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spending to much time being perfect

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Nov 6, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Until recently I tried to make every lawn I cut perfect, whether or not it had any chance to be or not. Recently I stopped this as the excessive trimming made me wonder what would happen if I didnt trim quite as much. To tell you the truth my production has increased, no complaints and driving by the properties I don't notice anything. I am beginning to think I am just way too picky, most arent. Anybody else have the same realization?
  2. leeslawncare

    leeslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    I do that my self ....Fact of the matter is . You do what you know you can get away with...after you do this type of work long enuf you know what needs to be done when you show up ....sometimes b-4 you show up!
  3. George777

    George777 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 305

    THis time of year you can get by with not much trimming/ edging. It works for me. I think I trim about every other week and some once per month. It is amazing how much time is saved, but come spring you know the drill.

    i think we all deseve a brake sometimes.
  4. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    quality is everything!!!!!!
  5. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I can't tell if you are talking about trimming hedges or trimming after you mow. In Florida you don't have choice if you trim after you mow or not. It must be done or it will look like crap. As for hedges I like to trim often so I can blow the clippings under the hedges, this saves time on clean up work plus it makes the yard look nicer. Like the above post said "Quality is everything."

    XOFMOT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    Same here. I seems like I spend more time trimming than do cutting the lawn. This year being the first year for me (really 1/2 year. July 2001 start), I have the time to be picky/ fussy. I really don't think it was a problem until about a month ago when I got hit with some "RAIN DELAYS" and I ended up trying to get as much done in one day as I could to get back on schedule. I knew I couldn't do it myself so I hired a day laboror for $10.00 hour. What a time saver! I COULD BE picky/ fussy because with the extra set of hands allowed me to at a reasonable cost to me. On my own, NO WAY....I have SOOO much to learn in this field, I know there are some shortcuts I can perform..but I feel that leads the way to a HALF-A$$ed job to present and future customers. Do it once, do it right! Charge accordingly.
  7. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899


    There are only 2 waysto do a job.

    You can do the job right ..... or

    you can do the job over!!!!
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It comes to you after a while. Every job I go in to, I make the same moves, and walk the same paths. Every move I make is for a reason. Much like a sport, anymore. People have said they enjoy watching the way I work, (whatever THAT means!)
  9. grass chaser

    grass chaser LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I agree with Runner that the more you do your properties the better you know them. It becomes a pattern and if done properly it will save you time and money. That is why I always try to keep the same people on the same route. They know the property and they know how to get it done in the least amount of time and done properly.
  10. casey

    casey Guest
    Messages: 0

    One of the biggest myths perpetrated by this board is that the customer actually notices your "perfect" lawn & this gets you business. It has been my extensive experience that the customer notices only that the lawn was cut on the scheduled day. Your stripes, perfect edging & clean drives, walks etc. are wasted on yourself. By incorperating this fact we have been able to greatly increase the amount of contracts we can service.

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