Gain Competitive Edge with Landscape Curbing

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Gain Competitive Edge with Landscape Curbing


If you're looking for a relatively quick and easy way to gain an edge over your competition, you may want to consider breaking into the landscape curbing business.

Wherever you see a property that has or needs edging, you have a business opportunity. Usually your first customers are your friends and neighbors; once you've installed curbing for them, the referrals pretty much take care of themselves.

Best of all, it doesn't require much of a financial commitment or extensive training and is extremely profitable.

What is landscape curbing?

Landscape curbing is a continuous concrete border that separates lawns from landscape features such as plant beds and tree rings. It is extruded into place by specialized equipment operated by skilled contractors.

Traditional methods of edging plant beds and tree rings involve using redwood timbers, railroad ties, metal edging, bender board, plastic edging, rocks, bricks, and other pre-fabricated and arranged materials. But these traditional methods often produce unfavorable results such as warping, rotting, rusting, splintering, shifting, plant and weed migration, and less-than-desirable appearances.

Since landscape curbing is highly durable and installed firmly into the soil, it provides an effective and attractive border and barrier that is comparable in price to many of the traditional materials.

What do you need to get started?

To get started in the landscape curbing business, you should purchase the following four pieces of equipment: landscaping curbing machine, ground preparation machine, mortar mixer and landscape curbing trailer.

First and foremost, you need to invest in a quality landscape curbing machine that is durable. They are available in gas or electric, plunger or auger styles.

For ground prep, you should toss the shovel aside for the most part and purchase a sod cutter or bed edger to save a lot of time and money on the cost of labor. You need a mortar mixer to effectively combine your ingredients. You should also buy a landscape curbing trailer to transport all of your tools, equipment and materials to and from the job site.

Once you've purchased the proper equipment, you need skilled employees to operate it. Fortunately, not much of a learning curve is involved when it comes to operating these machines. Many people with little or no experience working with cement have learned the skills needed to effectively install landscape curbing in just a few hours. However, landscape curbing machine manufacturers highly recommend hands-on training on all curbing equipment, which they typically offer in a two-day course.

Landscape curbing machine manufacturers also offer all-inclusive packages that include all of the equipment and training needed to start a landscape curbing business.

How much money can you expect to make?

How much do you want to make? How motivated are you to improve your quality of life?

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