Winters chill is settling across the land and in many planes, snow is starting to cover our lawns. So what is a landscaper t do when we can’t mow yards every week? What do landscapers do in the winter to make money?
Well, if you are a landscaper in the southwest, parts of Texas or Florida, you likely do the same thing you always do. But if you live in one of those snow covered areas, you need to be a bit more creative.
Many landscapers ,in the northern states that experience a lot of snowfall, have snow plows. During the winter, the contract with the city or county to plow certain areas, or the contract with private home owners who have larger plots of land.
If you don’t have a snow plow, you can still offer your services to shovel driveways and sidewalks as well as salt walkways.
Snow remover is a job that most people would just rather not deal with, but it has to be done. As a result, many people are willing to pay a premium to have it done for them by a competent and professional person, and if they already know you as such from your summer work as their landscaper, it makes everything easy.
Have you noticed how absolutely crazy some peoples Christmas displays have been getting? It is a safe bet that those people need help putting up their displays, and then taking them back down in January. This is a great winter job for landscapers, because it also allows you to recommend installing color changing LED landscape lighting that can be used all year long, and customized to each season.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the neighbors when you are doing Christmas displays. Sometimes the neighbor that hasn’t put up a display isn’t really a grinch, they just don’t have the time or skill set. Offer to do it for them, and you might get a new customer for your summer landscaping as well.
Pruning & Spring Prep
Winter is an excellent time to get a jump on pruning. You can prune rose bushes and many trees (including fruit trees and deciduous trees) in the winter to get them ready for a strong spring showing.
The winter can also be a great time to work on hardscaping projects. Stone walkways, decretive “riverbeds” and river rock barriers don’t care about the temperatures.
This may not be the active money maker, but winter is a great time to do maintenance on your equipment. oil changes on your gas powered gear can be done this time of year, as well as sharpening cutting tools. You should use the slower time to clean all of your gear and make any repairs that need to be done. It may not make you money now, but it will save you time and money when season starts up again.
Try Something New
I guess another one in the “not exactly making money” category is to try something new. Every year there is new tech coming out to help landscapers, and the winter months is a great time to try it out and see if you think it can help when you are busy.
Obex Billing has a 30 day free trial of their billing solution specifically designed for landscapers. Give it a try and see how you like it when you are not slammed.