Mowing Frequency in Drought Areas

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by SIG, Jul 10, 2002.

  1. SIG

    SIG LawnSite Member
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    Any of you Maryland or other drought stricken mowers out there. Just wondering how often you are mowing right now. I have still been around 10 days, but it is starting to get real bad. Just curious what you others are doing during this mess?
     
  2. sgtgm5

    sgtgm5 LawnSite Member
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    your doing good at ten, I pushed everything to 14 days,
     
  3. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    I'm cutting about every 12-14 days. With the rains last night, perhaps mowing will pick up.
     
  4. rvsuper

    rvsuper Senior Member
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    We got two inches of rain last night, otherwise we would have been mowing about every 14-15 days.
     
  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We got 1.25" rainfall Monday night so hopefully we will start mowing all are customers weekly again. We had to skip few last week. I'm not sure if the rainfall we got this week will make much difference though.
     
  6. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
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    This year I started off slowly, working out of my truck and just a push mower. The things I have learned. The weather plays a big part of this job. I have 10 regular / weekly customers and the last two weeks I have only been able to cut 4 of them. Only three of my customers water thier lawn. It makes me think twice about doing this full blown.

    Dave

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  7. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Yup, it's dry here in the Annapolis area too. Since everybody's on a well sprinkler systems are far and few. I only have 1 lawn left on a weekly schedule (the one customer with sprinklers). The rest are mostly on 2 week schedules with a few that haven't been touched in 3 weeks.
     
  8. Potomac Lawns Inc.

    Potomac Lawns Inc. LawnSite Senior Member
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    same here in southern md every 14 days or so
     
  9. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
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    We were on 'the verge' of drought but then it starting back with the isolated thunderstorms last wed. WHEW! I knew cancellations were imminent.......then "bang"...money pouring out of the Heavens again. :)

    Drought is not all that uncommon here in Middle Tennessee during July and August. Last year was a bit novel in that we got enough showers to not have to stop until the middle of September...and did not resume until mid-October...VERY wierd!

    Kept regular mowing into the first week of December.


    The year before that (2000) was normal...did not mow a single lawn for 6 weeks in a row! (last week of June until 3rd week of August). It was my first year 'full-time' and it about nearly knocked me out of the biz. :eek:

    Another LCO I'm friends with warned me about the "dry spells" here before I took the leap. He's been at it for about 15 years and told me that about 6 or 7 years ago was the worst he'd experienced....13 weeks with no mowing...3 months! I remembered it because the tobacco farmers were hammered badly, the reservoirs, creeks, streams, and rivers were running VERY low (if at all), and water was being restricted in some areas. :cry:

    I hope all of you guys that are drying up get some of the 'juice' real soon....and don't give up!
     
  10. Turf Ranger

    Turf Ranger LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    i know what this is all like... last year we went through 2 big droughts.... we were on the verge of 1 this week but we just got a nice storm.... anyways hope it turns out alright for you guys
     

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