View Full Version : Winter clean-ups?

12-31-2002, 08:26 PM
I still have a few more clean ups that I have to finish. Anybody else having a hell of time with leaves? The snow really diminished any chances of me finishing in December. There is alot of rain in the forcast and I have no idea when I will finish.

Give me a break El Nino!!!!!!

01-01-2003, 11:22 AM

I don't have a fromal total, but I have a little over 100 left. We can get 4 larger properties done in a day, or up to 12 medium to small ones w/ a 6 man crew. All of the properties had the leaves off the turf areas the week before Thanksgiving, its just the beds that are real bad as well as whatever has blown around prior to curbside collection. BTW, most townships are still collecting around here.


01-01-2003, 01:29 PM
Even if there still is curbside pickup, I would be afraid to leave anything.

We had that freaky snow storm back in the first week of December and the plow trucks came along and threw all the leaves back up on people's yards. What a mess that was.

01-01-2003, 05:16 PM
Cleanups are going super slow for me. Between snow,rain,wind and leaves being late coming down, I still have 15 cleanups left out of 50 total. Leaves just aren't moving with the blower. Way too wet. I'm afraid some of these cleanups will turn into spring cleanups. Last year I was through with my cleanups by Thanksgiving.

General Grounds
01-01-2003, 05:46 PM
:blob3: wow im gald im not alone, the kicker of all is the people calling asking why we have'nt showed yet asking if all is okay. if i count up all the days missed due to weather i would say we lost 15 or so just in dec. we've been doing the cleanups with little leaves because our larger ones will be impossible. havent used my leaf loader due to how wet the leaves have been. the weather is frustrating but the lack of common sense by some is even more frustrating. tony

01-01-2003, 06:24 PM
Clarification: Although curbside collection is still happening, I am not placing anything curbside, just vacuuming up & hauling to site. Oh yeah, we charge for driver & disposal too!!


01-01-2003, 06:35 PM
I Still have about 8 more to do also. For the 10 years Ive been in this business I have always raped up leaf cleanups by the first week of December. Everytime the snow melts and I go back to work we either get rain or we got another snow storm Christmas eve....Cant quit do a cleanup with 3ft snow banks on peoples lawns.:rolleyes:

01-01-2003, 08:41 PM
Yeah. I thought I was alone.

It's my first year out, and I have 5 to go. 2 of which I consider to be major ones, possibly testing my equipments capabilities, but the money appears to be good. I have to see what actually happens, but they look good when the estimate went out.

Of these 5, they are not my regular lawn customers. So if they want to call someone else who can get there faster, fine. I told them I'll be there on a weekend, but the weekends keep rolling past and every one is shot. I did some work 2 weeks ago, now there was more snow Xmas eve. Now it melted and has rained non-stop today 1/1/2003. More rain listed for Friday and wind on Saturday. If the ground and leaves are going to be that wet and or windy, this weekend will be out as well. So now we roll over to 1/11/2003.. And the beat goes on.

I can't wait to start complaining about "Spring Growth" once again. :)


01-02-2003, 09:59 AM
To answer the question, No. WOW. My stuff has been sleeping and I am getting a little rounder since before Thanksgiving.

The latest I have ever been out is the first week of December and that was only once.

I'd rather have an early spring than a late fall.

01-02-2003, 01:48 PM
Feel better now Dana? :p

01-03-2003, 12:58 PM
Still have 2 left, haven't been hitting it too hard with the holidays, etc.

I'll finish today & tomorrow and be able to service stuff and put away for a couple of months.

General Grounds
01-03-2003, 06:00 PM
:blob2: if one more person calls to ask if we forgot them im gonna scream. i asked one customer if he was away and he replied "no why", b/c i said its been raining and snowing sice dec. 5th. his reply was "oh i did'nt think rain or snow stopped you guys". now you know what im dealing w/. tony

01-03-2003, 06:39 PM
Kinda like when it rains for a week straight and a customer calls the night of their scheduled mowing day to ask where you are. I feel your pain:cry: :cry:

01-03-2003, 09:30 PM
I always like it when a customer will call and ask you if you are alright, because they are worried something might be wrong with you. Yeah, like they are really concerned about your health!

01-05-2003, 07:35 AM
Originally posted by wmsland
I always like it when a customer will call and ask you if you are alright, because they are worried something might be wrong with you. Yeah, like they are really concerned about your health!

I think I might use that tactic in reverse when someone doesn't pay on time. Thankspayup

01-05-2003, 06:33 PM
Originally posted by Scraper
Feel better now Dana? :p

It's good therapy, Glen!

It's just that one lady who is not concerned about anything but her.

01-05-2003, 10:13 PM
actually had one call today. trying to get her done since early december. snow and rain made it tough. now though, there is no more curbside pickup, she asked that i haul them away, cant wait to see the look on her face when i tell her hauling will cost her about as much as the cleanup will, if not more

01-05-2003, 11:02 PM
Bobby Congrats on 1000 th post!!!!!

01-06-2003, 11:38 PM
hey, thanks, are there gonna be balloons, and confeti and everything?

01-07-2003, 01:45 AM
Think you just become a LAWNSITE ADDICT. Not a bad thing to be addicted to.

01-07-2003, 02:03 AM
8 more to go...........:)

If the place will dry up that is!

I was down to 6...but 2 'newbies' call this week...said their regular lawn guys had given up for the year. Don't think I won't try to snag 'em for next year...heheheh.

I'm usually done by the 1st or 2nd week of Dec...but the rain has not cooperated this year. Oh well....what can ya do. :laugh:

01-07-2003, 02:33 AM
We by the skin of our teeth got all the cleanups done this fall.It was close but we got em all in

01-07-2003, 01:44 PM
I hate winter cleanups they are really a PITA.

01-07-2003, 02:53 PM
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