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How to Start a Landscape Business: The Tools You’ll Need

How to Start a Landscape Business: The Tools You’ll Need

Landscaping is a big business with over  900,000 landscapers and groundskeepers in the United States. If you love being outside in all kinds of weather, it’s an ideal occupation.

As you research how to start a landscape business, you’ll need to make a list of the tools you’ll need, including a utility trailer. Here’s a quick guide to getting started.


Almost anyone can mow a lawn, but flowerbeds and cosmetic landscaping comprise a lot of your business as a landscaper. You won’t need a formal education, but you’ll need to understand what types of plants thrive in the region in which you live.

Most  university extension offices offer affordable programs.

A lot goes into proper lawn care as well. Before you embark on a landscape business, make sure you know as much as possible about landscape care.

Setting Up

Set up the business end first. You won’t need a license in most states, but there are some exceptions. Find out what the rules are for your state.

If you’re spraying pesticides or doing major irrigation, you might need a license. Check with your local government.

Once you’ve determined what licenses you need, if any, make sure you get them. Decide whether you want an LLC (Limited Liability Company) or an S corporation. These protect your assets if a client sues you.

Talk with a lawyer if you’re unsure what type of company you want.

Before you do business with any clients, always have them sign a contract. This way, everyone knows what the expectations are.

Invest in the Right Tools

The tools you’ll need vary depending on the services you’ll offer.

You’ll need a few specialized tools if you’re doing regular residential lawn maintenance. These include:

  • Edger
  • Weed wacker
  • Hedge trimmer
  • Aerator
  • Fertilizers and chemicals

One of your biggest tools will be your  landscaping trailer for hauling the rest of your tools. The size you need depends on the type of landscaping business you’ll offer.

If you’re doing residential lawns, a  small 6 x 10 trailer may work. If you tend properties like football fields or condominium complexes, you’ll need something  big enough for a ride-on mower and more tools.

Will you be landscaping in areas where your tools are out of sight for long periods of time? You might feel more comfortable using  an enclosed utility trailer.

Year-Round Tools

Most of your clients want year-round services. In colder climates, this means snow and ice management.

Tools for snow and ice include:

  • Snowblower
  • Snowplow
  • Salt spreader
  • Melting agents

These services can keep you in business during the winter months when lawns and landscaping are dormant.

How to Start a Landscape Business

Now you know how to start a landscape business! Make sure you have the educational know-how to work with lawns and plants and obtain any necessary licenses.

Decide what kind of legal entity you want for your company. A lawyer can help with this.

Once your business is set, start recruiting clients. Clients help you understand what kind of tools you’ll need based on their landscaping needs.

Invest in your tools and you’re ready to go!

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