Hows everyone doing so far this season???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by thelawnguy, Aug 12, 2000.

  1. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    I just realized, the Dog Days of summer ended yesterday aug 11, we have lost an hour and 20 minutes of daylight since June 21, and here in the northeast we will be lucky if we have another 13 weeks of mowing left.

    So far this year I have made as much mowing as I made thru October of last year-thanks in part to the rain, and raising my prices last spring on the suggestion of some of you here at the forum. My overall expenses are down also, even though my fuel expense has doubled over last yer-to-date.

    Hows the rest of you doing?
     
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,207

    I havn't decided yet which is worse,no rain or toooo much rain.I am about even with last year $$$ wise, but way behind on trimming and mulch.It looks like I will be skipping some of the fill in jobs that I normally fit in.
     
  3. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    BILL, I am now on my way to catching up with what i made last year at this point in the season. The drought last year started around august and this year in may. The rains came back around mid july. So I turned on the juice to make up for lost time. Only had about 3 weeks of almost complete downtime this year. By september I should be in good shape. For what looked like a sure disastorous year.
     
  4. greenlawncare

    greenlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 105

    despite some drought in the very early part of the spring, things have picked up and business is great. Keep thinking of how I want to do things different next year. Trim off the fat, get into new service, bite the bullet and expand.
     
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I am doing great! :) I will bypass last years total money this week. I could use a bit of a break though.
     
  6. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    I went into the business this year as a part-time thing and to build my business for next year for when I retire from my primary source of income.

    When I first began, I believed that I would take it slow and not work myself to death trying to maintain two jobs. I had no idea of the DEMAND for landscape maintenance in our area.

    While I wanted to stay busy but not over worked my plans fell short. I’m at the point where I am starting to turn away customers. I hope the past is prologue (you aint seen nothing yet) in my case. This has been a wonderful first year!
     
  7. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 773

    Good year so far, but I'm in the middle of planned restructuring due in part to the knowledge gleaned on these Boards. The days will grow shorter, and the lawns will slow down soon, but the season on the West Coast never ends... ;)

    -TGC
     
  8. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 474

    We're hanging in there. We'll likely do 85% of the business we did last season with only 50% (at most) of the manpower. My partner and I represent 1/2 of our total workforce right now and in a couple of weeks we'll account for 2/3's. Needless to say we're going pretty hard this season. Hell, I've lost 20lbs and have to force myself to go to the gym 3x/wk. Some weeks (like last week) I don't make it there at all. Can't wait for the snow to fly...plowin' sure beats cuttin'.
     
  9. Toroguy

    Toroguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,075

    Sales up 60% over last season. Equipment upgrades and expenses are up the same. Project 33% sales growth next season, with no equipment needs in the forecast. Might make it to Tuscon for the winter of 2001-2002.

     
  10. Lost a couple this year, but replaced them with better accounts. Was starting to get concerned due to the dry spell we had in July, less than 1\" of rain all month here. 1st of August gave us some badly needed rain and the grass is growing again, hurray. Looking better than last year so far. :D

    [Edited by Davis TLC on 08-13-2000 at 09:38 PM]
     

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