Michigan LCO's

Discussion in 'Network: Central' started by tiedeman, Sep 4, 2003.

  1. Randallhorton175

    Randallhorton175 LawnSite Member
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    I have had some crabby people this week myself. Must be in the water!
     
  2. Hidden Talents Lawn Care

    Hidden Talents Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Livonia
    Posts: 27

    I agree, Your customers are crabby. Always are. I picked up two new mowing accounts and 3 landscaping jobs on the 4th. I only decided to mow so I could see different people than I normally do and it worked.
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    It actually got me thinking on the 4th. I have about 110 accounts give or take and I want to drop about half of them and work all the lake around me. We have at least 12 in 20 miles of my house that I can think of off the bat. Less fuss, higher income. The one guy didn't even bat an eye at $35 for his 5000 sq ft lawn lol. I just need 100 more and I would be golden.
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  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Have you guys been seeing a lot more thatch on lawns you don't bag this year?
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  5. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    On a few of my high end lawns yes. I tried talking them into dethatching in the spring but they didn't see a need. Now that they aren't getting proper water they are asking about it.
     
  6. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    I swear except for anal peoples lawns you can see the visible thatch. Now that I am noticing its driving me nuts.
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  7. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    While I was replacing two gear drives for one customer they walked outside and asked what all the "straw in their yard was". I laughed and said it's what making this irrigation system pointless. I talked with her and explained what thatch was and why you see it being removed, and why I recommended she had it done in the spring. I think she wants it dethatched now. Then down the street in the same sub, I have a customer who doesn't want it cut but every two weeks, but waters daily, and has TruGreen out every month. Why? Because they don't want it bagged and they don't want a heavy thatch build up. Oh, and "don't use your rider, use your WB, we heard it does better on the clippings." Really? I asked if they fertilized when I signed them up for the season when they wanted bi-weekly (which is pointless anyways) and they said no. Then I get their and theirs spreader tracks everywhere. It's to the point where if they don't go weekly or accept a rate raise I'm dropping them. Sorry for the tangent, but the point is I'm stuck with this one all because of fear of thatch! haha
     
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    What's your dethatch rig? I am really considering getting a jrco system with a pelator (think that's the name) bagger for my kubota zd326. But I'm thinking that will set me back 3.5k. I have an old woods (721d grasshopper) that I bag with, but it sucks at lifting dead grass. Its strickly for leaves or fresh grass.
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  9. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm not really a big operation yet, so right now all I use is a Blue Bird power rake and my WB with Gator Blades and an Accelerator. I don't have any huge properties for the most part really. I just got a 2013 ProCat last month. I'm gonna put a bagger on it this fall, or next spring if I dont feel like dropping $2700 for a 3 Bag or $3400 for a dump from seat this year. Come spring I'd like a JRCO set up on the front for dethatching.
     
  10. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,206

    Its $2500 for that pelator or pelitor bagger and its a dump. Its I think 12 cu ft. I like it better than the peco baggers.
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