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Old 05-02-2013, 09:13 AM
smallstripesnc smallstripesnc is offline
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Borderline days

I've always skipped cutting lawns on rainy days mainly because its not good for the grass and my clients really don't like the idea.

Today its patchy drizzle and pretty wet out. Its 8:00AM and today I have 15 lawns solo and tomorrow 15 lawns solo. Thursdays and Friday are the days I'm maxed out.

Would you work today anyways? Its not actively raining just super wet and drizzling. Also I don't work weekends so I all the lawns today would have to be skipped until Thursday next week. My wife works weekends and I have to stay home to watch the kids.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:29 AM
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Yes, because it's spring.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:36 AM
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It's not good for the grass to be cut when it's raining?

Uh oh

You are going to let your lawns go 2 weeks in the spring but you're worried about cutting in the rain supposedly not being good for turf?

You need to reassess your thoughts.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:40 AM
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It's not good for the grass to be cut when it's raining?

Uh oh

You are going to let your lawns go 2 weeks in the spring but you're worried about cutting in the rain supposedly not being good for turf?

You need to reassess your thoughts.
That's true. So I guess its cutting in the rain haha.
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:43 AM
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I'd find someone to watch the kids Saturday and mow then. Spring is a tough time. The grass is growing at full speed and we get more rain than at any other time, which is both good for the grass but gives us a lot of days when we can't mow. As Monk says, "it's a blessing. and a curse."
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Old 05-02-2013, 09:48 AM
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Today will probably be another short day. Ground is really soft and we won't risk rutting. Making mud streaks is also not appreciated by our customers. If we have to work through weekend then so be it. Nature of the business this time of year. We won't just entirely skip a property for 7days though.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:57 AM
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Ha I wish I had your problem. 8 inches of snow here today. Can't even work till next week. Haven't even started Rd 1.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:41 AM
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Part of the beast sometimes. Down here especially. I work in the rain and mow wet lawns all the time. I won't mow if it's too soft and I stay out of the ditches with the zero turn to avoid leaving mud tracks and getting stuck. For the most part all our properties drain pretty fast. I've never had to push off a lawn more than a couple of days.

We will work Saturdays to get caught up if need be. Always keep an eye on the extended forecast and will make necessary changes. This week I seen we had more than normal rain coming so we doubled up Monday and Tuesday which only left a couple to get done yesterday so we are done for the week and not behind right now.
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:57 PM
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I ended up cutting today and dealing with the drizzle all day. It was super wet and I ended up using my walk behind on all the lawns I did so I wouldn't rut up too bad with the zero turn. I saw plenty of guys out cutting and one lawn next door to one I cut the guy rutted the mess out of it. It was a hilly front yard and he used a zero turn on it and literally tore it all up. Looked like a motocross track after he was done minus the jumps. It made me mad because I was the one who got that lawn looking nice and I did it for the previous home owner and the new home owners said I was too expensive and they didn't want to put money into the lawn. They're new cheap lawn guy ruined it by cutting too short but now its completely ruined.
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Old 05-02-2013, 10:26 PM
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Reason why mowing is to be scheduled Monday through Thursday. 4 days leaves Friday for rain out catch ups.

That far behind then you have to have a baby sitter lined up for when you need a Saturday to finish catching up. Can not skip a week with a healthy lawn.

Say you do 8 lawns a day. Your schedule is that crowded then you need to plan ahead. Rain forecast for Tuesday. So you tack on Tuesday's first 2 lawns at then end of Monday.

Tuesday, you can get lawn's 3 and 4 in between the rain.

Wednesday, you knock out Tue's lawns 5 through 8. Then do Wed's 1 through 6.

Thursday, finish lawns 7 & 8. Then you get rained out.

Friday you do all of Thursday's lawns.

If a LCO has 32 lawns/customers there should be enough up sell work to fill many of those Fridays.
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