How many cuts in your season?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1BadHawk, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
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    Sory for the dup but It was past the 10min limit for editing my previous post.

    How long is your cutting season? and when you write up an estimate for a customer how many cuts do you include in it? In Maryland, im figuring April 1 trough Oct 23, so that comes to 23 weeks I believe.

    If you have a week or two that you skip during the season, do you make the adjustment on that months bill or do you hold off until the seasons end in case you it runs a week or so longer then estimated?
     
  2. DaLLa$

    DaLLa$ LawnSite Member
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    We do 32-36 depending on turfs needs.
     
  3. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
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    My Contract minimum is 28 cuts per season.

    Jason
     
  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
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    42 cuts per season average.

    I bill on a yearly contract. If it is 40 one year and 44 the next they pay the same monthly charge no matter.
     
  5. 1BadHawk

    1BadHawk LawnSite Member
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    ok so im in the right ball park.

    Now im wondering, if I skip weeks should I adjust that months bill to reflect it, or just hold off until the end of season in case it runs a couple weeks extra. This way, the customer keeps an accurate monthly bill until the last bill which will have any adjustments made.
     
  6. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
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    No adjustment.
    They pay no matter what!
     
  7. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    You're not ready to be in the LCO business if you can't even figure/count weeks. My 2005 calendar shows that there are 30 weeks between April 1 - Oct 23...not 23. 23 weeks would only be April 1st through Aug 31st.

    If you did/had written contracts based on what you posted you would have just cost yourself almost 2 MONTHS income for work that you would have to complete without pay because of your contract error!

    I made this suggestion to you before based on the number and types of question you have been asking for the past 30 days and it is not intended as a cut or rude but as a real suggestion because it is clear from your questions along with your profile listed 0 years in business that you really don't know what you are doing and are not really to be in this business yet so as I said before you really should work for someone else in the business first and learn the ropes before telling/selling folks that you are in the lawn care business and lead them to think that you have done it before and know what you are doing as a business owner.
     
  8. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah 23 mowings is too little. We find that we do around 28 mowings per year. This is not necessarily one a week for the whole year tho. In May and June specifically, we do 5 or 6 mowings (about every 5 days).

    You should consider doing a yearly contract. Customers pay the same amount regardless of how many times you mow. That way customers won't complain about how often you mow. PM me if you would like to see our contract.
     
  9. Mycannon

    Mycannon LawnSite Member
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    32 to 34 here
     
  10. CelticGreens

    CelticGreens LawnSite Member
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    im from jersey, and you are right about opening April 1st, but last year we could have mowed well into december. i had it set that my mowing would stop Nov 1st. and from there i would take over with leave removals, but in many cases, lawns are still growing and it always looks better to mow the lawn after the leaf cleanup. plus why not earn the extra cash if its available. i would count on 30-33 weeks. just my 2 cents
     

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