I have recently been asked to lower my contracted mowings from 23 to 21 for 2004 on more then one account. The last 3 years have been 23 mowings, 1 Spring C/U and 1 Fall C/U. Being in operation here in the Midwest for the last 3.5 years I found I mow between 19 and 23 times throughout the season. Some visits on my 6-7 day cycle the lawn is an inch longer then I'd like it and others it can be half an inch shorter then I'd like it. I have spoke to a few other LCO's and they say it can average 23 to 27. I know fertilizing can make a difference along with good old rain but what's everyone's average? So the question is: How many times "On a monthly contract would you mow?" If you do service the account above the contracted price, how would you go about getting paid/invoicing to keep things under control? Tell them to expect a "high grass" charge or push in any given month to allow for a 5th mowing charge? I won't get a whole lot of grief on any given way I approach it but 50,000 lawnsite heads is better then one! Any feedback on this "very" broad question greatly appreciated.