Scheduling

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by BLC1, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    How do guys do your scheduling for apps. I haven't found a real good way to schedule when someone may get 1,2,3,4,5 or 6 apps. Are you using a software program?

    What do you when 2 houses next door are on a 5 step and 6 step. Just skip on one step for the 5 step or space it out differently and go back at different times.

    Any other tips would be appreciated on how to simplify the scheduling so I am not constantly trying to see who is a 4 of 5 or 6 and see who is due this round.
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,779

    Skip one ap, if they don't get all aps. Add an extra ap in late fall for those premium accounts that want a winterizer.
    You are correct--try to avoid special trips--or charge a bit extra for them. Say a dollar a minute for your time, (not to mention gas and mileage wear and tear. )

    I always used big customer cards. Placed in order by the planned route. Skip that customer if he didn't get round four, but keep his card in order so he comes up at the proper date with other customers on that street for the next round. Of course, it is possible to forget and do the unscheduled round four accidentally. Your memory will improve after doing a few aps for free.
     
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  3. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    what are you doing to keep track or your customers/apps/routes
     
  4. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Posts: 411

    I keep customer sheets with records. Once a month I go over every one and put them in order for the next app. If no ap is needed the sheet stays in the binder. After app is done I bill mark app billed and put it back in binder. The I lather rise and repeat.
     
  5. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
    Posts: 2,495

    I use clip, it does ok, it doesn't do a lot of things I wish it could do, if I could do it over prob get Qexpress I think that's what its called.
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  6. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. LawnSite Senior Member
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    QXpress paired with Quickbooks for invoicing.
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  7. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    Are you guys on board with riggleplc with skipping an app for those on 5 that live next to a 6.

    I typically try have the 3 and 4 app customers front heavy. Meaning, if they are getting 4 steps we will do the first 3 apps and then one around aug/sept. I feel like if they get to spread out in the spring time they are more susceptible to weeds.
     
  8. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 714

    bumping back up. I thought we would get more hits on this.
     
  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,779

    I think you are on the right track, BLC. I retired, but I did my billing with a database program. I used the yellow copies of my invoice to post the charges each night.
    Be sure everyone gets an October treatment--because--a good fall treatment means no dandelions in the spring.
     
  10. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    Service Autopilot....schedule them all and let the computer do the work instead of trying to remember it all or write it down....so much easier this way!! You can "skip" treatments if they aren't getting that one.
     

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