Hello. My name is Alex and I created this site in 2010. I offer free lawn advice to landscapers and home owners.
My family has been in the lawn care business for decades now. My son in law was my partner on the business over the past few years, though he moved away to Memphis, so in spite of my love for the work in 2022 I stopped serving local customers as working out in the heat long hours is a bit too much to bear at my age & it would cost my son $30 or more in gas round trip plus a couple hours of driving and wear and tear on his vehicle for him to come down and help.
I spent a number of years serving Central Illinois before my wife retired and moved south. For roughly the past decade we have lived in Selmer, Tennessee and have provided lawn services to the local residential and business communities. Most of our clients are local in town, but we also have a few clients as far as 30 or 40 miles away. Larger commercial projects can justify further travel, but for residential projects we have to stay close to home to make the numbers work out well, especially with the rising price of gas the last 15 years. Recently we’ve got a bit of a break on the gas prices, but the relentless march higher will likely resume in the next year.
Before working in the landscaping industry I have had a variety of jobs in a wide range of fields. I got my start on electronics when I worked on anti-sub planes in the Navy. I later worked in pharmaceutical sales, and when I met my wife I got a job as a manager at the local RadioShack. I have always been one who prefers to be active rather than idling about. Landscaping not only gives me something to do, but also helps me maintain my health.
About Our Site
My son and I worked together on this site in order to help get the word out about our lawn services in the local community & to help share tips on what’s working with the broader web. I recently had hip replacement surgery and am fighting my way back to full mobility. Answering emails from and comments on this site is one of the things which helps bring me joy until I can get out there again later this summer.
My son and his wife have helped run our local business while I recover from the surgery.
I Want to Start a Landscaping Business. Where do I Get Started?
In our site’s navigation we cover a number of business-related issues like marketing and insurance. If you have specific issues which are not answered on our site you can leave a comment and I will try to reply to them fairly quickly. There are also some decent books like this one as a decent business primer. Be aware that some books (like this one) may be too basic, so it does help to read the reviews before buying.
Will You Run My Ads on Your Websites?
I don’t make much money from the ads on this site, but it certainly does feel deflating when I run someone’s ads and they don’t even pay! Thus if you have an affiliate offer and are confident it will convert and be worth my time, then I would need some sort of upfront payment to show confidence on your behalf and protect me from engaging further with any more bogus offers which do not pay. Nothing against you in particular, just the half dozen or so who have took me for a ride in the past!
If you run a regional landscaping business and would like us to make a custom page for you on our site, we might be able to work something out, provided you are not located in Selmer! It can take a couple days to a week to set up a custom page for your business. You can see our local page here. Setting up a custom page for your business would start in the $500 to $1,000 and up range, depending on how complex your needs are. Your page would contain your phone number and the email contact form would go to your business. So far we have not set up any pages for other businesses in this manner, but if & when we do we will update this page to highlight that submitting data to our site on those pages would send information to the associated business owners.
Is This Site for Sale?
Thanks for the offer, but I am not interested in selling this site (or, at least my interest is minimal based on what offers I have received thusfar). Outside of running a part-time landscaping business with my son (who now does most of the work) I am retired (or at least semi-retired) and do not need much money to get by.
I have put hundreds of hours of work into this site and the domain name also cost thousands of Dollars. Most the people who have made offers in the past have offered far less for the whole site than the domain name cost. If I was going to sell something I loved for a song, I would just give it to my son, rather than selling it for next to nothing.
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