Interested in Starting Your Own Business? Mr. B’s Has an Opportunity for You!

Many of us dream of starting our own business, but few of us actually start the process. It’s costly, it takes a lot of time to build up a base of customers, and the paperwork can be overwhelming. But if you do get your own business up and running, the benefits are undeniable – you can set your own hours, your earning potential is virtually unlimited, you can make your own decisions and tailor your business to your lifestyle.

Learning from Mr. B’s Experience

At Mr. B’s, we’re excited about helping those who are interested in starting their own businesses or becoming independent contractors. We’re looking for individuals with a strong work ethic, drive, determination and a desire to succeed!

Mr. B’s was started by Brian Bush in early 1991, when he started mowing lawns while still in high school. From those beginnings, Brian has grown five successful businesses employing over a dozen employees and several independent contractors. Brian wants to take the business skills he’s learned over the years and pass them on to the next generation of entrepreneurs, giving them the opportunity to set themselves up as small business owners in their own right.

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Mr. B’s will guide you through the initial steps of starting your own business.

A Rare Opportunity for Starting Your Own Business

Does this sound good to you? It should! This is an opportunity that seldom comes along. You can learn from someone who has built his own companies from the ground up without having to pay for an expensive education, you’ll get paid on the job, and while you’re earning and learning, you’ll be working toward taking on a segment of Mr. B’s current businesses as your own.

We’ll take you through every phase of establishing  your own business, including making sure you file the proper federal, state and local paperwork, assisting you with getting the right insurance, creating a marketing plan, establishing a customer list and finding the right financing options.

There’s never been a better time to start your own business. If you’re serious about starting your own business and willing to learn, contact Brian Bush at bush@amguard.us for more information. Please let us know what experience you have, including any certifications or licenses. No phone calls, please.

 

Lawn Mower & Small Engine Repairs Available at Mr. B’s in Ellwood City, PA

Spring has officially arrived, and you’ll soon be mowing your lawn, planting flowers and trimming shrubs. At Mr. B’s, we can help you prepare for the long summer days and your long list of summer chores by getting your lawn mower, hedge trimmers, weed whackers and chainsaws ready to perform after months of sitting in your garage or shed.

Our small engine repair professionals can give your mower a thorough tune-up, replace your chainsaw chain or sharpen lawn mower blades. We work on all size mowers, including push mowers and riding lawn tractors.

Don’t know when you can drop off your mower at our 513 Third Street, Ellwood City location? Call 724-752-5551 to arrange pick-up and delivery in Ellwood City, PA!

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Six Great Reasons Why Outsourcing Your Company’s Lawn Care Is A Smart Idea

“Your company will appreciate not having to deal with the many problems that can arise if you’re doing your own grounds keeping.”

Your business’s outward appearance can make an instant impression on clients and customers. If you’re properly maintaining the grounds and keeping the plant life thriving you can make an excellent first impression, but this can be time-consuming and expensive. Outsourcing the grounds keeping to a professional lawn service may be the ideal solution, particularly if you need year round grounds work such as mowing in the summer and snow shoveling in the winter. There are six great reasons your company should outsource your lawn care that can save you time and money:

 1. No Need to Tie Up Capital – The cost of purchasing, fueling and maintaining lawn tractors, edgers, a snow plow and other equipment can be significant. Add wages and benefits for a grounds crew and you’ll be tying up a significant amount of money.

2. It May Be Tax Deductible – Because maintaining your property is a business expense, the cost of hiring a professional lawn care service is tax deductible in most cases. You’ll love the deduction when tax time rolls around. Be sure to ask your tax consultant how much you can deduct.

3. No Training Necessary – Properly training your grounds crew and keeping them up to date on the latest innovations in everything from weed control to irrigation can be expensive. You also won’t have to worry about providing safety gear or the appropriate clothing to your grounds keepers.

4. No Workers’ Compensation Concerns – A worker’s compensation claim can put your company in a bind if someone on your grounds crew is seriously injured on the job. There is a relatively high rate of workers’ compensation claims filed by grounds keepers because they do heavy lifting and repetitive tasks.

5. Compliance Issues – Lawn care is expensive in part because you have to keep up to date on current compliance issues. Your company will need to know what the current regulations are on proper use of fertilizers, weed killers and more so that you are in compliance with federal and state laws regarding potentially hazardous chemicals.

6. Lower Cost of Supplies – The cost of fertilizers, weed control products and other products needed to maintain an attractive lawn can be cost prohibitive. Professional lawn services, however, buy these products in bulk at reduced prices and they will pass some of that savings on to you.

In addition to the six great reasons outlined above, your company will also appreciate not having to deal with the many problems that can arise if you’re doing your own grounds keeping. No need to make sure your employees are mowing the grass regularly, no need to call someone in the middle of the night to get a snow plow out to clear your parking lot after a heavy snowfall. Simplifying your lawn care has never been easier – just contact Mr. B’s Lawn Service or Penn Turf to schedule a time for a free estimate. We’ll do the hard work for you!

