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Old 07-28-2015, 05:19 PM
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No rain (in Michigan) and several 90 days in a row...cant cut , now what do you do

Most of my lawns have turned slightly brown because of the 90 degree days and lack of rain ....what do you guys do in the down time?

--I stopped by all my customers and told them what was going on and explained I wont be cutting until I see "something" to cut. They were all very happy to get a break on the bill and I actually picked up some weeding of flower beds and a few mulch jobs. Never had so many beers offered to me

--I'll go thru all my equipment and fix , sharpen and lube it all

--Im going to take some much deserving time with my walleye rod

How about you ?
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Old 07-28-2015, 05:33 PM
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We're getting some rain here in jersey. Been a few weeks since we got a nice soak. Ill try to send it your way!

Rest up leaf season is coming!
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Old 07-28-2015, 06:00 PM
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Well for starters. You need annual contracts. For example The service month of July is billed in July. Then, when we have days like this. You use "in lieu of"- (they payed for your time. This is when you offer another service while remaining on schedule. A refund at the end of the billing cycle. Or a credit that can be used in fall/winter.
(Furthermore, 'summer' services do not include fall/spring clean-up nor any snow services). In addition, you can offer 24/7 storm damage. (Between 6-9pm. Hourly rate doubles. 9pm-7:00am triples. Weekend or Holliday 6p--9a is four times your normal hourly rate).
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:03 PM
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Luckily most of my accounts are irrigated, so i'm still cutting most of them. A few here and there are needing to be skipped, but they already know the program.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:10 PM
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Get drunk and enjoy a few days off?
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:15 PM
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I try to have jobs lined up for any weather. It gets really dry, I have houses to powerwasher. Too wet to mow, shrubs, rock, landscape jobs. Depending on your business plan of course . For me, doing maintenance is a weekly task. If that's all I did when it got dry, I'd be out of business. Kudos to you if you can swing it. Enjoy the downtime and go over your books.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:16 PM
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I try to have jobs lined up for any weather. It gets really dry, I have houses to powerwash. Too wet to mow, shrubs, rock, paver patio. Depending on your business plan of course . For me, doing maintenance is a weekly task. If that's all I did when it got dry, I'd be out of business. Kudos to you if you can swing it. Enjoy the downtime and go over your books.
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:23 PM
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I wish some that dry weather come down here. It has rained this month 20 days out of 28
Its so wet I had to buy a WB to mow some my small lawns and on my big lawns to mow the soft spots/water holes
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Old 07-28-2015, 10:42 PM
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I am considering buying asphalt sealspray equipment. Stripeing machine and hot rubber crack filler machine. Thought during the late summer before fall leaf cleanup I could do some drives and parking lots ? Anyone else do this as an add-on?
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Old 07-29-2015, 06:19 AM
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I have plenty of by the mow lawns where I mow weekly and they pay by invoice. I have three large HOA groups that pay year round regardless of the weather. I have some open businesses that I mow. I also have some foreclosures that I mow. This gives us allot of flexibility. We do pressure washing as well as cutting trees. I have a "Not Mowing" list on my phone where it is work scheduled for when we can't mow.
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