Craigslist Yard from Hell.

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Ormond32176, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
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    This is just the backyard:
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    I'll have before and afters of the front next Friday. It's still a work in progress, but he paid me cash up front for the rest of the month and it is kind of a yard restoration deal. The pictures don't show it real well, but some of the grass was over the hood of my mower in places.
    Next week, most of the stuff along the fence will be cleared. We are just planning on spending about 20 minutes each visit on cleaning up in addition to the actual cut.
     
  2. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't envy you for that!
     
  3. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
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    You have to be jealous of my pimp daddy mower a little bit now..
     
  4. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I mow ones higher than that all the time. Most become full time customers after the first knock down cut.
     
  5. TJW_692

    TJW_692 LawnSite Member
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    I actually don't mind yards like that. You can charge more, and it looks really good once it's cleared and the customer thinks it's a miracle ha. And then they think you're the best thing around cause you made the yard come from a jungle to a nice striped green grass.
     
  6. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
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    I'm 18 and my helper is 16, and we honestly have the most fun doing these. That mower seriously just chugged along straight through all of it. I went over the entire thing maybe 3 times, and it actually came out half way decent. We were at the yard for a little over an hour and a half and bagged all the grass in the front, edged it for the first time in probably years, and cleaned up the entire driveway, sidewalk, and flower beds in between. He seriously thought we were miracle workers. After we get the yard dialed back in, it should only take about 20 minutes, and this is all from some yard that no one else wanted to cut. I might sound like I am making it a bigger deal than it is, but for having a week and a half old business that is now 8 weekly accounts (paid up front) is seriously amazing to me.
     
  7. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Remember to save money for equipment in the future.
     
  8. Ormond32176

    Ormond32176 LawnSite Member
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    Already have a 36" Gravely walk behind in my sights.

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  9. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wasn't aware of this. Good work man. You've been busy talking with people! I started when I was 17...been down that road!!

    Save money for another mower! your's isn't made for heavy use.

    Good luck man!
     
  10. TJW_692

    TJW_692 LawnSite Member
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    Yea you said you have that Gravely in mind. That's a great size for residential accounts and still a good size for bigger yards.

    What kind of trimmer and blower do you have?
    You just use the trimmer to edge or do you have an edger?
     

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