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ProTouch Groundscapes
04-29-2011, 08:27 AM
seriously, it needs to stop for a week or two. We are still working on getting in 1 cut for for our entire route. Got about 23 more resi's and 1 larger commercial to cut between today and saturday and its drizzling outside now and I'm sitting on here talking to you guys, lol.

We have had the mowers stuck more times than I'd like to admit this week. Problem is that it has rained since the end of march with only maybe 5-7 full clear days between the month and a half so far. Last year we got 2-3 cuts in April. This pushes our mulch and other landscape jobs back too b/c the ground is just absolutely saturated, walking makes ruts easily. Thank God for the walker we picked up this year, bagging everything keeps the yards looking much cleaner, especially when we are cutting off a good 4-6" of growth. Our front yard took 4 hoppers and its only <4K sq. ft.

anyways, just venting a bit since we have had employee troubles thats driving me nuts. We are trying out a new guy today so hopefully that works out...

ALC-GregH
04-29-2011, 08:51 AM
I'm kinda in the same boat. I did finally get them all caught up. My problem was rain at first, then as soon as the weather broke, my truck engine went out. The truck wasn't worth anything so I had to find a new (new to me) truck. Then scramble to get them all done. Way over grown after a second week. You'll get there.

ProTouch Groundscapes
04-29-2011, 09:27 AM
I hear ya about the truck situation. While we have been lucky so far this year with no equipment breakdowns. We are looking for a 550 size truck with ext/crew cab and dump body for a mowing truck. Right now with the amount of grass we are pulling out, we are running a two truck setup. our diesel pickup pulling the enclosed and I'm driving our 1ton dump that we use for the clippings. I want to put the new dump as a mowing truck and it should serve as a stepping stone until we find a large 33k single axle dump.

grincon
04-29-2011, 10:56 AM
Its almost 8 am and the rain wont let here. Were supposed to have some nice days after today but I'm just sitting here drinking coffee and hoping it stops so i can get something done today.

TGG2008
04-30-2011, 12:21 PM
We finally got everything caught up as of yesterday. We have gotten stuck a couple times too. Even our lawns that dry out quickly and take rain well are giving us trouble this year.

yardatwork
04-30-2011, 12:46 PM
Same situation here in Pennsylvania. We've been mowing for three weeks now...and...about 75% of it in the rain. I have lawns that are under about a 1/2" to 1" of water and the grass is growing about 4"-6" per week. Never in my 13 years of business have I had to cut without the bagger first then put the bagger back on and remow the lawn...NEVER...we did this past week! Mother Nature needs fired! I think we are around 8" above normal rain fall for this time of year. Then to top all that off...the damn people who get their lawn fertilized to make it "greenier"...WHAT...March, April, and May rain/weather will take care of a green lawn all on its own.

ZMAX
05-01-2011, 07:29 PM
Same situation here in Pennsylvania. We've been mowing for three weeks now...and...about 75% of it in the rain. I have lawns that are under about a 1/2" to 1" of water and the grass is growing about 4"-6" per week. Never in my 13 years of business have I had to cut without the bagger first then put the bagger back on and remow the lawn...NEVER...we did this past week! Mother Nature needs fired! I think we are around 8" above normal rain fall for this time of year. Then to top all that off...the damn people who get their lawn fertilized to make it "greenier"...WHAT...March, April, and May rain/weather will take care of a green lawn all on its own.

lol people get it fertilized now to prevent crabgrass, not to make it "greenier"

SouthSide Cutter
05-01-2011, 07:50 PM
lol people get it fertilized now to prevent crabgrass, not to make it "greenier"

Don't know what they use in your area but around here you can tell who did and didn't get treated. Its a lot greener and taller. It has crab grass preventer but also fertilizer.
If the sun does come out don't see how we can keep up.

Rayner Lawncare
05-01-2011, 08:10 PM
We've gotten maybe 4" of rain here since september. 1.5 of that was in the last week and we need more. I feel your pain there were times last year I couldn't mow from the rain. The weather's getting wierd.:confused:

RTR Landscaping
05-01-2011, 08:32 PM
We've been getting the rain here too. The Mississippi river is forcasted to break the high water record in Memphis by May 8th. After looking at the devastation in Alabama by the tornados, I really feel like I should'nt complain. Those people really got slammed.

Zak's Pro. Lawn Care
05-01-2011, 09:15 PM
same here for me in toledo...friday night was when i finished all the first cuts for my lawns! it took 3 weeeks working between rain storms to get all the first and some 2nd cuts in. usually this week would have been 3rd cuts and some 4th, but not this year

PLDLawncare
05-01-2011, 10:19 PM
I'm in northeast Ohio, we've had an all time record for April rainfall. I'm with you, way behind on mulch and the like, and I'm getting calls from potential clients who aren't satisfied with their current guy, even though the job he's doing is as good as I can do, only it's too wet to be satisfactory. I just keep reminding myself that it's the wettest April in history, so the decisions I make are unprecedented. We do what we have to do to cut the grass!

dlonestar
05-02-2011, 08:59 AM
We had a week of rain here as well, today is the first day of sun for us. We are now playing catch up for the rest of the week lol

FuturePilot4u
05-02-2011, 09:28 AM
Im too busy, this rain and 5 calls a day just ain't workun. If this goes through summer ill be makin BANK!
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Daily Lawn/Landscape
05-02-2011, 10:18 AM
Spent most of the night helping neighbors move belongings to higher ground. We have had 14.6 in of rain in the last 10 days.And 2 in this afternoon and tonight. We are currently caught up on mowing, because we mow in the rain. But landscaping work is way behind.
Hope it slows down soon.

James

DA Quality Lawn & YS
05-02-2011, 01:41 PM
We've been getting the rain here too. The Mississippi river is forcasted to break the high water record in Memphis by May 8th. After looking at the devastation in Alabama by the tornados, I really feel like I should'nt complain. Those people really got slammed.

Agreed. Super cold here, very late spring, but I still have a house to live in that isn't blown down or flooded out.

OmegaRed
05-02-2011, 01:56 PM
i was reading this thinking man that's familiar. i'm in NE ohio.

we got to mow this last Saturday, and most of the places we could only do certain portions of their lawn. Wet mud holes.

205mx
05-02-2011, 01:56 PM
its bad isn't it!?
All this rain has really been stressfull to my schedule. And I was unable to get to my favorite yard this week :(

yardatwork
05-02-2011, 03:37 PM
lol people get it fertilized now to prevent crabgrass, not to make it "greenier"

Crabgrass...heck...my customers don't even know what that is. Trust me...it's to make their grass greener. And maybe to prevent the dandelions. Little do they know that they are feeding steroids to their grass more than preventing weeds! Then the minute we don't get any rain or maybe they stop with the treatments...their lawns are the first to struggle...WHY?...because their lawn doesn't have any natural strength or tolerance to normal summer conditions...it's all been chemically induced. It now relies on fertilizer.

mowermom3
05-02-2011, 07:49 PM
we have had 22.10 inches in the last week and a half, trying to mow is almost impossible, we live in the country and all roads to get out are flooded. Now we have levees breaking and wappapello has gone over its flood levee, We are just hoping we can get out tomorrow to mow