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Mowing in bad weather

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DVF Lawn Care, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. DVF Lawn Care

    DVF Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    I am relatively new to the lawn care business and I am wondering what to do when its raining on the day you are supposed to mow. I only have 12 accounts so I just call them and move it back a day. What do you guys with many accounts do when its raining?
  2. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,453

    I would tell them that as soon as you become their lawn care provider. Something along the lines of "I'll come every week (or two) depending on the customer" and mention that if it rains I will either come a day early or a day later than said day - which also depends on the amount of rain.

    If you are like the guys in my complex, you mow rain, shine, sleet or snow. Good luck!

    P.S. I mention that you should tell them ahead of time because if you get a lot of customers next year, it can be a hassle calling 30-40+ people and getting in touch with them all. Most of the time people will understand the rain situation though.
  3. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,742

    Depends on how heavy the rain is. I've mowed for 10+hrs in a light drizzle. If its a heavy morning rain, I try to hold out to the afternoon to cut. Now if a few days of heavy downfall I have a 6ft bushhog I pull behind an Airboat for yards with standing water. JUST KIDDING
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  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    I have mowing scheduled for Wed, Thurs and Fri. If I knew that rain was forcasted for Wed I might mow my Wed accounts ahead of schedule on Tues instead. My Thurs accounts get special consideration...these are my high end lawns that I do my best to keep on schedule. So lets say I didn't cut ahead of schedule and it rained on Wed and I had to push those mows back. I will not mow them on Thurs...my Thurs accounts get cut on schedule even though my Wed accounts didn't get cut. Bascially I don't want to screw up my whole schedule because of one day of rain. My Wed accounts would get mowed when I can get to them, but not at the expense of the other accounts I have scheduled.
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I will not mow when its raining out at all, no matter how heavy or light the rain is. I find that it just creates too much hassel, grass clogs the bagging system easier, clumps are left easier, the mower becomes an absolute mess, etc. All of my customers understand that when it rains on their scheduled day, I will come by a different day. Now the different day may be a day earlier or a day or two later. I don't have to call any of my customers to let them know there will be a change.

    Make sure you discuss with your customers when you initially start working for them what will happen when it rains. You just want them to know what to expect. Some customers don't want their lawn cut in the rain at all, so it may put them at ease a little bit knowing that you won't be mowing their lawn when its raining out.
  6. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,757

    I'm a relatively small operator, and one day of rain is not a big deal. The problem arises when it rains multiple days in a row, which, the first three months of the mowing season here, can happen several times. When it does, I prioritize as best as I can. Some properties are more critical than others, so they will be done first. My wife often argues with me about my logic, but, for example, I'll mow a business before I do a residential, as a rule, if I'm behind.
  7. DVF Lawn Care

    DVF Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Thanks for all the helpful replies!

    Yeah that is my dilemma right now MOturkey. I was supposed to do a fall clean up yesterday but it rained all day and the forecast for today is also rain all day. Its not raining now but everything is so wet and I don't want to deal with wet leaves and my 21" toro bagging push mower haha. I just feel bad for moving the day back so many times.
  8. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,511

    Its just grass. Dont worry about it too much. I let my new customers know i dont mow in the rain or when the lawn is soaked because it is not good for their lawn. I dont ever call anyone to let them know i wont be there. They are smart enough to see that it is raining on their own.
  9. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,353

    I no longer have the luxury of not mowing in the rain due to a full schedule. If its a heavy rain or safety issue I will make it up after hours or on the weekend. One reason I run scag mowers is because the velocity deck does extremely well in wet conditions.
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  10. B&M

    B&M LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 333

    We run a four day mowing schedule Tuesday-Friday. Saturday is a makeup day for mowing, or the day we schedule large projects. We take Sunday off and like to take Monday off as well, but this rarely happens as something always comes up or there is equipment maintenance that needs to happen. All that being said we will finish a property if it starts raining while we are working on it.

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