Dead Lawns from freeze Florida

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by unkownfl, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have a few account left and the all have completely brown yards from the freeze. I haven't done anything to them in almost three weeks. Should I mow them at the same height? or even mow them at all? Is there any chance they will come back? I have never seen Augustine yards go completely brown like this. Is it just going dormant?
     
  2. SunState Lawn Care inc

    SunState Lawn Care inc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Jax, FL
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    Yes it's dormant. Haven't seen it this bad in years though.
     
  3. billslawn89

    billslawn89 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    only thing i've been doing is going to the clients property and edging and cleaning things up. i did cut 2 lawns today, st. augustine, cuz we had some rain the other day, plus i know these yards have irrigation, plus i haven't cut them in 4 weeks and they looked shaggy. there is some green in their lawns, but the others i went to today, i just edged and cleaned everything up. too brown looking and dry. probably same thing going on for tomorrow...driving in circles.
     
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thats what I figured I would do. I just got back from vacation and got off the ship in Miami when it was about 34 degrees last week. I haven't worked at all. Half of my contracts haven't paid so I have to handle that. Why is it every winter it gets this way no one wants to pay but when summer is here the checks in the box. This is the last year I do any new contracts. Now on only one month paid in advance charged by the amount of cuts I do for the month. To much time in chasing down payments.
     
  5. djchiodo3

    djchiodo3 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Experts at Arrow and my own knowledge after 25 years cutting in southeast FL say to hold off on mowing for a while. It does not matter if they are being watered or not. Most of my lawns are brown, however when I dig through the top layer I can see green. Even the local paper has said to hold off on cutting the lawn and not repeat not trim any dead plant material out of shrubs until spring(March 1st). All your lawns should be switched to monthly accounts. This takes the guess work out of where, how, and what should I do this week. Plus your income keeps coming in even during the off season. For example $30 per cut X 40 visits = $1200 so charge them $100 a month.
     
  6. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
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    The grass doesn't grow in the winter. What are they paying for?
     
  7. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    We have St. augustine up here and it comes back every year. Your grass just went dormant the way bermuda does. Shouldn't be any problems.
     
  8. ^Yes it does. In florida, plants and grass are still growing in the winter. Not like summer, but they are growing. We can't control the weather. So when a freeze or near freeze comes through and slows everything down or turns the grass brown, that is not our fault. We are there every week in the summer in the grueling heat. This is our time to relax and make money. That's how it goes in Florida. Down in S. Florida, we sometimes could still have weekly cutting in the winter.
     
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yater, I have a few yearly accounts. I simply took the amount of cut per year that are normally required and divided it by 12 months to come up with a flat payment for the year.
     
  10. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, but when you don't show up to work, they are less inclined to pay (obviously). Anyone struggling to pay bills/mortgage/rent will put lawn care at the bottom of the list. Maybe you should charge for growing months only.
     

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