How to Start Your Own Gardening and Landscaping Business

Jun 16, 2020
6 minute read

These days, landscaping jobs involve a lot more than simply mowing the lawn or pulling a few weeds. In fact, while landscaping businesses don’t require any official training, the industry offers a lot of opportunity for growth. With that in mind, we’ve assembled this in-depth guide on starting your own landscaping business so that you will be set up for success on your journey to entrepreneurship.

An overview of the landscaping industry

As the owner of your own gardening and landscaping business, you’ll likely be working as a freelancer, especially when you are first starting out. Before you devote your time, effort and money to starting a small business in landscaping, it’s a good idea to understand the size of the Canada landscape market and your potential for earning so that you can determine whether the venture is financially viable.

According to the Canadian Industry Statistics for Landscaping Services, as of 2019, there were over 22,000 landscaping businesses in operation. The annual revenues across all Canada landscape businesses ranged from $30,000-$5,000,000, with the average annual earnings coming in at just over $380,000. A study by Statista found that the overall landscaping business market revenue in Canada is $8.44 billion USD. Plus, depending on the type of lawn care services you offer and the amount of time you’re willing to devote to your new small business, as a freelancer, you have control over how many hours you work and how much you get paid.

Pros and cons of starting a landscaping company

Pros

  • Complete control over which jobs (and clients) you choose to take on
  • You set your own hours
  • Spend time outside
  • Good exercise
  • Choose what services and/or products to offer
  • No formal training or education required

Cons

  • Physically demanding
  • Initial investment in equipment may be expensive
  • Landscaping is generally a seasonal industry
  • Competition from other landscaping businesses

How to start a gardening and landscaping business

Are you ready to start your own landscaping business but still not quite sure where to get started? This step-by-step guide will break down everything you need to do in order to start your small business.

Decide what services to offer

In order to be successful as a landscaping business, you’ll need to have a thorough understanding of the types of lawn care services that are available. While lawn maintenance is an important part, landscaping can also involve using your creative vision to design a space that works for your clients. You get to decide what type of a landscaping business you want to have, so you can choose to offer full-scale high-level design and contracting services, or you can stick to the basics like lawn mowing, weeding and general maintenance.

Get familiar with your equipment

Once you’ve figured out the type of lawn care services you plan to offer, you’ll probably have a better idea of the types of equipment you will need to invest in for your landscaping business. If you’re completely new to landscaping and have no idea what you’ll need,