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wright5223
05-04-2011, 07:23 PM
I'm really truly thinking what my opinions are at this point, I was mowing at lease 70+ lawns a week in years past, But this year has flat out sucked got out 40k postcards again this year had at lease 40 calls I have about 55 lawns now, I have been hearing for the last 2 months someone else can do it less, I've downsized big time I'm only tying to work 4 days a week because of gas, Having a Lawn Biz in KC really sucks and with talking to other LCO I'm not alone

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
05-04-2011, 07:32 PM
Nothing worth doing is easy! Hang in there and yes you are right we are doing lawns for the same exact pricing that we where charging five years ago. It is not pretty out there.
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MowHouston
05-04-2011, 07:37 PM
I think it has to do with the way the economy is right now. Things are rough. People are either unemployed and trying to make ends meet or underemployed and trying to supplement their income.

cpllawncare
05-04-2011, 08:31 PM
I think it has to do with the way the economy is right now. Things are rough. People are either unemployed and trying to make ends meet or underemployed and trying to supplement their income.

Yep I said it in another post, "We're still in a recession"

JDiepstra
05-04-2011, 08:41 PM
Hey man... you have to sell yourself. Maybe someone can do it cheaper but can you do it better? What do you have to offer that they don't? You need to gain peoples respect. Get in front of them face to face to give them your quote. Look them in the eye when you talk to them. Shake their hand. Thank them for their time etc.

I raised all of my customers this year and lost 4% of them. The 4% who were a pain in my butt anyway. The raises I gave the other customers will almost cover the ones I lost.

wright5223
05-04-2011, 08:49 PM
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wright5223
05-04-2011, 08:50 PM
Yeah you guys are all right I just thought after all these years of living high on the hog I thought that things would go up not down
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cpllawncare
05-04-2011, 08:56 PM
Hey man... you have to sell yourself. Maybe someone can do it cheaper but can you do it better? What do you have to offer that they don't? You need to gain peoples respect. Get in front of them face to face to give them your quote. Look them in the eye when you talk to them. Shake their hand. Thank them for their time etc.

I raised all of my customers this year and lost 4% of them. The 4% who were a pain in my butt anyway. The raises I gave the other customers will almost cover the ones I lost.

I agree, I love meeting and talking face to face with my customers, which wasn't always the case, but I finally realized how important it is. Especially with new ones. I always look professional when going out to give quotes, it's just the image I want to portray, not just some lawn jockey cutting grass.

johnnybravo8802
05-04-2011, 09:25 PM
Nothing worth doing is easy! Hang in there and yes you are right we are doing lawns for the same exact pricing that we where charging five years ago. It is not pretty out there.
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Try the same pricing for the last 20 years!!! The great part is when a person wants you to lower their price....I love the logic!!!:confused:

meets1
05-04-2011, 09:32 PM
No loyalty. No more knowing who you know or knows you in high places. Economy is maybe part of it but if thats the case then where do these people come up with $1000 - $10K to go out and buy a mower, let alone a trailer - being there using the buick or min van to pulll it around.

I have had a large mowing contract - we were told to continue in March - fert program, landscape weeding, etc spraying, sweeping, paint striping - get an email they found someone else for the mowing. Lost a large cemetary - guy with $1000 craftsman and 38 inch deck - he started last week friday and mowed everyday last week (friday, sat, sun, mon, tues, wed,) he finished today. Go figure.

Price rules. large acres parks - $12-$15 / acre. Diesel is what???????

weeze
05-04-2011, 09:39 PM
haha....i called a small apartment complex to see if they needed someone to mow their grass...the grass was a foot tall...they said nah we got someone already...lol...i think he's cut it once this year

ed2hess
05-04-2011, 09:47 PM
This is what happens when you keep getting more and more mowers relative to the number of customers. The good part will be a thinning of the herd. A lot of guys who do this for extra money will soon stop because they just can't make enough per hour.....relative to their other full time job.

topsites
05-04-2011, 09:55 PM
It has been this way for well over 20 years, the price of a grass cut today is the same as it was in 1987,
that's why the real money is in irrigation, laying sod, tree work and installs.

MONTE
05-04-2011, 10:07 PM
Pricing here has gone down a lot. City parks are going for $8 an acre. Use to be $25 an acre 10 years ago.

Hell on Blades
05-04-2011, 10:15 PM
I'm looking forward to this summer when the "unemployed" lawn care guys get a dose of reality. I'm looking to pickup some great 2 year old equipment.

Really though, I can't complain. I have more business now than ever.