CT / Northeast guys feeling a pinch?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by cslawnandlandscape, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    charge more maybe? do you guys have a big fall down there? here in ct leaves are huge deal. some accounts need two or three clean ups, some even more, and if you wait until everything is down and do the clean up all at once there's a 1ft of leaves on the ground maybe even more depending on the area.
     
  2. Tom-N-Texas

    Tom-N-Texas LawnSite Senior Member
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    yea I could probably get away with charging a bit more but I have to be careful, as there's lots of competition, especially the illegal variety.
     
  3. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm right on track for what we usually do and when we usually start working again. We're gonna take this weekend to service everything and get it ready, then We are going full swing on Mon with spring clean-ups.
     
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have some accounts with gaint White Oaks and they can drop really late, sometimes not until spring. There's no curbside pickup of yard waste around here. I have a half dozen accounts in this subdivision. With all those woods, lots of leaves and sticks will be on the lawns, especially after a couple of Nor'easters.

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  5. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Only ran a 3 man crew today but it was nice to finally be doing paying work. Knocked out 5 spring clean ups today I am on tract for one of the worst March months I have ever had. Kind of sad when you get a whole 3 billable days for the month.
     
  6. Kartanimal29

    Kartanimal29 LawnSite Member
    from Ct.
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    You'll be plowing at the end of the week :laugh:
     
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    My second year full time so not much to compare to, but I'm in the middle of my biggest patio so far. Just been battling rain/snow. Hopefully it stays above freezing from here on out. Got 3 calls for sod this week, lets get it boys
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  8. cslawnandlandscape

    cslawnandlandscape LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    It definitely was nice getting out today for sure! Knocked off a few quick clean ups and I'll likely hit the ground running mid week.
     
  9. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was thinking of starting on tuesday, gas stations might be a little crowded monday with all the other landscapers starting on april first. lol, i was gonna go in full swing once all the snow melts....probably smart move on my side, customers might be wondering why i'm trying to do a spring clean up while snow is still on there lawn in spots....
     
  10. jackhammer731

    jackhammer731 LawnSite Member
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    This time last year I had already cut all of my customers twice in March and was gearing up for a heavy April. Hard to believe the difference in one year.

    Being solo and part time it's not as bad as it must be on you guys who are doing it as a first income. I've been lucky to have a couple of early cleanups in March and a landscape renovation lined up for early April. Most people here are still in "winter mode" and not thinking about having their grass cut. I'm hoping to see a warming trend on the temperatures and some sunny days in a row myself. Tired of the winter blahs.
     

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