Western PA Landscapers!

Discussion in 'Network: North' started by 93Chevy, Feb 18, 2011.

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  1. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Only stung once this season by yellow jackets nesting in the ground. Client sprayed the hole as evidenced by the dead grass around the hole, but they are still active.

    Found a HUGE bald faced hornet nest on the side of a client's house on monday. They seemed to pay no attention as I crept in close to take pics with my phone. (still need to upload those)
    No stings.

    I've seen more snakes this season than "bees". More than in the last 4 years combined.
     
  2. OakNut

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    I'm still "small scale", so I don't know what rates are for "zero turn" lawns, but I'm finding that the tiny, "push mower" city jobs are much more profitable than the medium sized lawns in the suburbs that can be cut with my 36" walk behind.
    $35 seems to be the sticking point for most, for lawns that could take from 35 minutes to an hour, yet they pay $30/$35 in the city all day long for a "lawn" that takes 15-20 minutes total.

    Mondays and Fridays are my "trailer days" when I take the walk behind and mow my larger properties. I make more money on my "city days" when I take only my 21" mower and cut all these little lawns that are never more than 30 minutes at a casual pace and are all within a one mile radius.

    Just picked one up today in Regent Square for $40/weekly. It boggles my mind the difference a few miles can make. Try getting that in somewhere like Penn Hills (for a lawn 5 times the size) and they look at you like you are a criminal for suggesting such a price.
     
  3. Pressedun

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    I'm comfortable with my lawn prices, I average $45ish per lawn out in the suburbs and certain ones I do better on than others but it all evens out. I think some are due for price raises at the start of next year so that should help.
     
  4. OakNut

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    Holy crap. I think the growth slowed down just a LITTLE this week!
     
  5. Roger

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    Yes, some depletion over the past week. We've not had any substantial rain in the past two weeks. We had some overnight last night, and on into this morning, but only enough to make things wet. The ground is still pretty damp, however.

    I was unable to get started mowing until about 9:30 this morning, but was out until 8:00 p.m. I got done what was on my schedule.

    Amazing, isn't it? The ball just keeps rolling. Maybe September will turn hot and dry. I always look to Labor Day as a hinge point -- more wet and cooler temperatures.
     
  6. Roger

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    I returned to this property on Saturday evening. The nest was still very much alive. But, I saw something I've never seen before. Next to the nest was a dead skunk. The skunk must have approached the nest, and those critters nailed it good enough to result in expiration. Of all the nests I've seen dug out, I have never seen the nest attacker getting the bad end of the stick. They always seem to walk away with the goods (e.g. combs of honey), and the nest is barren. I did find a nest elsewhere on the property of this exact scene -- alive last week, but now barren, with only a freshly dug hole to show.

    When I got stung, I thought they were especially aggressive. I guess the skunk found the same thing, and lost its life in the process.

    Anybody else see an attacker get the short end of the stick with these nests?
     
  7. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What's up with having to do leaf cleanups before mowing already?


    Crazy.
     
  8. OakNut

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  9. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I said it before and I'll say it again...



    :confused:
     
  10. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
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    If they're river birch, it's normal. Can't speak for any other trees because I don't know what kind of trees you have dropping leaves.
     

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