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Juan91
03-01-2010, 06:26 PM
im seeing 50's this coming weekend, yay for spring and the start of the 2010 season

good luck to all!

newlooklandscp
03-05-2010, 05:58 PM
Almost ready here. bin went up today, trailers are out and service, mowers are next, and the only thing left is to put the snow equipment away. If you want to come look at that 52" it will be out of the trailer next week. Let me know.

Ken

Juan91
03-05-2010, 07:53 PM
pm me your number, i'll come check it out

B&M
03-05-2010, 09:52 PM
Seeing high 50's low 60's here. So, yes we a getting ready!!!

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:03 PM
Took plow/spreader off truck today; not a chance of any action here according to the 5 day forcast. Just looked at mowing equipment in storage. Everything needs routine service. thinking about cleaning up mowers in morning and possibly alittle spot painting. Been lookin for a 52" scag or ex mark; not completely happy with 48" v pro i bought new 2 seasons ago.

STIHL GUY
03-05-2010, 10:07 PM
supposed to be 50-55 tomorrow...will soon be getting the trailer out of storage and starting everything and performing routine maitenence

nicholsmowingservice
03-05-2010, 10:09 PM
Seeing high 50's low 60's here. So, yes we a getting ready!!!

When do you usually start mowing down there?

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:13 PM
here in Columbus, ohio generally 2nd or 3rd week in april

lawnlandscape
03-05-2010, 10:15 PM
I would still like to see a couple nice snow storms still before this winter season is done.

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:15 PM
im actually getting started doing a little "annual" planting (pansies) and some tree/shrub work before the mowing really starts

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:19 PM
yeah, i definitely make more money salting/plowing but i think im ready for spring. soon, customers will be wanting to get serviced all at once, rather be able to pace myself; mainly a one man crew.

lawnlandscape
03-05-2010, 10:19 PM
????? isn't the ground frozen like a rock by you? your pretty far north...

nicholsmowingservice
03-05-2010, 10:24 PM
I looked in my book from last year I started doing clean-ups April 4th. Not to much longer... Cant wait to get going

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:24 PM
it not to bad, most of the snow is melted on the mulch bed areas where im going to be putting about 140 flats of pansies. the customer needs it done by March 24th.

nicholsmowingservice
03-05-2010, 10:27 PM
it not to bad, most of the snow is melted on the mulch bed areas where im going to be putting about 140 flats of pansies. the customer needs it done by March 24th.

how many flowers are in a flat?

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:28 PM
kinda new to plantin annuals, specially when its still colder, but the more research ive done makes me want to start doing more annual planting. Can market it to any customer. They can be the first to have some color in the neighborhood. Pansies are great for the colder temperatures.

dura to the max
03-05-2010, 10:28 PM
taking my rig to the fire house tomorrow and sunday (2 day shift). since its the weekend oughta be able to get the mowers about ready.

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:29 PM
a lot 36 plants.

B&M
03-05-2010, 10:39 PM
When do you usually start mowing down there?

Last year we completed our first round of cuts on March 22. So we are 14 days give or take, from starting.

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:40 PM
i should be a pro after completing this job. It's a commercial project that will be way bigger than any residential project i will probably tackle, but i think it could be a good add on service and money maker before and in between the mowing season starts. Here, we got spring, summer, and fall annuals that can enhance anyone's landscape. Not to mention, make ur competition step it up

nicholsmowingservice
03-05-2010, 10:45 PM
I hate planting flowers, but i think i would actually do it i am so sick of being cooped up inside all winter.

nicholsmowingservice
03-05-2010, 10:47 PM
How are you going to charge for planting all those flowers? By the hr or % or what

1wezil
03-05-2010, 10:52 PM
How are you going to charge for planting all those flowers? By the hr or % or what

:cool2::cool2::cool2::cool2:

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:52 PM
honestly i just came up with a number ( I charged 80% of the price per flat) the cost per flat is bout $11.40 a flat. Im still workin on how im gonna put bout 5,000 plants in the ground the fastest.

