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Just Lawns?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Trucklover, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    Sorry I failed math, so I gave the range. Let me go through the 200+ properties we maintain and find the average ;)
  2. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,582

    We do over 400 places I'm in the middles of getting a better hold on all my numbers
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  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    Average is right around $48.68.
  4. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,616

    look man i'm 37. i've been to florida every summer for the past 30 something years. i'm sick of it at this point. perhaps i will go snow skiing in canada during jan or feb for my vacation? i've only done this once so maybe i'll do that for the next 30 years? lol

    my prices stay the same or go up every year. my cheapest yard i make $35 a cut and the biggest i make $125 a cut. have many in the $50-$60 range. average is probably around $75.

    where i live $1500 a week is rolling in the dough. that's $6000 a month and we work 9-10 months out of the year down here. 54k-60k a year here is way upper middle class. the average job here makes 25k a year.
  5. Toro 455

    Toro 455 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    That's kind of what I said. And at the same time kind of not.

    I divide services into;
    (1) Maintenance with recourring charges, wheather it's weekly, monthly or even sometimes yearly (like mulch).
    (2) Installation which would include building a wall, planting trees and other stuff that has to be sold to the customer each and every time.

    I try to stick to maintenance. And if I don't really feel like taking something on I ask myself "Am I just being lazy?" "Is this something a competitor can use to get their foot in the door?"
    If it falls into the maintenance category I usually take it on. Unless it's bushhogging. I have a trustworthy guy that does my bushhogging. Another for installations and one for earthwork.

    There ain't no way I'd recommend someone in direct competition to do work for a customer. I've been burned too many times with someone doing inferrior work then leave me holding the bag.
    I can remember the bad old days of ChemLawn when they'd spray liquid nitrogen then leave it to the LCO to bag the clippings. Then if you could possibly keep up the customer would ask "What's wrong with your mower? It's making the lawn all yellow!" Then I'd have to answer "Yeah, 'cause I'm cutting down into the root zone." They'd ask "Why are you doing that!"

    So here I am arguing with my costomer on proper lawn maintenance while the actual culprit is somewhere down the road!

    If I'm going to take the blame, I'm going to take control.
  6. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    well see I don't take any responsibility for work someone else performed.

    all I do is pass along the name and number and its the clients responsibility to contact them and do business with them.

    but yes it is a risk that they will come in and take the whole account but its a risk I'm willing to take whether its because its something I don't do or don't wanna do.
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,378

    I have zero interest in wrangling with much past lawn maintenance, weed spot spraying, fertilizations, and core aeration. I do trim a few shrubs and bushes for regular clients but I find it to be a real PITA and I flat out don’t enjoy it. I will not do these jobs for a non mowing client ever.

    Major lawn renovations such as slice seeding along with multiple pass core aeration and top dressing was something I had hopped to get into heavily but I have found people get sticker shock and don’t want to bother.

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