With all the talk about gas prices lately I've been doing some thinking. Are they really that bad to us (the lco's) when it's all said and done? Sure... everyone is having to pay more for gas for their equipment, trucks, etc.. but what is it really costing you per yard? Here is something to throw out at you. I am currently now taking care of right at 100 properties (few commercial, mostly residential) on Tuesdays-Fridays running one 3-4 man crew. I usually average about $1050-$1200 per day. I also usually spend somwhere in the neighborhood of $50-60 dollars a day in gas/diesel. On Mondays we do landscaping work, and occasionally I will run another truck other days of the week also doing landscaping work. Back to my point and main question... For the bigger, more established companys is gas really hurting you that bad? I can actually see higher gas prices being a plus to bigger companys because it keeps the low baller without insurance and proper equipment from even entering the business because after they drive to the site, use the mower and stuff and are only charging $20.00 for a yard and spending $7 to get there and run their equipment they stop. I know for a FACT that I have picked up several yards because the so called "scrubs" (even though i don't like that terminology b/c I really honestly could care less what they charge or look like) have stopped cutting as much grass around here with the prices rising. What does everyone think? I know expensive gas prices hurt us personally still but are they as bad as we really make them out to be? Are you really loosing (not putting in your pocket) that big of a difference?