PDA

View Full Version : can't get a break


williams lcm
06-07-2012, 04:36 PM
With all this rain last week and this week I cant keep up. The grass is growing mad. I have been forced to mow in the rain....I cant put things off any longer. My weekend is already full . If I get backup any further I will never catch up. I cant even spray for weeds in the flowerbeds witch are also growing like crazy. Anyone else having this problem? I love rain but please rain while I am sleeping not while I am working :(

RAlmaroad
06-07-2012, 04:56 PM
Got a tip for you--hire someone. In business--there is a point of diminishing returns. Just think how far you'll get behind when you have a stroke from worrying over such stuff. Hire someone old and loves to mow.

williams lcm
06-07-2012, 06:04 PM
I have an employee working with me. I have seen some lco's are just skipping and cutting it the following week. A buddy of mine runs his business from 7am till 7pm 6 days a week with three guys. Now when he gets behind is is almost impossible to catch up. He says he does 60 lawns a day.

Patriot Services
06-07-2012, 06:14 PM
There's rain and there's downpours. Just means were all working this weekend. Watched in disbelief as Scotts came and sprayed my neighbors yard. I could hardly see him through the rain. Looked like a jackwagon spraying in a poncho.
Posted via Mobile Device

Florida Gardener
06-07-2012, 06:39 PM
I am not having to cut through rain, but it has been wet. Been lucky to get the early AM rains that go away and it stays overcast all day. Muggy as hell, but you can work in it. I always get reminded how it is imperative to stay on top of trimming and spraying in the summer b/c you may get in the situation you are in where you can't spray for a couple of weeks. May want to do a liquid pre-m in your beds for the summer so you don't get behind. Liquids are way cheaper than granular and it will help you in case you get behind like you are now. Just keep working and it will get done.

stickleylawncare
06-07-2012, 10:35 PM
We have been getting soaked for two weeks straight, and rained all morning until 10. My front yard is a lake right now the ground is so saturated. Today we did a lot of 21" mowing, a ZTR would have sunk or left a lot of lumpy,muddy lawns. It rained again tonight, I doubt the lawns we have on tomorrows schedule will be mow-able at all.

yamadooski
06-10-2012, 06:54 AM
Gotta love this. Starting my 20th year this July. This seperates the real lawn pros from the weekend mow and blows.
This has really got to tick off the used to be office dwellers that lost their jobs.
It ticks me off to no end that just because someone lost a job that everyone thinks they can mow lawns.

Ah back to the subject at hand here. To the guy from SC. Some cant just snap their fingers and have to hire someone. Maybe he does not have the capital. It also takes time to train.
I myself would rather be behind than have some do a crappy job and also be behind.
Its bad enough the customer saw you working in the rain.
Customers are stupid too. I get back to the office at 7pm saturday evening and there was a phone call asking me why Im 2 days late?
Why did he call? Because it was all clear and sunny saturday and they all have a memory span of an elephant and it makes me wonder how they live in such nice houses?

jvanvliet
06-10-2012, 08:57 AM
Gotta love this. Starting my 20th year this July. This seperates the real lawn pros from the weekend mow and blows.
This has really got to tick off the used to be office dwellers that lost their jobs.
It ticks me off to no end that just because someone lost a job that everyone thinks they can mow lawns.

Ah back to the subject at hand here. To the guy from SC. Some cant just snap their fingers and have to hire someone. Maybe he does not have the capital. It also takes time to train.
I myself would rather be behind than have some do a crappy job and also be behind.
Its bad enough the customer saw you working in the rain.
Customers are stupid too. I get back to the office at 7pm saturday evening and there was a phone call asking me why Im 2 days late?
Why did he call? Because it was all clear and sunny saturday and they all have a memory span of an elephant and it makes me wonder how they live in such nice houses?

Unless they owe you money :rolleyes:

Florida's Suncoast Lawn Care
06-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Gotta love this. Starting my 20th year this July. This seperates the real lawn pros from the weekend mow and blows.
This has really got to tick off the used to be office dwellers that lost their jobs.
It ticks me off to no end that just because someone lost a job that everyone thinks they can mow lawns.

