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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by promower, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    This season is shaping up to be a possible banner year for us..... Except for the D*mn weather! 7 day forecast shows more snow coming and no temps over 32 degrees. Its driving me nuts! As if my season isnt short enough here in WI and now were looking at starting 2-3 weeks late.
    Just needed to vent, and no, I dont feel any better now.
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  2. nashlawn01

    nashlawn01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    I feel you there. Last year we were mowing on this date but not this year. I'm getting ready to go out now and sling salt. Seems like have to go do snow removal 3-4 times a week this year. Next ten days look like poop days too. It's only supposed to be 27 degrees today
     
  3. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,403

    What landscaper doesn't think in the spring that they will have a kick a$$ year?
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  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Ive got the torpedo heater cranking and mixing mortar with accelerant. Push through!
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  5. Red Shed Landscaping

    Red Shed Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    We were just getting started at this time last year and now it will be for sure 2-3 weeks before we can get started since the ground it frozen solid. End of January-beginning of Feburary it looked like it was going to be a early year just like last. I have people asking me when can I get there projects started and keep saying it depends on when we can get started.
     
  6. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'm just the opposite... We get a couple nice hardscape jobs lined up, and I still think "well maybe those are the only calls for the year" and stress myself out.
     
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm with jbailey. I'm backed up due to weather etc and at the same time I'm looking forward like, wheres the next one coming from?
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  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    what happens is during the summer the calls start to slow down. Fall is hit or miss. The phones will hardly ring Dec - Feb. So in March the calls start coming in. In April the phone ring all day long.

    So a contractor will think "wow, we're really setting the world on fire". Not realizing that most likely nothing new is occuring. And they go out and buy new equipment and trucks because their phone is ringing. Then come November - they're scurrying to make the payments.
     
  9. promower

    promower LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,232

    This year is different, were having work carried over from last year which is unusual for me. In addition we are going to start working with another builder and we were refered to him by the builder we currently work for. This builder does quite a few more projects then the other. So yea, looks to be a good year. If you cant stay busy all summer I would re evaluate the business plan and see where your going wrong. Any company thats been in the business for awhile and has employees depending on them should stay busy all season.
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  10. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,057

    My response has nothing to do with us being busy or not. During the season all of my crews always have steady work... in fact I am guilty of telling the homeowner when they ask the dreaded "So when can we start" oh about 2 weeks....... so for two weeks I am rushing to get people in. My point was I am never very optimistic. I am always on edge and stressed out, but I credit that for me being so involved and on top of every movement of the company, be it a flaw of mine or not. During the spring and summer months, most nights I am staring at the ceiling, laying in bed grinding my teeth thinking about the next days jobs. Again some people may not stress about it like me, and although it does take its toll, if I lost this I feel it would be a negative to my company.
     

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