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Old 02-23-2013, 08:05 AM
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That is true. I've seen a lot of guys selling off whole rigs on craigslist before. Usually they all say they're getting out of the lawn business. I do see some that have 5 of the same mower and say they're selling because they've upgraded or got a newer model now them are probably bigger business's that really are upgrading.

Thanks for helping me keep me head up! Its really discouraging riding around seeing tons of lawn guys and knowing that the area is getting flooded with lawn care guys. Hopefully by keeping my quality high and once the season starts some of the neighbors will get on board if they see me out mowing and the FBN guys will disappear.

I notice you always say do good work well of course lawn care isn't brain surgery but the things I always make sure to do is have perfect stripes and I cut different directions each week. I never blow the clippings into the beds, make sure no ruts or turn marks, blades sharp, decks always leveled correctly, and I always cut the right height for the grass type. Edging I always make sure to have perfect edge and not have a gap bigger than .95 trimmer line. I always blow the clippings out of the edge, blow off the road in front of the property and blow it back into the lawn not in the road like I see lots of guys doing. I always blow off the sides of the house if there's no hedges or anything and any playsets and stuff I blow off the slides, etc...Would you say this is keeping quality up? I know the FBN guys and even some of the big companys with crews don't do half of the stuff I do.
Your right....Lawn mowing is not brain surgery :eek

What I have found over the years is that customers will notice the little things that you do for them that maybe not connected to your business...

Some things like...On garbage collection day...put the garbage cans back in place for them, if the news paper is in the driveway...Put it on the porch...Many guys want to get in and get out as quickly as possible so they would never think of these little things, but seriously how long did that little extra cost you maybe 2 minutes

Good luck this year...I wish you the best.....
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