mowing in the suburbs of Canada

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by martyman, May 5, 2004.

  1. martyman

    martyman LawnSite Member
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    Every year I come on this site and think that maybe this will be the last year (7th year) because the area's that I work in are so crowded with cutting companies, but once I get into the routine of cutting and start to enjoy the wet feet and the smell of dog poop on my tires I wouldn't do anything else (would be nice if people picked up the poop). I lost around a dozen homes in the last two years to cheaper guy's in an area that I had 30 homes, but slowly I got new ones (in different areas) like yesterday I stopped to let an old lady cross the street and when she got a across she waved to me and I pulled up and she said "You cut grass?" It pay's not to be sarcastic and I said "Yes! Yes I do" and she gave me her house and her two relatives on her street and then because I was there another neighbour came over and then I had 4 lawns in on day and gave me back some hope after putting 5000 flyers in another nice area and only getting 3 phone calls and only one signed up... but that's business and I hope that next year I can say the same thing, Oh and this year I got to take my first vacation in 8 years with my wife and kids down to florida (disney world) we drove 27 hours taking turns and I was still on contract (my residential customers and it was the end of march so don't freak out!) for snowplowing (the weather was fine here so I took a chance) and it was great!! Every american I got to chat with on the way was really nice and I hope that next year I can save up and do it again...
     
  2. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    We lose a few every year too but then the phone rings and we get a couple more. This year we have decided not to do any advertising and take it a little easier. So far we have lost 3 but gained a couple of much bigger jobs and 4 or 5 once in awhile mowings. We only did a few lawn rollings this year and it looks like the spraying will be more than last year. We live in a rural area so there is very little competition here other than local kids and they can't drive so they only work in each little town. Of course every farmer has a lawn mower but they don't always have time to cut so they call us.
     
  3. Nova

    Nova LawnSite Member
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    With the way Markham is growing, I wouldn't worry about having a shortage of work.
     
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Either of you guys going to the Richie Brothers auction on May 12 or the Toronto City auction on May 15?
     
  5. Nova

    Nova LawnSite Member
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    Never heard of them, anything good?
     
  6. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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  7. jwalker17

    jwalker17 LawnSite Member
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    hey so how is everyone doing so far? plowing i assume... is everyone still working well!
     

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