Cutting in a drought

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by green-pa, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    If a lawn looks 1/2 yellowed when it used to be mostly green and hasn't grown but about 1/4 to 1/2 what it usually does, do u still cut it? What if there is no rain forcast for several days and the turf needs moisture bad, will it hurt the grass to cut it? I'm imagining it will. I'm sure it needs all the shade it can get when it's dry to protect it from the suns rays. But what do u guys think?
  2. Novaowner

    Novaowner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    We're feeling the drought here in Tennessee too. I had been cutting this customers yard every week and they were letting me do it, even though a third of it was brown. Seemed like I was cutting air yesterday. I called them and left them a message that I would cut it every 10 days from now on until we get some rain. I may have to go 14 days before to long. I just feel if it doesn't need cutting why force the customer to pay? It's beginning to cut into my cash flow.

    Half of my customers water their lawns, thankfully.
  3. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I am only mowing my customers that have irrigation systems......until further notice......rolling my mowers on crunchy grass will do more harm than good...
  4. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    Man, I'm down to about 1/3 of my normal gross for this week. So that means I'll be lucky to make 1/3 of what I have been making. God I hope next week is better. I also hope that these lawns don't turn to dirt. I don't recall a drought like this in Indy in recent years. But this is my first year so I'm sure I'm noticing much more now than I ever would've in the past.
  5. timmac

    timmac LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    same here. i have some lawns that havent been mowed in 2 weeks and still don't need it.
  6. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    I hate the feeling of "not being needed" Wish I had lotta cash saved up, then I could just take a vacation and tell everyone I'll be back when the rain makes a special appearance!
  7. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    Supposed to rain here in Indy on Tuesday. Though one days rain won't fix it all, it will sure be some needed relief for the lawns and plants. North of Indy (Noblesville area) is experiencing a real drop in water pressure. They are recommending people only water their lawns every other day. If you address in an even number ... water on even number days. If it is an odd number ... water on odd number days.

    Come on rain :hammerhead:
  8. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    there is an all out ban on watering here.......good thing I am on a well....
  9. deereequipment

    deereequipment LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Same problem here in Maryland.
    The last 2 nights, storms went throught the state. We got 1/10th inch the first night, and nothing last night!

    La Nina, they say that is what is hitting us now, and dry conditions are here to stay.

    Time to diverisfy. Find something else to do just to get by.
  10. fearthedeere

    fearthedeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 109

    I feel ya guys...all I can do is just sit back and relax with this newfound downtime. I swear, about the time I get all my treated yards under control on the weekly schedule, they brown out and I don't mow them. Come on rain or come on landscape jobs! Oh well, I'm lookin forward to doin some good 4-wheelin the next few days!

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