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For the record, we all talk about what machine cuts better. IMO, any good WB, rider, whatever, cuts fine if the lawn is mowed when it's need. However, it seems with all the talk about clumping and grass dispersion, most of us aren’t cutting the lawn at the right time. So, how many guys are cutting the lawn when it should be cut????
 

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Unfortunately we run a 7 day schedule, many lawns in that time need it 4-5 days not the full 7.

So I must deal with it and have to cut some twice to disperse clippings.

But with me controlling the food, I can keep the double cutting and excess clippings to a minimum.

Good thread Pete....
 

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Hard to cut more than once a week this past spring when we were getting rain every 2 days. Those conditions only last a while, though. If you are still having problems, you should be talking to the client about upping the cuttings.

What makes me mad is taking a lawn that turns out to be a huge hassel that needs it multiple times a week that you didn't schedule for and puts a burden on your schedule later in the year.
 

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7 days, hard to get them to agree to more often.payup
 

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we try to have all people that have irrigation systems to have it mowed twice a week. About 30 to 40% of them agree to it. While others don't want to spend the extra money.
 

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When it grows to 4" I cut it to 3".

A lot of my customers have huge lawns. I just quoted a 6 acre residential lawn yesterday.

They're not going to pay for a mowing they don't need.

On the other hand, I can't get behind on something that size either. There ain't no way to rake acres of grass. Even double cutting gets prohibitive.
I just keep up. Springtime is really hectic. Long hours 7 days a week.
I just bought $400 worth of Gore-tex from an Army surplus store for me and my son to wear next spring when the weather gets real nasty.

We always mow, rain or snow, we keep it mowed.

Everybody finally graduated from a 5 day to a 7 day schedule. (Except for one on a 14 day schedule because her lawn is so poor.)
In lots of past years, by this time of year they're looking at 10 day or greater schedule.
But this year is so wet with mild temperatures, the grass keeps growing.

It's going to be a GREAT year.

Dave
 

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To be honest about it, I stayed with 7 days for about 70% of the accounts because they complained if I came every 4 days when it needed it...but I won't do 7 days if we get into that ridiculous growth pattern again or next spring. Every contract will be revised to clearly spell out that we will NOT be waiting 7 days when in a period of fast growth. If Joe Customer objects to this I won't renew that customer. Every one of my neighbors was mowing every 4 to 5 days for 3 straight months. I use them as an example wherein they all know they will have a mess on their hands if they waited 7 days. So....next years contract renewals will clearly spell out that it will be mowed when it needs it. I still don't see why some of us think we should take the loss in periods of prolonged, excessive growth. And no, we don't mow every 7 days when the grass slows down or goes dormant...again, we mow when it needs it therefore it cuts both ways ...at least in my humble opinion.
 

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Since I'm part-time, I estimated the total # of cuts for the year and gave 3 out of 4 of my accounts a seasonal price payable over 6 months. I mowed every 4-5 days early on and am now at 7-10 days with the grass slowing down. It looks like it may work out well for me and I mow when I want to. The customers like paying a set amount every month and I like the flexibility. It must be hell to mow on a 7 day cycle early in the year, especially if they fertilize with one of those lawn crack companies. Anyone else mow this way?
 

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Only once a week Pete.

We simply could not/cannot get to them any sooner. But like LGF said, I control the growth (feed) and if I have to during the year double cut (which we had to do a lot this year), we just do it. Now we're flying through lawns so I think it will balance out some.

Ditto...good thread.
 

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Most of mine are on a 36 cuts per year basis. ( Location is everything!) One commercial is every 5 days. All others get it every 7 days, or when needed. Most, the weekly ones, go to every two weeks in dead of winter, every ten days in pre and post winter, or, again, as needed. They pay the same ammount each month, and all have agreed that there will be a 1-3 cut margin of error on agreed 36 cuts. Anything over 3 cuts, either way, I charge, or they get free. I've only had two, maybe three instances of having to cut for free, but many more times when I pulled up to the properties, they don't need service, so I just pulled away. I'm small enough to still know each customer individually, and all trust me, and vice versa. But I do make out better.:D

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Originally posted by rodfather
Only once a week Pete.

We simply could not/cannot get to them any sooner. But like LGF said, I control the growth (feed) and if I have to during the year double cut (which we had to do a lot this year), we just do it. Now we're flying through lawns so I think it will balance out some.

Ditto...good thread.
Same here but with as much rain we have had this year we are lucky to service everyone in a 7 day period
 

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Originally posted by rodfather
Only once a week Pete.

We simply could not/cannot get to them any sooner. But like LGF said, I control the growth (feed) and if I have to during the year double cut (which we had to do a lot this year), we just do it. Now we're flying through lawns so I think it will balance out some.

Ditto...good thread.
And, to keep things going;) , you bring up another point which I do incorporate in my "total package. And that is, in the summer months the grass is much less dense, which requires less weed wacking, less blowing and generally less attention to mowing. So, keeping this in mind, if I have a "borderline" price for a job, I evaluate how much easier the job will be in the summer, and decide if I can still meet my projected "for the season" price. Then, I'll either offer a slightly reduced rate or stick to my original quote. Many times I find the summer cutting time is at least 10% less then in the beginning of the season..... Something to think about when you trying to streamline a quote to get the job.
 

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I'm w/ LGF & Rodfather on the 7 day scheduling. You get killed in the spring, make up for time (but suffer the heat) in the summer and RAKE it in come fall. Pun fully intended.
 

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You're full of punn today Bob...LOL

I do have a few lawns that get cut twice a week, Monday and Thursday, again I control the food, so they get a little more N to keep em growing in the spring.

When rain changes the schedule, they get cut in the order of what day they are mowed on. When the next week comes around, the get returned to their day.

Basiclly I have a list, start at the top and work your way down it, once finished start over. Although the list is broken up into days and routed for the shortest drive time.
 

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Its nice to be in that summertime mode, was done with my friday swing in 4 hours when the spring time takes us 6.

I had to go back and look and make sure I actually was there because it went so fast. On the down side though I had 1 pass and if we don't get rain I am gonna be on a 10 to 14 day on many properties.
That at least 10% is true and more like 25% on some of my properties.
 

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Originally posted by MOW ED
Its nice to be in that summertime mode, was done with my friday swing in 4 hours when the spring time takes us 6.

I had to go back and look and make sure I actually was there because it went so fast. On the down side though I had 1 pass and if we don't get rain I am gonna be on a 10 to 14 day on many properties.
That at least 10% is true and more like 25% on some of my properties.
OK, so my 10% guess is wrong.:D :D You'll just have to suffer with the extra free time:p
 

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a friend of mine cuts grass and when he couldn't cut the grass due to rain one week he double charged everyone the following week no big deal when he did it a second time the following month 6 customers fired him. i always sucked it up as part of the job double cutting even raking now and then hated it but did it.
 
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