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Start Your Own Landscaping Business

Imagine having a high paying job that lets you spend time outdoors and use your creativity to create beautiful landscapes.

Landscaping involves planting and caring for trees, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, and grass. It also includes design elements such as walkways, decks, retaining walls, patios, lighting, and anything else external to the building.

Some typical projects that landscapers design, install or maintain include:

  • Residential yards and estates 
  • Public and private school grounds 
  • Public parks, recreation sites, and streetscapes
  • Civic center landscapes and waterfronts
  • Business courtyards 
  • Golf courses
Is there a market for your landscaping business? Yes! Beautiful formal and informal landscapes are becoming increasingly important to busy North American homeowners who have limited time to perform their own maintenance. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the demand for landscaping services is growing faster than the national average for all occupations.

As long as you have the desire, you can become a landscaper and start your own landscape company. No special education or experience is necessary to break into this career and succeed. You don't need a college degree or a lot of money to get started in the landscape business. 

If you would like to be paid to landscape, the FabJob Guide to Become a Landscape Company Owner is for you! In this e-book you will discover how you can get started and succeed in this exciting career. 

Author Janet Hartin has worked in the landscaping industry since she was 16. An Environmental Horticulturist with University of California Cooperative Extension, she has taught over 100 classes to private and public landscapers and published over 300 articles on plant selection, plant maintenance, water conservation and irrigation, sustainable landscaping, green waste management, and pest identification and management. 

In this guide you'll find valuable insider advice on all aspects of making it in the landscaping business. Find out how the owner of the largest residential landscape company in Southern California got started, and valuable tips for success from more than a dozen other successful owners of both small and large landscape companies.

The guide covers topics of vital importance to anyone who wants to become a landscape company owner, including:

How to Be an Expert Landscaper

  • Planting and maintaining turf (grass)
    • How much to water (plus advice on the best time of day to water and how to avoid water waste)
    • How to determine fertilizer needs
    • The right equipment for mowing
    • Recommended heights for different grasses
    • Information about grass cycling
    • Common turf problems and how to avoid them
    • How to take a soil test to identify disease
    • What to do about insects
  • Planting and maintaining trees
    • Selecting trees to fit your client's space
    • What to watch out for when selecting trees
    • Protecting trees in transit
    • Proper planting techniques
    • Watering and fertilizing trees
    • How and when to prune
    • How to develop the right branch structure
    • Damage and hazards to avoid
  • Planting and maintaining bedding plants
    • Bedding plant selection
    • How to avoid robbing plants of nutrients
    • How to get the right soil pH
    • How deep to plant and how far to plant from trees
    • How to space plants to create beautiful, full blooms
    • Bedding plant maintenance, including how often to remove wilted flowers and how often to prune
    • Causes of plant decline and death
    • The easiest way to cut down on weed problems
  • How to minimize winter damage from snow, ice, frost, salt, rodents and deer
  • Landscape design software (includes links to free trials)
  • How to do eco-landscaping (environmentally friendly landscaping)
    • Integrated pest management
    • Water-efficient landscapes
    • Compost in landscapes
    • Energy-efficient landscapes
    • Sustainable landscapes

How to Start and Manage a Landscape Business
  • Choosing a niche
    • Residential landscaping
    • Commercial landscaping
  • Options for starting your landscape company
    • Buying a company or taking over a route
    • Starting a new company
    • Franchising
  • Starting your landscaping business
    • What to include in your business plan
    • Naming your landscaping business
    • Legal matters and types of insurance for landscape companies
    • State landscape contractor licensing information plus other types of licensing
  • Financial matters
    • Fixed and variable expenses to expect 
    • Sources of start-up funding
    • Budgeting for success (includes sample budgets for a landscape company)
    • How to set your fees
      • By the hour
      • Flat monthly fee
      • By the job
      • By area (square footage)
      • Charging for supplies
  • Equipment and tools
    • What you'll need (includes a checklist of lawncare tools, hand tools, hauling and cleanup tools, water tools, attire, and more)
    • Saving money by buying used equipment
    • Where to get equipment
    • Buying versus leasing
  • Working with staff or contractors
    • Evaluating your staffing needs
    • How to increase productivity with incentives
    • Dealing with personnel issues
    • Ensuring staff safety
Getting and Working with Clients
  • Marketing to residential clients
    • Getting word of mouth referrals
    • Effective advertising techniques
    • Creative ways to get publicity
  • Marketing to commercial clients
    • Meeting with decision-makers 
    • The bidding process
    • Getting referrals from other businesses
    • Getting government contracts
  • How to land the job
    • Assessing client needs
    • Conducting an onsite survey
    • What to wear to a client meeting
    • Creating a landscaping project timeline
    • What to include in a client contract (includes a Sample Landscape Maintenance Contract)
    • How to avoid losing potential clients
  • Developing good relationships with your clients and having them trust you
  • Getting paid and avoiding delinquent accounts
  • Lucrative ways to keep busy all year including fall and winter activities such as:
    • Fertilize lawns
    • Clean up perennial flower beds
    • Truck roses in
    • Winterize irrigation systems
    • Prune trees and shrubs
    • Snow and ice removal
    • Supply firewood
    • Christmas tree delivery and set-up
    • Interiorscaping
PLUS, you will discover:
  • How to maintain healthy landscapes
  • Landscaping services with higher profit margins
  • Why your fees should not be based on what your competitors charge
  • How to develop your landscaping skills by working for another landscape company
  • The best industry resources including continuing education, associations, and publications
  • How to be certified as a landscape professional
  • Success stories of other landscape company owners, so you can get ideas for your own landscaping business
  • Samples of what you need to start your own landscape business, including:
    • Sample landscape maintenance contract
    • Sample budgets for a landscape company
    • Sample monthly maintenance schedule
    • Sample landscaping tools checklist
    • Sample basic service invoice
    • Sample detailed invoice
    • Sample people-hour chart
And more!

