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Old 03-11-2014, 01:43 PM
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You guys must have some really crappy equipment or 150 mowers! Sheesh.

You could do all tune-up and repairs in what? 1 day? 2 days?

What do you do in the winter AFTER that? Like I said earlier.....as little as possible. Well, I snow plow. But nothing else.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:53 PM
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What I mean is that I do tune ups ETC even a typical winter I am still working
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:00 PM
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I was just saying in general for the entire thread everyone is saying "repairs." How many repairs do people have to do? Certainly not more than a few days worth, I'd hope.

If you're in Cali or Florida I get you mow basically all year round.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:30 PM
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Yes I am in the Sacramento valley and on a typical winter we do get a substantial amount of rain. I may take a week out of the winter to fix or tune up things. The longest part is if I need to order parts and to wait. During our storms that we do get I am usually busy with trees. Other than that I am still running my weekly rout. Some customers may go to every other week, some go to once a month. But I am still running 5-6 days a week. This year the only thing that needed fixing was the weed eater. I had replaced everything else over fall. In Florida you get beautiful weather I am sure. But how does everything work out during Hurricanes?
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Old 04-05-2014, 01:39 PM
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Old 04-05-2014, 03:11 PM
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We Install Christmas Lighting

We do both commercial and residential Christmas lighting in the winter. It is NOT an easy business and it is not something that you end up selling to you small customer base. I have around 6,000 customers for pest & or lawn care and very few of my Christmas lighting customers ended up being my regular customers. The business model had to shift from internal marketing of current customers to mass marketing type and I lost money, big money, the first 2 years we did it. We have only the slimmest of competition but a lot people just aren't prepared to spend the money to have the service.

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Old 04-06-2014, 12:42 AM
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Best reply yet. I do snow relocation with blowers and I am ready to give it up in favor of a regular job November - February.

Who has had success with this...with a worth while job...?
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Old 04-06-2014, 04:50 AM
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Not much.

I'm still working. Tomorrow I'm checking out another leaf/clean-up job as well as meeting with another potential client who has 2 acres and is interested in doing a makeover for the front yard and needs to get the bamboo under control that lines the back of his property line (project for next year). First week in December we got an ice storm and the ground was covered for nearly two weeks so I should be busy right up until the New Year and then it should start picking back up in February with clean-ups and house washings. So, not much downtime.
What do you use/do to get bamboo under control? I just had a client ask me about doing that at their house, and I can't think of a simple solution.
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:51 AM
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Hey all, I have been reading this forum for quite awhile and just decided to join.

I have just been sitting here wondering what others are doing to stay busy during the winter months. The growing season just ended and I am already ready for spring! I do have a few snow removal accounts but lets face it, there is still alot of downtime and I am just flat out bored.

So what does everyone else do to keep themselves busy during winter??
I am a Cardiac Nurse and use the lawn and landscaping as a side business with employees during the busy months. I would think that the fall and winter would be a great time to take classes. Fall isn't too busy to interrupt the first part of a semester and classes end before mowing really kicks in. Every good business plan involves investment, and what better long term investment plan than classes for your current lawn and landscaping, or maybe something more stable for the part time grass cutters.
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Old 04-06-2014, 01:44 PM
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tune up all equipment, do any deferred repairs, change out all filters/spark plugs on all handhelds.

after that's done, I do projects on my offshore boat and eat lots of food, snuggle up next to the fireplace, read books, etc...
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