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Old 10-06-2013, 02:20 PM
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7 , 10, 14 day mowing schedule

I operate a 7 day mowing schedule from April thru October and 14 days Nov thru march. We have an lco around here that does a 10 day cycle starting October 1st and then it switches to 14 day mow cycle November 1st thru march 31st. Then its back to a 10 day cycle all of April and starting May 1st back to weekly mowing. Now what is the benefit of this schedule? Thanks
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Old 10-06-2013, 02:39 PM
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I don't really see a benefit compared to what you do. I think its maybe just how he operates.

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Old 10-06-2013, 02:50 PM
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7 , 10, 14 day mowing schedule

I offer 7, 10 and 14 day. It all depends on what the customer wants and how neat they want their yard to look. From Dec-Jan I don't really do anything. It's all in what the customer wants.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:21 PM
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I operate a 7 day mowing schedule from April thru October and 14 days Nov thru march. We have an lco around here that does a 10 day cycle starting October 1st and then it switches to 14 day mow cycle November 1st thru march 31st. Then its back to a 10 day cycle all of April and starting May 1st back to weekly mowing. Now what is the benefit of this schedule? Thanks
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The obvious benefit to him is that he is making less visits to the properties. Assuming he is getting a fair amount for each visit and he has covered this with his customers he might be making more than other LCO's.

For example less say you charge $100 a month - at 40 visits per year that is $30 a cut


Now if he is charging say $95 a month. His rates look cheaper but on the per cut he is actually making more because per cut he is making almost $36 a cut.

I would take a guess and say that is what he is doing and why. I personally do not see how you guys make it not going weekly until April. We start weekly in March and almost every property has a need for regular service starting then.
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:09 AM
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The obvious benefit to him is that he is making less visits to the properties. Assuming he is getting a fair amount for each visit and he has covered this with his customers he might be making more than other LCO's.

For example less say you charge $100 a month - at 40 visits per year that is $30 a cut


Now if he is charging say $95 a month. His rates look cheaper but on the per cut he is actually making more because per cut he is making almost $36 a cut.


I would take a guess and say that is what he is doing and why. I personally do not see how you guys make it not going weekly until April. We start weekly in March and almost every property has a need for regular service starting then.
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There are guys down here who go 3x per month April - September and 2X per month October - March. 30 cuts per year, hard to beat their monthly.
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One of his customers does not like it and thinks he is getting taken for a ride.. since he is paying the same each month 12 months out of the year.the customer says it give his lawn guy more time to do pet projects from Oct to may irrigation,power washing etc. one lawn guy told me its about training your customers . He has done this concept every year with the same customers. I guess he has very loyal customers .

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Old 10-06-2013, 03:32 PM
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[QUOTE=williams lcm;4877083]One of his customers does not like it and thinks he is getting taken for a ride.. since he is paying the same each month 12 months out of the year.the customer says it give his lawn guy more time to do pet projects from Oct to may irrigation,power washing etc. one lawn guy told me its about training your customers . He has done this concept every year with the same customers. I guess he has very loyal customers . He also is not a low baller and charges a good rate.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:28 PM
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7 , 10, 14 day mowing schedule

I even have a 21 day yard. And she pays, even though she doesn't think so.
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This is why you have the "TALK" right off the bat with new customers. Put it in BOLD writing in your policy and procedure paper new customers get. Theres never a problem when they get the 5 mows in a month in July. It's always the end of the month in December when you are hunting down the check and they present you with a half payment and the "why should I pay for a full month excuse". This is usually only a problem with the new to having a lawn service customers. You just have to find the route the customer understands. The per cut times 42 cuts over 12 months or 1 year divided by 12 months "I'm doing you a favor financing a year of service for you" tactic. Mine get the you are paying for a month of service, not a specific number of visits. You get more service for less money in summer and a little less for the same money in the winter.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:24 PM
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This is why you have the "TALK" right off the bat with new customers. Put it in BOLD writing in your policy and procedure paper new customers get. Theres never a problem when they get the 5 mows in a month in July. It's always the end of the month in December when you are hunting down the check and they present you with a half payment and the "why should I pay for a full month excuse". This is usually only a problem with the new to having a lawn service customers. You just have to find the route the customer understands. The per cut times 42 cuts over 12 months or 1 year divided by 12 months "I'm doing you a favor financing a year of service for you" tactic. Mine get the you are paying for a month of service, not a specific number of visits. You get more service for less money in summer and a little less for the same money in the winter.
I have had that same TALK with customers who have a short memory and are not aware of certain factors and issues. I do not charge extra for the occasions when I need to come at 14 day intervals to apply insecticides or herbicides to eradicate an infestation. No extra charge when I first acquire the account and it is a mess that the average landscaper would bulldoze and do over. No extra charge for when the zoysia or bermuda is incorrectly maintained and I need to take it down -4 inches in one week. Most "landscapers" and lawn people want big money for the one time cut down before they will even do routine mowing. I do have one that does not want to be on regular monthly service. Just calls me. Fine. Invoice for that account is what I would charge per month to service and a bit extra for the hassle.
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