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Should I continue mowing during a drought?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ENDURO, Apr 27, 2006.


    ENDURO LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Do you guys keep mowing every week during a drought? This is my 1st year and I've already had a client ask me what my policy is. She obviously was looking to save some money and basically said she would sign my weekly mowing agreement as long as I didn't continue to come out and mow every week during a drought when it was obvious that the grass was almost dead. I can see where this could get more complicated for someone who is on a monthly pay plan that is based on 30 mows per season and you only do say 24.
  2. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    yes, if they will pay. no, if they wont.

    and if you have them on residential contract for weekly, they'll want out of it.

    if they are on commercial contract, you'll be OK...most of the time...IMO.

    GEO :waving:
  3. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    i know we skip if they dont need it, pick it up when it rains again. but if you gotta eat see which ones will let you cut the dirt.
  4. scagwildcat

    scagwildcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from nw. ct.
    Messages: 507

    this is what i do, people ask me all the time,WHAT DO YOU DO IF THE LAWN DOESNT GROW? well, i simply tell them that if they call me to skip a week the next week i charge more, due to the fact it takes me longer to mow, if it is left up to me to judge if it needs it or not, i will skip it a week when it does not need mowing with no extra charge to following week,
    NOW, what i do is, if the lawn doesnt really need mowing, i run over it real fast, no trimming, and i charge them a discounted rate for that week, this way i dont loose alot that week, if i just need to mow a portion of it, i will charge a fair price for that also... poeple love it, ive been asked after a client recieved my invoice, they asked why i was so cheap one week,i told them that certain spots on the lawn needed mowing but other spots really didnt need much so instead of charging them for the whole thing i charged for what grew in the past week... if you do this, your clients will never ask you to skip it!! also it shows them that you can be trusted, i was there, i mowed, i could have charged them full price, but i didnt !! to some, i may be a fool, to me im securing my income / clients.... good luck to you all

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I tell them I exercise common-sense and will use my discretion on the cut/no cut decision...
  6. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    it dosent make sence to mow a dry non growing lawn it only causes more stress on it .
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    monthly contract for full season work--mow when it needs it double cut when it needs it, skip when it needs it, all for the same price.


    weekly april - nov and EOW the rest of the year with 2 client initialed skips. If my crew has to drive there to check, we get paid.
  8. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    If its so dry its hardly growing i will skip a week unless the customer wants it cut regardless of the conditions. A lot of my customers like that i skip it if it really doesnt need it.
  9. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,281

    I keep cutting them as long as I can get away with it. Most of the time you'll know which ones you can get away with.
  10. Damian

    Damian LawnSite Member
    Messages: 242

    I'm not sure which I hate more, cutting an overgrown lawn or one that hasn't grown enough to be able to tell where I've cut. Pretty much, during the main cutting season, I have an idea the week I mow what to expect the following week. A good number of my lawns I can drive by and look at the day before if I feel it's going to be close. I've even been known to knock on the door and ask if they want me to mow it if I feel I'm not going to be able to tell.

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