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Old 10-25-2012, 10:37 PM
kyles landscape kyles landscape is offline
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not enough money!!!

what do some of you guys do during slow parts of the year??

This summer was a horrible drought so i found myself cutting people every other week or every 3 etc...what do you suggest during that time and heat to make a more steady income or extra money.

Late fall after most of leaves are up and fall services are just about done does anybody offer services to take them until it snows or provide extra cash??

Also does anybody do any extras in the winter along with plowing
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:01 PM
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what do some of you guys do during slow parts of the year??

This summer was a horrible drought so i found myself cutting people every other week or every 3 etc...what do you suggest during that time and heat to make a more steady income or extra money.

Late fall after most of leaves are up and fall services are just about done does anybody offer services to take them until it snows or provide extra cash??

Also does anybody do any extras in the winter along with plowing
During the mowing season you could offer mulch installs, or shrub trimming. In the fall you could offer tree trimming, aerating and overseeding.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:14 PM
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During the mowing season you could offer mulch installs, or shrub trimming. In the fall you could offer tree trimming, aerating and overseeding.
i do all those i still feel like theres down time! once i get a job i try to knock it out fast so the customers arent waiting and i get paid sooner
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:15 PM
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I do alot of brushmowing in the summer. I have many customers with areas on their property that cannot be maintained weekly, but need knocked down a couple of times a year. Drainage ditches, hillsides, wooded areas ect.... I also do bed maintanence during the summer.
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:24 PM
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I do alot of brushmowing in the summer. I have many customers with areas on their property that cannot be maintained weekly, but need knocked down a couple of times a year. Drainage ditches, hillsides, wooded areas ect.... I also do bed maintanence during the summer.
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what do you mean bed maintenance? weeding cutting new edges fluffing mulch?? if so anything else?
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:49 AM
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get into hardscapes or irrigation. irrigation was huge this year with the drought. weeds also grow like crazy during the heat. Also the time where you can ask customers if they have any projects theyve been thinking about doing now that you have some down time to help them out. customers usually are always thinking of something they want to do, but may not say something because they dont want to pay for mowing and this other project, but heres their chance to save money so they think. and after fall clean ups most of us landscapers plow. i dont know what area youre in or if you do plow, but most of us just finish getting everything read for snow and double/triple check trying to make sure we dont have break downs and 100% ready on all sites.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:59 AM
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get into hardscapes or irrigation. irrigation was huge this year with the drought. weeds also grow like crazy during the heat. Also the time where you can ask customers if they have any projects theyve been thinking about doing now that you have some down time to help them out. customers usually are always thinking of something they want to do, but may not say something because they dont want to pay for mowing and this other project, but heres their chance to save money so they think. and after fall clean ups most of us landscapers plow. i dont know what area youre in or if you do plow, but most of us just finish getting everything read for snow and double/triple check trying to make sure we dont have break downs and 100% ready on all sites.
from illinois and yea i do plow. i like what you were sayin about the side projects and them not wanting to pay double great tip thanks for the help!
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:07 AM
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"I take holiday"

and yes I take it for 3 months.
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Old 10-29-2012, 08:08 AM
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I too had the same money issues you are experiencing through the winter. The first thing I learned on a personal finance level is to pay my bills once a year. I pay my cell phone bill yearly as well as water, electric, cable, internet, and all insurance. I take the previous yearly amount and pre-pay it. All utility companies love it. I do one each month during mowing season. This changed my life and took allot of stress off me. My customers know I always rent a stump grinder in January. I try to do as much mulch as possible in late Feb. as well as any other hardscaping of any kind. I am still doin leaves in my area till Thanksgiving. My customers that have allot of mature trees, I always check for a clean up after a storm and there is always a few in the winter.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:18 PM
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and yes I take it for 3 months.

Beautiful answer!! I take 3 month vacation and prep for the spring time, advertising, and paperwork etc.
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