How bad has the drought hurt you?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LawnBrother, Oct 1, 2007.

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how bad has the drought hurt you?

  1. Screw this, I quit.

    1 vote(s)
    1.6%
  2. I had to lay off many employees/take a pt job, but I'll be back next year stronger than ever!

    5 vote(s)
    7.8%
  3. It hurt a little, but we offer many services besides mowing and made it up elsewhere.

    38 vote(s)
    59.4%
  4. No problem. Looking forward to buying some lightly used equip cheap this fall!

    20 vote(s)
    31.3%
  1. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    Yeah, this drought sucks. But how bad has it sucked for you?
     
  2. nickslawn

    nickslawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    It was bad here, it hurt alot.
     
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Same here, still not sure when it's going to let up.
     
  4. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    In my 43 years of living, I have NEVER seen it this dry. :usflag:
     
  5. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 387

    Same as always. I live and work in the San Diego county, our annual rainfall is less then a foot. We are always in a drought. The county officials are always crying drought! Conserve Water! Conserve Water! We never rely on rain out here, its up to the county officials to pipe water to us. Different the most of the country. All my customers with green grass have sprinkler systems otherwise they would have dead grass.
     
  6. avjohnson

    avjohnson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    It's pathetic here in Mass. My income from maintenance is pitiful--about 25% of what it usually is since I charge by the appearance. I see no rain in the future either which is so sad. Are there options for temporary watering that anyone is aware of? Just curious.
     
  7. Andrew's Lawn Maintenance

    Andrew's Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    Not going to hurt me in the following years, because I just started the set monthly billing pattern for a total of 25 cuts = 6 months of solid income!!!
     
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    It helped me tremendously. All my accounts are full-service year-round.

    I'll probably double my reseeding jobs this year over last year's. Folks are coming out of the woodwork to have their fescue reseeded. Right now, I have reseeding and sod jobs scheduled until around Halloween.:)
     
  9. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    Certain lawns went from one mowing a week, to every other week, to monthly, etc. I even had one lawn (creeping red) that just refused to grow. It was 53 days in between mowings! Never seen that before. Even so, I made up for the lost $ with two large landscaping jobs. So it wasn't that bad, but more one-dimensional lco's might've been hit harder.
     
  10. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    I havent skipped a week all year on any customers so it hasnt affected me.
     

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