The information in this guide can save you many hours of research, help you avoid some common mistakes, and give you advice you need to start your own landscape business.

You can have all this and more for an incredible price. It can cost hundreds of dollars to take courses on starting a business, and chances are they will not include specific information about starting a landscaping business. The FabJob Guide to Become a Landscape Company Owner contains some of the best business advice you could get from other sources, plus much more.

This guide has been selling for up to $39.95 U.S. for an e-book alone. SPECIAL OFFER # 1: If you buy the e-book today, Thursday, November 27, 2014 you can have this valuable insider information for the incredible price of only $29.97.

SPECIAL OFFER # 2:  Although this guide has previously only been available as an e-book you can now get a print copy together with a CD-ROM that includes sample contract, forms, schedules and more. This 2-in-1 Book and CD-ROM Set is only $5 more (plus $5 shipping). Plus, as a bonus, you will also receive an e-book so you can read it immediately.

NOTE: Only a very limited number of copies of this popular guide have been published in print, and are available on a first come first served basis. The last edition of this book sold out, so if you would like to have a print copy, we strongly suggest that you purchase it immediately.

You will earn back the price of the guide your very first day in business. Plus, this guide can help you start your own landscaping business much more quickly and cost-effectively.

If you believe you deserve to have the career of your dreams, this guide is for you. It gives you what you need to know to become a landscaper and start a landscape business. 

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We have a limited number of copies of a 2-in-1 print book and CD-ROM set (includes sample contract, forms, schedules and more). Most FabJob print books sell out, so order today to avoid disappointment. was featured in Woman's World Magazine ("Land Your Dream Job" article).

"FabJob Guide to Become a Landscape Company Owner by Janet Hartin is a wonderful resource for anyone considering a business in the landscape industry. This 'How To' guide is well organized and has a tremendous amount of information from How to Do the Job and Managing Your Landscape Company to Getting Clients. I highly recommend it!"
 - Steven Jay Porus
Publisher, Lands Magazine

"There's never been a better time than now to delve into this rewarding profession. If you want a job that allows you to fully appreciate nature, becoming a landscape company owner is an ideal career. Developing your skills as a landscaper is a dream you can realize without getting a college degree. What it does require is a vision, learning a lot about plants from books and real-world experience, excellent people skills, and a solid business plan. This guide is a comprehensive resource for all those things."
 - Janet S. Hartin

"I want to send an extreme and genuine thank you for all that has provided for my family and I. As a single mother of 4 and with no education I was truly at my wits end on how to provide for my 4 beautiful children. After sitting down at a doctor's visit for my baby girl I noticed a self help book by on the table. I read the first few pages and was hooked. I mentioned this book to my friend and as a gift she bought it for me. After reading the book religiously, I studied it over and over. 2 months later I decided to start my own floral decorator business on a free lance basis and within a few months it has grown over 75%. Now I not only have a floral decorating subdivision but I now manage a successful lawn & landscaping firm in the Central Texas area. Thank you and God Bless!"
 - Leonora Soliz
Canyon Lake, Texas

"This clearly ranks as one of the most helpful and instructive landscape business guides in the market today. Although the target audience are persons considering starting a landscape company, it will also be an extremely valuable guide and reference manual for those already in the business. Besides the considerable knowledge of the business offered directly in the book, the author has provided links and contacts for additional information."
 - William Neal Baker
International consultant on turf and tree issues, Landscape Management Instructor at University of California Riverside

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