Tip Of The Day - 11/2/05 - Mowing Designs

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Sean Adams, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. Sean Adams

    Sean Adams LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,597

    Not really a tip...more of a question....

    When we did a lot of high end residential mowing, we were often asked about making their yard look like "Wrigley Field"...stripes - no problem. But several times we had clients request actual designs in their yard - a common one here in Pittsburgh was the Steelers logo. First time I heard the request I thought it was a joke....but amazing how many sports fans want to show all their buddies something "cool' on a Sunday afternoon at halftime. Anyone else get requests like this? Is it something maybe that should be offered? Might sound silly or like a waste of time, but the requests are there....
     
  2. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    It's actually something I've considered, but where to start?
    It's a whole other ballgame in pricing and then the design and............
    But ya, it's something maybe to offer...............Maybe just a number of designs for certain holidays, birthdays, etc.

    We've had some fun a few years back leaving messages in a certain friends back lawn, but............:waving:
     
  3. gardenkeeper88

    gardenkeeper88 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 347

    I too have thought about it but same thing, Just where do I start. Also do you cut the design shorter, longer or what? Also employees aren't going to care about getting it "right" just done so they can get home.
     
  4. jblawns123

    jblawns123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 340

    Well for starters, most of the designs are done with a roller, not when mowed
     
  5. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,496

    We don't mess around out here. We use gasoline. :p

    One COULD use a contact herbicide and then the design would kinda fade in over time. :cool2:
     
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    most of our residential properties have so many beds that its a challenge to do different stiripe patterns each week without having to make way too many turns. If you do do what they ask, you should be paid extra for that mowing as it will certainly take longer.

    My other problem with this woujld be that now they know you will do this and so they are "trained" to expect it....no thanks
     
  7. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205




    I believe we're talking about "special" designs for "special" occasions, which would be an extra billable..................
     
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    I done the same thing with special occasions B-Days were always the big one
    large stencel and some paint or chalk dust. Throw the stencil down and the dust and presto!!!! happy customers and $100 or more.


    The $$$$ were secondary the customer relations were the #1 goal
    and it works great for getting the neighbors talking about your company
     
  9. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    if anyones has any step by step cutting designs or diagrams i need more than the regualr basic stripes thanks
     
  10. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Posts: 784

    most definatly. i would love to learn how to do this.
     

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