People across the country have experienced a harsh and long winter, and after months of endless cold temperatures and snow, the weather has finally warmed up. If you own a landscaping or lawn care business, this is your favorite time of year. The off-season may have lasted longer than usual, thanks to unexpected frosts and flooding, but now you’re ready to start your busiest months. Landscaping can be a brutal business; you’re doing a lot of physical work outside during the hottest and stormiest months of the year. If you want to stay on top of your work this year and beat your competition, you need to take precautions now to make sure that your business is running smoothly until the late fall. Follow these business prep tips now, and you’ll be happy that you did during your busiest days:

 

 

Spruce up your equipment

 

The simplest way to avoid having to spend a lot of money on replacing your old equipment is to take care of what you already have. Test out every piece of equipment you own now to see how it’s working, and take note of anything that isn’t doing so well. Never let your equipment sit for too long, even the things that you rarely use. The last thing you need is to have something end up broken when you need it to finish a job. Take time to sharpen all of your blades now so that you won’t have to waste time doing it when you’re supposed to be on the clock.

 

Get secure transportation

 

The way some lawn care and landscaping companies transport their equipment would make your skin crawl. Some are more than happy to throw it into the back of a van or a pick-up truck without securing anything. Others pile equipment and chemicals on top of each other, and don’t worry about overstuffing their vehicles. If you’re going to be running a business, you’ll need professional equipment in good working order. Find dump trailers to safely carry everything you need and give you enough space to transport it. Don’t forget to give your vans and trucks a tune-up – they’re doing almost as much work as your employees and lawn equipment.

 

Prepare your workers

 

Working in the summer can be dangerous and when you’re outdoors for several hours at a time, the heat can catch up to you very quickly. It would be nice to assume that your employees will bring their own water or that your clients would be more than happy to provide it, but if you want to be safe, you should make sure that you have a few cases of water around. Also make sure that you have a first aid kit available, and that it’s full of medicine to treat stings and bites from bugs.

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