Gas prices and scrubs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PTP, Mar 9, 2005.

  1. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    I am starting to think that maybe the high gas prices are a good thing for our industry.

    One of our biggest problems is that anyone can pick up a mower from wal-mart, throw it in the back of their truck, and start mowing. I am thinking that if gas hits $3 or higher later on, we will see a lot of poorly run business go out of business and that means a little more for the rest of us.

    Just think how little money you could charge if a Z cost you only $200 - everybody would be mowing - but higher prices tend to weed out those who are not as serious or who run a poorly managed business.

    What do you think?
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Im thinking the other way, I think you may see more people trying to make some side $$ to offset the higher prices of fuel and everything else. To a scrub.... If it takes a gallon of gas to mow a yard and he gets $20 then he is still $17 dollars ahead, that is my 2 cents on it
  3. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    it might be just the opposite, higher fuel prices makes the stuff we buy higher shipping charges are going to go up ,steel prices are already rising ,if home owner is spending 25.00 week in gas for there car and then jumps up to 50.00 a week they my have to cut back on services ,meaning us
  4. Bray

    Bray LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    I agree. I don't think most will even consider the higher fuel price when bidding a lawn.
  5. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,792

    Traman is closer to correct . As gas rises so does heating oil diesel , products made with plastic , transportation electricity etc. The homeowners discressionary income decreases . This is a prime opportunity for low cost basic crass cutting services to thrive . Mow , blow and go . A toyota , a 36 walk behind and a blower and you are good to go .
  6. PTP

    PTP LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,398

    You might be right. That will be true for at least some of the customers. But for others, they would continue to pay even if gas goes to $10 a gallon. I think that it is kind of like cable vs dial-up. I pay more for cable and will continue to do so. It is really hard to go backwards and decrease the services that you get.
  7. Littleriver1

    Littleriver1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 811

    I guess this means that those customers that were using services they really couldn't afford before will still use our services but rip us for the money when the bill comes due. Soooo, if you had a slow to pay customer before, now you drop them. That's my plan.

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