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Old 05-23-2012, 10:27 PM
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Mowing when ground is wet

The other day a person calls and says that they are desperate for a lawn cut for the memorial day weekend. Ok I said that I can add you to my schedule this week. When I went there today the grass was about 2ft and was wet from the rain we been having in N.Y. The property was over a 1/2 acre, I charged $80 .I said that its almost to wet to mow. They said do it anyway. I tried bagging it but the bag shoot was getting clogged with clippings. It was clumping somewhat, but mostly leaving lose clippings all over the grass. I did blew apart the clumps though. They said that they were unhappy with the job because of the clippings all over the grass. I said that the ground is wet and you were begging for it to be done this week. They looked at me like I was nuts. Well these are the chances you take when you mow wet grass. I said that I would come back to mow up the clippings after the ground dries. I do not LIKE mowing wet grass at all unless I am backlogged.
What would you guys do in this situation?
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:48 PM
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I would have waited until it was somewhat dry? I had this situation today with one of my regulars and I told her it was too wet and would come back later in the day when it had time to dry out somewhat. She was fine and understood, I made sure I came back later that afternoon just as I said I would.
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:49 PM
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:54 PM
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they created the situation not you. you actually even warned them. tell them if they were a normal client for you that they would not have had the problem in the first place



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Old 05-23-2012, 11:50 PM
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I agree with you and hate it as well. IF i'm gonna cut because of some special stipulation I always warn them what it's gonna look like
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:18 AM
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I would have told them this isn't rocket science you knew the conditions before I cut it. Your lucky to have had someone do it for the price of 80.00 when it shoudl have been more and asked them for cash immediately.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:58 AM
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they created the situation not you. you actually even warned them. tell them if they were a normal client for you that they would not have had the problem in the first place

I agree they created the situation. But ultimately the choice to mow in these conditions rests on the LCO. We all know from experience what the end result of mowing a wet and overgrown yard will be. A customer may not understand completely the appearance of the finished product in these conditions. A lesson learned for the OP.


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Old 05-24-2012, 09:00 AM
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Ultimately the choice to mow rests with the LCO.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:12 AM
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When you cut wet hay, it looks like wet hay cutting. Raking and bagging extra, you paid for mowing.
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:14 AM
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When you cut wet hay, it looks like wet hay cutting. Raking and bagging extra, you paid for mowing.
amen.... there's been a few times this year I wish I would have took the sickle bar, not the mower.
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