15 Landscaping Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2024]

Updated: July 24th, 2023

Interested in starting a landscaping business in 2024?

We put together 15 of the best landscaping businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other landscaping businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a seeds business

Are you passionate about gardening and plants in general? Consider turning your passion into a full-time seeds business. You can sell seeds online or at a brick-and-mortar location.

The seed market is booming, and researchers expect it will reach over $86 billion in the next few years. The rising demand for natural seed oils and health products and a significant shift in farming practices are some factors fueling the market.

To start a seed business, research the industry to determine which seeds are high in demand, and identify the potential market. For instance, hybrid seeds have higher disease resistance, making them highly demanded products.

How much you can make: $400,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $300 (?)

How long does it take to build: 88 days (?)

How We Started A $400K/Month Business Selling Seeds And Growing Supplies

True Leaf Market, an independent seed company offering heirloom, non-GMO, and organic seeds, growing supplies, and starter kits, has grown to a profitable $400k/month business, with revenue diversified across their website, 3rd party online sellers, Amazon, eBay, brick and mortar health food stores, and fulfillment services, and plans to continue growth through acquisitions and onboarding 50 to 100 new SKUs monthly.

About
Parker started True Leaf Market almost 50 years ago
Revenue
Parker grew the business to $400K/month
Read by 35,052 founders

2. Start a Backyard Plant Nursery

Do you have a gardening hobby and want to turn your passion into a profitable business with a minimum entry barrier?

Starting a backyard plant nursery is relatively easy, and the financial benefits can be rewarding. The secret to maximizing your profitability is specializing in plants that are in high demand, like vegetables and flowers.

To start, you can visit the nearby retail nurseries for seedlings and see what they stock and retail. To keep the startup cost low, consider using locally available materials.

How much you can make: $5,000/month

How We Expanded Our Local Plant Nursery To An Online Business

Camelliashop.com, a small US-based plant business specializing in Camellias and Tea Plants, increased its business 200% within one month of launching its ecommerce website in 2007.

About
Debbie started CamelliaShop over 16 years ago
Revenue
Debbie grew the business to $5K/month
Read by 13,367 founders

3. Start a landscaping business

A landscaping business is engaged in maintaining lawns and gardens, trimming trees and shrubs, and providing landscape maintenance and beautification services. Landscaping costs vary depending on the size and location.

For small jobs such as taking care of the lawn and trees, the cost can vary from $50 to $100 per hour. The average wage of a landscape designer is $70,000 to $90,000, and a landscape architect makes around $50,000 to $100,000 per year. For basic maintenance and mowing services, a single person who runs a landscaping business can get started with as little as $5,000 or less. However, a proper landscaping business will require a large investment. The average start-up cost is between $15,000 to $20,000.

Once the type of service is decided, the list of tools and equipment can be purchased. The best way to succeed in a landscaping business is to provide quality service. This will not only retain existing clients but also promote and attract new customers.

How much does it cost to start: $8,000 (?)

How long does it take to build: 60 days (?)

4. Start a lawn care service

Are you ready to begin your lawn care business and be your boss? A lawncare business offers lawn aeration, Seeding, fertilizing, soil acidity tests, and controlling weeds, among other services. If you love creating amazing landscapes, consider starting a lawn care company.

To start lawn care legally and run it profitably, you must register the business legally. You can get into a franchise or start a business from scratch. Decide what lawn care services you will offer and your target clients.

To offer effective service, purchase lawn care equipment, and hire skilled lawn care personnel.

How much you can make: $2,500,000/month

How long does it take to build: 90 days (?)

Uber For Lawn Care: How I Built A $30M Software

GreenPal has bootstrapped their business to over $30 million a year in revenue, after securing an unsecured line of credit for $85,000, and have built the operating system and platform for small lawncare companies to run their entire business through, becoming live in all 50 US states and having 1.2 million homeowners using the platform.

About
Bryan started GreenPal almost 12 years ago
Revenue
Bryan grew the business to $2.5M/month
Costs
It cost Bryan $250000 to start the business
Read by 4,301 founders

5. Start a garden weeding business

Weed pulling service can be a profitable business and provides you a chance to define your work schedule. If you are considering starting a low startup capital landscaping business, consider starting a weed-pulling service.

Your customers will be homeowners and commercial establishments.

6. Start a gardening business

A gardening business makes money by planting trees, growing specific produce, maintaining landscapes, and more.

Gardening companies work with homeowners to install, maintain and repair their landscaping areas. For instance, a typical gardening business provides all-inclusive services to create and maintain a lawn, such as mowing, fertilizing, and edging.

Owning a gardening business can be a very flexible and profitable business venture.

How much you can make: $27,000 — $150,000/month

How long does it take to build: 560 days (?)

How I Designed A $150K/Month Portable Pressurized Shower And Went On Shark Tank

Founder of RinseKit shares how he designed a portable pressurized shower that generates over $1.5M in sales per year and achieved great success with Kickstarter and appearing on Shark Tank, while providing advice on designing, prototyping, and manufacturing your first product.

