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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tunica, May 8, 2013.

  1. Tunica

    Tunica LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    Customer wants his bermuda down to one inch or less OK but he wants it only cut every 8 to 12 days.

    I'm trying to word the reply so I don't sound like a Azzzz. I can cut it today and with the rain we get its going to grow faster than anyone likes it. I know he needs it cut every week. The yard is covered in po anna and other cool season grasses its not treated and stays moist days after a rain.

    His reason is to promote the growth SO here is what I have thought so far.

    I don't have a single issue with taking the grass to one inch if that's what you want. I will have to tell you in order for the lawn to look good I'd have to cut it twice which will increase the per mow price.

    Thanks Guys fire away
  2. pseudosun

    pseudosun LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,739

    I don't know man, i'm at a point where i wouldn't be interested in taking it. I should say that i'm in the process of scaling back, restructuring, etc. All of these types were the first to go.
  3. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    I see nothing wrong with taking it down to 1" this time of year. It's probably the right time to do it. However, if he wants to maintain 1" all season, it's going to have to be cut twice a week at a minimum (there will still be some scalping) 3 times a week is recommended to maintain that low of height and look its best. Otherwise, I would recommend 1.5"-2" once a week. I usually start out my bermuda lawns scalping the lawns and bagging at 1.25". Then in the beginning of the season I'll maintain my weekly customers at 1.5" then I'll move up to 2" as the season progresses usually in July, then knock it back down to 1.5" in the middle of September when it begins to cool off and the bermuda slows down (this minimizes clippings slightly to bag for the spring scalp the following year).

    The only time I will mow bi-weekly on bermuda is if it's REALLY dry outside or in April and Late September up until dormancy.
  4. Tunica

    Tunica LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    With multiple mowings do you quote them a per cut price or a monthly fee that reflects the number of cuts throughout the season or is your billing adjustable for any given month?
  5. Unless this guy is going to pay for reel cutting and get rid of weeds i would pass easily on that.
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  6. macgyver_GA

    macgyver_GA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 826

    For my customers, they only get cut once a week. None of them can afford/are willing to pay me for multiple cuts per week, especially reel mowing. I only reel mow my personal lawn. In the next couple years I'm going to expand to a more affluent area nearby and offer reel mowing. I do the chemicals on 95% of my customers too so I can control the growth rate. My customers get billed a flat monthly rate during the growing season. They only pay extra for stuff outside standard monthly maintenance.
  7. Nate'sLawnCare

    Nate'sLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,001

    Cut it as he requests as long as neither your or his expectations are high for appearance. I try not to put my name on lawns that people want to cut corners with.
  8. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,558

    the lowest my mower will cut is 1 1/2".

    it will not go down to 1" or less like a 21" pushmower does.

    i would say ok but just cut it at 1 1/2" instead.
  9. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I'm too busy right now to argue with customers over petty things.
    Last edited: May 8, 2013
  10. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,782

    Okay, I know I'm farther north, and bermuda is basically a weed here, but how in the heck do you cut anything other than a putting green at 1 inch? I would think you would continously be digging dirt at that height.

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