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Whats with all this rain?!?!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PTSolutions, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    seriously, it needs to stop for a week or two. We are still working on getting in 1 cut for for our entire route. Got about 23 more resi's and 1 larger commercial to cut between today and saturday and its drizzling outside now and I'm sitting on here talking to you guys, lol.

    We have had the mowers stuck more times than I'd like to admit this week. Problem is that it has rained since the end of march with only maybe 5-7 full clear days between the month and a half so far. Last year we got 2-3 cuts in April. This pushes our mulch and other landscape jobs back too b/c the ground is just absolutely saturated, walking makes ruts easily. Thank God for the walker we picked up this year, bagging everything keeps the yards looking much cleaner, especially when we are cutting off a good 4-6" of growth. Our front yard took 4 hoppers and its only <4K sq. ft.

    anyways, just venting a bit since we have had employee troubles thats driving me nuts. We are trying out a new guy today so hopefully that works out...
  2. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I'm kinda in the same boat. I did finally get them all caught up. My problem was rain at first, then as soon as the weather broke, my truck engine went out. The truck wasn't worth anything so I had to find a new (new to me) truck. Then scramble to get them all done. Way over grown after a second week. You'll get there.
  3. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    I hear ya about the truck situation. While we have been lucky so far this year with no equipment breakdowns. We are looking for a 550 size truck with ext/crew cab and dump body for a mowing truck. Right now with the amount of grass we are pulling out, we are running a two truck setup. our diesel pickup pulling the enclosed and I'm driving our 1ton dump that we use for the clippings. I want to put the new dump as a mowing truck and it should serve as a stepping stone until we find a large 33k single axle dump.
  4. grincon

    grincon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    Its almost 8 am and the rain wont let here. Were supposed to have some nice days after today but I'm just sitting here drinking coffee and hoping it stops so i can get something done today.
  5. TGG2008

    TGG2008 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 77

    We finally got everything caught up as of yesterday. We have gotten stuck a couple times too. Even our lawns that dry out quickly and take rain well are giving us trouble this year.
  6. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    Same situation here in Pennsylvania. We've been mowing for three weeks now...and...about 75% of it in the rain. I have lawns that are under about a 1/2" to 1" of water and the grass is growing about 4"-6" per week. Never in my 13 years of business have I had to cut without the bagger first then put the bagger back on and remow the lawn...NEVER...we did this past week! Mother Nature needs fired! I think we are around 8" above normal rain fall for this time of year. Then to top all that off...the damn people who get their lawn fertilized to make it "greenier"...WHAT...March, April, and May rain/weather will take care of a green lawn all on its own.
  7. ZMAX

    ZMAX LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    lol people get it fertilized now to prevent crabgrass, not to make it "greenier"
  8. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,331

    Don't know what they use in your area but around here you can tell who did and didn't get treated. Its a lot greener and taller. It has crab grass preventer but also fertilizer.
    If the sun does come out don't see how we can keep up.
  9. Rayner Lawncare

    Rayner Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    We've gotten maybe 4" of rain here since september. 1.5 of that was in the last week and we need more. I feel your pain there were times last year I couldn't mow from the rain. The weather's getting wierd.:confused:
  10. RTR Landscaping

    RTR Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    We've been getting the rain here too. The Mississippi river is forcasted to break the high water record in Memphis by May 8th. After looking at the devastation in Alabama by the tornados, I really feel like I should'nt complain. Those people really got slammed.

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