About
Chris started RinseKit about 9 years ago
Revenue
Chris grew the business to $150K/month
Read by 11,698 founders

7. Become a florist

Floral designers arrange live, dried, and silk flowers for decorative displays. Florists also help customers select flowers, containers, ribbons, and other accessories. Florist services can be fun and highly profitable. However, a florist must be creative and ready to work hard to see the business flourish.

How much you can make: $9,600/month

How much does it cost to start: $250 (?)

How long does it take to build: 30 days (?)

With Just $300, I Started A Dried Flower Arrangement Business And Now Make $10K/Month

Milla Rose, a boutique online flower arrangement business based in Melbourne, Australia, started as a side project in a bedroom and has grown into a nearly $10k a month business, with monthly revenue doubling since last year, selling almost 3000 arrangements to all corners of Australia.

About
Alexandra started Milla Rose over 3 years ago
Revenue
Alexandra grew the business to $9.6K/month
Costs
It cost Alexandra $250 to start the business
Read by 3,189 founders

8. Start a party rental business

A party rental business helps people get the products or the services they need to make their party a fun-filled event.

Party rental businesses can include:

  • Photo booth rental
  • Renting wedding clothes
  • Party boat rental
  • Sound equipment rental
  • Outdoor equipment rental
  • Cake structure rental

To start a party rental business, begin with what you know much better. Then as you gain experience, you may diversify to renting other party accessories or partner with experts in different fields.

How much you can make: $35,000 — $400,000/month

How much does it cost to start: $500 (?)

How long does it take to build: 15 days (?)

How I Started A $35K/Month Event Decor Business

Akshay Patel's event rental and decor business, Simply Decor, Tents, and Events, saw an average ticket price of $2,000, as their advertising budget decreased from $20k to $5k, leading to 40% of their clients coming through social media advertising, 30% from expos, and 30% online in google, yahoo, and other platforms.

Revenue
Akshay grew the business to $35K/month
Costs
It cost Akshay $500 to start the business
Read by 16,609 founders

9. Start a landscape designing business

Landscape design, also known as landscape architecture, involves arranging and modifying features in a landscape, urban area, or garden. The scope of work requires planning, designing, and managing open spaces to create an appealing environment.

The demand for landscape design is high among homeowners and commercial space owners. According to statistics, the employment of landscape architects will grow by 6% in the next few years. The need for planning and developing new and existing landscapes for commercial, industrial, and residential construction will drive the growth.

Starting a landscape design business can be profitable if you are an experienced designer with excellent artistic skills. To start a landscape design business, do market research and write a business plan. Invest in quality landscape design tools and equipment and register your business.

How much you can make: $2,500,000/month

How long does it take to build: 75 days (?)

Uber For Lawn Care: How I Built A $30M Software

GreenPal has bootstrapped their business to over $30 million a year in revenue, after securing an unsecured line of credit for $85,000, and have built the operating system and platform for small lawncare companies to run their entire business through, becoming live in all 50 US states and having 1.2 million homeowners using the platform.

About
Bryan started GreenPal almost 12 years ago
Revenue
Bryan grew the business to $2.5M/month
Costs
It cost Bryan $250000 to start the business
Read by 4,301 founders

10. Start a christmas tree farm

Are you looking for an exciting way to make money every December? Starting a Christmas tree farm could be the right business for you. You can grow Christmas trees in your backyard and harvest them in December, then sell them to décor companies and consultants.

Here are steps for starting your Christmas tree farm:

  • Choose the Christmas tree variety and purchase the seedlings
  • Prepare your backyard farm
  • Plant the seedlings and care for them to maturity

Some Christmas trees will take more than two years to grow to maturity. However, the waiting time also depends on the size of the Christmas tree you desire.

11. Start a hydroseeding business

Hydroseeding is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed and mulch to prevent soil erosion. Starting a hydroseeding business is pretty simple. It is a less labor-intensive business than seeding or laying sod. Hydroseeding is a premium way of establishing a lawn. Thus, clients are willing to pay the high price simply because it’s faster than the conventional way of establishing a lawn.

12. Start an interior landscaping business

Interior landscaping is the practice of designing, installing, and maintaining greenery and biophilic elements inside buildings.

Commercial and residential property owners are embracing interior landscaping at a higher rate than ever before. Interior landscaping offers an opportunity to replicate the beauty and environmental benefits previously associated with the outdoors.

If you enjoy home improvement and interior décor, consider starting an interior landscaping business.

13. Start a pest control business

Pest control is a booming industry that has been around for decades. It will only grow as new pests and diseases enter our world.

Pests can be a serious menace, and homeowners are willing to pay what it takes to get rid of pests around their homestead.

Pest control can be a lucrative business that can make you a lot of money.

14. Start a landscaping equipment rental business

Home owners prefer using Lawn and garden equipment to buying their equipment for a single use per year. Lawn and garden equipment rental saves homeowners the agony of equipment maintenance and storage space.

Therefore, starting a landscaping equipment rental business can be a profitable venture.

15. Start a herb gardening business

Growing and selling herbs can be a profitable business venture. You do not need a large space to start a herb garden. In fact, you can use vertical farming technique to grow herbs in your backyard, and earn profits from your business.

meet the author
Pat Walls

I'm Pat Walls and I created Starter Story - a website dedicated to helping people start businesses. We interview entrepreneurs from around the world about how they started and grew their businesses.