You can be in business for yourself, if you start your own lawn aeration business, that will let you be your own boss, and you can make good money doing it also. Usually, lawn aeration is a process where a machine, like a big lawnmower, basically, has spikes sticking out that press into the ground. These spikes, or hollow tubes, push down into the dirt, and pull plugs of dirt out, so that the roots underground can breathe better, and get better water and oxygen to the roots, to keep them green and healthy.
Most landscapers will tell you, you should aerate your lawn twice a year. The lawn aeration machine usually is pretty heavy, and also comes with weights, that you can add to the machine to make it even heavier, to punch deeper holes in the ground. It has to punch the holes into the ground hard, and the deeper it can pull a plug out, the better it is for your lawn. The plugs usually are just left on top of the lawn, and they will eventually disappear, and break down back into the yard again, so there is no reason to rake them up.
You pretty much pull up to your customer’s home, and get the lawn aeration machine out. You would go over the whole yard, just like you would a lawn mower. Most lawn aerators charge more than lawn maintenance personnel. Usually, that is because a lawn aerator machine will cost a couple of thousand dollars, whereas, a lawn mower, will only cost a couple of hundred dollars on average. The basic home owner will buy a lawn mower, and maybe leave it in the garage. But not too many home owners are going to go out and buy a lawn aerator machine. Especially if they only need to use it 2 times a year. If a machine cost $2,000, let’s say, for example, and you charged, for example, $50, to aerate the yard, it would take the home owner 20 years to get a better deal on aerating and pay off his machine. So, it only makes sense for them to have you do it!
Make sure you have signs on your vehicle, that way other new customers in the neighborhood your working in, can get your telephone number so they can call you to do their yard later on. Try to network with other landscaping companies that do landscaping, but don’t offer lawn aerating. Offer them a commission for any jobs they send to you. You can also make up a flier to mail out to many lawn maintenance and landscapers and let them know you are looking for extra jobs. Just contacting a few of them, will get you a lot of jobs. After you get lots of jobs, you can teach others how to run the lawn aerating machine for you, while you concentrate on making your business even bigger.