Leave it ragged or double mow?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by HighGrass, May 16, 2004.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    I have 2 accounts that are side by side. The problem is, the grass is growing so fast that mowing once a week just isn't enough. So I called both of them and suggested that they go to a 5 day mowing schedule until the growth settles down. I also gave them the option that I could double mow each week but it would probably be a little more money.

    They both said they were not interested in either option and said to just mow their lawns as is. These lawns are not highly visible, but I still take pride in my work. So I guess I am going to bite the bullet for a few weeks and double mow. Or I could just mow it once and leave it ragged.....

    What would you do?
  2. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Double mow period....you don't have a choice!
  3. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Messages: 204

    If you leave it looking crappy it is your business and reputation on the line. I have the same issue with a couple accounts, Normally I get the 2 done in 30 minutes. Last week I was there for 2 hours. Do what you can to make it look good. Its your reputation on the line
  4. EastProLawn

    EastProLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Double mow, but I would definitely put something in writing for future customers about the height of the grass etc.
    Learn, learn, learn, it's a neverending battle.
  5. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I hate to say it, but I agree with Jaj and rmartin. This is my first year back in the business and it's busting my cojones just to get through the week, and I still don't have enough accounts. But if I leave 'em looking lousy, I'll never get the referral business we all need to survive in this industry.
  6. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Yep...I send out letters prior to starting the season. Knowing what i have learned, I'll probably tailor each letter to the needs of each lawn. I have been keeping notes from the start of this season...time to put them to use.
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would double mow as well. The mowing reflects apon you if you do a poor job or a good job.
  8. skmodmsl

    skmodmsl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    This is my first season in the business. I take pride in my work and have been double mowing. I won't leave a lawn looking ragged. With so many mower jockies out there this is a tough business.
  9. Tea to Green

    Tea to Green LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    This field is about 10 miles out of my normal service area and is not visable from any street. Price per cut is $80. What would you guys do?

  10. LawnMower

    LawnMower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    I always double mow to clean up the lawn. I raise the deck up and mow ones more, or even 3 times.

    I have a ZTR so I go fast on the second and third mow. It doesn't take all that much longer. The end result has to be a nice looking lawn. Or the nicest you can make it. I never charge anymore.

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