Lawn care applications on a Friday or Sat before Memorial weekend

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Mr Efficiency, May 19, 2017.

  1. Mr Efficiency

    Mr Efficiency LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    I stopped doing lawn care applications on the Friday or Saturday before a big Holiday weekends like Memorial Day Weekend years ago.

    About 10 years ago I stopped doing apps after losing a few acts over time because people got upset and we're having parties.
    Since then doing apps up to Thursday before a holiday weekend has not been a non isue.

    So next week is work late each day so no applications will be done on Friday or Saturday. It is also nice getting a 4 day weekend.

    Anyone else do the same?
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  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    My customers tell me when their property is going to be used for an event way in advance. My policy is no applications before that event. Especially if that application will leave turf yellowing or weeds browning out.
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  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,121

    Holiday weekends are when many people enjoy their yards. Respecting this is a great way to earn your clients' trust. OTOH, many homeowners leave town on long weekends.
    A good strategy is to find out which clients don't mind applications/mowing during holidays and use this to your advantage not to fall behind.
    But ya gotta love long weekends for yourself!
    Life is all about balance.
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  4. grenskpr

    grenskpr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    We'll just do commercial accounts on Thursday, 1/2 day Friday no worries
  5. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 19,371

    I would be nice to give your employees Friday off if they bust azzz to get everything done in 4 days.
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  6. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 1,783

    Our field staff always do 4-10s, taking most Fridays off unless it rains earlier in the week.
  7. klsgc

    klsgc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    No wonder you have so many trucks. You are running at 80% capacity!!!! JK
  8. greenfire

    greenfire LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 329

    All a good plan until it rains one of those days (Monday)
  9. Efficiency

    Efficiency LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 6
    Messages: 1,783

    We actually tried to jump up to 4-10s plus a 6 or 7 hr day and the weather wouldn't let it work out AND the guys flat hated it. So we went back to just 4-10s. Each tech still does 1mm sq ft a week so it works out financially
  10. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,407

    We inform clients in our annual renewal letter, that it is their responsibility to inform us 14 days prior to an event on their property. we tend to lean toward commercial applications when closing in on big holiday weekends such as labor day, memorial day & july 4th.

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