Dormant mowing

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LAWNGODFATHER, Aug 5, 2001.


Do you mow dormant lawns

  1. Yes I need the money

    3 vote(s)
  2. Yes the customer wants me too

    16 vote(s)
  3. No I skip till I can mow

    50 vote(s)
  4. No

    10 vote(s)
  1. Do you guys mow dormant lawns?

    In St. Louis there are a few LCO’s that mow dormant lawns

    One of which I see have dirt tire tracks. They will try to mow 40+ times

    How far will you push your mowing season?

  2. I will mow if customer wnts me too

  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    change your billing system which will be based on mowing every week of the mowing season, and charge over a 12 month period, you only have to cut when it needs it during the droughts. The customer gets away from looking at it as X amount of dollars per week. Its easier on their eyes.

    Hope this helps!
  4. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Yep, what Guido said. I bill monthly and my income is not affected by weather. If they choose not to water that's their choice and a dormant lawn is the result, it's up to them.
  5. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 876

    I triple that vote. I am much happier now--no more more "should I or shouldn't I ?"
  6. guntruck

    guntruck LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 527

    We only mow when its needed, we are fair to the customer, however i would like and am going to charge from now on by 32 cuts over the 8 month period and I think that will work out much much better for both parties.
  7. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    Just one small question,....
    Whats the difference between the 3rd and last choices??

    I skip it when it dormant, (and very dry) I'm afraid of the grass getting damaged.
  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    Our contracts reflect two prices 32 cuts which we label as "bagged clippings" and a 28 cut season we label as "dispersed clippings".

    All the client sees is the dollar amount, and then we divide that number by an 8 month season. Kinda like what guido said. :)

    This way we know when to schedule the mowings, whether its every 10 days or every other week as needed.


    I would think that the 3rd option would be like you said, there will be no cutting until the grass is past a dormant state where it is plant effective to cut.

    The 3rd option may also mean that if the grass goes to seed and the yard is full of the large straggely stems that you might cut it if it will make an improvement on the overall appearance of the property. :)

    The final option would be that you would leave the property alone until the growing season commences once again after the lawns have begun to green up again.

  9. bahiya

    bahiya LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    I am in Southeast Georgia, and the growing season can last into December during warmer periods. I mow the St. Augustine later into the fall, and then taper off to maybe twice a month if it stays warm. Last year was a quick cool-down, and my yards really did not need mowing from mid-November until late-March (bummer). The dormant mowing does seem to clean-up the looks of the yard, but too much definitely makes the turf look weaker. I encourage my Centipede customers to overseed, but usually get only a few takers.
  10. Thanks KutnKru for answering that question for me

    You gave a little more technical answer than I would have done


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