View Full Version : How many yards?

04-01-2002, 06:01 PM
I wil be working by myself this summer and was wondering how many yards i should attempt to get? I'm just doing mowing and trimming..

04-01-2002, 06:17 PM
how many days a week do u wanna work? what kind of equip? physical status? how much do u like the field? how much do u depend on the money? we need a lot more info. also did u do a search?

04-01-2002, 06:42 PM
Your question is way too vague as stslawncare said. Need more info b4 we can give you any advice.

04-02-2002, 07:02 AM
I haven't turned down a job in three years. If I don't want it, then I price it high. If I get it, it is worth the overtime. If you get ovewhelmed, sell it or call the client with a number to another company.

It is not how many do I need, it is how much time do I want to spend selling myself to others.

04-02-2002, 09:05 AM
It doesn't really matter how many lawns you have.
What really matters is how much money you make.
Good luck
Brian Grant. :blob1:

04-02-2002, 09:40 AM
Really vague, how big will the yards be? What do you use for equipment. How much overhead will you have? Do you do add on services? Travel time between jobs.

Your question is one of the reasons that this forum is here but you do have to do some homework to get some answers.

Even with all those answers, it is hard to know how many yards.

04-02-2002, 05:51 PM

04-02-2002, 06:06 PM
Mow Ed pretty much dialed this question in a bit, for helpful info. Also, What color are your mowers?

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04-02-2002, 08:06 PM
a lot. and only charge them what they can afford.

04-02-2002, 10:01 PM
i do about 30 and im gona need a helper if i get anymore wens, thurs ,fri .if it was you and a helper i think 25 a day should be descent amount

Tony Harrell
04-02-2002, 10:48 PM
43 No, just kidding. You need to set some goals about what kind of income and how hard you want to work for it. The number of yards will fall into place after some other research. For once I'm telling someone to search. OMG!!! You might need some guidance on what to search for however. Here's a start, maybe someone else will add to it. "income, per hour, money, rates, productivity, starting out, how much". My brain is freezing, I'll let others continue with this.

04-02-2002, 11:46 PM
it all about how much money u want to make, im 16 and i mow 7 to 8 lawns with apush mower

04-03-2002, 01:36 AM
0 since your not going to blow them off.



04-03-2002, 05:21 PM
Seeing that you're only 17 years old, 4 yards at $15/cut should cover your weekly living expenses. Add this to your allowance from the rents and you should do just fine.


04-03-2002, 05:30 PM

After you get that one done, add another, keep adding until you cant keep up. When you cant keep up buy a bigger mower, then add some more until you cant keep up. The next year(s) replace the difficult customers with new blood. When you get a comfortable mix maintain it there or add a worker and continue your growth.

Only you can determine your capacity.

04-03-2002, 06:18 PM
1 - your own. After that nice cozy union gig pays enough to buy your dream home, make its lawn the finest around and leave the rest to us. Dont make the same mistake we all did. Get the union card and live longer.

04-03-2002, 09:37 PM
Here's some insight from a guy your age. I started about 3 years ago. Started with 3 lawns that I had gotton from a realtor neighbor. Just me and the pushmower... :) I live in a smaller town of 10k, so I know alot people I see. Started passing word, and it started passing itself, started getting better equipment and alas got a ZTR and got insured last spring and compete well with the two other larges companies who have similar equipment set-up. I have nearly $1000 per mow, many of them larger. I've learned the cut-throat tactics that some unproffesional companies resort to, and always loose 2 or 3, but usually get new business to fill there spots, but be sure to plan accordingly.

I have track right now, along with some tough classes, so these last 3 weeks is crunch time, but once summers here, I don't have a problem with time usually. If the grass is growing fast now, and I get overloaded, my dad usually volunteers his time to help relieve me a bit. (He's a former green industryman)

I think my only scheduling problem is I have friends who are planning a trip to europe and stay at one of their relatives downtown paris apartments for two weeks. It's gonna be fun, but I need to brainstorm a solution. I don't think my dad could handle it by himself, and I think letting the competition sub is a bad idea.

bubble boy
04-03-2002, 09:53 PM
oh man, yardboy, if you can make Paris work do it.

i hate to say that cause i know it jepardizes your biz, but you're young i think you'd regret not going to europe more than losing some customers. Paris in the summer? Thats what I call an opportunity you can let go.

04-03-2002, 10:42 PM
I wish i knew then what i knew now. LOL :D

Professional Lawn Care
Eric Goodwin

Darryl G
04-03-2002, 10:45 PM
Just multiply length in feet by width in feet by depth in feet and divide by 27. That will tell you how many yards

04-03-2002, 10:50 PM
Bubble boy is right on his last post! Try finding a TRUST! worthy friend in any out there to do them for you. Mabey a friend or two can help your dad or explain to the customers your dad will be in one week and play catch up when your back!