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17 Jul 2018

The Inside Scoop on Mowing

Tom Eckhardt

Tom Eckhardt

CEO, Jamison Lawn Care

Lawn mowing is many landscape company’s main service. There is a healthy demand for this service and we have to provide it to compete. 

However, there is a dark side to mowing. From tax evasion to scams, let’s break down each section of the lawn mowing industry.

Let me start off by saying that companies are here to make a profit. Meaning, after all expenses and salaries, there is some money left over to either reinvest or pay the business owners. There is also two types of companies, legal and illegal. (Illegal meaning taking cash payments to avoid taxes). There are also companies that don’t even have insurance. 

These illegal companies have WAY less expenses than legitimate companies. For example, for our small company of 5, we pay roughly $1,000-$2,000 a week just in payroll taxes. Add that on top of worker’s compensation and liability insurance, we are on the hook for $5,000-$10,000 a month. Those expenses have to be figured into our pricing. So we take all of our expenses, add them to labor cost, and add our profit margins into the price. Our average price is around $35 for an average sized lot. At a 10%-20% profit margin (standard for this industry), we make $3-$6 per lawn with roughly $60,000 worth of equipment on site. 

Since these illegal companies don’t have to pay $5,000-$10,000 a month, plus evading taxes, they make out richly. Their expenses are way low, so they can undercut other company’s pricing. They get these jobs and take cash. So at this point, they are committing tax fraud for Federal, State, and Local taxes. On top of that, they are not charging sales tax (which should be charged), so they can charge another 6% less on that as well. 

Not only are they committing fraud, these illegal operations are conditioning customers to expect prices that are 50% less. Legitimate companies cannot compete with their pricing.

This is one of the most frustrating things for me. From day one, our company was legitimate. We wanted to be ethical and fair. But the success of these illegal operations make legitimate business owners second guess their decision to be ethical and fair. 

The only thing that we can do is separate ourselves from those illegal operations by providing a better service and experience for our customers. I think that my company very well does that, and I will continue to educate others about what is going on in our industry. 

 

Tom

16 Jul 2018

Your Lawn is Like Your Car

Your Lawn is Like Your Car

Tom Eckhardt

Tom Eckhardt

Owner, Jamison Lawn Care

Cars are one of the biggest investments that we make in our lifetimes. Usually the only bigger investment…is our homes. We maintain our cars by investing in maintenance, repair, and cleaning. We also maintain our homes by doing the same thing. In this article, you’ll find that these two investments are much more alike than you have ever thought!

In my previous career, I was a highly talented vehicle mechanic. I started at the local oil change place, and worked my way up to working on armored tractor trailers that transported the nation’s most expensive resources. It is easy for me to compare your home and vehicles – but have you ever thought about it this way? Let’s dive into it. 

 
We all know by know that homes are expensive! We save our hard earned wages furiously in efforts to purchase our homes – and then we spend even more to maintain and upgrade our dream home. In comparison, we also save our money and invest more to maintain our vehicles. 

 

By now, you know why we need to perform ongoing maintenance to our vehicles.  It keeps your car going strong, prevents breakdowns, and even more expensive repairs. You willingly invest your money into maintenance to prevent future loss of money. Maintenance is investing – not spending – and it has a great return on investment. 

Lawns also need sustenance and maintenance to survive. Just like maintenance on your car, lawns require ongoing work to survive. Proper mowing height, blade sharpness, irrigation, fertilizing, and weed control is your work schedule to keep your lawn healthy and prevent more costly repairs in the future.

Your lawn is not frivolously spending money – it is also an investment. Whether it be with time or money, it requires an investment. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars, whereas ongoing maintenance is less. Even after you repair a damaged lawn, you still need to keep up with it to prevent more repairs in the future. 

Can you see why it is so important to invest your time and money in your lawn? It is not only an attractive landscape to look at, it is an investment in your home. When you bought your house, did you look inside or outside first? You probably saw the outside first. The outside is what made your first impression. 

Just like you spending money to keep your car healthy and reliable, lawns also require the same attention. 

Invest in your lawn and you invest in your future well being. It is not easy, but it is worth it. 

 

 

Tom

 

 

 

13 Feb 2018

Why Mulch Is Important to Your Landscape

Spring is coming, and your mulch needs a touch up!

Who loves the smell of mulch?

