Rain in Texas

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DSIM, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 440

    This rain is really slowing me down. I've got one more mow this week for my customers and it looks like its not going to happen till next week.

    I saw on the news last night that South Texas just received 20" of rain!! It looked like a river was running through neighborhoods.

    We have had one of the wettest years on record. A lot of the St. Augustine grass is getting diseased with Brownpatch from staying too wet.

    Its raining now and supposed to keep on raining till Wednesday. Guess I be on Lawnsite for a while now. :rolleyes:

    What are you South Texas guys doing? Lawnsite?? :D
  2. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    Same here... I am a fert & squirt and the rain is killing me too. And Brown Patch...ahh man, I don't even wanna think about it...lol
  3. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    Yup, me too! Woke up ready to go...but no go today. Many customers wanted a leaf clean up before Thanksgiving, looks like it will have to wait. At least I have lawnsite to keep me occupied!!! :waving:
  4. ZaK18

    ZaK18 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    Im in the same boat, I havent been able to mow due to the weather in over a week. This really sucks because I had vacation plans the first week of december. Looks like that will have to wait :cry: . I have never mowed this late in the year oh well, my check book is happy :D
  5. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 440

    z clark,
    I see you just started your business this year. What kind of mowers did you start out with?
    Are you doing some of the bigger properties over there in Southlake?
  6. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    I started with a Toro 36" floater and 21" pro line.

    I am 100% high end residential. I have 40 accounts that are .5 to 1 acre. It kept my employee and I busy full time.

    Been a great first year!....still going too!

    I see you have been in biz for 7 years. Any advice on the growth of a company? (I have my plan....but am interested in how you worked yours!)
  7. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 440

    That sounds like really a great start! You are in a very good area. For a while I had a few high end customers in Keller that I did for 3 years but the drive from Arlington eventually got to me and now I have a lot tighter route.

    I'm a solo operator with help on a few occasions, mostly landscape work which I do on Saturdays if requested by customers.

    In my area its mixed with high end and middle class homes. My largest is .5 acre.
    I've used Lesco w/b's 36"& 32" up until this year when I bought a Hustler Fastrak Z 36". Now mowing is no effort at all unless I have to use the 21" (Proline also). With all this rain I rarely get to use the Z though.
    As far as growth of your company goes, I'm not the guy for that advice. :)
    Most of my advertising comes from word of mouth. My goal next year is 30 customers that I can handle by myself. I think when I hit 40 I'll have to add employees but until then I like working solo.
  8. ofishil

    ofishil LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 124

    i live in corpus and we havent had any rain. we did have a couple of days last week but nothing to troublesome.

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