ok, ive done some searching about contracts, and i am going to start doing them in the spring. Several questions have come up after reading alot on this subject. My main reason for doing contracts is i do not want to go thru another dry year like this, and lose money like i am because of per cut basis. If i charge a flat monthly fee for mowing , fert, and aerating then i am covered, but i can just hear my customers already " why am i paying you, and your not having to mow?" I read where someone said "just tell them its like your cable bill, some months you watch more t.v. than others, but that will not stick, because then my customers will simply say well what about the electric bill? So what do you guys do? I thought of saying something like, " well in wet years i will be mowing more than normal so it just evens out". Also, how do you word it in the contract? do you say how many mowings the monthly fee is based on? or do you just state somehow the mowing will be performed from april till november as needed? And which is better, 12 months, or 8 month payments????