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Who cuts 2 weeks in NOV in the Northeast

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Kaskov, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Kaskov

    Kaskov LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    I know a guy who has a big company out here in Long Island and he does weekly cuttings 2 sometimes 3 weeks into November. He says 98% of his customers are okay with it as well.
    His Excuse: He tells his customers that if they don't let him cut well into November, then thier fallcleanup bill will be a lot more money, because he's sucking up all the leaves in November instead of really cutting the grass.
    This is actually a clever idea I think. Anyone disagree with this. I already had a couple tell me to stop cutting for the rest of the year, It sucks to have your income dwindle towards the end of the year until the cleanups start.
  2. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,332

    Depending on the weather here, we sometimes mow into the first week of December. I remember in 2002, we were doing a paver walkway on Dec. 16, and it was 65 degrees.
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    every year is different the way this year is going well be cutting on christmas
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    We always wind up cutting 2-3 times November. The big question for us isn't Novemeber, its December. LAst year or the year before I remember having to put the plow on for two storms in first week of December. Only having to go after it melted to finish the leaves.
  5. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    I'm done cutting now but i do go to several of my accts biweekly to clean up leaves.
  6. Josh.S

    Josh.S LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,085

    i cut as late, and often as the customers allow... i've still cut every account every week so far this fall...
  7. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    I cut up until the last week in October, then make 2 visits in November and charge as if I did 4. Depending on the weather, of course.
  8. Kaskov

    Kaskov LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    Hollywood do you still do a cleanup after you come the two times in Nov?
  9. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 638

    I have heard of people doing that and agree. If you cut on a weekly basis and collect any leaves it does make it easier to do a final cleanup but it usually cost you more. Meaning if you charged $25 per cut and cut 5 times in November you would make $125. And say it took you and hour to cut each time that would be 5 hrs not including any travel time. Now if you waited till the end on the month and charged the same (you do not have to if you don't want to) you would save probably 2-3 hrs and make the same amount of money in less time. It worked for me on a few accounts and made more money per hour than if i would have continued to cut weekly. Now the downside your not going out as much as you were and people are not seeing your name so there is a potential of not gaining new business. :waving:
  10. HydroCutter

    HydroCutter LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    My 2 November visits are each cleanups. I visit twice after Nov 10th or so, usually the last visit being the very end of Nov. Leaves should be down then. If it snows, I have to go into Dec..but after the end of Oct it's 2 more visits, each a cleanup.

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