Start a Lawn Care Business

We can provide training and support to help you start your own business!

If you’re looking for a unique business opportunity, we at Lawn & Weed Expert can offer all the benefits of a franchise with none of the drawbacks.

The British lawn care market is growing – as people become busier, there is increasing demand for high-quality lawn services all over the country. We are still growing our business at a rapid pace, adding several hundred new customers to our list with each passing year.

Would you like to start your own lawn care business? We can help!
Before you can begin, you’ll need to learn how to operate your business and take care of your customers’ lawns. We can assist you by providing professional lawn care training as well as general business advice – some people are good at the technical aspects but less so at admin and marketing, or vice versa.

We already train our own staff here at Lawn & Weed Expert, so we’re well-placed to train you up as well. We estimate that we can cover all relevant areas in as little as 5 working days but you can arrange to train with us for longer if necessary.
If you want to fast-track your new business, you may be tempted to invest in a lawn care franchise. There are many different lawn franchises to choose from, and the benefit of doing it this way is that you'll be piggybacking off an established brand - plus they'll usually supply you with the equipment and the basic training you'll need to get your business up and running.

The downside of purchasing a franchise? You'll often be required to pay royalties, and perhaps more critically, you won't have ultimate control of your business. This can be frustrating, especially if you want to get creative with your branding and marketing.

Lawn & Weed Expert offer a great alternative to the traditional franchise model: we'll train you up and help you to get the right tools, but after that, you'll be in control and you won't have to pay any royalties on the sales you make.
Here are some of the questions that our trainees tend to ask us:
How much does it cost to set up a lawn care business?
Start-up costs are relatively low compared to the sales and profits that can be generated once your lawn maintenance business is up and running. The basic equipment and essential materials cost just a few thousand pounds.
Is lawn care a good business to get into?
Yes, lawn maintenance can be a very lucrative niche indeed - it's hard but rewarding work, and you'll be spending your working days outdoors rather than cooped up in an office!
How much money will I make?
Your profits will obviously depend on how many clients you can find and how many hours you're willing to work, but there is the potential to generate a turnover of several hundred thousand pounds within a few years.
Will I need a licence / permit?
Any pesticides, fungicides or herbicides you use must be authorised by the Chemicals Regulations Directorate. Read our blog on this topic to learn more.


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Running your own business comes with a lot of perks - you can choose your own hours and take the company in whatever direction you like - but it takes a lot of work to make a lawn care start-up successful.

First and foremost, you must provide an outstanding service that meets your customers' expectations. Leaving a trail of unhappy customers in your wake will quickly destroy your company's reputation - review websites like Yell, Google and Trustpilot make it easy for folks to air their grievances, and a single 1-star rating could be all it takes to shatter a potential client's confidence in your lawn maintenance service.

But let's assume you're capable of making your customers happy. What else can you do to turn your little lawn treatment business into a smashing success?
  • Set up a Google My Business account. This will help your business to show up when somebody in your area performs a Google search for 'lawn care services' or similar. It will also give you more control over how your business looks in the Google results.

  • Ask satisfied customers for online reviews. We've already mentioned the impact a negative review can have on your business - but positive reviews can be just as powerful! If a customer mentions how pleased they are with the job you did on their lawn, why not politely ask them to leave a review on Yell or Google?

  • Go where your audience are. Think about the people you're targeting, and focus your advertising efforts on the channels they're most likely to engage with. For instance: is there a local newspaper that specifically focuses on your service area? Are your potential customers using Facebook, or would Google Ads be a better use of your online advertising budget? Could you benefit from more old-fashioned promotional strategies, like letterbox flyers and magazine ads? Is there an upcoming networking event that could land you a couple of lucrative commercial contracts? Ask yourself questions like these, and the answers will help your business to grow.
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For a free, no-obligation chat about our lawn care franchise opportunities, please give us a call on 0800 111 4958 or contact us online. We can’t wait to help you set up your business!