Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Community Assistance

Community Assistance Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.

Can't do it!


Community Assistance

Community questions, comments, and suggestions. Problems posting? Email me.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 07-10-2010, 08:05 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

For those that higher helpers under 18, have you found you need to do certain things that you wouldn't have to with adults? Are there any compliance issues you have found that you have to deal with?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #12  
Old 07-11-2010, 01:01 AM
Ryan M
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default This might help

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by psparaco View Post
I'm completely in the same boat as many of you all. the past 6 weeks temps have been 90+ and nothing is growing. This week alone its been above 100 at times and with the heat index its like 105-115. Most of my client's lawns are burnt to a crisp. We get maybe an hour of rain a week which isnt enough to support life. so we went from cutting 35-40/week to 1-5/week. I water my own lawn 30 min every night and all that does is keep the grass green but its not growing. We have 1 property that consistantly grows every week without rain because its below sea level and its a waterfront property. Other than that one. the other 4 lawns we cut are lawn that seem to not need it but only every 4-6 weeks between cuts. I have several monthly paying customers who i suggested going back to weekly paying until the grass starts growing weekly.

As for how to beat the heat. In between jobs we crank the AC in the truck if there is enough time/distance between them. we're on each property the same amount of time when it was cooler. We usually hit the local store for a 44 ounce fountain beverage and we probbaly drink about 4-5 of them a day.

I need to find a new service to offer that isnt weather dependant. thought about offering pool cleaning and to save getting a license for it. Put in the contract only cleaning is offered and all water testing and chemicals are the responsiblity of the pool owner. Thats the only way i can think of doing it. But i need to explore more info on this idea first. We get calls once in awhile for new clients needing a new landscaper for their property. The last guy omg the lawn was 7 foot tall. and we took 4 (2 hour) days to tackle that bad boy cause of this intense heat. and we got paid 140 bucks. I charged them 4 times the normal rate for the jungle. We tore the hell out of our blades but they needed to be changed anyway so it didnt matter. when a dandelion weed is taller than you. we have a problem. but this new client may prove to be a good asset since he works for a real estate company and may be able to land us more work. I love your idea scott about the ice water and dipping the towel in it and putting it on your head and neck. we'll have to try it.

pray for lots and lots of rain.

Hey how are you doing? I'm from Georgia and I can tell you that I know how hot it gets. Its been in the 100's for the past month and my lawn looks beautiful. First off you have to remember what type of grass your working with. The other thing is how good are your customers watering their grass. For instance grass responds to dry/hot conditions in different ways and soil physics and draining have much to do with grass surviving. Having a more retentive moisture top soil and root zone is the key to keeping a green lawn during hot/dry conditions. The other thing is clock work timed watering can weaken a rooting system in their lawn in resulting in the grass not being able to survive causing it to die or to weaken area's. Now to the solution you want to deep soak the lawn in which you want to avoid regular clock worked time watering so it will encourage a deep rooting system that will be better able to survive the heat or dry spell. Usually 1-3 inches should be enough but like I said most of it also depends upon the soil physics and drainage. I hope I was helpful.

Last edited by Ryan M; 07-11-2010 at 01:05 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-11-2010, 01:12 AM
Ryan M
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Surprising

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post
I FOUND A WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT!!!

Get a cooler, fill it with water & ice.

Get a hand towel that you can dip in the cooler every few lawns & have sit on your head & cover the back of your neck - put a hat on to keep it from falling off.

I felt AMAZING today with this tactic!


DO IT!!! Seriously works, you feel extremely refreshed throughout the day...

... too bad I still didn't manage to get any lawns done.. I'm still on my Wednesdays... Frig...

visit my website & check out the home page & lawn maintenance page.

I added some small animations/pics.

www.breezelawnservice.ca

I'm hiring some 11 year old kid for my Wednesday lawns, his mother asked me to give him a shot - & I can tell he does better work than most guys just by looking at his lawn & his neighbors... Cash job...

Scott: So I was looking at your lawn & I gotta tell ya, I've been through guys a lot older than you who couldn't come close to doing such a fantastic job!

Kid: Thanks!!! I love to cut grass! How many lawns do you want me to cut?

Scott: 26 lawns to do next Wednesday.

Kid: TWENTY-SIX LAWNS???!?!?!

