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Old 07-09-2013, 12:14 AM
Hissing Cobra Hissing Cobra is offline
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Back when I used to spray lawns I'd average about 100,000 sq. ft. per day, give or take a few thousand sq. ft. I sprayed at 2 gallons per minute and followed all label rates. I'd use anywhere between 200-250 gallons. This is the minimum that I would try to do.

The way our company worked was like this: Each route would be calculated in Total Sq. ft, total amount of lawns, and total amount of money to be billed.

Total Sq. ft. of applications divided by 6 (number of weeks in each round)
Total amount of lawns divided by 6 (number of weeks in each round)
Total amount of dollars to be billed divided by 6 (number of weeks in each round)

So say my route had 3 million sq. feet, 330 lawns, and $33,000 to bill out. That would equal the following production numbers for the first week of the round:

100,000 sq. ft. per day
11 lawns per day
$1,100 to bill per day

If I hit those goals for that week my numbers would be the same each week but if I exceeded them, which was easy to do, we'd take the left over total numbers and divide by 5 (weeks left in a round). Thus if I had billed 120,000 sq. ft per day, 14 lawns, and $1,280 for billing, my 2nd weeks worth of numbers would look like this:

96,000 sq. ft. per day
10.4 lawns per day
1,064 to bill per day

This would go on each day and it ensured that our routes would be finished on time. If you exceeded your goals on a daily basis, your numbers would drop the following week, allowing you more time to do service calls, take a longer lunch, etc... I usually finished my route up in 4 weeks and would have no production to do for the final two! Since I cannot be paid to do nothing, the managers would have me jump into routes where someone had quit, been fired, or had just been lazy. I would continue to put up the same numbers and when bonus time came up in July and December, those who were consistent, did a good job, helped out in other routes, etc.... were usually taken care of with larger bonuses.

We had 15 guys in our location and around 80 between all 3 of our locations and numbers would vary. For my route, these numbers were consistent from season to season. We did have some routes where one of my co-workers would be in a single neighborhood on Cape Cod for 3 straight days without much driving at all. Those routes had numbers that were a lot higher.

Some of the numbers listed above I can't even fathom!

Last edited by Hissing Cobra; 07-09-2013 at 12:19 AM.
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