Didnt take a client cuase i wont cut at 2"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by birddseedd, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    Got a call today from soemone in my neighborhood. even gave him a great deal. but he is insistent that he wants it cut at 2 inches. well i'm not going to do it. I cut at 2.5 to 3. especially during droughts like last year. I had green grass when everyone elses grass was dying.

    so he is not going to have me cut his grass. no big deal for me. i'm not going to screw up my other clients yards because he is used to california weather.
     
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    i shoudl also mention he wanted it every other week. which is probably why he wanted it kinda low.
     
  3. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yep, that's the old "cut it lower so it'll last longer" approach. People that want their grass scalped drive me insane. Just tell the guy you'll cut it at 2 inches for double your normal rate. Even on most of the warm season grasses we do, our normal cutting height is 2.5" minimum.
     
  4. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    Id laugh in his face at 2", I cut 3" year round up here, last cut is 2.5 and thats as low as it goes
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    I talked with him again. basically said that since i am doing it cheaper than he is used to (20 vs 35, he is only a few streets over, i discount peopel in my neighborhood) that he can afford to have me do it every week. he still wants 2 inches because in California that's what they do. but he is willing to let me do it 1nce a week for a month.

    i'm just worried about him watering it so much that itl grow too fast.

    shrugs. well see
     
  6. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I cut one under 2'' I do it pays well and the lawn looks really nice and I still cut every week Last year was first time it turned brown from the drought
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    i actualy had a rich rich guy that still owes me money tell me to cut it low, wait another week then raise the blades..... next time soemone says that to me ill require payment up front
     
  8. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have one guy, he wants it cut short. I cut at 2.25 sometimes 2. Heres the thing. He's not doing the "last longer" approach. I cut there ever 5-7 days. And once a month over the winter. Place looks great. Most other lawns are at 3-5inches
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  9. 205mx

    205mx LawnSite Silver Member
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    So $80 for a month?
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  10. jhawk60

    jhawk60 LawnSite Member
    from VA
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    I had one ask if we could cut it lower so we didn't have to cut off as much next time.:dizzy:

    One of the hardest things when working with the public is not telling people they are idiots.
     

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