Charge to Double Cut???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KnK, May 2, 2013.

  1. KnK

    KnK LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I usually side discharge and least half of my customers are so heavy on the fertilizer that in 7 -8 days im cutting off more grass than im leaving, usually cutting off at least 4 inches, the lawns are taking twice the time in the spring , double sometimes triple cutting, is it fair to charge for a double cut?
  2. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Nope .... cut it once and charge them once. Tha ts the deal
  3. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    I have several lawns like this too. If you don't double cut it they'll get someone that will, though. In a month this won't be a problem any more. Grin and bear it for now.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    How long does it take you to run over the lawn the second time? Are you doing an actual double cut or are you cutting it once and then doing a cleanup cut? I've found in my case, that the cleanup cut only takes a few minutes depending on the size of the lawn.
  5. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    I don't charge more to double cut. I DO charge more to bag lawns. I've had 5 out 8 new customers that want the lawn bagged each week. I priced it accordingly and they're happy, happy happy.
  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,733

    true, true... We charge about $10 more to bag if the customer has a place for the clippings, if they want it hauled off, $15-$20 more simply due to the nature of having to handle the clippings twice.

    No charge to double cut, because do to extra growth in the spring. However... if customers want checker boarding...
  7. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I always charge to double cut.
    Then again I always double cut.
  8. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    If I have to double cut I raise the blades up a 1/4" and fly through the lawn. The first cut may take 20 minutes but to clean it up only takes about 5, maybe less. No extra charge over here
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  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Forgot to mention that I'm getting a dump kit for the truck bed. Once I have that finished I'm going to bag all my clients lawns. I talked with them about it last season near the end and explained that we've recycled the lawn for 5 years or more that it needs to be thatched or bagged. I asked if they would mind paying a few dollars more and so far none have said no and after bagging there lawn just the one time, they couldn't get over how nice the lawn looked. I have a hand full of customers that said they will pay to have me cut the lawn as needed which means I'm there every 5 days max when it's growing fast. I even bag the lawns! You'd think they would have tossed out a line about how "it doesn't matter how long it is if you're bagging, right?". They are not that type of customer. Most of them have OCD already so it makes it easy to sell. :)
  10. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    I never charge to double cut a lawn during the spring. Going over the lawn the 2nd time never takes as long as the first initial cut.

    I really like the idea of bagging all my lawns and I could see this really making your business unique compared to competitors if you have people willing to pay the extra for it. Here in Charlotte the majority of people side discharge and I don't think selling the idea of bagging all lawns people would pay extra for.

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