Landscape, lawn care companies see their number of customers increase
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – As the weather starts to heat up, homeowners are starting to invest in lawn care, and several local businesses have said this year’s activity is off the charts like never before, the Most seeing a 30- 40% increase in the number of new customers.
Rick Ramlow, owner of Reliable Lawn & Snow Removable in Maumee and Monclova, said his team has seen a significant increase in the number of new residential and commercial customers requesting mulching, landscaping, hydroseeding and installation of gardens.
However, one problem the team always faces is recruiting more team members who are ready to work. Ramlow is now offering signing bonuses to experienced landscapers to meet the high demand.
“The increase in lawn care surprised me a bit. I wasn’t expecting it, ”Ramlow said. “You would think the number of people who were not working or being laid off during the pandemic would affect the amount of money they spend. But I think the stimulus controls spurred that on, so it kind of helped with how many improvements they wanted to make with their pitch. “
One of their clients, Scott Stigall, said his family spent so much time together outdoors that he realized it was time to tackle the more than 40 trees in his backyard.
“We spend a lot of time outdoors, a lot of time with the family,” says Stigall, “but when you sit in your garden and look around you start to notice every nuance and imperfection. It got to the point where I thought we needed professional help with taking care of the backyard, especially in the landscaping ”
And the boom in landscaping isn’t just residential. Many companies have also taken advantage of this period. Rossford’s Yoder Brothers team say that with 15 years of experience in the industry, they’ve never seen anything like it before.
“This has been our busiest year ever, the number of lawn care calls we have received has been incredible,” says co-owner Patrick Yoder. “In fact, we stopped receiving calls about a month ago, and to this day we still get 3-4 calls per day for landscaping. We do landscaping 4-5 days a week, lawn maintenance 4-5 days a week, but we are at full capacity for lawn maintenance. It’s amazing the amount of increase we’ve seen this year.
The Yoder team said they were surprised more people didn’t want to take care of the lawn more themselves, but found that customers wanted a job done right, fast and they would pay for it. very expensive.
The most popular jobs include applying stones and mulch, hydro-seeing, pruning shrubs and removing weeds. One of the biggest surprises has been the whole landscape around the boom in swimming pool installations this year.
The pandemic has also given one of their biggest customers, The Electric Industry Campus, time to completely revamp their entire 22-acre campus.
“It would have happened over a 4-5 year period, we usually take a project or two a year, but we just said, with the pandemic, let’s try to do several things,” said client Todd Michaelson. “So this is where a shelter, a garage, a new gazebo, we made the sidewalks all around the building. There were just quite a few things that we would never have covered in a year. “
One thing the Rossford crew are dealing with is rising fuel prices, but they are determined to cut costs to meet the needs of their customers.
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