warm weather...business picking up

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  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Anyone picking up more customers? I picked up 4 more maintenance accounts in the last 2 weeks. I also did a few estimates but found out I was to high and I would not cut grass for $12 a cut. I think spring will come early this year but am hoping for some more cold temps.
     
  2. garciajj612

    garciajj612 LawnSite Member
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    $12 a cut?
     
  3. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yes $12 a cut. I was doing work in a neighborhood and a lady came up to me and asked if I can stop over to her house down the street and give an estimate. She told me that her old lawn guy got sick and he was cutting it at $10 per cut (only when she called him to cut it (once a month in the winter/twice a month in the summer-St.augustine)She wanted to know if I can match that price and if not could I at least beat out the competor that is going to charge her $12 per cut. She told me that he said $15 per cut but she said she could not pay that so he knocked it down to $12 per cut. small yard. )25ft wide x 75ft long -estimate)I told her just to keep the guy she has in mind because I dont do per cut and I cant do it that low of a price if I did. She just looked at me and said (ok).
     
  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    1980 called. They want their prices back.

    Should have told her you would beat the price. You'd pay her $10! When she gave you that puzzled look, tell her you make up for it in volume.
     
  5. I would be utterly amazed if we had an actual cold front roll through. Dec and jan were big letdowns. So much for the weather people predicting it was going to be a really cold winter. The only plus is that things pick up sooner...but who cares, I wanted an actual winter. We had a lot of days in the 80's during dec/jan
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  6. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They say that mother earth is heating up and that most places will just be getting much warmer in the near future. It will be getting dryer along with more heat. So much for winter temps in the south
     
  7. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    35 and patchy frost forecast here tonight. Have to agree has been a warm winter.
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    This weather has been great for business. Grass is growing. People are calling for early clean ups. No winter losses of annual flowers. Even the Bermuda and Bahia really didn't go dormant. People are buying houses at a good pace again. I did 3 previous foreclosure yard and pool rehabs this week. Going to be a bumper crop for weeds this year if people don't get the pre m down soon.:usflag:
     
  9. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ...January 2013 will likely end up as one of the top ten warmest...

    For much of this January high pressure has dominated the weather
    across the region bringing warm and mainly dry weather. Except
    for a few days during the month temperatures have been averaging
    well above normal and so far they are averaging about 4 to 8
    degrees above normal across the area.

    Below are lists of the top ten warmest januarys at some sites
    across the region...including the average so far this January for
    the first 30 days:

    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at Chiefland 5 ese: at Inverness 3 se:

    1 67.8 in 1974 1 70.3 in 1974
    2 62.9 in 1972 2 64.8 in 1949
    *3 62.7 in 2013* 3 64.3 in 1957
    4 62.2 in 1989 4 63.6 in 1993
    5 61.6 in 1989 5 63.3 in 1967
    6 61.5 in 1990 6 63.1 in 1989
    6 61.5 in 1957 *7 62.9 in 2013*
    8 61.0 in 1975 8 62.6 in 1975
    9 60.8 in 1991 9 62.4 in 1952
    10 59.9 in 1999 10 62.2 in 1991
    10 59.9 in 1998

    Normal for Jan at chif1 = 54.3 normal for Jan at invf1 = 56.4
    records began June 1956 records began July 1948

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at bushnell: at St leo:

    1 69.9 in 1974 1 71.9 in 1937
    2 67.5 in 1950 2 69.3 in 1947
    3 66.5 in 1972 3 68.7 in 1950
    4 65.2 in 1975 4 67.8 in 1913
    5 64.8 in 1989 5 67.5 in 1972
    6 64.7 in 1949 6 66.9 in 1949
    7 64.0 in 1957 7 66.7 in 1990
    8 63.8 in 1990 8 66.6 in 1989
    9 62.3 in 1991 9 66.5 in 1916
    10 61.7 in 1952 10 66.4 in 1932

    Jan 2013 data not available yet average this Jan so far = 64.7
    normal for Jan at bshf1 = 57.0 normal for Jan at stlf1 = 60.9
    records began January 1892 records began January 1895

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at Tarpon springs: at St petersburg+:

    1 71.1 in 1937 1 73.3 in 1948
    2 69.5 in 1947 2 71.7 in 1945
    3 67.9 in 1932 3 70.4 in 1997
    4 67.6 in 1993 4 69.8 in 1921
    5 66.7 in 1989 5 69.5 in 1976
    6 66.6 in 1991 6 68.4 in 1918
    7 66.4 in 1972 7 68.2 in 1938
    7 66.4 in 1916 8 67.7 in 1935
    9 65.9 in 1990 8 67.7 in 2003
    10 65.5 in 2013* 10 67.4 in 1973

    average this Jan so far = 67.3
    normal for Jan at trpf1 = 59.7 normal for Jan at spg = 61.6
    records began January 1892 records began August 1914

    + the records listed in this section are for the cooperative
    observing site located at the water treatment plant near Albert
    Whitted Airport. Observations have been taken at this location
    since August 1914 while the ASOS at Albert Whitted Airport only
    has data back to 1998.

