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Every Week Vs Every Other Week???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rgreeniii, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. rgreeniii

    rgreeniii LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Good Afternoon!!! I need some solid advice here... This is will be the second season for Teddy's Lawn Care. I usually mow my properties once every week. Several friends with lawn care businesses say they mow their residential and commercial properties every other week. Obviously, every other week would allow me to schedule more properties. However, once I've maintained a property for a couple of months, the grass is happy and grows far to fast to be cut every other week. I mow my own about every four days. Suggestions/recommendations are most welcomed :confused:
  2. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Weekly except in drought conditions. There is no way I could go every other week.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,931

    I agree, once a week is mandatory during peak growth season. However even here in Florida I cut back to every other week during Nov, Dec, Jan. My customers get billed 50% during this time. The extra time allows me to do mulch and bed rehabs. I actually make more money during this time of year. Plus it give me a chance for some much needed time off.:usflag: :usflag: :usflag:
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  4. prizeprop

    prizeprop LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 820

    Its a seasonal business cutting grass, don't cut your season in half.If you can fill your schedule is one thing, but if your sitting home every other week playing with Mary Palm and her five sisters,thats not acceptable.

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,981

    You're not too far from me...this past season I had good success with flat-rate monthly contracts instead of billing per cut. That's one way you could go.

    For your standard, non-irrigated lawn in our area, the ideal mowing schedule would be every 4-5 days in April and May...then scaling back to weekly in June...many can go 10-14 days in July/August...then picking up again to 7-10 days in the fall. Of course this all depends on having a 'normal' year rain-wise.

    Of course not many people would pay on a per cut basis for 6-7 cuts a month in the spring...so you can promote this as you will cut as often as needed throughout the year...the client doesn't have to monitor the growth to save a few bucks...

    If you don't want to go with this billing, just stick to your guns...it's weekly unless YOU determine otherwise. Yeah I see a lot of lower-end commercials being done every other week, normally this is due to a tight budget but you'll see the LCO double/triple cutting on a normal basis :cry:
  6. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,201

    I hear ya!! Mowing every other week during active growing is bad for grass and very hard on mowers. If customer wants every other week I just call a friend of mine and give him the # he just does it for extra $$.
  7. rotagilla

    rotagilla LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Weekly April thru October, bi-weekly November thru March, 42 cuts per year.
  8. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    Why would you want to go bi-weekly? I have clients ask and I tell them I'd be happy to, but I'll charge them double.:laugh: And it won't look as good when I'm done either.
  9. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,257

    Every week here! Contract says the schedule.
  10. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    I'm going to charge by the month this year, cut in once a week in the spring then cut as needed and throw in a yard clean-up in fall.

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