TORRINGTON — A brand new garden care service is beginning to catch on within the decrease Highland Avenue a part of city.
However you gained’t see groups of males hauling tons of kit on a flatbed truck. The enterprise homeowners are two 14-year-old boys with a ride-on mower and some hand-held instruments.
“We received sick of simply chilling round, so we each talked about it. Then at about the identical time, we stated, ‘Let’s mow lawns,’” stated Austin Loyot, who began Austin & Micah Garden Mowing and Companies together with his pal Micah West, within the early spring.
West stated, “We’ve received to mow our mothers’ lawns. We’re fairly good at that. We might strive that.”
The boys dwell subsequent door to one another on the west finish of city. They had been each in the identical grade at Torrington Center Faculty once they began the enterprise. Within the fall, Loyot will attend Oliver Wolcott Technical Excessive Faculty, whereas West will enter Torrington Excessive Faculty.
Austin is the older of two kids of John and Teela Loyot. Micah is the youngest of 4 kids.
Their mother and father are pleased with the boys’ initiative.
Teela Loyot stated, “I assumed it was a good suggestion. He had the gear. He might do it on this finish of city the place he can experience his mower to (clients’ homes) and produce stuff on his personal.”
Crystal Campbell, Micah’s mother, stated, “I feel they’re studying a little bit of duty, incomes their very own cash. I feel it helps them perceive that cash isn’t all the time simple to come back by.”
The companions are constructing a small stock of kit.
“We began out with two push mowers,” Austin Loyot stated. “Then we received that tractor over there.” He pointed to a ride-on mower on the fringe of his household’s property.
“That was given to him by our pal, who has his personal garden mower,” Micah West stated.
Teela Loyot stated a co-worker of hers gave Austin Loyot a weed whacker for the enterprise. The boys borrow John Loyot’s leaf blower and sometimes haul gear in a borrowed trailer, hooked to the again of the ride-on mower.
However garden care is just not all they do. A flier they wrote, designed and printed on Micah West’s laptop, states that they provide weeding, flower mattress and yard cleanup, snow shoveling, leaf blowing and extra.
They printed about 50 copies of the flier earlier than they ran out of ink. Loyot delivered half of them on one aspect of their road, and West took the opposite.
The flier states that they began the enterprise “to get off our butts and get to work. We each have nice work ethics and aren’t afraid to get soiled.”
The flier exhibits a before-and-after photograph of their first buyer’s yard, the place the “garden was 3 to 4 ft tall.” They proceed to “do his yard as soon as per week,” the flier states.
Crystal Campbell stated, “One thing that impressed me about them is that once they received a name for (that first) job, they type of instantly grabbed their stuff they usually had been on it.
“They only hustled out to get the work finished,” she stated. “I assumed that was fairly neat. And so they stayed out till after darkish, working. I had to return and get them and inform them, OK, you’re going to have to complete this up tomorrow.”
Teela Loyot stated the boys pulled weeds at one other buyer’s yard for six hours, then left to get weed killer and labored for one more hour.
“We wish to see how far this could go,” Austin Loyot stated. They now have eight common clients, he stated.
Each boys know it might not turn into a profession. Micah West has his sights set on laptop tech. He has designed video video games on a program known as Scratch, and he not too long ago constructed his personal laptop. Austin Loyot might observe in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and work for a propane firm his father began.
For extra data on Austin & Micah Garden Mowing and Companies, textual content or name Austin Loyot at 860-960-4103.