Cooler this month

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by cutman2000, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    It's pretty cold in my city(50(nights)-70), for October. The grass doesn't appear to be growing at some of my residential locations. I was actually hoping to continue until mid-end of November. These are already bi-weekly(once every two weeks).
    What do you do in this situation?
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Stop mowing. Not right to mow and charge the customer when the season is over.

    However what you can offer your customers is a weekly fall clean up.

    Put a bag on yout mower, vac trac, lawn vac, and clean up the lawn and beds each week. Say Oct 26 is last week of mowing you then spend the next 6 weeks doing a clean up till Nov 30.

    Say a customer's fall cleanup is $300. You charge them $50 a week for the 6 weeks. Keeps the cash flow coming in and makes the clean up job easier.
  3. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Good idea 32vld. Definitely sounds doable. Thanks.
  4. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    You don't post where you're from. So I don't know if your schedule is pushing it or not.
    The temps are similar to sw Ohio, and November is really pushing it here. I'm planning one more cut this year. No sense in chancing loosing a good customer by getting greedy.
  5. buxflyr

    buxflyr LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 7

    I am in Western Ohio. We have had a few frosts already and the grass is slowing down, but we are not done. Highs in the mid 60's the next 7-10 days.

    What is strange, though, is that yesterday I saw a company completely re-seed 3 yards in the area. Does this seem late to anyone? 2 frosts already and lows in the low 40's.
  6. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    It froze last night. That means no more frost/freeze warnings because as as Rich Wirdzek says on channel 7 Dayton, "it's the end of the growing season." Sometimes the growing season runs into November. Not this year. A person has to be flexible.

    Grass will grow all winter when ever the soil temps are high enough, but not very much. I may cut one more time, maybe not. I'll look at some lawns next week after the 70 degree temps Sat & Sun. I leave my lawns a little long thru the winter to encourage root growth. Then start early next spring.

    Here's what you need to check soil temps next spring.

    It's intended for use to apply pre-emergence herbicide. It saved me from wasting a lot of herbicide last spring. It'll work for grass growth too. When soil temps reach 65 degrees the grass takes off.

    It's pretty common to seed in the fall. The seed will germinate next spring.

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