I've got some inside info that i'm willing to pass on in hopes of setting the record straight on city/government mowing contracts. Most contractors aren't making money. Many cutters who lowballed KC boulevard and park contracts this year are in the tank and sucking air. That comes straight from the source and the management who pays them. Just had a big-timer tell me he gave back a huge and highly visible contract because he couldn't give high quality mows at the time frame they needed. And he confided, he was going to make peanuts off a huge gross sum even if everything went according to plan. And we all know it never does. Think long and hard about cutting 100 city right of way medians around a crime-infested, traffic-filled thoroughfare...for about $1900. Grass is usually about 3 ft. tall because you only get a once a month mow at best. Think long and hard, you newbies and lowball specialists out there. One contract went through three guys already...and we're not even half way through the season. You look at those cutters out there and think to yourself that because they have equipment and a truck with a sticker on the side that they are making money. They've got payments. They're making payroll if they're lucky. Look and see how many return next year or even at the next bidding table. Half return at best and they almost always bid more and lose the work to somebody stupid and brighteyed. Kansas City and most other major cities that bid out government city parks and boulevards will eventually change their system of taking the absolute worst bottom dollar bid. Inspectors don't have the resources or the time to keep running through a list of fools with big dreams and little skills to do the job. Called out the dogs on my local city lowball contractor last week and had his ass chewed for miserable trimming job. Here he was with his crew out today finetuning for the second or third time. He's losing his ass and everybody knows it...he won't last. Don't be this guy working for free or most likely...working for less than cost. So the next time you see a guy mowing a huge boulevard system with miles of curbing and hundreds of trees to trim...have pity on his soul. He's most likely drowning with no lifeguard on duty.