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Forum: General Talk 05-21-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 939
Posted By Fireman Gus
So Fortunate

As most of you have heard we have had a long weekend of hectic weather and it's not improving today. My daughter and family lives in Moore Okla which was leveled yesterday by an EF4 or EF5 tonado. ...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 04-23-2013, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,536
Posted By Fireman Gus
In North Central Oklahoma we normally "Scalp" the...

In North Central Oklahoma we normally "Scalp" the Bermuda every spring. We have not "Thatched" in years. The scalping takes care of that problem. In Wichita since you have a combination of Fescue...
Forum: General Talk 03-20-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,384
Posted By Fireman Gus
Before my wife had her strokes in 2011 we went...

Before my wife had her strokes in 2011 we went quite regularly but since that time it has been a lesser amount. Mostly she did not feel like getting up and therefore I would stay at home with her. ...
Forum: General Talk 03-20-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,087
Posted By Fireman Gus
My son and I have discussed this many times. We...

My son and I have discussed this many times. We have reported many that are doing weed control applications and fertilizing without the proper licensing. The Dept. of Ag representative talks to...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 10-14-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,761
Posted By Fireman Gus
We start all our equipment weekly during our down...

We start all our equipment weekly during our down time. it is run for about 30 minutes.
Forum: General Talk 10-14-2012, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,263
Posted By Fireman Gus
Techniquely it is a 4 wheeler. Just not what I...

Techniquely it is a 4 wheeler. Just not what I have in mind when someone says they have a 4 wheeler. Probably will have many people inquiring about it.
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2012, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,017
Posted By Fireman Gus
I have never cared what my competitors are doing....

I have never cared what my competitors are doing. I offer my services to people and they either take it or they don't. I know what I can do work for and that is the only thing I worry about.
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 07-17-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,173
Posted By Fireman Gus
Drought Conditions

This was in our local paper today. Goes along with what most of us are seeing and experiencing.

Drought Now Grips more Than Half The Nation

The nationís widest drought in decades is spreading, with...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 06-09-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,373
Posted By Fireman Gus
Question 2nd. Application Weed Control

Finally about finished with our second app of weed control. Am thinking of buying another ride-on unit to spray with and fertilize with. What are the best ones on the market? We made our first one...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-05-2012, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,964
Posted By Fireman Gus
I have been doing this since 1980 so I have had...

I have been doing this since 1980 so I have had to deal with this kind of attitude before. I was told when I first started, by a mentor, that things would not always be smooth so things like this...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-01-2012, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,442
Posted By Fireman Gus
When we bid a job we let the person know up front...

When we bid a job we let the person know up front that our rate is for "Man hours". If they ask about that we just state we will have 2 people working so the cost will be $____/hour. If they don't...
Forum: Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. 06-01-2012, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,964
Posted By Fireman Gus
Thought For The Day

Thomas Paine-"These are the times that try men's souls"

What do you think he is talking about?

I think he was talking directly to me. If it is not raining and storming, it is above normal in...
Forum: General Business Discussions 05-18-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,600
Posted By Fireman Gus
I have finally decided, after much thought, to...

I have finally decided, after much thought, to give my answer about success and my goals. As most have said it is the attainment of wealth. position, or honor. Also having the desired outcome to a...
Forum: General Business Discussions 05-10-2012, 05:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,600
Posted By Fireman Gus
Define Successful

What is your idea of being a successful Lawn Care Operator? What kind of goals do you have for your business?
Forum: General Talk 05-06-2012, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,255
Posted By Fireman Gus
We have everyone sign a "Service Agreement Form"...

We have everyone sign a "Service Agreement Form" (I quit using the word contract 25 years ago, people shy away from that word). I explain that it is to their benefit to have a signed form so they...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 04-15-2012, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,972
Posted By Fireman Gus
When we run into this problem we talk to the...

When we run into this problem we talk to the people and suggest putting in a wider gate. We offer to do it for free if they buy the materials. We have had 100% agreement from people when we offer...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-28-2012, 08:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,181
Posted By Fireman Gus
We charge 3 times the regular mowing rate to...

We charge 3 times the regular mowing rate to "make ready" (spring cleanup)the yard for the year. All our regular clients have this done. If it justr a one time job for someone it is more.
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-23-2012, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,617
Posted By Fireman Gus
All our "Service Agreement Forms" are auto...

All our "Service Agreement Forms" are auto renewable. The only reson we contact the client is if we need to make a price change. We note the form and the date we notified the client. Some of our...
Forum: Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 03-19-2012, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,447
Posted By Fireman Gus
Good News****bad News

The good news: looks like a banner year. We are getting calls everyday about work. Rain today and looks like the rest of the week could be the same. So we are getting plenty of moisture unlike last...
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-17-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 7,213
Posted By Fireman Gus
In our area, North Central Oklahoma, that would...

In our area, North Central Oklahoma, that would be a good price if he threw in the attachment. If no attachment it might be high but it is a good machine and I'm sure you would be pleased with it....
Forum: Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs, Buy or Sell 03-11-2012, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,919
Posted By Fireman Gus
With the type of tires you are showing in your...

With the type of tires you are showing in your thread you will tear up the grass if you turn too aggressively. I have been using Walkers for 30 years and have found if you put the slick tires on the...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 03-07-2012, 05:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,630
Posted By Fireman Gus
For us the Fescue mowing normally starts in...

For us the Fescue mowing normally starts in March, while the Bermuda isn't ready until the middle of April. However it has been unseasonably warm and the Bermuda runners are greening up so will start...
Forum: General Business Discussions 03-07-2012, 03:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,106
Posted By Fireman Gus
Workman's Comp.

Let's discuss workman's comp. Do you carry it, where is your policy through, cost, and have you had to use it? Since we plan to expand somemore and will be hiring at least one person we have been...
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2012, 05:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,142
Posted By Fireman Gus
Smile Mine gets mowed weekly. I schedule mine the same...

Mine gets mowed weekly. I schedule mine the same time that I do my neighbors yard. I have some trees that need trimming that I have put off but plan on doing that in March as I have some trimming to...
Forum: Starting a lawn care business. 02-24-2012, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,398
Posted By Fireman Gus
In Oklahoma the liability insurance for lawn...

In Oklahoma the liability insurance for lawn business is very minimal. I had $100,000 for $300 with an Independent agent. Now we are with USAA, since my son is ex-military, and we have 1 Million...
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