7 , 10, 14 day mowing schedule

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by williams lcm, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I operate a 7 day mowing schedule from April thru October and 14 days Nov thru march. We have an lco around here that does a 10 day cycle starting October 1st and then it switches to 14 day mow cycle November 1st thru march 31st. Then its back to a 10 day cycle all of April and starting May 1st back to weekly mowing. Now what is the benefit of this schedule? Thanks
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  2. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't really see a benefit compared to what you do. I think its maybe just how he operates.

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  3. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I offer 7, 10 and 14 day. It all depends on what the customer wants and how neat they want their yard to look. From Dec-Jan I don't really do anything. It's all in what the customer wants.
     
  4. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    The obvious benefit to him is that he is making less visits to the properties. Assuming he is getting a fair amount for each visit and he has covered this with his customers he might be making more than other LCO's.

    For example less say you charge $100 a month - at 40 visits per year that is $30 a cut


    Now if he is charging say $95 a month. His rates look cheaper but on the per cut he is actually making more because per cut he is making almost $36 a cut.

    I would take a guess and say that is what he is doing and why. I personally do not see how you guys make it not going weekly until April. We start weekly in March and almost every property has a need for regular service starting then.
     
  5. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One of his customers does not like it and thinks he is getting taken for a ride.. since he is paying the same each month 12 months out of the year.the customer says it give his lawn guy more time to do pet projects from Oct to may irrigation,power washing etc. one lawn guy told me its about training your customers . He has done this concept every year with the same customers. I guess he has very loyal customers .
     
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  6. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. jsslawncare

    jsslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I even have a 21 day yard. And she pays, even though she doesn't think so.
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is why you have the "TALK" right off the bat with new customers. Put it in BOLD writing in your policy and procedure paper new customers get. Theres never a problem when they get the 5 mows in a month in July. It's always the end of the month in December when you are hunting down the check and they present you with a half payment and the "why should I pay for a full month excuse". This is usually only a problem with the new to having a lawn service customers. You just have to find the route the customer understands. The per cut times 42 cuts over 12 months or 1 year divided by 12 months "I'm doing you a favor financing a year of service for you" tactic. Mine get the you are paying for a month of service, not a specific number of visits. You get more service for less money in summer and a little less for the same money in the winter.:usflag:
     
  9. round about

    round about LawnSite Member
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    lawn mowing cycles should be based on the properties needs to be serviced and not driven by the dollars you take doing them. I would like to mow on a 7 day cycle most of the time. I have had a lot of new customers this season feel their properties should be mowed on a 14 day cycle. I had to talk to them about how to mow their properties the correct why. A 10 day cycle is good if you can make it work. But the down side is if it is a thick well maintain lawn it looks better on a 7 day cycle without all the extra cut grass turning brown on top of that nice lawn. I adjust my mowing schedule to meet my customers need and to benfit the lawn needs. I mow every week during the season here in maryland and adjust it to the off season. Some lawns have more tree leaves than others which I like to mulch the leaves vice bagging them. When I bag them I charge a extra cash for that service. This is just my thought as a small business owner and a home owner.
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Florida is a different ballgame. 99% of LCOs bill monthly. Its just the way things are done down here. We still mow 2-3 times a month in winter and sometimes 5 in summer. It balances the payment for the customer and puts the schedule in our hands. Its how you make money down here instead of the run around like a nut all summer praying you made enough money for winter. Every year this time we have to explain this concept in several threads.
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