, organic growing methods, love and know my plants. I enjoy working outside, using my body, planting stuff,.
My selling point will be organic/sustainable landscaping.
* Trying to use native plants that require less water. Demand less upkeep and just thrive once established.
* Using organic methods, good soils, heavy mulching, sound irrigation techniques, maybe vermiculture in the future (earthworms castings).
* Showing people the beauty and functionality of edible perennials.
* Down the line get into Permaculture design, and just using Permaculture principles in people's yards.
I don't have a truck or heavy duty tools YET. So I'll have to start out doing smaller projects/rent truck on special occasions (to haul bulk soil/mulch).
Is any one here works/owns a landscaping operation? Any insights? Words of wisdom? Pros and Cons? Warnings?
Any good books on Landscape design? I know there are dozens if not hundreds, do you have any specific recommendations?
Any good software available? With design, plants for climate zones?
What would be cheap and effective marketing channels?
Thank you and have a great day,