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Old 04-23-2013, 05:53 PM
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Didnt take a client cuase i wont cut at 2"

Got a call today from soemone in my neighborhood. even gave him a great deal. but he is insistent that he wants it cut at 2 inches. well i'm not going to do it. I cut at 2.5 to 3. especially during droughts like last year. I had green grass when everyone elses grass was dying.

so he is not going to have me cut his grass. no big deal for me. i'm not going to screw up my other clients yards because he is used to california weather.
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Old 04-23-2013, 06:16 PM
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i shoudl also mention he wanted it every other week. which is probably why he wanted it kinda low.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:28 PM
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Yep, that's the old "cut it lower so it'll last longer" approach. People that want their grass scalped drive me insane. Just tell the guy you'll cut it at 2 inches for double your normal rate. Even on most of the warm season grasses we do, our normal cutting height is 2.5" minimum.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:16 PM
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Yep, that's the old "cut it lower so it'll last longer" approach. People that want their grass scalped drive me insane. Just tell the guy you'll cut it at 2 inches for double your normal rate. Even on most of the warm season grasses we do, our normal cutting height is 2.5" minimum.
I had one ask if we could cut it lower so we didn't have to cut off as much next time.

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:44 PM
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I had one ask if we could cut it lower so we didn't have to cut off as much next time.

One of the hardest things when working with the public is not telling people they are idiots.
Very true on the public
The lawn I cut under 2'' each week I cut 1/3 growth its a Fescue lawn Thick as he11 when you walk on it feels like carpet.
It grows as fast as a lawn I cut at 3''
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:40 PM
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Here's the dumb of it...

Cutting it too short, soon as the temps hit 85 will kill the grass.
Most of the folks in the 2" cut mindset, that is what they think they want.
These folks are hell bent on KILLING the grass, they HATE lawn, they think if they can just get rid of it that is one less headache... To top it all off, they hire one of us to cut it and... They'll never spend a dime above and beyond, but if they do it's like trying to get blood out of a turnip. That is not entirely true, unfortunately few have found the Lco they really need, either.

Because...
Once there is no grass, soon weeds take over.
And weeds grow FASTER than grass with FAR LESS water!
You will have to cut it MORE in summer than if it were all grass.

In conclusion...
It isn't really that much more expensive to maintain a decent lawn.
But, and in all fairness it isn't all their fault either, this game rolls both ways.
So as a rule you do need Lco's with more than 3-4 years behind their ears.
5-10 is good for starters, what you need is an Lco who can see PAST the $35 they're getting if they cut it today.
You need an Lco smart enough to understand weather patterns, and what effect mowing has on turf.
Someone who has witnessed it time after time, year after year, and has learned from it all.
That is who you need on the mowing end.

Now if they only want me to cut it every two weeks, fine by me, I have some only want it once a month.
All of that is no problem, but I cut all of mine at 4"
Some are all right with that, others aren't.
Works for me.

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Old 04-28-2013, 10:08 PM
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The problem with 2 1/2 inches here is it would have to be mowed every other day, (often it gets it) in order to stay within the 1/3 rule. 2" is really no problem. You can go down to 7/8" with experience especially where equipment maintenence is concerned. It takes a balanced sharp blade to cut the thick stuff and technique. With an understanding customer and the right budget, it can be done. Keep the ball in your own court.

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:36 PM
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Id laugh in his face at 2", I cut 3" year round up here, last cut is 2.5 and thats as low as it goes
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:44 PM
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I talked with him again. basically said that since i am doing it cheaper than he is used to (20 vs 35, he is only a few streets over, i discount peopel in my neighborhood) that he can afford to have me do it every week. he still wants 2 inches because in California that's what they do. but he is willing to let me do it 1nce a week for a month.

i'm just worried about him watering it so much that itl grow too fast.

shrugs. well see
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