Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 08-23-2004, 11:42 PM
Husky Husky is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Manassas, VA
Posts: 176
Drought!!!!!

Although I am very thankful we don't have one this year. I was thinking of how bad it would suck if one of these years my business ran into this sproblem. How do you deal with it.

Is it a bad idea to have a contract write up say that you pay X amount of dollars every month for mowing maintenance for hte season,,,drought,,heavy rain,,or what have you?

It would protect us from drought,.,,but would it piss people of,..?? If it were me I would understand that they spend more time on hte lawn in the spring and less during a dorught,,common sense,,I dunno,,just trying to protet myself..

What do you all do,,is this a good idea to incorporate mowing as a maintenace monthly fee.....hell,,maybe we can do almost all services this way next year?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 08-23-2004, 11:46 PM
HOOLIE's Avatar
HOOLIE HOOLIE is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 3,986
I'd like to do this, but my customers don't seem to like the idea. Hey, I was in Ashburn today, and I actually mowed some dry, crispy grass. Where did that come from?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-24-2004, 12:05 AM
DALMlawn&landscaping's Avatar
DALMlawn&landscaping DALMlawn&landscaping is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: TX
Posts: 186
hell, when it gets dry i tell them i'll skip a week, and for them to spend the normal 30 bucks to water their grass nice a good so next year i wont be mowing dirt with tumble weeds
__________________
-Jeff

if it ain't broke, drink till it is
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 08-24-2004, 12:13 AM
dkeisala dkeisala is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Vancouver, WA
Posts: 911
Re: Drought!!!!!

Quote:
Originally posted by Husky
Although I am very thankful we don't have one this year. I was thinking of how bad it would suck if one of these years my business ran into this sproblem. How do you deal with it.
Move to the Northwest! Actually, I have couple clients that don't have sprinkler systems and never water. I always bring it up at the start of service. I tell them that we are in business to make their landscape look as good as it can and without regular water that's just not possible. It's a reputation thing with us. If they don't water, they still pay but I do try to make it up to them in other ways like got to bi-weekly service but take care of more extensive trimming for no additional cost. But truthfully I'd rather not take care of these dust bowls. Image is everything and when we pull up to and away from a fryed lawn, what are the neighbors and passerbys thinking about our abilities and services?
__________________
Gardener On-The-Go
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-24-2004, 02:55 PM
tiedeman's Avatar
tiedeman tiedeman is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: earth
Posts: 8,753
. Heck the drought has been going on now for six weeks and still counting. I have one in particular I have only mowed once during those six weeks
__________________
I use Gopher Billing & Scheduling Software
Download your FREE fully functional 30-day trial here.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-24-2004, 03:08 PM
Gravely_Man Gravely_Man is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Northeast Ohio
Posts: 2,077
To help yourself from a dought you have to have your customers set up for the season where they pay you monthly rather then per cut. This is a hard sell but what you have to do. I totally agree with HOOLIE as to the grass in Ashburn, totally crispy.


Gravely_Man
__________________
In memory of Eric Elm
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 08-24-2004, 03:11 PM
tiedeman's Avatar
tiedeman tiedeman is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: earth
Posts: 8,753
I have tried and tried over the years to push customers to monthly, but no doing. They know how bad our droughts can get, so they know that at least a minimum of 3 times it won't get mowed during the year.
__________________
I use Gopher Billing & Scheduling Software
Download your FREE fully functional 30-day trial here.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 08-24-2004, 05:29 PM
promower's Avatar
promower promower is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,221
Last year I went about 5 weeks without cutting. Talk about boredom, and no money.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-24-2004, 07:42 PM
printer88's Avatar
printer88 printer88 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: East Tennessee
Posts: 93
That is a sweet idea but my darn customers just won't pay money for nothing.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:21 AM.

Page generated in 0.09429 seconds with 7 queries