Mr. B’s Lawn Care is a full service company providing year round grounds maintenance, landscaping and snow removal.  Call Mr. B’s at 724-752-5551 to schedule an appointment for a free, no obligation quote.

A Holiday Greeting from Mr. B’s

Look At My Homes relies on the lawn care experts at Mr. B’s Lawn Care, Parts and Snow Removal for a variety of services, including the upkeep of the lawns and shoveling of snow on the properties we have for sale. Because they are a valued member of the Look At My Homes team, we’re posting a holiday message from them that reminds us that it’s especially important to be prepared for the unexpected this time of year.

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Prepping Your House for Winter

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There’s a crispness in the air and you find yourself reaching for your favorite sweatshirt when you go outside – fall is here! And although it’s a beautiful time of year, you should take heed of the cooler temperatures and start prepping your house for winter now. There are several things you can do to make sure you will enjoy the comforts of home this year without paying a fortune.

Windows and Doors Create Drafts

Your windows and doors often create drafts that lead to using more heat than necessary to chase the chill away. Use weather-stripping around frames and check for drafts throughout the house. Take out the window screens and install storm windows. If you have older, wooden windows make sure they are properly caulked and that there isn’t any wood rot.

Make Sure Your Fireplace is Safe

If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, it’s a great way to keep heating bills down and create a cozy atmosphere, but only if the fireplace is working efficiently. Check the firebox and flue, clean out all the old ashes, soot and creosote. If you’re getting cold air down your chimney even when the flue is closed, it could be worn out or warped. Consult with a chimney sweep or repairman about replacing it.

Change Filters

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A clean furnace filter will help alleviate coughs and help you breathe easier in the winter months

There are filters on your furnace and humidifier that should be replaced regularly.  Now is the perfect time to change them out so that you’ll have better air quality when you close the doors and windows. If you use a humidifier, clean it thoroughly. This is also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.

Make Sure Your Exterior Is Sound

Ice dams can quickly form and pull down your gutters if you don’t clear out any debris such as fallen leaves and twigs. Clean them out thoroughly and flush water through them to check for any leaks.  Don’t forget to make sure your downspouts direct water at least five feet from your foundation. Check any openings such as dryer vents to make sure they are covered with mesh or wire so that they aren’t a welcoming place for bird or rodents to take up residence.

Don’t Forget to Prepare Your Deck & Lawn

Although you won’t be hosting any cook-outs this winter, you still need to make sure your deck, sidewalks and yard are properly prepared for the colder temperatures, ice and snow. Trim shrubs and trees that are touching the house or impinging on electrical wires. You don’t want to lose power or have a snow-laden branch fall and damage your house.

This is the ideal time of year to aerate your lawn, reseed it if necessary and apply a final, winterizing fertilizer. These will encourage deeper root growth in the spring so that your grass will flourish. If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, contact Mr. B’s Lawn Service or PennTurf and they can do the work for you.

Wash off your garden tools and store them in a cool, dry space so that they’ll be ready for spring.  This includes removing hoses from the outside of the house, wrapping exterior faucets with heat tape and shutting off all irrigation and watering systems.

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Ice B’Gone Magic ice melt is safe for people and pets

Sweep your deck and sidewalks to keep debris under control and make sure all railings are secure so that visitors won’t slip and fall. Now is also the time to order Ice B’Gone Magic ice melt from Mr. B’s to have on hand when the first snowfall or ice storm makes your deck and sidewalks treacherous. Keep a large scoop in the bag and place the bag in a large bucket or container to make it easy to use when needed. You can call Mr. B’s Lawn Service at 724-752-5551 to order your Ice B’Gone Magic in convenient, 50-pound bags.

Now settle in with a good book, a cup of cocoa and enjoy the beauty of winter!

 

 

 

Ice B’Gone Magic Clears Your Driveways & Sidewalks of Dangerous Ice & Snow

When the temperatures drop and we start thinking about the holidays, most of us think about how beautiful it will be when snow falls. While trees robed in winter white are beautiful and the sparkle of icicles can be enchanting, there is a down side to Mother Nature’s artistry. Ice and snow can create a hazardous condition on your property.

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Prevent accidents by keeping your driveway and sidewalks clear of ice and snow with Ice B’Gone Magic

Don’t Let Anyone Get Hurt on Your Property This Winter

Homeowners should always be aware of the dangers of letting driveways, steps or sidewalks get covered in ice or snow. Just imagine how you’d feel if your grandmother slipped and fell on an iced-over step on Thanksgiving Day and ended up in the ER. Or what if the UPS delivery person fell because he had to navigate around snow covered sidewalks trying to deliver your latest online purchase? In either case, you’d feel terrible, but your homeowners’ insurance policy could take a hit as well.

Only your insurance agent can tell you if you’d be legally liable for injuries sustained if someone falls on your property, but if you let snow and ice build-up, you’re more likely to be at fault. And if it’s your grandmother, you’ll no doubt want to pay her medical bills regardless of the legal situation. But don’t feel badly after the fact – make sure you, your family and your guests are all protected from winter’s snow and ice by keeping your driveways, sidewalks and steps clear all season long.