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 10:57 PM
i figured i could plant about 10 flats per hour with at least 3 people. will make about $1600 and ill pay several people $100-$150 apiece depending on how smooth everything goes. I estimate 1 day 2 at most. I hope im right. already been in situations where after the job is done it seems like i ended up cuttin the customer a check.

Juan91
03-05-2010, 11:00 PM
wow this thread was dead then 24 replies haha

just looked at my mower :)

nicholsmowingservice
03-05-2010, 11:01 PM
Why not just mark up the flowers a little and charge per man hour?

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 11:04 PM
I guess that could have worked, im still learning how to bid certain jobs. This one will definitely let me know how to set up the next job.

KPW LawnCare
03-05-2010, 11:07 PM
Yup I am going and passing out flyers tomorrow and probally picking up the jd sometime soon.

lawnlandscape
03-05-2010, 11:23 PM
Lawn's 2 Appeal. My famly also owns a Garden Center.. and if your going to be planting pansys already, you better hope it does not snow over them, because they will look like crap all spring. They like cool weather, not freezing. Its still to early for pansys and violas

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 11:34 PM
yeah, the customer understands that the weather is going to be a big factor. We still have several weeks before they will be planted. The nursery here will be taking them outside where they will be at the outside temp. next week. Also, the customer has a big inspection on the 24th of March and they want something with color planted. This is are only option due to the situation. Thats one of the reasons why Im taking on the job. How can i lose, it like being the underdog. Once everything is purchased, the plants will be planted no matter what the weather is; i cant control that. But when the inspection goes down on March 24th, there will be over 5,000 pansies planted.

Lawn's 2 Appeal
03-05-2010, 11:44 PM
My main concern is figuring out the best method to plant 5,000 plants the fastest. Am i gonna use hand shovels, tiller, auger, or what other options. i plan on using two other people to help. one dig, one plant, one on trays.

lawnlandscape
03-06-2010, 12:33 AM
Just little hand held shovels. Prob fastest to just have two guys planting with shovels and trays next to them, and one guy bringing the 2 planters trays :)

lawnlandscape
03-06-2010, 12:34 AM
As long as the ground is not frozen, you are going to be very surprised how fast it goes. 3 Guys can plant 5,000 pansies in a day... easy :)

lawnlandscape
03-06-2010, 12:37 AM
if 2 guys are planting that means they need to plant 312 each in an hour, for 8 hours.

Scoop, shove in the plant, put the dirt around the plant....
Scoop, shove in the plant, put the dirt around the plant....
Scoop, shove in the plant, put the dirt around the plant....
Scoop, shove in the plant, put the dirt around the plant....
Scoop, shove in the plant, put the dirt around the plant....
Scoop, shove in the plant, put the dirt around the plant....

5 per min... easy. 7-8 per min, to make time for some breaks... :)

Assuredlandscape
03-06-2010, 12:52 PM
Upper 40's here cant wait to get out their. taking all equipment in to get serviced within the next wk or 2. Spring clean ups should start within a wk or 2

travski
03-06-2010, 01:54 PM
I serviced all my mowers and hand helds. new logo on 6x12 enclosed trailer. temps in the high 40's and low 50's. 1-2 more weeks before spring clean ups and power raking. I cant wait!

Cables Lawn Care
03-06-2010, 07:20 PM
Just got mowers out of storage going to service tommorrow. Clean plow truck out and set plow a side for now. Can't wait for spring to go do clean ups. Need to lose winter weight.

Irwin97
03-06-2010, 09:06 PM
Weather's getting there around here. I'm going to providing services on my equipments starting this week after putting all winter equipments away ie: plows, shovels, blowers etc.

I think most if not many of us should be able to start work within 2/3rd week of April.

Looking foward to see how things go for this season.

Good luck everyone!

Daniel

ZAQLandscaping
03-06-2010, 09:26 PM
yep im almost already here. Got my equipment ready just needs to be picked up out of storage. Still gotta pick up a few more accounts before it starts.