Slow start to the season?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JS Landscaping, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. JS Landscaping

    JS Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    Hey guys just checking in to see if anyone else is experiencing the same as me up here in the north east. Im up in zone 6. Anybody else not getting the call volume this year? With the warm weather today I was expecting at least a few calls...nothing at all.:cry: Been hitting it hard with advertizing too the past 2 weeks. Much more then previous years. No where near the same ammount of calls. Maybe Im just getting impatient to get the season going...bid a few landscaping jobs, and landed a few...but nothing in the lawn maintenence end.....anyone else in the same spot? Im gonna keep hitting it hard for the next month with advertising...hopefully it will pick up soon......:hammerhead:


    James
     
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I been taking it left and right, not quite as far north (VA here) but I'm tied up
    to next Friday for sure and probably into next Saturday, got up this morning at
    7:30a and left the house by 8:40 (where that 1:40 went I don't know) and I just
    got home less than an hour ago.

    Gave an estimate, ran back to the house, grabbed the truck, drove to this one
    customer's house to spread some granular but it was too late (dew too light),
    ran back home, hooked up the trailer, pulled the mower, swapped blades, greased
    it and fueled it, loaded it back up, got a call, agreed to do that, went out
    and mowed the first two yards while answering more calls, got a neighbor came
    out wanted me to do theirs regular, did that too, then cut 4 more.

    Tomorrow?
    omg 8a out of the house, do that one customer's house get there by 8:30,
    run back home hook up the trailer, load the Z behind the Wb and maybe I have
    time to swap blades, then go and try to mow like 8 yards, maybe more.

    Sunday, no rest for the wicked, have to get the tiller and the stump grinder running for Monday,
    hopefully they only require minor repairs because I'd really like to go pick up landscaping timbers as well.

    Monday, man I am telling you!

    Finally...
    After 3 years...
    THREE LONG YEARS of SLOW.
    Did that ever suck, yes it did.

    I think things are picking up, now I just hope they stay that way.
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2010
  3. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    Try to be more efficient. You could have been home at 2 with everything done.
     
  4. KPW LawnCare

    KPW LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 325

    Yea man I am in lower PA/ upper DE and its is really slow with calls, idk whats up with the ppl this year, another thing is its only 4-2 still real early for us.
     
  5. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 7,053

    I was thinking the same thing.
     
  6. kyajsl

    kyajsl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 71

    yea i am slamed and i mean SLAMED ...thank you Lord!!!!!
     
  7. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,872

    Volume of calls and e-mails here is out the roof so far compared to last couple years. I looked at last season and didn't hardly answer any calls until mid-April. This season, plan to have Rd 1 revenue booked by then. Just amazing what a good early warm up will do.
     
  8. motorscot

    motorscot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    I'm picking up as well. I have 18 next week with a complete bed reno on Friday. I hoping for 35-40 a week.

    This Global Warming has put north central Alabama a little bit behind. Grass is just starting to green up and we should be in full swing in two weeks.
     
  9. Hell on Blades

    Hell on Blades LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 513

    Slow here, but went from cold to wet... I expect that it will pickup greatly in the next few weeks.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, it doesn't work that way, once I leave the house I work until dark,
    whether I leave at noon or 6am, when I'm backed up a week or longer and if
    I have to run back home 3 times or not, none of it makes a dang difference.

    If I had done it your way, supposedly...
    At 2pm it would have been time to start on tomorrow's list, and work until dark.
    It's not even a day to day list, it's all one long list, whether I get it done now or later.
    And some folks might think that's great, I'd be caught up in no time.

    But understand...
    I don't care to work myself right out of a job.
    I'll work half days to make sure I have an entire week full of work before I knock it out in 2 days.
    But in this case I really am pretty busy :p
     
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2010

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