How many times can I mow in a season

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  1. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,370

    there are different approaches,
    But I like to sell a yearly/season contract.

    In that region of the North east, I like to base it off 30 cuts.

    Not because I will mow your lawn once a week for thirty weeks.

    In the spring, you will want to cut more often, in the dead summer (mid july to early august you might move to 10 ays to EOW)

    So figure 3 cuts in april, 6 in may, 5 in june, 4 in july, 3 in august, 5 in september and 4 in october…. depending on the year you might not have as many in april but might go into november…weather depending.

    That's what I WANT to sell someone.

    Generally, my price per cut will be a little lower than expected, BECAUSE I am mowing with an other than weekly frequency, I follow the 1/3 rule, not the calendar.

    BUT some clients will insist on one cut per week every week Thursday and 3 pm… In that case your price will probably be 110% of normal.

    example $50 lawn.
    I might sell it at $45 if I can cut my schedule …so cuts a year = $1350.00
    If I have to cut THEIR rigid messed up schedule, I might be $55 per cut and only get in 25 cuts the whole season = $1375.00….:laugh: it all works pretty much the same.
    Which job is the better work tho?

    Let me do my thing, and I will take care of you.
    Insist on micromanaging, and Im just showing up for the repetitive money… I call them my B route lawns.
  2. green_thumb

    green_thumb LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    we mow 26-30 times a season around here
  3. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,853

    If you're doing a flat contract, do from your first day of growing season to the definite last, no free cuts. They'll definitely expect them if they're out of credit come september
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  4. Poopy Shoe

    Poopy Shoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I know this is of little help to you, but around here we mow 35 weeks of the year. That's from mid March until mid November.

    I remind new customers of that to help them budget for the year.

    I also use that to calculate how much money I'm going to make in a year. By the way this year is looking pretty good.
  5. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    I find it hard to believe that your season up there allows you to bill for 35 cuts, while in Ohio, I can only bill 23-27 cuts per year. Are you dumping fertilizer on the lawn???
  6. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,370

    liquid fertilizer via airplanes seeding the clouds :laugh:

    maybe they cut more than once a week in Canada?

    that once a week thing is a ******ed american made invention… i doubt thats copied world wide.
  7. Poopy Shoe

    Poopy Shoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I do apply lime, iron and fertilizer to most of my customers lawns but that's not what gives us the growing season that we enjoy. It's the fact that we get a warm Pacific breeze for the better part of the year. Most of the country is still under snow and we've been mowing for a couple of weeks already. It's kind of sweet.

    The south west coast of British Columbia enjoys much milder weather than the rest of Canada and a good portion of the United Sates. Look us up on the internet or check us out on Google Maps.
  8. gardiner

    gardiner LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    I have a budget payment program ..i offer it to helps the ones on a budget .
    I base it on history of the property, i average 30 services a year .
    and i will let the spring clean up/ mulching be added .
    That $30 per service a month comes in at $120 month .
    so $30 x 30 = $900 the clean up/ mulch comes in at $528 .
    i add the $900 + $528= $1428 then took the $1428 / 12 payments her new payments is $119 a month.
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,261

    That plan sounds downright Floridian in nature.
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  10. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,370

    his customers are moving to florida in the next few years, they just aren't quite old enough yet :laugh:

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