Average Initial Investment and what this covers: Between $45,800 and $141,300 depending on type of franchise (standard vs. conversion) and desired operational model. Covers the first three months of operation and includes the franchise fee; initial marketing plan; training costs; deposits and payments for facility, truck, trailer and equipment and additional operating capital.
Royalty Fee: Begins at 6% of gross monthly sales and declines to 5% and then 4% as certain revenue thresholds are achieved.
Franchise Fee: Initial franchise fee is $34,0000 – discounts are available for existing landscape business operators looking to convert their business.
Total Investment: Same as average initial investment listed above
Number of North American Locations: 250
Services offered: Core services includes maintenance, tree trimming; fertilization, lawn care and shrub and tree insect and disease control, lawn and ornamental consultation; irrigation services; installation of landscape materials; arborist services; and snow management and other snow-related services
Franchising since: In Canada in 1976 and expanded to offer franchising to the United States in 1996.
Average Initial Investment and what this covers: $69,490 - $86,550. Initial franchise fee, training expenses, travel, real estate improvements, equipment and fixtures, truck and spray package lease, computer hardware and software, insurance, miscellaneous operating costs and additional funds for three months.
Royalty Fee: $12,558.98 annually for each of the first two production vehicles; $8,791.29 annually for the third production vehicle; and $6,279.49 annually for each subsequent production vehicle used during the year. Each year, these amounts may be adjusted for inflation, according to the Consumer Price index. The Base Year is Nov. 1, 1995. The amounts stated are for 2020.
Franchise Fee: Single territory (population up to 150,000): $20,000; double territory (population up to 300,000): $33,750
Total Investment: $69,490 to $86,550
Number of North American Locations: 306 License Agreements & 683 Territory Counts
Average Initial Investment and what this covers: $81,220 - $200,070. This includes the initial franchise fee, software, vehicle(s), equipment, supplies, inventory, insurance, local marketing and promotions, training, travel, lodging, deposits, permits licenses, real estate. The Grounds Guys estimated initial investment range includes the franchise fee; however, the initial franchise fee may vary depending on the size of the territory purchased.
Royalty Fee: 5-6%
Franchise Fee: $35,000 (minimum initial)
Total investment: Not available
Number of North American Locations: 213
Services offered: Residential and commercial services include: lawn and bed maintenance; landscape and hardscape; pest, weed and fertilization, irrigation, outdoor lighting, snow and ice management; gutter cleaning
Hours of Training: 110 hours over a 12-13 week onboarding process from signing to opening. Ongoing learning opportunities: 48-plus annual training opportunities, all day training events, weekly webinars and more.
Average Initial Investment and what this covers: Ranges from $45,000 - $60,000 excluding franchise fee. This includes vehicle, spray unit, computer software program, miscellaneous equipment, training, marketing, customized website, paper supplies, start-up product, insurance licensing.
Royalty Fee: 6% - Also offers franchise owners an incentive program for reducing their monthly royalty based on annual growth.
Franchise Fee: $15,000 - $25,000 based on territory
Total Investment: $60,000 - $70,000
Number of North American Locations: 11
States/Provinces with at least 1 franchise: 4
Services offered: Organic based lawn care, plant health care, natural mosquito control, many other optional lawn care services.
Closures in the last three fiscal years: 1
Hours of Training: 2 weeks- 80 hours- training is conducted at the corporate office and on franchise site
Average Initial Investment and what this covers: $87,424 – Franchise fee, down payment on vehicle and equipment, technology and software, opening supplies, initial marketing campaign, initial data fee, three months working capital.
Royalty Fee: 10-8% (5-3% first season for qualifying green industry business)
Franchise Fee: $25,000 with qualifying green industry business; ($40,000 without)
Total Investment: $89,982-$106,262
Number of North American Locations: 126 independently operated locations, plus 26 company owned locations
States/Provinces with at least 1 franchise: 26
Services offered: Lawn fertilization and weed control, lime treatment, lawn disease control, brown patch control, aeration and overseed, core aeration, grassy weed control, ornamental bed weed control, irrigation maintenance, moss control, root feeding, specialty injections, two-step tree program, perimeter pest control, mosquito mitigation, fire ant, control, flea and tick control, crane fly control, grub/subsurface insect control, surface feeding insect control (services may vary by region)
Average Initial Investment and what this covers: First 90 days - $81,800 - $102,250 covers territory fee, travel for training, tools and equipment, computer hardware and software, inventory, storage, vehicle, vehicle signage, marketing investment and additional funds
Royalty Fee: Tiered 8%, 7%, 6%, 5%
Franchise Fee: First territory - $49,500; Second territory - $40,000
Total Investment: Initial investment (first 90 days) - $81,800 - $102,250; Total Capital (first year) $150,000 - $200,000.
Number of North American Locations: 105
Services offered: For residential and commercial properties: Irrigation system installation, irrigation service and repair, irrigation annual/seasonal maintenance packages, annual inspection of backflow devices, government water rebate incentives, upgrading and retrofitting irrigation systems, system inspections and assessments, drainage solutions
Closures in the last three fiscal years: 4 franchisees, 7 territories.
Hours of Training: 10 days of training – 80 hours. 5 days in person; 5 days virtual
Average Initial Investment and what this covers: N/A
Royalty fee: 6%
Franchise fee: $20,000
Total Investment: $80,000 in working capital which is applied to start-up costs, marketing and equipment
Number of North American Locations: 30
Services offered: Lawn fertilization and weed control with additional services including overseeding, lawn renovation, irrigation; insect control – turf insects and mosquito, ticks; perimeter pest control
Closures in the last three fiscal years: 0
Hours of Training: 120 hours start up training plus ongoing e-training and support