BATON ROUGE – April showers bring May flowers, but those showers will also make your grass grow almost as fast as weeds.
Lawn care businesses are changing just as fast, and a new app has just launched in Baton Rouge to help them keep up with the demand.
Johnnie Spears mows the lawns non-stop this time of year.
“I do it every day,” he said.
He was used to having old-fashioned clients.
“I just had my regular customers,” Spears said. “I was going out, and I post my flyers and my business cards.”
Now he uses GreenPal to bid on the lawns he wants to mow.
“It’s had a pretty good effect on my business,” Spears said. “I see a difference in my clients and my clientele.”
It’s a digital way for homeowners and lawn care companies to do business. Lawn care companies bid on the yard, and the homeowner chooses a bid and a landscaper.
“In the middle of spring, in the middle of summer, if you’re going to call 10 landscaping professionals, you’re probably going to get ten voicemails,” said GreenPal co-founder Gene Caballero. “The main thing with GreenPal for the owner side is just convenience.”
It is also useful for landscapers.
“We take care of demand creation, planning and payment processing,” Caballero said.
He says he has seen strong demand for baton rouge lawn services, triggering the launch of the app in the capital.
“We’ve had a lot of interest from the seller side and also from the owner side,” he said.
Spears hopes this will continue to grow her business.
“There’s a lot of work here,” Spears said. “There are a lot of people who have houses…and they don’t have time to go out there and mow their grass. It will grow quite well.
With the app, he can keep mowing while the grass is growing.