With the weather turning cold around here, and the first snow of the season come and gone (and will come again soon), I found myself reflecting on the 2013 season as I wrap up green season work in the next week or so. The way sales are looking for me right now, I am fairly pleased but not totally. 2013 was a TOUGH mother of a weather year. Started the season with a big fat snowstorm of 15" on May 2nd, which was absurd. That cut into the early mowing season at least 2-3 cuts. Then rain, rain, rain all through June - lost a cut or two for each customer in there as well. Then things went dry as a bone until late October, again, losing 2-3 more cuts for the season. So overall, put about 18-20 cuts on most lawns this season, which is way short of the avg 24-25 that I get each year. So can knock 20-25% off the top of mowing sales..... Lawn apps were solid, got all apps in though had to do a lot of shifting around to accommodate the weather. Landscaping was down, overabundance of crappy weather in the peak April thru June months partly to blame. So all in all, a pretty good year, sales up about 17% from last season BUT I wanted 30-35%. That was based on a good weather year - I now know better than to expect a perfect weather year and will temper future growth rate accordingly. How about yall. Weather reek havoc?