When behind from rain, do you just trim your lawns and cut when its dry?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ford4Ever, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. Ford4Ever

    Ford4Ever LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Its been raining like crazy here for the past few days. Right now I am three full days behind (we needed the rain though so I really cant complain). I was wondering if any of you go around and trim/edge the lawns then come back and mow them once the ground is dry enough? Do customers care if you do this? Thanks
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    Never even thought about doing that..but it doesn't make since to me. You would have to drive your route, trim then blow, go home, wait till the rain stops, could be days..then drive the route again, mow long grass, edge, possibly trim, blow, all for the same cut price. I'd rather just get it done in one trip, and save money...cause you obviously can't charge twice for just doing a trim one day, then coming back another day and doing a normal service...and if I could, I would be doing the rain dance every singe night.

    If I get rained out for one day...everything gets put onto the next day.

    If I get rained out for two days...I'm basically screwed and have to cut some thick arse grass the next week.

    I do cut in the rain, but when it's down pouring or lightning going down...I quit.
  3. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    id still cut inless its unbearable, especially with that many days of rain all the make up work, just go over the lawn 2 times and bag it...
  4. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    pretty much unless you have very few accounts this is very inefficient and i would not do it
  5. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    if they are smaller yards, and if he is behind 3 days, its better than doing nothing
  6. clean_cut

    clean_cut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,327

    Is it worth the drive time to trim the lawns? It seems like it would take a lot of time and gas for 10 min on each lawn, especially if they are spread out.
  7. Ford4Ever

    Ford4Ever LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Thanks for the input. I have never done it mainly for the reasons that you all posted. I guess I can look foreward to a few long days cutting when it finally stops :cry:
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    nope, i just make sure there is plenty of beer in the fridge!! :laugh: :drinkup:
  9. rustyj

    rustyj LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I know someone who trims his big propertys when it rains and mows them when its dry seems very expensive to do this
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  10. Mow Money Lawn Care

    Mow Money Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 764

    I trim when it's wet especially if I have something important going on for the weekend. I just throw the trimmer and blower in the truck (less gas than hauling the trailer) and trim away. yes it will cost you more to get the lawns done but if you can trim two days worth of lawns then the next day (if dry) mow all of them and get back on schedule why not. I'd rather be on top of my schedule and spend a little more money than be behind and possibly miss out on money.

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