How to Start a Landscaping Business

There’s a lot to consider when starting a landscaping business. Once you’ve gotten your business funded and named and created a business plan, it’s time to establish your tool fleet. Choosing the right tools can make or break your bottom line, so keep reading for a guide on how to build your fleet for your specific business needs.

What Tools Do You Need to Start a Landscaping Business?

Professional landscaping tools are a major consideration in setting up a landscaping business. Where you work and what types of jobs you’ll be doing all play a part in what kinds of tools you choose for your work. Here are five things you should think about:



Pick Your Power Source

You have two primary choices when it comes to powering your fleet: battery and gas. If you’re working in areas with noise restrictions or gas bans, battery power offers the solution you need. It offers much of the same power and durability as gas while running with reduced noise and zero exhaust emissions.

On the other hand, many landscaping businesses rely gas power. Gas tools have long been perceived as being more powerful than battery, and while this is no longer true, many still prefer it.



Choose Professional Landscaping Tools

Landscaping entails a variety of tasks, and you’re going to need the right tools for each one.

If you’re going to offer mowing, you have several options. You can choose between a manual or self-propelled, walk-behind push mower. For high-volume work, you may want a riding lawn mower or a STIHL zero-turn mower.

Other tools to consider include trimmers, edgers, blowers, hedge trimmers, pole pruners, and even pressure washers.

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Whether working with small hedges or large landscapes, perform quality trimming for your customers.

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Try Before You Buy

The STIHL Professional Instruction Program allows you to get live experience with STIHL tools, so you can identify the best ones for your fleet.

In addition to live demos, the program also provides training on equipment maintenance, starting techniques and operating methods, fuel mixing and storage tips, customized instruction sessions, and more.

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Receive low-interest financing on a STIHL zero-turn mower, plus any additional STIHL products on the same purchase, including trimmers, chainsaws, blowers, accessories, and more. Offer subject to credit approval.*

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Professional Grade Battery Tools

The AP Professional Battery System provides an interchangeable battery system across a wide range of outdoor tools including chainsaws, trimmers, mowers, and more.

The innovative 135 series features a variety of battery-powered tools built from many of the same, durable components as their gas counterparts. This series is also a part of the AP Professional Battery System.



Choose Tools With Comfort and Safety in Mind

When you’re working with tools day in and day out, it’s important to have confidence in the safety features of your equipment. In addition to practicing safe work habits, you can also check for common features and benefits that most STIHL power tools have built in. You will also want to remember to wear the proper personal protective equipment.

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Choose the Right Personal Protective Equipment

Along with proper work habits and tools, it’s important to dress for the job. Choosing the right protective gear for your work is important to help keep you and your employees as safe as possible. STIHL offers a wide range of personal protective apparel from chaps to hearing protection and eye protection to footwear.





Visit Your Local STIHL Dealer

If you’re ready to gear up your landscape business with STIHL tools, you don’t have to go it alone. Your local authorized STIHL Dealer has the knowledge and experience to help you choose and maintain your tool fleet. Visit your local dealer today.

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