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Old 06-23-2014, 10:58 AM
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How do you balance landscaping and mowing?

I got into this business mostly on the lawn side of things. I have a decent residential customer base (around 40) for mowing. Takes about 2 days to mow everyone. Picked up a lot more knowledge and opportunity for landscaping in the past few years. I realize landscaping pays WAY better for my time. When spring hits and everybody wants to be served at the exact same time (mowing and landscape) there is always a difficult balance. Trying to decide if I should drop some of the mowing customers to focus more on landscape or just leave it be? Been tough to keep everyone happy especially with all the rain this year. What has your guys experience with this? Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:08 AM
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Are you solo? Get help and free up some time. I'm kind of in the same boat, but I'm currently running a three man crew. In July I plan to split into two crews for three days a week. I've got a part timer I'll take with me doing all the additional work Mon-Wed, then rejoin the other guys for the full service accounts Thurs-Fri. Ultimately easing into two full time crews; a maintenance crew, and an install/ everything else crew.
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Old 06-24-2014, 01:23 AM
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I do have help. 2 people besides myself. It just feels like I'm missing out on landscaping while we are busy making sure everyones lawn is cut every week. Makes it harder when it rains a couple days every week. Seems like I'm chasing nickels(mowing) when there are dollars(landscape) to be had.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:31 PM
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I stopped mowing altogether to do apps and installs. I sometimes miss the mowing side the parts I miss about it are steady reliable money , keeps guys busy and paid, and the grass guys usually get the snow.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:56 PM
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I set so many hours a week to lawns. The rest goes to other projects. I do some mowing to keep the doors open for the other jobs that make money.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:06 PM
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If it only takes two days to mow could you add a day for landscape projects or could your two guys handle the mowing while you do landscape projects?
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:43 PM
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I just tell my customers that mowing happens thurs Friday landscape rest of the week. If they want every 5 days then they are charged and either way I make good money Monday-Wednesday and steady money Thursday and Friday.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:47 PM
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Been at this point you are now for the last 5 years or so. We take on more and more landscaping each year and we could take on so many more projects, we just don't have enough hours in the day to do more than we are now. We mow 63 accounts and have tons of landscaping projects, so it gets hectic for sure especially when we can only landscape 3 days a week. We mow the other 2 days. I work on saturdays right now to try to stay ahead, but it's tough when all your landscape customers want there work done now. I think for sure at some point down the road I'm going to ditch the mowing all together, but for right now it's good busy work for my crew and peace of mind. Looking forward to someday doing full landscape work only. I have no great advice for you but just keep grinding away or add more team members.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:56 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. I often wonder if I should just drop half the mowing. Here are the reasons that keep running through my head. Mowing takes lot's of maintenance and gas and manpower to get all the yards done. I have to drive to and be on someone's property every week for only $35 or $40 each time. The amount of grief I sometimes get from some people over mowing gets very tiresome. Landscaping typically makes a lot more $ in a fraction of the time and usually the customer is very happy. Am I missing something?
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:54 AM
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I think that you might want to look at getting more efficient employees, a single guy should be able to mow atleas 10 decent size lawns a day,if it takes three people to now 40 lawns that would be a problem for my business. have one guy now full time,you will need to add more lawns to do that,have the other guy help you a few days a week,and help with the larger mowing accounts, this way you are all productive.on weeks that rain is expected or holidays you all mow.
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