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Regular schedule vs variable schedule.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by indy2tall, Jan 25, 2010.


How often do you mow?

  1. Once a week no matter what.

    10 vote(s)
  2. Changes throughout the season.

    13 vote(s)
  1. indy2tall

    indy2tall LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 417

    Just wondered how many of you stick to a once a week mowing schedule no matter what. I have always altered the time between cuts depending on the weather. In the spring that means for a few weeks folks get mowed every 4 days and in the dry times every other week. I use Quickbooks for the financials but have never found a scheduling software program that would work for me.
  2. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    I try to stick to every week, same day and same time. In the spring there is a few yards that get cut twice a week because of heavy growth. But their regular service day never changes, i just squeeze in the 2nd cuts on one of my slower days. When growth slows or there is dry conditions, I will decide if it can be skipped for an entire week, if it can't, I cut it, simple as that. I will not go back 3 or 4 days to cut. I try to keep my drivetimes to a bare minimum and I like a set schedule.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    I use a spreadsheet for the scheduling, same as yourself I vary the frequency
    because the grass doesn't grow at the same rate throughout the year, that
    and the heat will burn it if cut too often as well.

    My mow frequency goes from a short 1 week to as much as a month in between,
    all depends on the rain and the heat and various other conditions as well.
  4. pkra12

    pkra12 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    One thing to watch for is customers taking advantage and asking for their yard cut every other week when it really needs it every week. In that case i will cut it every other week but i will not bag or double cut. Fair is fair
  5. indy2tall

    indy2tall LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 417

    Bump up for a few more responses.
  6. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    i pretty much stick to a once a week schedule. in the dryer months cuts get skipped sometimes but i don't not do any 10 day cuts or any other number. it's either weekly or bi weekly. when cuts are skipped in the dryer months i don't return until the next weeks scheduled cuts.

    i know a guy in the lawn business who has a varied schedule all the time. he cuts when needed, sometimes going 8,9,10, etc. days inbetween cuts. i can't see that being convenient. it's easier and makes more sense to me to come weekly or bi weekly. that way you always know where you'll be on a given day and whats on your plate w/out checking your schedule.
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    every other week cuts are charged at a higher price so there is no need to watch out for this. you won't save money with me going on an every other week schedule, unless it's drought season and there would only be a weeks worth of growth on the lawn if i come every other week.
  8. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 385

    I have our accounts set up on a weekly mow ( i do have a few elderly that cant afford weekly so i cut them bi-weekly) they get mowed every week, if I get there and a cut is not needed they are charged 50% for a trip charge, if it is a drought situation i do have a clause in the contract that if the customer calls and requests no mow that week we will not show up and they will not be charged at all, 99% of my customers dont call, they want us to look at the lawn, and come out to there property to check things over before we decide not to do the work. I should note, that if we get there and there is no mowing needed but there are some dead flowers or weeds that need to be taken care of we will take care of them for the customer, if we can take care of that within the normal mowing time alloted we just bill them for the mowing amount but invoice it out as weeding or what ever we did for them. that way we can keep making money and there property looks great all the time.
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    i to use a charge if i pull up and it doesn't need cut. i usually give my clients one free stop each season where i will pull up and leave if it doesn't cut. after that they are told if the lawn doesn't need cut and you don't it cut give me a call to cancel your service for that week. if i show up i will either cut it or charge you a fee for showing up and then leaving.
  10. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    I mow all of my accounts once a week. I do have a couple accounts that I may need to skip one week since they don't have irrigation, but most of my accounts have an irrigation system, so I mow weekly all year.

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