whens good to cut?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by woodie08, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. woodie08

    woodie08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I have a full time job mon threw fri 9:45 to 5:30. im only looking to provide service for residental lawn . can I just cut on the weekend, can I start cutting as early as 8:30 am durring the week?and knock out one lawn a day.. Im new just looking to get 5 to ten accounts this year. next year get enought to quit this panzy as# job'''' and go full time in landscaping. what are the norm hours for residental mowing? my guess is most likely 10 am to 4pm durring the week.can I get away with the hours I have to work with now. please give me any input you have..........
  2. brentcausey

    brentcausey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33


    I work 8-4:30 and cut in the evenings and on weekends. I also get 1/2 day off per week during the summer so that afternoon (or morning) is usually dedicated to mowing. Talk with your boss and see if you can come in an hour early each day and get a half day off per week.... you never know.

    Most of my customers don't mind me coming in the evenings because they get to see me and can point out or tell me about specific things they want done. I also mow alot of rent houses so it really doesn't matter what they think! :cool2:
  3. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,266

    woodie - i have a different opinion than brent....
    Once you have gone over the specifics of your agreement with your residential customer, you really don't want to see them again, you just want to do your job and move on to the next one. Weekday daytime hours work great for this (unless you are mowing for retirees, they will always be watching you:). Most people work daytimes, therefore you can get in, do your job, and get out without distractions. Weekends are OK (if that is the only time you have), but then you are going to run into people being home, perhaps they will have company over, and they will not want you making noise in their yards at that time. In general, I figure I have earned the trust of my customers, the last thing they will need or want to do is come out and chat with me every time I show up - waste of time for them and waste of time for me (ok to say hi once in a while though:)
    As far as hours go, don't mow residential before around 9AM for obvious reasons.
  4. brentcausey

    brentcausey LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    He has a point. There are some customers I avoid. But, the 85 year old lady that sits at home all day...just talking to her for 5 minutes might just make her day! :weightlifter:

    He's right about having company over or just sitting down to eat dinner and see my fat A ride past the window doing 10 mph on the ZTR! ha!
  5. Dave_005

    Dave_005 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 359

    I start mowing no later than 7:30 am every morning on residentials. village ordinace says not before 7 am so by 7:30 the mowers are running, others in my area start right at 7 am.
  6. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    I agree with not cutting on the weekends waste to much time talking to customers. I start at 9 and only on lawns I know for sure people are away at work. If I had to cut on a sat I would not start before 10 if someone was cutting one of my neighbor's early on a sat I would not like it. For stopping times I wont start a lawn after 5:30.
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,940

    ... never on Sunday.
  8. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    you guys are nuts lol

    i want to talk to my customers.... how the heck am i going to upsell if they never see me

    i don't want to talk on the phone

    thats almost as bad as new accounts

    ASK THIS hows the yard look?..

    ..maybe you shoulf move that bench under the tree..

    .it looks peaceful .a nice little place to enjoy the yard.

    no you don't like under the tree!

    what do you think would work

    a patio out by where the barBq oh so you can watch your birdbath

    but its going to be hot without a tree to shade you

    yeah i could draw a few ideas up and we can talk about it next time

    just my .02
    but i don't want to mow the world


    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    It almost seems like too much effort to load up, cut one lawn, get all sweaty and nasty, then go to your other job. I don't know if you plan on showering afterwards, maybe at your regular job you're outdoors too.

    The 'proper' cutting times have been debated endlessly on here before, but around me at least you see crews mowing residentials from 7am on up til 8:30 or dark in the summertime. A lot of people around here are gone to work by 6 or 6:30 to get a jump on the traffic. Personally I do 7:30 on weekdays and 8:30 or so on Saturdays. I have had to mow Sundays before but I wait until 10. Whatever you feel comfortable with.

    Really, it's not as loud as you think. At my old job one of my 'perks' was having my own lawn cut for free. I was always the first stop on Mondays, so sometimes on a holiday I would be off but some of the crews would work, and mow my lawn. I mean you would be surprised, it's not nearly as loud as you think. It certainly didn't jolt me out of bed or anything, and sometimes i didn't even hear them.
  10. HOOLIE

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I agree on this...having that face to face time with your customers does wonders for customer retention, and it's a great time to talk up some extra work. You don't want to waste 15 min. at each lawn each week, but it's good every couple months to stop and say hi.

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