Getting Cemetaries

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by yardboyltd, Jul 27, 2001.

  1. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
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    My dad has a lot of expierence mowing cemetaries for the city and was wondering how we could get some cemetaries in the county
  2. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
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    Did you do a search on the term Cemetery ??
  3. Rooster

    Rooster LawnSite Senior Member
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    I live in N.E. Kansas, most of the cemetaries here are privately owned.

    Check with the county and see who owns the cemetary then approach the owner would be my thought.

    If it is county owned Check with you local County Commissioner on the possibilities of bidding on them.
  4. Administrator

    Administrator Administrator
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    Also, make sure you spell it right.. Cemetery
  5. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. Freetime

    Freetime LawnSite Member
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    Contact your local funeral homes and find out if the cemeteries you are looking at have associations (board of directors) most of any size will have some one that takes care of matters such as maintenance contracting.

    Be careful bidding on this work, make sure you have a full and clear view of the work.
    1. Amount of head stones?
    2. Organization (everybody in line or all over the place)?
    3. Your responsibilities (cleaning/ disposable of silk flowers)?
    4. GravediggerÂ’s responsibilities/ quality of work?
    5. 12 month contract or by the cut

    Take a good hard look at it and good luck.

    We have taken care of two seven-acre cemeteries for the past three years.
    Please feel free to e-mail if you have any questions.
  7. DanG

    DanG LawnSite Member
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    Right now I take care of 4, A total of around 40-50 acres for them all.Had them for 4 yrs now.

    You need to find out what they want you to do.

    Trimming every mowing,or every other mowing, leaf removal, cleanup of flowers after burials,filling in of low graves & reseeding & on & on.

    Some times you can find them listed in the newspapers looking for bids, Or you can contact the # on the sign to see who is in charge.

    All the ones I do are run by non- profit assocations and have to answer to the state as to where and how they spend their money.

  8. yardboyltd

    yardboyltd LawnSite Senior Member
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    I guess I better spell it right. Yes I did a search and came back with a lot of usefull info on bids, tips, and equipment but I couldn't find any info on actually how to get them. Some I read that they were contacted to mow but it seemed like the companies weren't the seekers.

    I think I might call the county and see if they have a list and some funeral homes if they have any info. I know of one thats close to a river and how do I say this, plots are eroding into the bank. :)
  9. Loosestrife

    Loosestrife LawnSite Member
    from PA
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    Lots of the smaller ones are owned by local churches.

    One word of caution, cemeteries are very loyal customers. We have maintained one for 8 years, and it has never gone out for bid since we started there. As long as our work performance stays the same, and our prices do not skyrocket, we will stay there for eternity. Pun intended.
  10. Hoosier Mower

    Hoosier Mower LawnSite Member
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    I mow two of them in the country totaly about 50 acres and the way I got them was by just contacting someone you know that goes to the church and if you don't know anyone just call the church and ask for the person in charge of that stuff. Also like it was mentioned before make sure you ask what they want done and how often. If you have to trim every mowing then you definatley want to ask for more than if you have to do it every other time or whatever. The ones I mow we do the trimming every other time and mow them every 10 days or per thier request. They're good money but they take alot of manpower hours and are hard on the equipment but if your just starting out its hard to pass up that kind of account. Best of luck.

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