Just an obsevation from a rookie

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jocko1104, Aug 30, 2002.

  1. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    It finally occured to me that a smaller yard is actually more work than a bigger yard. Inverse proportion. Who would have figured.

    It just makes me feel better to say it.
  2. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Small yards are ok when you have the right equipment.

    One major problem with small yards I have encountered is that they are usually small cramped properties on tight streets. A real hassle to get your truck/trailer parked and unloaded.

    And, if you are set up for bigger jobs you really fret the small ones. Small properties make me feel like a big goldfish stuck in a little bowl.

  3. dforbes

    dforbes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    we only do a few small yards. under 7000 sq ft. And we only take these on because the customer always finds something for us to do extra each year. I have an elderly customer that actully bought a new house this year because there was nothing left for us to add. First thing he did was have us put in an irrigation system. I have to stop by at the end of the day once every two weeks and drink a beer or two with him. Also I just stop by if I'm in the area just to talk a little while. It may seem like a waste of time to some but I know next year we will be building walls lnstalling beds or something.
  4. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    I don't know what you mean????? I have two small lawns. One takes 12 minutes in and out $20 and the other takes 15 minutes in and out $25. If I apply that to a big lawn I should be making $100/hour. I don't. Maybe you are pricing the small lawn wrong. If you are solo, the little lawns are like money in the bank. Big crews and companies can't be bothered with a small lawn You should have your choice of small lawns, especially if they are not in a row.
  5. drobson

    drobson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    Switchless I agree, I have some small yards to do and I can get them done rather quickly. Although I do find that some other work in smaller yards can be a pain just because of the lack of room for movement and equipment storage. But for the most part the smaller yards give me the opportunity to run a one man crew for mowing and a two man crew for other jobs. Saves me money and if I run into a bind I can always do those jobs myself without a helper. The big yards would just need to be re-scheduled if my crew was sick or something else came up.
  6. jocko1104

    jocko1104 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Loading, unloading, drive time, excessive trimming.

    I can do without. Why not just mow in fourth gear with minimal trimming.
  7. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 564

    I'll take the smaller lawns every time! I have several large ones that I do but I get real tired of staying at one place for even an hour. I like the get in and get it done small lawns that translate to some excellent money.
  8. mowngrow

    mowngrow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    we do them all, no job too big or too small. the key is getting the whole street to sign a contract, that cuts down on travel and unload time we just unload and do the street. all twelve of them.
  9. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    With my limited experience, I make more money on the small ones for time invested. With the elderly or retired, there's always oportunity to do other things. Of course, my opinion might change when I get a 60 or 72" ZTR. Aerodynamics might be my concern then!
  10. Doc Pete

    Doc Pete LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,469

    Yes, I agree with that, too. When my buddy works with me, the small lawns become a wash, and the bigger lawns are better money makers. I have 4/5 "areas: of accounts next to each other where I let my buddy just mow, while I trim for him and do the large open sections.

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