Getting caught up with Rain Delays

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by FineEdgeLawnsMD, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. FineEdgeLawnsMD

    FineEdgeLawnsMD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    I'm steadily growing my business, still have a few weeks until I start but want to know how some of you deal with rain delays. Do you just push everything back and continue to cut that day every week? Basically if your normal route Friday gets rained out and you are able to cut Sunday, will you come back and cut Friday again and back all the other jobs up? I imagine some people wont like that but what else is there to do. I don't know how you guys with 40+ lawns handle it all. Not enough days in a week! :dizzy:
  2. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 615

    I don't have enough lawns to worry about it now but when I used to work on a crew we would have about 8 hours a day scheduled. If there was a rain day we would work 12ish hours the next 2 days to get caught up. Saturday we didn't mow but would help the landscape crews unless we were still behind then we would mow. If we got too far behind one of the foreman that just did odd jobs would grab mowers and do half a route each day. The next week everything went back to its normal day.
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  3. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,676

    Its the reason I moved my lawns back a day last summer to Tuesday it cost me an account but was so worth doing. This year I pushing it back yet another day to Monday. This will give me Friday and Saturdays as over flow days and spare me the holiday nightmares when we get lots of rain all week.

    As far as my list goes if I am 2 days late I will put you back to normal the following week. Over that and I'm losing the cut either this week or the next. I may make a few exceptions like bi weekly's 3-4 days late who cares. Or if they requested it be done for a special occasion then obviously we will do all we can to get it done. Iv seen 7 days of rain in May a few times and one unreal 9 strait days of rain in mid Oct once. Hard to stay on schedule when its that bad but the normally 1-2 days of bad weather a week should be already planned for.
  4. JimsLocalLawn

    JimsLocalLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 851

    You don't cut in the rain? Your missing out on all the fun!
  5. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    ^^ What he said.
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  6. FineEdgeLawnsMD

    FineEdgeLawnsMD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    That makes sense. I'm not completely overwhelmed yet but just in case I do I'll just keep that in mind. Thanks for the input
  7. ashgrove landscaping

    ashgrove landscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,529

    Dang mang... We re still under a foot of snow and single digit temps. No grass here till may maybe!!!
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    I used to do 45 by myself. They ranged in size from 1/8 acre up to 2.5 acres.

    On weekly lawns what I will attempt to do is cut the lawn the next day. If the lawn goes 2 days past the normal day I just skip it until the next scheduled mowing day. In 20 years and around 40,000 total servicings, I think this has occurred maybe 5 or so times.

    If the job has a 2 week schedule, I will cut it on the next available opportunity that I get.
  9. FineEdgeLawnsMD

    FineEdgeLawnsMD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    We're actually still thawing out here in Maryland. Gonna be in the 50's next week its about damn time too. Just gotta prepare for when we do get some rain instead of snow, but it cant be as bad as you got it.
  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,370

    This is what Ive done for years.

    I schedule 4 10s of cutting. that leaves several days a week to stay on schedule.

    IF something is scheduled for wednesday but has delaysÂ… get's cut on friday, it will get cut again on wednesday right back on schedule.

    I haven't missed a weekly cut in over a decade doing it that way.

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