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April 16, 2011

Shop Talk : Hanselman’s Quality Turf

Hanselman’s Quality Turf, 10675 County Highway 18, Apt. 3, South Kortright. Owner: Jeremy Hanselman. Established: 2009. Employees: None.

Shop Talk is a weekly column featuring locally owned and operated businesses. This week, we talk to Jeremy Hanselman of Hanselman’s Quality Turf.

How long have you lived in the area?

I have lived in Delaware County all of my life.

Tell me about your business:

Hanselman’s Quality Turf specializes in providing aesthetic and quality work in all areas of landscaping and lawn care. The services I provide include weekly/bi-weekly mowing and string trimming, the design and/or maintenance of landscape and/or flower beds, and garden construction and maintenance. I consult with customers, provide free estimates and answer questions concerning their landscape needs.

Describe a typical day in your business:

Because a majority of the work I do is weather-dependent, a typical day is hard to define. A typical lawn care day begins with routine equipment checkup and/or servicing.

Once that is done, I load up my truck and trailer and head to do the lawns that are scheduled for that particular day. I have a schedule developed for weekly mowing.

How did you get started in this line of work?

I began mowing lawns when I was in high school. Ever since then I’ve always had a love for the outdoors and the sight of a nicely kept landscape. Due to that love, I pursued and completed a degree in turf management from (the State University College of Technology at) Delhi, where I not only accumulated valuable knowledge in my field but also gained hands-on experience through school projects.

Where do you see this business in five years?

In five years my goal is to have gained anywhere from 50 to 60 residential lawn contracts along with one or two large commercial lawn contracts. I would also like to add snow removal to my services. In five years or less, I plan to add at least one full-time employee to work alongside me.

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