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Another post by the BIG W hope its ok.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bigw, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. bigw

    bigw LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,540

    Someone complained that i " post " too MUCH so i had to title the post that way...haha ..Anyway what i really want to know is , How the heck am i ever going to get to all of my spring clean ups and mulch jobs when all it does is rain around here?
    The dam leaves will be soaked for weeks if it dont stop raining every other day.The mowing season starts like first week of april and i havent even begun these cleanups yet.What do you guys do when this happens with the weather messing up your clean ups,do you wind up hitting them on weekends after the season starts? Come on guys im trying to learn something here and not just post...how many deals i closed today...which by the way was a big fat "0"
  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,738

    If ya see a break in the weather for a day or two, go blow out some/most of the leaves to maximize drying. Mind the wind(s) and the neighbors, though.
  3. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I hate working around bad weather. Only did lawns for two seasons and I try and get as much works as possible in spring clean ups.

    The only thing that makes me feel better is that everyone is in the same boat. Plus it cuts down the dust, this is very dusty work. This year I'm going to have air filters to breath through when bagging thatch.

    Basically I just try to get as much done as possible, as early as possible and I try to start working again after the rain. I've even worked between rain showers. I'll quit if it's a soaker though.

    Waiting for the optimum day is a bad idea but when they happen get as much done as you can. You can't stay clean doing spring clean ups so I'll just walk through mud if I have to.

    Plus, if you have a back pack blower and a hand held going at the same time, it helps.
  4. LushGreenLawn

    LushGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,120

    Sometimes you do have to work in bad weather, it stinks sometimes, but you have to take the bad with the good.

    BTW, the purpose of this site is for people to start threads, respond to threads, ask questions, and in general, be social with their peers. Keep posting as much as you want, I know I will.
  5. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I wouldn't worry to much about it... I don't have any intention of starting clean-ups until mid week next week. If all goes as planned, mowing should begin first or second week of April.

    BTW, did you see what the weather is for this weekend. Possible Snow N&W of Phila. Possible snow or rain on Wednesday of next week as well.
  6. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,738

    No doubt. There's some ornery folks out there AND in here. Post away...just 1) make me think, OR 2) make me smarter, OR 3) make me laugh! Or ALL three!! :laugh: :D
  7. schunklawn

    schunklawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    i'm all about having fun and enjoying this site...but don't label the thread with "retaining wall" or "problem with spindle on mower" or "need help on bid" lol i like to have fun and joke as much as the next guy, but start a new thread that those people can attend. Its just getting a bit out of line as far as the subject is related to the actual responses. someone needs to start threads like "lets be buddy buddy" or "i want to fight" or "i want to act like a silly kid right now" lol lol...just my $ .02

    bigW...i would offer a maintenance package to your customers for the spring clean up due to your weather. Whether your rates change or not, I would go with this route. You can do lets say 1/3 of the work everytime you begin to cut in april, assuming you don't have time before mowing starts. In three weeks they will all be done and you will be back to fulltime mowing. Not a bad way to approach it.

    No Bunk Lawn Care
  8. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,986

    Just plan on working some 70-80hr weeks in the spring. The work load is heavier, weather is more disagreeable, and people are nearly all eager to get their yard going. Just realize that it is a temporary thing. For us, things usually level off a bit in May, and by June, we are working a normal work week.

    Unless you are posting nonsense, post all you want.

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