Ice B’Gone Magic Makes Keeping Sidewalks Clear Easy

Keeping your property clear of ice and snow can be time-consuming and some of the traditional products used to keep surfaces clear can be difficult to use or dangerous to animals and children. Rock salt, the most popular granular ice melt, can cause skin irritation and even chemical burns. At Look At My Homes, we use Ice B’Gone Magic to keep the driveways, sidewalks and stairs clear of snow and ice. It’s safe for people and pets and does a better job than rock salt. What’s so special about Ice B’Gone Magic?

What’s So Special About Ice B’Gone Magic?

Ice B’Gone Magic begins as regular rock salt, but it becomes something much more when treated with Ice B’Gone Magic liquid, which transforms the traditional product into one that works better, lasts longer and costs less to use. Ice B’Gone Magic is also less corrosive than traditional rock salt, so it’s safe concrete and brick surfaces and is even safer for the environment!

Bag photoAdvantages of Ice B’Gone Magic Granular Formula:

  • Less corrosive than rock salt
  • Safe for people and pets
  • Works better and lasts longer, so you’ll use less of the product
  • No need to put down sand on driveways to improve traction
  • Works to temperatures as low as -35˚F
  • No residue left behind after ice and snow melts away
  • Ice B’Gone Magic won’t cause rust or damage doors, carpets or flooring
  • It’s safer to handle and won’t cause burning or irritation to the skin

Fortunately, it’s easy to get Ice B’Gone Magic for personal or business use in and around the Ellwood City, PA area. Just call Mr. B’s Lawn Care at 724-752-5551 or email admin@amguard.us to place your order. At just $15 plus tax for a 50-pound bag, you’ll be able to afford to keep your sidewalks and driveways clear and safe all season long!

 

Are You Watering Your Lawn Enough?

In our last post, we discussed what all you needed to do to maintain a beautiful, green carpet of grass. While we discussed grass height and other factors, we didn’t get into enough depth on the topic of watering your lawn. Giving your grass the proper amount of water is crucial to the overall health of your lawn and needs to be carefully monitored and controlled for optimal results.

How Much Water Does Your Lawn Need?

Gauging how often you should water your lawn can seem like a guessing game, particularly when rainfall, temperatures and even the type of grass you have all play a part in determining the frequency of watering. There are some general guidelines, however, to keep in mind:

  •  Your lawn should get 1” to 1-1/2” of water every week.
  • Water as early in the morning as you can, particularly on hotter days so that the water can soak down and keep the roots cooler.
  • Avoid watering your lawn in the evening or at night. A damp lawn overnight can lead to problems with fungus or disease
  • You don’t have to water every day. Watering deeply two or three times a week gives better results because it encourages roots to grow more deeply into the soil
  • Are you watering enough? Try this test – you should be able to push a screwdriver six inches into the soil. If you can’t do this, your yard is too dry
  • If you live in a drier climate, water your lawn year round (even if the grass appears to be dead) so that the roots continue to get the moisture they need in order to flourish once spring rolls around
  • Keep in mind that when temperatures soar, your grass can suffer from heat stress and rapid water evaporation, so add an extra inch to your weekly watering routine
  • Fescue grass generally needs more water than other types of grass
  • When the temperature goes up or when there are high winds causing rapid evaporation, consider moving your mower height up slightly so that the grass has more time to soak up the moisture
  • If temperatures remain high (high 90’s or 100’s) for several days, you may want to cool things off by watering lightly each day. The water doesn’t have to penetrate the soil every day; instead, lighter waterings can cool down the surface of the grass. Keep doing the deep waterings in addition to the light waterings
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    If the ground is dry and cracked, it won’t effectively absorb water. Try watering it until there is run-off, then again once the water has soaked into the soil.

Determining How Much Water Your Lawn Gets

You may know that you should be watering 1” to 1-1/2” inches each time you water your lawn, but how do you measure the inches? The easiest method is to get a small, shallow can such as a cat food or tuna can and use it as a makeshift rain gauge. Place the empty can on your lawn whenever you’re watering the grass or have the sprinkler running. You should be able to get a half inch of water in about a half hour.

Signs You Need to Water More

 If you’re watering your lawn and you have water run-off before you reach the 1” point, you aren’t watering often enough. Once you see run-off, turn off the water and give it some time to really soak into the ground, then start watering again. If this happens every time you water, you may have lawn compaction. This is especially prevalent in areas where the soil has a high clay content. Aerating the soil can help. If none of this releaves the problem, your lawn may be suffering from a lack of nutrients or a disease that can be difficult to eradicate. If your grass continues to look stressed or dried out, you may want to consult with a lawn care service. PennTurf can examine your lawn to determine what fertilizers or other treatments would help keep your lawn looking lush and green.

Call Penn Turf at 724-758-3647 or Mr. B’s Lawn Care at 724-752-5551 to get a quote for lawn treatment, grub control or mowing.