If you own and operate a small landscaping company and are preparing to purchase an abundance of landscaping supplies so that you are ready to tackle an influx of jobs next spring, storing materials in a dry, safe environment is detrimental so that the supplies do not become lost or damaged. Use the suggestions below to assist with your storage needs.
Purchase A Storage Shed And Recycled Pallets
A wooden or aluminum storage shed can be set up on your property and will provide you with plenty of space to sort and store landscaping materials. After purchasing a shed and placing it on your property, buy some recycled custom pallets.
Custom pallets are stackable and recycled ones will not cost as much as new ones, but will look just as good and can be utilized in the same manner as brand new ones. Lay the pallets across the shed's flooring. Leave space in the central part of the shed so that you can walk upon the flooring when gathering landscaping materials.
Order Supplies In Bulk And Label Pallets
Think about the landscaping projects that you typically complete and the materials that are needed for them. If you often use an abundance of paving blocks, topsoil, bricks, or other materials, order supplies in bulk so that you will have plenty of materials on hand when you are ready to begin a landscaping project.
Stack the materials on top of the pallets. Separate the materials by type and place a gap between stacks so that materials do not get mixed up. Use index cards to label each stack of materials. Write on the cards the type of material and the quantity that you have on hand. Use clear tape to secure the index cards to the sides of the pallets.
Make Appointments For Impending Jobs And Order Materials As Needed
When you are ready to accept new projects, keep track of the appointments that you make so that you don't overbook any of the days and have to handle a large amount of projects in a short amount of time. After beginning projects, keep track of the inventory that you have used.
Reduce the amount listed on the appropriate index cards. When supplies begin to run out, order additional materials so that you will always have plenty of items on hand to complete your job duties and won't need to reschedule projects.