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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ChadsLawn, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Mow yards like his daddy. I told him I dont want him to. I want him to learn computer programming or something to do with computers.
    But I told him I will support what ever he wishes. Again he wants to mow yards. Well or be a sprint car driver.
    hes almost 11 and mows my yard (21") when he comes over. Im sure he can get a few houses wround here to mow to make some play money.

    My main question is, what age should I let him do this. Hes very smart and very safe.. This is kinda funny. But when he mows here, he wears jeans t-shirt his little work boots and wears my clear grinding full face shield. He tries to use the hand held blower, but its still alittle heavy for him..

    Oh I pay him $5 per cut, ONLY if it looks decent. If not I show him what he missed and he will fix it.
     
  2. WildWest

    WildWest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 384

    I hear ya, I have a 9 year old son that wants to do the line trimming at our house, I let him but I walk with him.
    I think I was about 12 when I started mowing our lawn, my grandmothers and a few mor here and there by myself. Keep an eye on him and if he's being safe, knows the rules and follows them, cut him a little slack.

    If he's not behind the mower...it's OFF!!!
     
  3. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The push mower we use, If you let go it shuts of. So not matter whatever hes does, he'll have to let it go. Im looking into a small trimmer, so he can learn that(around the house here)
     
  4. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    dude thats a little harsh $5 give him 10 so he can save up for somthing when i was that age i was mowing my grandmothers lawn and i got a gift. or somthin. like ice cream or somthing and somtimes i got $10. but i hope u dont take it the wrong way man. but then telling him where he missed. w/e i dont want to tell u how to give your kid money or somthin. you could always get him into masonry and try to get him in a trade school. but maybe he can just do it till he goes to colledge.
     
  5. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    get him a battery one which is made for older people i guess there really light to.
     
  6. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im being alittle harder on him, because Im hoping he changes his mind on a career in lawn mowing. But so far he's loving it.
     
  7. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
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    o i get u. so its backfired on you. :laugh:
     
  8. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yeah so far it has. But when he goes to work with me, its not soo fun. I have him pulling weeds and he isnt liking that. As I try to explain to him thats involved in Lawn Maintenance.
     
  9. ADVANCED LAWNCARE LLC.

    ADVANCED LAWNCARE LLC. LawnSite Member
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    Is there a reason you don't want him to be in the Lawn Care Business. Is it the low pay? I dont know about your area, but around here you can make a very good living being in this industry, granted you must do many other things like landscaping, plowing, fert/squirt to stay competitive. If he really enjoys doing it, let him go to school for it and he will learn alot about the business, and will have already had a lot of the hands on part done.
     
  10. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No I want my kids to have the best and be able to provide the best for there kids. I want them to have a good career and be able to retire. But if this is what he really wants to do in life, then Ill help all I can.

    Hes always wanted to be a race car driver... Although pretty dangerous, he can make a ton more then lawn maintenance. Plus privide a great life for his kids. But Im wanting him to get into the computer world. Thats where the money is. I can program, I can build in depth websites, graphics. But everyone wants a dagree. Im not going to collage for something I already
    know.
    Computers will be the way of life 100% in the future. Thats what our kids need to be in.

    But right now he is set on lawn maintenance. So I will teach him all I can while he is young.
     

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