This question is mainly for LCO's from Northern Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Eastern PA. I've seen a few references posted from LCO in these areas that they've been mowing for two or three weeks! Last season was the earliest I've ever had to start and my first mowing day was April 11th. This year I'm hoping I can start next week, but as the weather is just now starting to become seasonal, I'm not too sure. I did see the first LCO of the season mowing yesterday, but this particular LCO is gaining a quick reputation as a "income generator" and is losing customers because of this rep. He was leaving ruts about 6 inches deep. It's WET !!! I got calls last mid-December from HIS customers asking why I thought he was still mowing. I doubt if I've ever had my mower started after Thanksgiving. Most LCO's in this area base their cutting season on a 28 week season (mid-April until mid-November) and are lucky if they get it. All of my customers know they will pay for roughly 32-36 cuts a season; only because they want it mowed every 4-5 days in the spring and fall.