Old 04-13-2013, 10:56 PM
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DA Quality Lawn & YS DA Quality Lawn & YS is offline
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Rolled the ol measuring wheel thru snow....

Estimates were starting to stack up on me but I have been waiting until the snow melted off to see turf. Finally have that now, so went out and did a few today. 32 degrees out, and some of the lawns still had partial snow on so had to roll on through the snow with the ol wheel. Just wicked cold out, lawns still fully dormant. I just caught myself saying "This just aint right, feels like I am doing estimates in the middle of winter."

Another 7 days of cold, sleet, rain, etc forecast yet. Spring, where are thee?
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:20 PM
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Been there; done that; hated it.
The early bird gets the worm--quote it--sell it--accept a fat prepayment check. It will warm you up--take yourself out to lunch.
Take advantage of certain factors in the early days. You have a bit of extra time: Do the world's best estimate and quote. Beat Tru Ween, counteract their heavy advertising. Try to go late in the day so you can talk personally to the customer--or at least the wife--who probably makes the decision anyway. Be sure to have the fert with you and offer your usual "Trip-saver-discount"; quicker greenup, 50 percent off the first ap if done on the spot, and agreed to at least a year. Be sure to show them the soil, the thatch layer, and check the soil pH with a meter. Show them how you looked for moles and grubs, and point out any snow mold, show them what weeds you found. Explain that with your program all the things you pointed out will no longer be a problem. Explain that your guys have more experience, because tru wean has a lot of turnover(if that is the case in your town).
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:04 AM
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I have meadured one lawn by wheel in the last two years. I do everything online either by the county GIS websites or goilawn. Faster and more accurate. I explain why my company is better in the letter I send them with the quote.
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:50 AM
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This used to be common when I was a kid... the measuring stick was getting the oats in by the 22nd of April, and it doesn't look like that will even happen this year... we should be moving into the 50 year cycle from that snow and cold of the 60s...
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
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