Is the $60,000 Landscaping Machine Worth It?

Hey there, fellow landscapers! We've got some exciting news for you. Our YouTube channel just dropped a new video called "$60,000 Landscaping Machine! Is it Worth It?" In this video, our very own Caleb Auman spills the beans on his experience with the Ditch Witch SK1550 mini skid steer as it approaches 150 hours of use. Caleb shares his thoughts on whether this pricey machine lives up to its reputation. Plus, he throws in some nifty operating tips to make your life easier. If you're curious about this game-changing equipment, you won't want to miss it!

 

Don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe for more awesome content tailored to fellow landscapers like you. Get ready to take your projects to the next level with the insights and tips from Auman Landscape. Happy landscaping, everyone!

 

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The Importance of Landscaping: Transforming Spaces and Enriching Lives

Landscaping goes beyond mere aesthetics; it is a powerful tool that has the ability to transform spaces and profoundly impact our lives. Whether it's a residential garden, a public park, or a commercial property, landscaping plays a crucial role in creating harmonious environments that offer a multitude of benefits. In this blog post, we explore the importance of landscaping and its impact on our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

  1. Enhancing Curb Appeal:

Landscaping is often the first impression people have of a property. A well-designed and maintained landscape enhances curb appeal, making a positive statement about the property and its owners. It adds beauty, character, and a sense of pride, increasing the value of the property and creating a welcoming atmosphere.

  1. Environmental Benefits:

a) Improved Air Quality: Plants and trees play a vital role in purifying the air by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. They filter out pollutants, dust, and harmful...

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The Struggles of a Landscaping Company Start-Up: Navigating Challenges and Building Success

start up struggles Jun 06, 2023

Embarking on the journey of starting your own company can be an exhilarating yet challenging endeavor. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, hosts Caleb and Brittany engage in a candid conversation about the struggles they faced when launching their landscaping company. Their insights and experiences shed light on the complexities of starting a business from scratch, particularly in the landscaping industry. In this blog post, we will delve into their discussion and explore valuable lessons for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Caleb shares his personal experience of starting a company twice, emphasizing the luxury of doing so without the responsibilities of a family. This allowed him to take risks, learn from failures, and grow both financially and relationally. Looking back, he acknowledges the importance of prioritizing customer satisfaction and maintaining strong client relationships. A fellow alumnus of theirs wisely stated, "It's all about the customer; your customer has to...

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Auman Landscape's Grill Island Build

grill island build May 31, 2023

We are excited to share an exciting video with you today, showcasing one of our talented employees as they construct a stunning outdoor grill island using Unilock Lineo product at our very own Auman HQ. The base on this project was already installed, but we had one guy put this up in about 9 hours. This video not only captures the build but also provides a valuable educational experience for viewers interested in learning more about the process. Take a look!

 

 

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Unlocking Hardscape Excellence: The Hardscape Academy Experience

hardscape academy May 20, 2023

In recent years, hardscaping has emerged as a sought-after skill, allowing individuals to create breathtaking outdoor spaces using stone, concrete, and other durable materials. Aspiring hardscape professionals and enthusiasts are constantly on the lookout for comprehensive training and valuable insights to elevate their skills. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, Caleb Auman, the instructor at the Hardscape Academy, interviewed two attendees, Nathan and Dylan, who share their transformative experience at our academy. Their conversation sheds light on the immense value and positive impact that the Hardscape Academy offers to those seeking to excel in this creative field.

During the podcast, Nathan expresses his excitement about discovering new tools and techniques. Specifically, he highlights the process of cutting bricks and creating beautiful curved bandings—a concept he had never encountered before attending the Hardscape Academy. Nathan's revelation...

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Ensuring Trench Safety: A Story of Survival

trench safety May 19, 2023

Trench work is an essential aspect of construction and utility maintenance, but it can also pose significant risks if proper safety measures are not followed. In this blog post, we will delve into a conversation from the Kid Contractor podcast, where Alex Parker, a guest on the show, recounts a personal experience of surviving a trench collapse. Through his harrowing story, we'll explore the importance of trench safety practices and highlight the lessons we can learn to prevent such incidents from happening.


Alex Parker's Story:

Alex Parker begins his tale by describing his work with a company responsible for fixing water main breaks in a local area. In 2005, he embarked on a typical day, unaware that it would soon become a life-changing experience. Dispatched to address a water main break on a dirt road, he and his team encountered their first mistake: digging down the side of an old trench.

In their haste to avoid interfering with fiber optic lines running above their heads, they...

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Leveraging Debt as a Springboard to Success in Business

debt May 11, 2023

In the realm of personal finance, there's a prevailing sentiment against debt, echoed by renowned financial experts like Dave Ramsey. However, in a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, host Caleb Auman challenges this notion and explores the potential benefits of borrowing money in certain business contexts. While caution is advised, Auman suggests that strategic debt usage can serve as a springboard, propelling entrepreneurs towards larger and more profitable projects. This blog post delves into the concept of leveraging debt as a tool for business growth and examines the factors to consider before embarking on this path.

Auman acknowledges that his viewpoint diverges from traditional financial wisdom, particularly in relation to Dave Ramsey's teachings. He emphasizes that while he is generally not an advocate for debt, there are circumstances in which it can be a valuable resource. Debt, when used judiciously, can act as a springboard—an instrument that propels...

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From Classroom to Construction

repurposed educator May 08, 2023

In a recent of episode of Kid Contractor Podcast we got to speak with and hear the remarkable journeys of Kayti and Ry, two former educators who have transitioned from the world of teaching to making a profound impact in the construction sector. Their stories exemplify the transformative power of following one's passion and seizing unexpected opportunities for growth and reinvention.

Kayti begins by recounting her childhood immersed in the construction industry. With parents who owned a trucking company, aggregate pits, and a ready-mix plant, she was no stranger to the world of construction. However, societal expectations led her to pursue a college education rather than continuing the family business. Driven by her love for working with children and making a difference, Kayti became a teacher, dedicating several years to shaping young minds. Eventually, she transitioned to a role in curriculum and instruction, collaborating with fellow educators to develop impactful...

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Standing Out from the Crowd: Three Essential Areas for Contractor Success

standing out May 05, 2023

In today's competitive industry, standing out from the crowd is essential. With the current economic climate, it's becoming increasingly difficult to secure leads and customers, and contractors need to ensure they're doing everything they can to close sales. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor Podcast, guest Mike Andes of Augusta Lawn Care discussed with us how contractors can separate themselves from the rest of the industry, and outlined three key areas that can help you stand out and succeed.

The first area is having a good website. In today's digital age, a strong online presence is crucial. Your website is often the first impression potential clients have of your business, so it needs to be professional, informative, and easy to navigate. It should showcase your services and highlight your expertise in the industry. By investing in a well-designed website, you can establish your brand and attract more leads.

The second area is answering the phone. It may seem like a...

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The Impact of Inflation on Business and Target Demographics

inflation May 03, 2023

Inflation is a term that is thrown around a lot these days, and for good reason. It has had a significant impact on various aspects of our lives, including the economy and the way we conduct business. In a recent episode of the Kid Contractor podcast, Caleb Auman discussed how inflation is affecting their business and the demographics they cater to.

Caleb first pointed out that business owners should not assume that they are too expensive for their target market right away. Instead, they should consider whether they are catering to the right demographic. For example, if a business owner is targeting the blue-collar, suburban purchasing class, they may be facing significant challenges due to the impact of inflation on their disposable income.

Auman notes that this demographic is getting "crushed" by inflation, with their disposable income being severely impacted. As a result, they may not be able to afford the same level of discretionary spending that they once did. This...

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