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Preferred frequency of cuts Weekly vs BiWeekly

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by BadRancher, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,892

    I know most of you guys will prefer weekly... But besides money, what are the pros and cons of Weekly vs BiWeeky?
  2. HulkXD

    HulkXD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    Biweekly will obviously look worse because you have more clippings being mulched up and left on the yard, and if you bag the clippings, it takes longer because you have to empty more often. Also, you have to cut it slower on biweekly for it to look as good, thereby costing more time. Either that or double-cut it. Regardless, it's gonna eat up more time.
  3. BadRancher

    BadRancher LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,892

    What is your solution for customers that want bi weekly?
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,276

    Weekly for spring and fall. As conditions allow during the dry summer months, typically 10 days on average. I make the call, not the customer.
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466


    charge em for it.

    I go around a 30% increase from the normal weekly mowing.
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Bad Rancher,
    IF this is your customer base right now, or is all you are getting calls for, then take them on. Just be assured that you will work a little more and get paid less. I will not take a 2 week cut lawn unless I am assured that it is not a water system lawn and charge a little more per cut.
    How far in Mississippi are you? Are you cutting St. Augustine or Centipede? Shaded lawns or full sun lawns. I used to cut Centipede lawns in Tupelp MS. in semi shaded areas, and the lawns needed to be cut 2 weeks.....

    I am in Arkansas..................Miss. was my high school days.
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    With the biweekly there is alot more grass to take care of, you either need to bag it or double cut it. And usually these lawns are the POS lawns but there are some that are good lawns.
  8. slawn

    slawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    Hello BadRancher, bi-weekly is not that big of a deal on alot of yards around here. I do alot of bi-weekly, these are mostly people who just want there yard cut, they never fertilize or water. Some yards just don't need it every week. I never bag and very seldom double cut. I just try to keep them half in one week and the other half the next so i don't have to do them all the same week. I used to cut some in the Byram area, but now mostly in the Brandon area.
  9. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    Most residential cuts here a bi-weekly. Most folks have either centipede or St. Augustine and it's slow growing anyway.

    Most LCO's down here don't bag grass period. We rarely bag it and charge a good bit extra if we do unless they have a "dump site" on the property. Even then we charge extra for the time it takes running back and forth to dump.

    "bagging" is 3 bucks a bag, hauling is another 2 bucks a bag. Adds up quick.

    Most commercials are weekly but many are turning to bi-weekly this year to cut costs. We charge 30% more for the bi-weekly cut than the weekly cut as it does take a little longer to blow everything off.
  10. Tony1045

    Tony1045 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    I find that working Bi-weekly accounts with our weekly accounts is a major pain for scheduling....I really don't do bi-weeklys unless its really worth my time $$$. Of course a nice mid-summer drought may dictate otherwise. I do think this is a decision you will have to make on your own, based on your own particular situation.

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