what to do when it rains

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by new to landscape, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. new to landscape

    new to landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I would like to know what you guys do when it rains on service days? do u cut anyway or do u wait till it stops then cut or is that just a skipped service area?
  2. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,255

    Sharpen that stack of blades on the work bench, catch up on office work, PM equipment, and then pickup mowing where I left off ASAP.
  3. new to landscape

    new to landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    thAanks for the reply
  4. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    We do not mow in the rain. But we do other work as long as it isn't pouring rain. We do trimming or brush removal. I usually like to do maintnance on equipment then.
  5. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Grab a rain coat. But dont mow if its going to rut up the clients lawn. I will mow in light rain. Other than that catch up on paperwork.
  6. Nightscaper

    Nightscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I have a rule for mowing when it rains. Don't mow till the roads are dry. Unless its saturated and ganna rut the lawn . I also find morning dew is worse then rain as far as clumping goes.
    I love to do hedges when it rains. Unless its a thunder storm. Then standing on a ladder holding up metal hedge clippers is a bad idea. So then its paper work and calling customers . Getting parts for repairs .
  7. ygim

    ygim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    I try to maintain equipment, order parts that i need.
  8. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    We keep to our routines like clockwork. Our demographic is hoa/strata complexes.
    If you cut on a different day or at a different time, they get confused.
    The yards are then strewn with toys, hoses, furniture and my favorite...
    dog excrement.

    We post notice that these any other items are to be removed from all lawns and service areas by 8 am on their regular service day or their yard
    may not be cut.

    If it is a dog problem, we fine them fifty bucks and either cut around it
    or don't do it that week.
    I have a friend at the landscape association the bills 65 dollars.

    The council pays us at the end of the month, and the fifty dollars is charged to the strata lot, just like if they did not pay their monthly service fees to the strata.

    When they sell their unit, there is a lien applied to that unit and all fines and unpaid monies owing are returned to the stratas account.

    These things are also agreed to in our signed contract.

    So, yes we cut rain or shine. We keep to a weekly routine and do not work Saturday
    and Sunday. Here we have a daily limit of eight hours and a weekly maximum of 40 before overtime has to be paid. All tasks are timed and the times are adhered to or
    else there is a job opening for another person on the task.

    I use lighter mowers on our wet sites. I found though, that no matter how light the machine it could leave a rut. It depends alot on the site conditions.

    go Canucks
    All you need are good waterproof safety boots, raingear and a car to sit in on your break if you get cold.
  9. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,681

    ice down the beverage cooler.
  10. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Groomer! Where are you parked?

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