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Old 05-02-2013, 12:01 PM
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On a side note you will love the dumper in your truck orangemower
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Old 05-02-2013, 01:08 PM
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We don't charge our regular customers for dbl cutting but if a new customer calls and their grass is high we charge a min of 50% extra and explain to them that we want the lawn to look good when we are done and if we don't dbl cut it it won't look good. They always go with our recommendation.

For a regular customer that has a treated lawn I would look at decreasing time between services in the spring and explain to them why. If it was just a few customers with small lawns I would probably dbl cut at regular price.

For those of you who bag, how are you doing your pricing?

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:00 PM
Caddyshack Lawn Care Caddyshack Lawn Care is offline
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The arrangement I have with my customers is that I'll mow just at the point where it needs mowing. For most, this time of year it's every 3-6 days, depending on the lawn. If it gets to the point that it needs double cut, like a few did yesterday, it's my fault and I certainly can't charge them extra for it.

I do have a few folks who don't want their lawn mowed more than once a week. For them I just don't double-cut.
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:55 AM
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How long does it take you to run over the lawn the second time? Are you doing an actual double cut or are you cutting it once and then doing a cleanup cut? I've found in my case, that the cleanup cut only takes a few minutes depending on the size of the lawn.
no actually double cutting in diff directions, if i just ran over the lawn again would be great but when i tried to blast through i usually would have to run it 3-4 times to get rid of all the clippings ,the lawns are taking double the time they usually take , a $35 lawn that should take 45 min from gate down to gate up is usually taking 1 hour and 20 min , and its about 15 lawns that are about a half acre in size
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:04 AM
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If I have to double cut I raise the blades up a 1/4" and fly through the lawn. The first cut may take 20 minutes but to clean it up only takes about 5, maybe less. No extra charge over here
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im usually running the mower for an hour, plus 20 min for edge,trim,blow on the over medicated ones , i wish it was just 20 min
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Old 05-03-2013, 08:11 AM
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On a side note you will love the dumper in your truck orangemower
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When I started doing clean ups. I bought a Loadhandler. Works great if the load doesn't get locked in front of the fender wells. Just so you know. I'm talking about a kit that dumps the actual bed. No insert, that just adds weight. After yesterday, I can't hardly wait until I can push a button. LOL
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Old 11-01-2014, 01:20 AM
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When you bid the property, assume you will be doing clean up passes at least 1/3 of the times you are there. I dont nickel and dime folks but I definitely account for extra time. The benefit for that type of cut plus the finished look of shredding the larger pieces is worth a few bucks more, and is still less than bagging. It isnt your fault the lawn is over treated, which is almost invariably the case. The only real way we get raises is to mow more lawns. Small increases from time to time arent really raises, they are just covering your increased expenses.

Put the extra into the price from day one and leave them looking A1, and it wont be a problem. Assume you will be shredding leaves also, even if you do a cleanup multiple passes look way better on the remnant leaves. I put that into my price and dont charge more in the fall. While neighbors are being hammered for extra time in the fall, my customers arent. Of course I dont mean the leaf cleanups, just the shredding of amounts of leaves that dont need cleared by blower first.
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