If you love the smell of mulch you must be a spring person! The fresh aroma of mulch can be disgusting but quite nice at the same time. The smell of mulch is the symbol that spring is finally here after a long winter hibernation. Landscape companies and your neighbors are going to start buzzing around Home Depot, Lowe’s or a local garden center to spruce up landscape mulch. Mulch is not just used for a aesthetic look, although a new dark mulch blanket looks stunning against vibrant plant colors. Mulch has plenty of benefit to your landscape.

A long time favorite that mulch has to your landscape is that it keeps those pesky weeds out of the garden bed.  The mulch chokes them out with a thick layer and also kills the weeds because there is no light source for the weeds to keep surviving. Another great benefit of mulch is that it retains the moisture to your landscape bed. That means you don’t have to add as much water to your plants in comparison to only having plain dirt or a rock/gravel bed. Less work – score! Curious for more reasons why mulch is a great addition to your property? The soil temperature!

Mulch controls your soils temperature by acting as a insulator. Not only does it work great in the winter, it also works great in the hot summer heat. Mulch does a great job of keeping the soil temperatures lower for a long period of time in the summer months. In the winter it controls the temperate in the cold by retaining the heat. Mulch is also excellent at preventing soil erosion.

When the rain starts to pour, if it hits the soil directly it may wash away a significant amount. That is no good. Soil is heavy and expensive to add more. Mulch will prevent any soil from washing away by acting as a barrier from the rain water. Although mulch has incredible benefits to your landscape, there are different types of material to use as a mulch. What is your favorite type of mulch? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Garden Mulch

 

 

02 Oct 2017

Plant of the Day! Care Tips About This Fall Favorite

Have you been strolling through your local Bucks County, PA garden center this fall? If so, you probably spotted garden mums. Specifically, the plant, chrysanthemum!

Mums are a wonderful plant of the day selection because they are perfect for fall. The plant has bold autumn colors including red, yellow, orange, pink and more.

Read more below for care information!

Sun: For the most beautiful blooms the plant needs direct sunlight. If that is not possible, the National Chrysanthemum Society states that three hours of full sunlight daily will be sufficient enough. Be careful not to give them too much shade. This will cause less blooms and limping stems.

Soil: Make sure the soil does not become too dry. Mums cannot handle extreme drought conditions. The best way to see if your mums need water, is to reach and feel the dampness of the soil. If it feels dry, it needs water. If it feels damp, you can probably skip. Be sure to water the roots directly and not on the blooms. The soil should be well drained and not too clay-like. If your soil has too much clay you may have to amend the soil.

Watering: Generally one inch of water per week should do the trick. Depending on the weather. With more hot weather, water more. WIth more rain, water less. Once the ground becomes cool, you can stop watering.

Mulch: 2-3 inches of mulch should be added around the plant. The mulch will act as a insulator and retain moisture.

Overwintering: The mums need to be established to overwinter properly. If you install the plant in the spring, by the time to cold weather hits, the roots should be hardy enough to survive harsh weather. You will need to cut back the plant so that it is slightly off the ground.This will make sure that your plant grows healthy next year.

 

Got a favorite colored mum? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Fall Garden Mums

 

Written by: Melanie

07 Mar 2017

Jamison Landscaper Supports Youth Baseball

03/07/2017

Jamison Lawn Care Supports Warwick Youth Baseball

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America’s favorite past-time: hot dogs, cold drinks, warm weather, and cheering from the crowds.

 

It brings back great memories for me! The bonding with family, wearing your favorite team’s cap, and wearing your baseball glove all game just in case there is a foul ball hit towards you. I’m a little too old to play now, but I am happy to announce we donated to support Warwick baseball. Am I living vicariously by doing this? Probably! You’ll see me on the diamond supporting the team that happens to receive our donation.

 

I played baseball all throughout my youth, but unfortunately stopped too early! It was also through baseball that I realized that my vision was going and I needed glasses haha! Standing in the outfield, readying myself to perform the perfect catch when the ball was hit to me. That was hard, when home plate looked like I was looking through one of those privacy glass blocks. But boy, oh boy, when I got those fancy new spectacles, I could see blades of grass! I could see home plate! I could actually the little white ball flying towards me!

 

Some of most fond memories come from playing this awesome sport. It is an honor that I can give back to the community so that the youth of today can create those same fond stories that I hold dearly today.

 

So what about you? What great memories do you have from baseball or softball! Let us know so we can live a little vicariously through your stories too!

 

Tom, Owner

 

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