"It hasn't rained for a while, skip me this week."

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by bignamelawncare, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. bignamelawncare

    bignamelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Tulsa Oklahoma is going through a dry spell (hopefully not a drought). Well my phone started ringing Monday with one of the most dreaded things a lawncare guy can ever hear, "it hasn't rained for a while, skip me this week."
    My lawn crew's route will soon have voids in it. ahhhhhhh!

    I'm afraid to answer the phone.

    Not doing contracts.
  2. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 1,074

    Part of the business. Live with it. Find some other things to do, like bush trimming and fixing up the beds and such. Good time for a little overall maintenance.
  3. bignamelawncare

    bignamelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    Agreed and we have started dealing with it. It sucks when your schedule gets "out of whack". My yearly income could be down even if we do other stuff to stay busy.
  4. DitchDr

    DitchDr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    we fixed that this year by selling X amounts of mowing for the year. Around here we get on average 40 mowings in before the grass stops. Lets say its a average lawn where it is 35.00

    So 35x40= 1400
    Now instead of having money come in just during the busy season we split it up into 12 even payments. so that 1400 is 166.00 for 12 months

    so even if the lawn does not need to be mowed we can tack on a extra day in the summer when it is growing like wild fire, or we can add a day at the end of the season.
    I like this better cause during the slow months where everyone is scrambling for work we sitll have a steady income.
  5. poncho62

    poncho62 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    $1400 divided by 12 is $116.00....not $166.00........:hammerhead:
  6. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    Yup I've heard that before, but not this year. We have had a some what of a wet season (raining at least once a week) which is nice.
  7. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    This is the wettest year I have ever seen in St. Louis. Luckily I don't have to worry about this problem...we have actually been double cutting alot lately
  8. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    Year round contracts here. Even seasonal mowing should have a set price for the season in my opinion. People always want to pay less when its dry but has anyone ever come out and offered you more in a more than average rainy season? No! It goes both ways, some times we win some times they win...
  9. kodak mowing

    kodak mowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 140

    here in tennessee weve been going from dryspell to rainy about every day this summer not we have a really hot spell,i get customers who call and tell me it does need mowed this week,so just sip me this week or it doesnt need weedeated this week or just weedeat it,to save money,but i still charge the same cuase if i show up at the job to mow and the run out to tell me when i get there,and they ask me why the price doesnt change i tell them cuase im paying a helper to be there reguardless wether he does work or not.
  10. DitchDr

    DitchDr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    Details lol.. That was off the top of my head, next time I will call the CPA to make sure its right lol

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