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Lynden-Jeff
03-28-2007, 12:07 AM
Hey,

For anyone in the north east when do you calls start coming in for new sign ups? The last 2 days have been the warmest yet but they are forecasting cold/possibly snow for next week. Just wondering if its weird that I haven't had to many calls as of yet.

Cheers
Jeff

mole
03-28-2007, 08:10 AM
people are getting ready to go on easter break/vaca there not thinking of lawn care yet. after easter is when I get most of my new guys. I think they see all the guys working down there and then it hits them that they need somebody.

Lynden-Jeff
03-29-2007, 07:29 PM
Awsome, exactly the reply I was looking for. Its supposed to get cold and possibly snow next week, I have this phobia that im missing the boat. Althought even last year I got 10 clients even starting in august so I shouldent really be worried.

Cheers
Jeff

cantoo
03-29-2007, 08:34 PM
Xoopiter, I am near Kincardine off Lake Huron. Our phone started ringing the first of the week. We have about 10 jobs so far from these calls. However most are old customers just making sure we have their names on the list. It really depends on what type of work you do.
Lawn rolling 2 calls
Lawn sweeping, stone removal or "raking" 7 calls
Sand removal from highway bridge 1 call and scheduled for next week.
Hydro seeding 1 call and I referred him to someone else. I only dry seed.
If you want early spring money you need to offer early spring work. We likely sweep 40 or 50 lawns. Lawn rolling is something we hate but we also hate to turn down money. Branch cleanup this year is going to be big because of a bad ice storm we had. Broken brach removal from up in trees will also get us some work.

Lynden-Jeff
03-29-2007, 10:00 PM
Hey,

I know where kincardine is, my friend has some family up there. Im about 1.5 hours from you. When do your lawn cutting contracts start coming in? We are already booking some early spring work like you say, just wondering when the actual residential contract calls will start rolling in.

Cheers
Jeff

cantoo
03-29-2007, 10:40 PM
Xoopiter, we don't have any on contracts anymore. Everyone is always late calling for lawn cutting. I guess they figure it will cut itself and we are the last resort. We don't do much advertising anymore so we don't get many new calls. We rely on referrals from our customers for new work. We figure if they take to trouble to ask someone about us then it will be worth our time to give them a price. My wife does the work I just fix the equipment, I work full time at a day job. I'm sure a few more days of sunny weather will get your phone ringing.

Lynden-Jeff
03-29-2007, 11:43 PM
Hey,

Sounds like what I was thinking. Hear we are expecting some cold/snow next week so hopefully after that things will start to pour in.

Cheers
Jeff

dvblandscaping
03-30-2007, 12:52 AM
Im in MA. I usually dont start getting calls until the first week of April. Though I did get a call during that last warm spell.

I get antsy every year and worry about lack of new business... But by August I usually have at least 10 new clients. That way I can get rid of those pesky Dog Mess lawns.

nobagger
03-30-2007, 06:57 AM
Its been nice weather wise in NWPA and there were a few companies out but next week...wet flakes;)

crzymow
03-30-2007, 07:30 AM
I have tons of cleanups to do, I wish I would have been out this week. Still waiting on my help, will be here monday. I have been giving a lot of estimates on mulching jobs, 1 lawn install and another lawn renovation.

Lynden-Jeff
03-30-2007, 08:25 AM
Its been nice weather wise in NWPA and there were a few companies out but next week...wet flakes;)

Ya, thats why im thinking its a little early. Im sure the warm spell after that will go nuts.

Im in MA. I usually dont start getting calls until the first week of April. Though I did get a call during that last warm spell.

I get antsy every year and worry about lack of new business... But by August I usually have at least 10 new clients. That way I can get rid of those pesky Dog Mess lawns.


Ive already bagged 10, im looking for more like 100 this year lol.

Cheers
Jeff

mow & snow
03-30-2007, 06:36 PM
The only calls I really get now are for spring cleanups. I get most of my mowing calls when people start seeing their neighbors lawn being mowed.

Lynden-Jeff
03-30-2007, 07:12 PM
Thats what im betting on. Im sure flyers will be more productive late april/early may when the grass starts actually growing.

Cheers
Jeff

Bustus
04-03-2007, 12:17 AM
people are getting ready to go on easter break/vaca there not thinking of lawn care yet. after easter is when I get most of my new guys. I think they see all the guys working down there and then it hits them that they need somebody.
Sounds about right to me

J&R Landscaping
04-03-2007, 02:27 PM
I have had ads running for the past 2 weeks. Been getting a good amount of calls as well. Its been decently warm but it is supposed to go down in the lower 40's over Easter weekend.

cnymowing
04-03-2007, 02:44 PM
I'm glad to hear that y'all are not full by the first week in april... I sent out my postcards, and got a few calls but the big surge is normally second or third week in april