Ah back to the subject at hand here. To the guy from SC. Some cant just snap their fingers and have to hire someone. Maybe he does not have the capital. It also takes time to train.
I myself would rather be behind than have some do a crappy job and also be behind.
Its bad enough the customer saw you working in the rain.
Customers are stupid too. I get back to the office at 7pm saturday evening and there was a phone call asking me why Im 2 days late?
Why did he call? Because it was all clear and sunny saturday and they all have a memory span of an elephant and it makes me wonder how they live in such nice houses?

And we still have to kiss butt and tell them I'm sorry but I got behind because of this and that. I will take care of it sir. Sorry about that. LOL.

zturncutter
06-20-2012, 08:44 PM
"And we still have to kiss butt and tell them I'm sorry but I got behind because of this and that. I will take care of it sir. Sorry about that. LOL." Sometimes, the old employee adage slow to hire and quick to fire works for customers as well as employees.:)

greendoctor
06-20-2012, 08:49 PM
Anyone that cannot look out their window and see that it is windy or raining soon will be looking for a new service provider. I am pretty sure that these same people would jump down your throat over ruts in the lawn, clumps of grass or spray drift killing their flowers.

Patriot Services
06-20-2012, 09:06 PM
I still get the occasional call "can you run over here in between rain storms? Klystron radar shows an opening in 20 minutes coming."
Posted via Mobile Device

greendoctor
06-20-2012, 11:54 PM
I still get the occasional call "can you run over here in between rain storms? Klystron radar shows an opening in 20 minutes coming."
Posted via Mobile Device

I consider that chiseling. Chiselers are fired.

Landscape Poet
06-21-2012, 08:06 PM
I consider that chiseling. Chiselers are fired.

Must be nice to be able to do that and have that large of customer base to pull from. Although I would not mind laying the law down customers like that I have to eat my peppers and listen to the angry bees in my stomach with many as they simply will have things there way. Maybe someday I will be work my way to be able to have the ability to due that but for now I hear money and come running. The way I see it, I have bills and wants and needs....they have money...I explain the best way to do things that I know how to them....if they do not like it my way we do it there way....at least until I can replace them at the very min. but I am too greedy and will most likely still keep them on as a customer until I simply can not stomach them anymore....there are good customers in my view, bad customers....the only ones that I will not work for are those that do not pay!

Florida's Suncoast Lawn Care
06-21-2012, 08:08 PM
Must be nice to be able to do that and have that large of customer base to pull from. Although I would not mind laying the law down customers like that I have to eat my peppers and listen to the angry bees in my stomach with many as they simply will have things there way. Maybe someday I will be work my way to be able to have the ability to due that but for now I hear money and come running. The way I see it, I have bills and wants and needs....they have money...I explain the best way to do things that I know how to them....if they do not like it my way we do it there way....at least until I can replace them at the very min. but I am too greedy and will most likely still keep them on as a customer until I simply can not stomach them anymore....there are good customers in my view, bad customers....the only ones that I will not work for are those that do not pay!

Very well said! My sentiments exactly. I get to test the theory this week because my PTO clutch just locked up today on a lawn. So now everything will be pushed back until after next Wednesday most likely. None of the dealers here have the PTO in stock. It's a Dixie Chopper 500012 PTO. No luck finding one I can get anytime soon. Ebay has it for $215 but will take until late next week to get here just like the dealers.

greendoctor
06-22-2012, 04:17 AM
Must be nice to be able to do that and have that large of customer base to pull from. Although I would not mind laying the law down customers like that I have to eat my peppers and listen to the angry bees in my stomach with many as they simply will have things there way. Maybe someday I will be work my way to be able to have the ability to due that but for now I hear money and come running. The way I see it, I have bills and wants and needs....they have money...I explain the best way to do things that I know how to them....if they do not like it my way we do it there way....at least until I can replace them at the very min. but I am too greedy and will most likely still keep them on as a customer until I simply can not stomach them anymore....there are good customers in my view, bad customers....the only ones that I will not work for are those that do not pay!

My base is small. However, it is not worth it for me to put down an ineffective application, one that will line me up in the crosshairs of the DOA or one that gets products banned in the state. Hence my policy. Sure, I will come out and spray between flash floods and/or gale force winds. However, my payment for doing so is $60,000 a year cash for the rest of my life.