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Winter ending

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by zak406, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,002

    Are you getting any work? I have a little, last year at this time it was wide open. I hope we get this rain in the summer.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    I'm hoping for a few more plowable storms as well but an early spring is ok with me too...everything here in CT is still covered in snow
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  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,897

    i haven't started yet. i've done 1 estimate and i thought it was too early to be doing estimates. i'm not sure if i got it or not yet. you know how people shop around just to save 5 bucks. :rolleyes:

    last year in feb i only mowed maybe 2 yards. one mid feb and the other at the end of feb and most started mid march which is when i'm hoping to start this year.

    it's not quite time yet but i figure in a few weeks it'll be time to start.

    to me starting is the hardest part of the season. once everything gets going it's simple and like clockwork. it seems most customers have their own idea of when the best time to start is. some are ready to start in a few weeks and others will try to hold out til april just so they can save a few bucks. i don't really care to be honest. 2 weeks later i'll only miss out on 1 cut since most all of them are bi weekly.

    i hate that this career you go from absolutely nothing and boredom to fighting to get everything together,get it all organized, and keep up with all the changes. :laugh:

    i got it all figured out for existing customers but you gotta work out your routes and all and what days to mow new customers and so forth.

    everything is ready as far as me and my equipment. all i gotta do is fill everything up with gas.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,002

    I got ya. Ive been doing pinestraw and bark mostly. Fortuniately Im pretty much full once the season start, it took alot of years to get there.

    Once it warms up I get several calls per day for a couple of weeks, I dont know why people wont call in the off season to get their trimming and cleanups done.
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,897

    yeah that irks me when people want shrub trimming in april or something. i'm thinking why didn't you get it done in late fall/ early winter when you should do it? i've gotten to where i don't even do shrub trimming. i've only had a few people ask about it over the years. i've only done like 2 small mulch jobs in 3 years so that is rare too.

    i want to get where you are. this is only my 3rd year so i'm only halfway to where i want to be. i want to get where all i do is mow and go mid march til the end of october. do leaves in nov and maybe a few side jobs in dec like mulch or whatever. then just take off jan and feb each year and relax, do taxes, enjoy the snow, and whatever.

    i don't get calls that much. my first year i got 5 in one day which was great but also hard to do everything at once. they all called the first saturday in april. last year i just got maybe 3 calls a week. they only call from the middle of march into the first few weeks in april. that's when they start thinking about it. i thought it was weird i got a call in feb this year but oh well. i wish they all called in feb so i could have it all worked out before i get started.
  6. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,884

    Well this is not good. We are back to the March type weather we had back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. This statement from Accuweather:cry:

    By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
    February 28, 2013; 7:49 AM

    "Residents and visitors in the South this weekend into next week should be prepared for a spell of unseasonably cold weather with wind.

    The chill will hit at a time when many college students, families and individuals flock to the South for a brief break from the winter.

    Winds high in the atmosphere, known as the jet stream, will take a big southward dip over eastern North America, reaching as far as the northwestern Caribbean this weekend.

    The end result will be temperatures averaging 10 to 20 degrees below normal across the South, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas."
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,897

    yeah i'm hoping all of this will clear out of here in the next few weeks so we can get to work.
  8. branchoutshrub

    branchoutshrub LawnSite Member
    Posts: 118

    Last year we started working on March 23. This year we had more snow, but the hope is by April 1.
  9. dstifel

    dstifel LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 920

    Just got done with our second storm in 5 days. Get a couple day break and more snow Monday. I'll be lucky to be aerating in march. Have three large hardscape jobs waiting for frost to leave the ground on as well. Glad we got some snow this winter but it can leave now haha
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  10. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 774

    The snow can go now! Jobs ready to go as soon as the ground dries out a bit. Could be a nice March even if it takes until the middle of the month to gets things melted. Or, let it snow good until mid March and then it thaw and dry a bit by April.

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