Winter revenue-generating ideas

Despite freezing temperatures and limited daylight, winter is the perfect time to expand your service offerings and ensure a steady income. Instead of stowing away equipment until the spring, consider ways to grow profits with these three revenue-generating ideas:

1. Land clearing

Winter can be one of the better times for land clearing because frozen temperatures make the ground solid and provide better support for heavy equipment. Additionally, precipitation and runoff occur less frequently, and many plant species are dormant, reducing environmental damage caused by erosion and aggressively cutting back invasive vegetation. Cold weather also helps keep engine and hydraulic temperatures cool during the all-day jobs that are common in land clearing.

“The sooner you begin this process, the more time you will have to fully prepare a property for spring projects,” said Matt Nelson, director of development at Diamond Mowers. “This way, you can commit more time surveying the land and devising a plan for landscaping, planting, and building.”

Utilize a brush cutter to slice through grass, brush, branches, and trees effectively. This “one-size-fits-all” utility tool offers unmatched flexibility, power, and performance for keeping land neat and manicured, warding off tall brush and invasive plant species, trimming branches, and removing brush. A disc mulcher’s speed and productivity are particularly well-suited for clearing large expanses of land due to its distinctive disc design that stores energy and combines it with hydraulic power to enable operators to slice and process trees and brush in their path.

2. Tree removal

There are many advantages to removing trees during the winter. Most trees shed their leaves, so the lack of foliage makes it easier to spot signs of mold, decay, and other diseases. Fewer leaves also mean minimal cleanup, and because most disease-carrying insects and fungi are dormant, there is less risk of spreading maladies around a property.

It is also easier to remove dead or decaying trees from a property during winter since frozen ground does not get torn up by equipment, and hardened sap in trees provides perfect conditions for cutting and mulching. A depth control drum mulcher excels at taking down larger material and creates a fine mulch, while a disc mulcher is ideal for pulling whole trees into its deck for quick clearing and high productivity.

Once trees have been cut down and mulched, use a stump grinder to remove the remaining stump and roots.


3. Roadside maintenance

Roadside maintenance is a year-round activity vital for keeping roadways in safe driving condition by removing debris and brush that can block visibility and preventing damage due to poor erosion. Roadside maintenance is critical in rural areas where terrain can be uneven, and infrastructure is not as closely monitored as in urban areas. Roadside vegetation also acts as a snow fence, causing snow to accumulate on the road, which causes safety problems and increases snow removal expenses.

According to TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit, 13% of U.S. rural roads are rated in poor condition while another 21% are in mediocre condition. The need for roadside maintenance is real, and opportunities abound. Contractors with rotary mowers, boom ditchers, or attachments for gravel reclamation can optimize the “off-season” by offering their services to local municipalities and landowners to help clear culverts, promote proper drainage, reduce erosion, and keep roadways manicured and maintained.

“Winter is a great time to be proactive in preparing for spring projects and anticipating future needs,” Nelson emphasized. Consider these revenue-generating ideas to optimize performance and profits this winter.