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When is it TOO dry to cut?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    I know my other post was similar but I want to get down to the nitty gritty.
    If the lawn is 1/2 green 1/2 yellow is it ok? What if it is mostly yellow? I want to know how to tell? I'm losing bigtime this week as I'm sure many other midwestern state lco's are.
  2. gary6768

    gary6768 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    When times are good $$$ you must prepare for rough times ahead.
  3. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    Yes this is true but some don't have anything prepared. I do have a little in savings but it will only last a few weeks I think. Next year I'm going to try and save up for at least 6 months of non-work. BUt I'm not asking for financial advice, I want to know how do u tell if u cut or not cut. when are u doing more harm or waste than good?
  4. MJS

    MJS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,316

    This is what happens when you mow, and it's to hot and dry outside (no, it wasn't me that did it) :) These ruts were made by another company using a Ferris 48'' WB.


  5. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,985

    If it looks anything like this. (not one of my regular customers) :laugh:

  6. gary6768

    gary6768 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    If cash is tight maybe you can sub out some of your services to other lawn companies.
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    get a part time job if you don't have enough money coming in. Now would be a good time to push those mulch installs too!
  8. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    I may do that. If I have to I'll lower my prices a bit to get by. THis is insane! At least I got 1/2 my customers today and gained a new onw!
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,192

    Folks up north will soon learn to build houses on smaller lots so they can afford to irrigate. I have noticed that your temperatures have been higher than ours for the last couple years. Can't do without irrigation in our area period.....and P.S. do not run over yards that look like they are under stress or you will leave tracks and kill the grass.
  10. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,695

    If I get it right, you are asking under what conditions is it wrong to mow? The technical answer is when you can see a grayish set of footprints where you just walked. Another indicator is that the grass leaves are rolled up tight, and look like pine needles. Leaf breakage when you walk on it is another clue. Its hard to just walk away, but during a severe drought, it's your best option, just explain it well to your customers, that you are trying to look out for their best interests.:dizzy: :dizzy:

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