Scott: yes

AHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!! - Don't worry, I'm gonna pay him well!



Wow that's very surprising, most of the kids I've seen today want to play video games or play on their cell phone. They have no real reality of whats in store for them in the real world. The kid you got to work with you must of been like me, raised right. My grandfathers old saying was if you were big enough to swing a hammer then you were big enough to work. Keep the kid busy by working, it will keep him out of trouble
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-11-2010, 09:58 AM
robgee05 robgee05 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: newfield nj
Posts: 95
Rep Power: 6
robgee05 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JMADEWELL09 View Post
I live 1 hr from las vegas nevada and the town i live in is about 5-10 degrees hotter than las Vegas. Yesterday high was 109 and today is suppost to be 109 and tomorrow 110. And next week around 111-113 working in the heat here is part of life. It has already hit 115 last month. are high summer temp is 120 -125 so it gets very hot here. And during july august and sept we have monsoon season so it gets very hot and in the afternoon we get thunderstorms.
Ouch. I dont care what they say about dry heat out there, we rarely hit 100 in NJ. Very Humid, but the thought of seeing 125 on a thermometer is very disturbing.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-11-2010, 12:17 PM
JMADEWELL09's Avatar
JMADEWELL09 JMADEWELL09 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 54
Rep Power: 6
JMADEWELL09 is on a distinguished road
Default

well its only 10 am here in nevada and weatherbug station in my town is reporting a temp of 105 F and 14% humidity but my temp at my house is saying it s lot hotter about 115 in the shade so its hot out!! I try to start at 6 am and arrive at the frist job by 6:30 a.m.. Most of my customers dont care if we come early cause it gets so hot here.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg temp.jpg (283.2 KB, 4 views)

Last edited by JMADEWELL09; 07-11-2010 at 12:25 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 07-11-2010, 07:11 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,118
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

WOW that thermometer was almost pinned!
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
Today 02:00 PM
by Steve
8 3,261
Billing methods
jcurr33
Today 01:33 PM
Today 01:33 PM
by jcurr33
0 19
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
Today 01:22 PM
by chris2500hd
7 141
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
Yesterday 04:22 PM
Today 12:44 PM
by Steve
4 101
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
Today 12:36 PM
by Steve
8 249
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
Yesterday 09:29 PM
Today 04:49 AM
by avetslawncare
2 76
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Yesterday 08:57 PM
by SGL1
9 424
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
Yesterday 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 438
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
Yesterday 08:04 PM
by avetslawncare
4 136
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
Yesterday 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,453
How do you get...
ESREVER
Yesterday 01:30 PM
Yesterday 07:20 PM
by avetslawncare
6 114
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Yesterday 03:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 228
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Yesterday 03:26 PM
by ESREVER
25 2,292
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
Yesterday 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 254
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 138
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
Yesterday 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,616
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
Yesterday 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 266
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 92
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
03-24-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 92
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 158
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 96
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 88
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 379,799
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 793
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
03-23-2015 11:48 AM
by BLC7
18 432
Need some advice about...
Wolf4dk
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
03-22-2015 10:48 PM
by Wolf4dk
0 152
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,512
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 227
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
03-21-2015 01:53 PM
by Bradcook21
4 259
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,557
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 148
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 501
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 238
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 432
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 314
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,260
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 1,982
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 172
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 818
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 231
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 930
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 455
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,661
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 256
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,083
Diesel conversion?
Just for Cuts
03-02-2015 09:59 AM
03-16-2015 03:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
10 595
trimmer racks.
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:07 AM
03-16-2015 03:17 PM
by Steve
4 322
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
03-16-2015 03:11 PM
by Steve
4 316
new equipment
apmAkron
03-12-2015 09:12 AM
03-16-2015 03:07 PM
by Steve
7 336
When do you get the most...
CHEESE2009
09-14-2011 03:28 PM
03-16-2015 03:05 PM
by Steve
18 5,601
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter bush commercial contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design ditches door hangers employee problems equipment rental estimate facebook foreman google gravely growing a lawn care business how to husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lawn mowing managing a lawn care business marketing marketing secrets mulch new mower patio install per hour service pricing pto secrets to landscaping seo shell shreaded snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business steep lawns theft toro toro grand stand tractor auger trailer trailer mate pro up sell employee web design website website design winterization wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:03 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:03 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy