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Customers want different cut heights what to do on site.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Rll131, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,120

    Around here we've got mostly fescue and bluegrass lawns, some rye. Those that don't take care of it I find I need to cut shorter to make it look good. Loose too much vacuum cutting tall on thin stuff
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  2. SWMichigan

    SWMichigan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I only read the first page on this thread but I started with a fixed deck 36" bunton many years ago. It was a total PIA to adjust blades. I tried to schedule the ones that wanted something other than the standard height together so I only had to adjust the blades up and down, 1x. Gas was a lot cheaper back then and I had more time so I didn't mind driving a little bit more to do this.

    Then I got busy and stopped the madness! Eventually I moved on to only 60' ztrs with quickly adjustable decks. My profitability increased and it was easier so my overall satisfaction with my work improved, as well.

    My advice, gut it out while you have time and are making a name for yourself. When you are busy and don't have time, cut the PIA customers from your client list.
     
  3. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    They are pita customers because they want the grass cut at a given height?
    Just because he owns a mower with a fixed deck doesn't make the customer a pita. Get the right equipment to do the job. That's where the word "professional" comes in to play. I change cut height anywhere from 3-4" every week.

    Just as Kawasaki125 said, clients with weeds will need to be cut shorter then a lawn that is weed free and thick.
     
  4. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,239

    I remember reading or hearing years ago about a study done by some university (maybe Texas A&m)that cutting grass to short makes it grow faster because it puts the grass in shock and it tries to reproduce a leaf to help photosynthesis.
     
  5. SWMichigan

    SWMichigan LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Good point! My statement was confusing.

    Eventually I purchased a 60" mower and used it everywhere I could. After that purchase, I only used the 36" mower for areas with gates, which became a pia for me, as I suspect it will for him.:walking: I was nervous to drop the clients that required the 36" mower but once I did I was more efficient, had more energy and generally enjoyed my work week more.
     
  6. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,354

    This is precisely why the square footage model of pricing lawns for mowing, aeration etc. is not something I dabble with. Some of those tiny lawns with limited access and a huge amount of trimming and obstacles can be a real PITA. Save those for the Johnny upstarts to struggle with.

    Also....as soon as you can replace the mow-it-lower folks with better accounts.....the better off you will be.
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  7. inHaliburton

    inHaliburton LawnSite Member
    Posts: 196

    Hate to ask a dumb question, but what is a "EOW customer?"

    Thanks.
     
  8. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 417

    id raise deck if i were you, 3 inches is entirely too short.
     
  9. zo6

    zo6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 417

    every other week, i would never do that for anyone but some guys do..
     
  10. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 748

    EOW = every other week
    Bi-weekly, if properly used in the English language would be two times per week. In the lawn care industry, it more often than not is meant to be EOW.
     

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