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1BadHawk
03-09-2005, 07:01 AM
Sory for the dup but It was past the 10min limit for editing my previous post.

How long is your cutting season? and when you write up an estimate for a customer how many cuts do you include in it? In Maryland, im figuring April 1 trough Oct 23, so that comes to 23 weeks I believe.

If you have a week or two that you skip during the season, do you make the adjustment on that months bill or do you hold off until the seasons end in case you it runs a week or so longer then estimated?

DaLLa$
03-09-2005, 07:27 AM
We do 32-36 depending on turfs needs.

jpmako
03-09-2005, 07:54 AM
My Contract minimum is 28 cuts per season.

Jason

Precision
03-09-2005, 07:59 AM
42 cuts per season average.

I bill on a yearly contract. If it is 40 one year and 44 the next they pay the same monthly charge no matter.

1BadHawk
03-09-2005, 08:12 AM
ok so im in the right ball park.

Now im wondering, if I skip weeks should I adjust that months bill to reflect it, or just hold off until the end of season in case it runs a couple weeks extra. This way, the customer keeps an accurate monthly bill until the last bill which will have any adjustments made.

jpmako
03-09-2005, 08:26 AM
No adjustment.
They pay no matter what!

MMLawn
03-09-2005, 08:34 AM
How long is your cutting season? and when you write up an estimate for a customer how many cuts do you include in it? In Maryland, im figuring April 1 trough Oct 23, so that comes to 23 weeks I believe.

You're not ready to be in the LCO business if you can't even figure/count weeks. My 2005 calendar shows that there are 30 weeks between April 1 - Oct 23...not 23. 23 weeks would only be April 1st through Aug 31st.

If you did/had written contracts based on what you posted you would have just cost yourself almost 2 MONTHS income for work that you would have to complete without pay because of your contract error!

I made this suggestion to you before based on the number and types of question you have been asking for the past 30 days and it is not intended as a cut or rude but as a real suggestion because it is clear from your questions along with your profile listed 0 years in business that you really don't know what you are doing and are not really to be in this business yet so as I said before you really should work for someone else in the business first and learn the ropes before telling/selling folks that you are in the lawn care business and lead them to think that you have done it before and know what you are doing as a business owner.

lawnranger44
03-09-2005, 09:22 AM
Yeah 23 mowings is too little. We find that we do around 28 mowings per year. This is not necessarily one a week for the whole year tho. In May and June specifically, we do 5 or 6 mowings (about every 5 days).

You should consider doing a yearly contract. Customers pay the same amount regardless of how many times you mow. That way customers won't complain about how often you mow. PM me if you would like to see our contract.

Mycannon
03-09-2005, 09:40 AM
32 to 34 here

CelticGreens
03-09-2005, 11:02 AM
im from jersey, and you are right about opening April 1st, but last year we could have mowed well into december. i had it set that my mowing would stop Nov 1st. and from there i would take over with leave removals, but in many cases, lawns are still growing and it always looks better to mow the lawn after the leaf cleanup. plus why not earn the extra cash if its available. i would count on 30-33 weeks. just my 2 cents

traman
03-09-2005, 11:17 AM
36to 38 depends on how cold we get in the winter

Pecker
03-09-2005, 11:28 AM
We do 32-36 depending on turfs needs.
Same here. Weekly customers are at 36 cuts per year. Twice-a-month customers are at 22.

MacPhersonlawn
03-09-2005, 11:36 AM
25 - 26 Western Mass

Itsgottobegreen
03-09-2005, 12:17 PM
30 to 32 times per year. Starting 2nd week in april.

gdguth
03-09-2005, 01:38 PM
Here in central illinois usually cut from first of april to end of october, or early november

Mo Green
03-09-2005, 01:38 PM
32 cuts in my season.

draftlawncare
03-10-2005, 01:45 AM
i am getting 24 cuts per season any more than that clients start bitching about the months when it is really hot and the grass is not grow much.i have had comm contracts that stated 22 cuts per season on thier contracts that was real fun

1BadHawk
03-10-2005, 05:41 AM
Thank you everyone who replied with a sincere answer. I apologise for bothing those of you with my newbie questions.

stevo22
03-10-2005, 05:51 AM
maybe there are different grass types up north that i am not considering but around my area, west tenn, i do not see how folks get more than 27 cuts in...i am counting the week of april 15th---oct 15th...and that is cut the first time wait a week to start every week then the first of oct skip a week then one more cut...maybe i need to push the customers hards not to skip a cut after the first and last...i cannot honestly see how some people get so many cuts when the grass is going dormant...i understand the warmer climates for different grass types, colder climates and grass types etc...but if the grass is not green, it is not going to get cut by me...

Mico Landscaping design
03-10-2005, 11:47 PM
27-32 hear in michign..... all depends on if the grass is cut 2 times a week or 1.... basically 27-32 or until the snow hits.. iam ganna start my spring dance.. tired of the snow ... it can go now! :cool2:

Darryl G
03-11-2005, 12:34 AM
24 to 28. My mowing season is roughly April 15 to Oct 15. I continue to mow after Oct 15, but at my fall clean-up rate.

Lawn-Scapes
03-11-2005, 12:37 AM
I quote for 30... Over the last 3 years the average has been 29

AEW
03-11-2005, 12:50 AM
I dont see why you dont get more in over in Collierville. In the NE and Michigan they are getting as many cuts in as you. I count on around 36 mowing weeks in a year. Last year we even mowed up into December. I wish I was in Florida getting over 40 cuts a year. Thatd sure be nice.

bobbygedd
03-11-2005, 01:00 AM
charge for 30, but only show up 28 times.

PMLAWN
03-11-2005, 04:48 AM
Charlotte, NC. I figure 38 cut per season March 15th- Nov 15th and an extra on or two during the winter. Last year stopped in Dec and have already started for 05. Yearly contract means that I stop each week and do what is necessary ( every 2 in winter) no questions- no adjustments

bbritt
03-11-2005, 08:05 AM
Sory for the dup but It was past the 10min limit for editing my previous post.

How long is your cutting season? and when you write up an estimate for a customer how many cuts do you include in it? In Maryland, im figuring April 1 trough Oct 23, so that comes to 23 weeks I believe.

If you have a week or two that you skip during the season, do you make the adjustment on that months bill or do you hold off until the seasons end in case you it runs a week or so longer then estimated?
april 1 to oct 23 is about 7 months thats about 29 to 30 cuts some months youll have 5 cuts thats about what i have .you guys cut early sh.. will have snow prob april 1 still

captaingreen
03-11-2005, 08:09 AM
If they have irrigation I plan on 30 mows. If they do not have irrigation and things turn off dry in July/August, I plan on about 26-28 mows for the non-irrigated customers. Last year was great, we had consistent rainfall and everyone was mowed 30 times average. Also depends on how warm it stays into early November. :waving: