Thinking of expanding your landscaping business? The time has never been better.
Landscaping firms, contractors and business owners have a lot to gain with home renovations, and larger commercial landscaping projects growing in popularity.
Ever since 2020, when hopes of a big holiday overseas were dashed, we’ve been obsessed with home renovations, garden restorations, and not to mention custom landscape design – which is turning out to be as lucrative as a gold mine. Meeting this growth and demand means getting equipped with the right machinery and tools.
Here are 5 of the best pieces of equipment to add to your landscaping operation.
Trenchers have always been an indispensable tool for landscapers, contractors and firms looking to get a foothold in the industry. Mini trenchers are easily deployed to crowded or small job sites where the room to manoeuvre is tight.
Laying critical underground cable, phone lines, or plumbing/irrigation networks is made easier with a mini trencher on hand. Tracked mini trenchers allow operators to carefully navigate over delicate surfaces, and cause minimal disturbance to the surrounding job site. Their narrow chassis allows access through traditional garden gates 36” (91.4 cm) and will easily fit through garages and driveways. Making the most of its versatility is advisable – for example, many trenchers these days have smart refill systems that allow you to get ahead of the game when it comes time to finish up the job.
It’s the landscaper’s best friend. Without access to a quality skid steer (aka compact utility loader), you’re lacking one of the most important tools in the game. From loading heavy supplies, distributing sand, gravel and shaping the landscape itself, a versatile and powerful mini skid steer is an essential piece of machinery. Choose from a range of available attachments to get the right job done right.
While larger commercial landscaping jobs might require a small digger, most medium and smaller jobs are best completed with the aid of a skid steer. Compared to your traditional bobcat, which might work better on asphalt or tarmac, a tracked skid steer can easily manoeuvre over soft sand, mud and difficult terrain without a damaging footprint.
For the labour-intensive stages of earthmoving and shaping, a tracked skid steer can be a game-changer in terms of productivity and efficiency.
Tree stumps, branches, brush, and trunk jobs pose a distinct challenge to landscapers who aren’t just in charge of removing unwanted trees and wood waste, but also their safe and eco-friendly disposal. Enter the Woodchipper. A fast and effective solution to any landscaper’s wood disposal and recycling needs.
As we move towards more sustainable ways of dealing with natural resources such as wood waste, ensuring your footprint is as careful and eco-friendly as possible isn’t just a good business decision, it’s also what your clients want to see happening. Being able to recycle wood waste effectively, isn’t just a sign that you’re willing to go the extra mile – it’s also an extremely effective way to process waste and repurpose it on other projects where mulch may be in hot demand. It’s worth getting in contact with your local woodchipper supplier and seeing how you can incorporate this service into your capability.
Whether it’s trimming, pruning, or removing old stumps, landscapers are often dealing with trees to ensure their work isn’t just technically accurate, but also aesthetically pleasing.
Tree care isn’t typically part of every landscaper’s portfolio, but adding the extra touch can be a selling point for clients who are looking for more than the usual. Catering to your client’s tree care needs can often leave you scrambling for quality tree care equipment or expertise. If you’re looking for ways to level up your capacity in tree care, reach out to industry-leading suppliers like Vermeer to get the best deal on hardware and to leverage off their expertise.
Landscaping jobs usually have some grass care component, whether it’s a fresh layer or a finishing touch at the end of a job, having the ability to cut larger areas of grass can be a game-changer for landscaping contractors who may rely on smaller “bread and butter” jobs between big projects. A ride on a lawnmower has many advantages, not just as an effective tool to deploy on larger plots of land, but also as a solution to quicker mobility between jobs in a given area. For example, servicing a school with multiple grass ovals is made far easier with a ride-on mower compared to smaller manual alternatives.
Whether it’s sourcing the latest equipment, improving access to local suppliers, or overhauling your fleet, investing in the future of your landscaping business has never been a better idea. Contact your local supplier to speak about the latest deals on landscaping machinery and how they can match your needs.