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at tampa: at plant city:

    1 72.4 in 1937 1 71.2 in 1974
    2 71.1 in 1974 1 71.2 in 1937
    3 69.5 in 1950 3 68.8 in 1972
    4 69.1 in 1947 4 68.3 in 1950
    5 68.1 in 1913 5 68.2 in 1913
    6 67.6 in 1932 *6 67.0 in 2013*
    *7 67.4 in 2013* 7 66.9 in 1993
    8 67.2 in 1949 7 66.9 in 1975
    9 67.1 in 1989 9 66.7 in 1989
    9 67.1 in 1916 9 66.7 in 1949

    Normal for Jan at tpa = 60.8 normal for Jan at plcf1 = 60.5
    records began April 1890 records began September 1892

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at lakeland: at winter haven:

    1 71.6 in 1937 1 71.7 in 1974
    2 71.0 in 1974 2 71.4 in 1989
    3 69.2 in 1947 3 70.0 in 1947
    4 69.0 in 1950 4 69.6 in 1950
    5 68.4 in 1932 5 68.9 in 1991
    6 67.8 in 1989 6 68.3 in 1972
    7 67.6 in 1993 7 68.1 in 1990
    7 67.6 in 1916 8 68.0 in 1993
    9 67.5 in 1917 9 67.5 in 1949
    10 67.4 in 1972 *10 67.0 in 2013*

    Average thru January 30 = 67.3
    normal for Jan at lldf1 = 60.7 normal for Jan at gif = 60.8
    records began January 1915 records began February 1941

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at mountain lake: at Sarasota-bradenton:

    1 71.2 in 1974 1 72.0 in 1937
    2 71.0 in 1937 2 71.1 in 1974
    3 69.4 in 1947 3 70.5 in 1950
    4 68.9 in 1972 4 67.9 in 1993
    *5 68.1 in 2013* 5 67.5 in 1916
    6 67.9 in 1950 6 67.4 in 1991
    7 67.5 in 1975 6 67.4 in 1989
    8 67.4 in 1991 *8 67.2 in 2013*
    9 67.2 in 1989 9 66.9 in 1990
    10 67.0 in 2007 10 66.4 in 1925

    Normal for Jan at lwlf1 61.7 normal for Jan at srq = 61.4
    records began January 1935 records began January 1911

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at Wauchula 2 n: at arcadia:

    1 73.1 in 1937 1 72.2 in 1937
    2 71.4 in 1974 2 71.1 in 1974
    3 69.9 in 1947 3 70.3 in 1947
    4 69.0 in 1972 4 69.6 in 1913
    5 68.0 in 1990 5 68.2 in 1950
    6 67.9 in 1991 6 68.1 in 1972
    6 67.9 in 1989 6 68.1 in 1916
    8 67.5 in 1975 8 67.5 in 1932
    9 66.8 in 1949 9 67.2 in 1949
    10 66.7 in 1993 10 67.1 in 1925

    Average thru January 30 = 64.5 Jan 2013 data not available yet
    normal for Jan at wauf1 = 61.6 normal for Jan at arcf1 = 60.2
    records began January 1933 records began November 1899

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at venice: at Archbold Bio stn:

    1 69.9 in 1974 1 69.7 in 1974
    1 69.9 in 1989 2 67.7 in 1993
    *3 69.4 in 2013* 3 67.4 in 1975
    4 69.2 in 1972 3 67.4 in 1972
    5 65.7 in 1999 5 66.9 in 1991
    6 65.1 in 1975 6 66.6 in 1990
    6 65.1 in 1967 *7 65.9 in 2013*
    8 64.9 in 1998 8 65.7 in 1989
    9 64.8 in 2007 9 65.0 in 2007
    10 64.7 in 1957 10 63.0 in 1998

    Normal for Jan at vncf1 = 61.4 normal for Jan at achf1 = 60.0
    records began April 1955 records began January 1969

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    Top ten warmest januarys top ten warmest januarys
    at Punta Gorda 4 ese+: at fort myers:

    1 71.1 in 1974 1 73.5 in 1937
    2 69.5 in 1993 2 73.0 in 1974
    3 69.1 in 1972 3 70.9 in 1972
    4 68.6 in 1991 4 70.8 in 1947
    5 68.5 in 1989 5 70.3 in 1991
    6 68.3 in 1990 *6 70.2 in 2013*
    *7 67.6 in 2013* 7 70.0 in 1993
    8 67.0 in 2007 7 70.0 in 1950
    9 66.3 in 1999 7 70.0 in 1913
    10 66.0 in 1998 10 69.9 in 1989

    Normal for Jan at pntf1 = 63.2 normal for Jan at fmy = 64.2
    records began November 1965 records began January 1902

    + the records listed in this section are for the cooperative
    observing site located near Punta Gorda - Charlotte County
    Airport (pgd). Observations have been taken at this location
    since November 1965 while the ASOS at Punta Gorda - Charlotte
    County Airport only has data back to 1996.


    For more local climate information...please visit our web Page at
    http://weather.Gov/tampabay and click on the "local" link under
    the climate subsection on the left side of the Page.
     
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Supposed to be chilly in the morning.
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