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jtrice11
08-20-2005, 10:05 AM
ok, so I'm stressed out to the max right now. Yesterday I had to get two large properties cut before the weekend (rained out thursday). Because of the rain and fog yesterday, we had to cut while the grass was wet, and it was LOOONNGG!. Mostly because they've been running their irrigaton systems for 30-45 mins per zone which did a nice job during our hot July. Had some rain, cooler temps, grass just exploded. So I cut the wet long grass, you know how that is. I made paste. Of course got home last night...complaints. Don't know what else I could have done. I can't lose these accounts or I'll have to close up shop.

mcwlandscaping
08-20-2005, 10:16 AM
Tell them, maybe in a slightly different version, what you posted. Its the truth, explains why it happened, and then assure them that it will never happen again.

jtrice11
08-20-2005, 10:22 AM
I think that's my plan, we spend an extra 2 hrs blowing the turf to get the big turds broken up. This was the first time this year I just felt my hands were tied. Can't mow on Saturday and waiting until Monday was totally out of the question.

Nathan 281
08-20-2005, 01:36 PM
Rain cought me off gard too started at 4:00 on thursday then went tell dark. Friday the rain lost about 3 hours but was all done by 7:00. Was Really halling a$$. I dont think it was as bad as this spring. would be nice if it would spread out through the season.

jtrice11
08-21-2005, 12:16 PM
Nathan, what part of Minnesota are you in?

Nathan 281
08-21-2005, 01:05 PM
Minneapolis

LwnmwrMan22
08-21-2005, 04:09 PM
See?? You need to work on targeting areas that aren't irrigated. :D

The schools that I do, we've not mowed them for 2 weeks now, just did the trimming last week, now this week we'll mow, but not have to trim.

Same thing for most of my other areas.

JTrice -

If you get large clumps, and I realize this'll take longer, but raise your deck up either all the way, or at least 1-2". Then go back over the areas in a diagonal from the first cut. It should spread the clumps all back out again.

bobbygedd
08-21-2005, 04:35 PM
all yur eggs in one basket, eh? :nono: i am not responsible for acts of god, period. did it take longer to cut that wet high grass? did you add a surcharge?

Nathan 281
08-21-2005, 11:19 PM
See?? You need to work on targeting areas that aren't irrigated. :D

The schools that I do, we've not mowed them for 2 weeks now, just did the trimming last week, now this week we'll mow, but not have to trim.

Why looking for some competition :D

I have only skipped 2 weeks total this season. Only one time on my own and i only water the brown spots

You said before you keep it under 5" Do you only cut when their is 5"+

LwnmwrMan22
08-22-2005, 12:25 AM
Why looking for some competition :D

I have only skipped 2 weeks total this season. Only one time on my own and i only water the brown spots

You said before you keep it under 5" Do you only cut when their is 5"+


In my bids, it states that lawns will be mowed to keep them at a height of 3-5".

That means that in the spring, when grass is growing 2+" / week, we're there every week.

Lately, where nothing's been growing, that if a yard is 4" tall, and I know there hasn't been / will be any rain, then I have the ability to skip it, since it's not going to get to the 5" threshold.

Usually, once it gets to this time of year, I'm bouncing the accounts to every 10 days to 2 weeks, but still getting the same pay.

jtrice11
08-22-2005, 12:14 PM
all yur eggs in one basket, eh? :nono: i am not responsible for acts of god, period. did it take longer to cut that wet high grass? did you add a surcharge?

Unfortunately you are correct, most of my eggs are in one basket. But I'm trying to build a business and don't have the luxury of picking and choosing my accounts...yet. So I bend over backwards to keep em happy. It took an extra 2 hrs to clean up the mess, got a guy out there blowing the turf today. Won't charge them a penny extra, its in the contract. I had to pull my trump card though and let them know that it states in the contract that weather may temporarily delay a manicured lawn.