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 > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation
A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!

HELP!!! Tall grass head has seeded down?????


Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation

A great way to talk about all things lawn care related. Grass, turf, shrubs, trees, aeration, fertilization, reseeding, hydro-seeding, mowing, grub control, chemicals and pesticides. Ask questions, give answers. Grow!
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-14-2011, 10:57 PM
resq31 resq31 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 6
resq31 is on a distinguished road
Question HELP!!! Tall grass head has seeded down?????

I hope the correct answer to this is not, just cut short...but here it is, sorry if there is a super simple answer for it, just really need some advice.

One of the lawns I take care of has pretty high grass right now. This has caused the grass head to seed. We showed up at his phone call request today, expalined polietely that it is raining and the ground is to wet to cut (plust very steep front yard).

This house is in a really nice housing plan, and his neighbors lawns look really great. But unfortunate for him, he has hurt his hip and not been able to keep up, so they called me late in the week. I told him the earliest opening I had was Sat. But the weather here in Western PA has been saturated with rain.

So this grass is very high, even with taking the top third off of the top will still leave it looking not as manicured as "the jones'es next door".
So do I just try and convince them to allow us to return earlier then I normally would, and give them expectations of 3 - 4 cuts to get it back down looking really nice? The advantage is that the home owner likes a higher grass even after the cut.

We are bagging all the clippings, they do not want a mulched cut. So I dont want to cut 60% of the length down, please some advise on the best way to manicure this lawn back to looking prestine...???
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


  #2  
Old 05-15-2011, 02:38 PM
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 75
Posts: 4,473
Rep Power: 0
CHEESE2009 is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Charge him as much as you would per one Month for the one visit you make to do the job.


Use your trimmer to take down the grass a few notches. Then mulch it with your mower. Then put the bag on the mower and cut it once again while bagging the clippings.

As for the rain, it's not a problem. Tall grass will always retain water, unless he's willing to wait for July (lol).

I say, do a good job with the trimmer the next day you have a few hours to spare. Just cut everything down (with your trimmer) to the point your mower can finally do something about it.

And always cut "half deck" instead of full deck so air can circulate into where your blades are running and reduce clogging.



Make sure you explain to him that the grass will be really yellowish for awhile, and that is should green up within a couple of weeks.

Last edited by CHEESE2009; 05-15-2011 at 02:41 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-15-2011, 05:14 PM
shadrach's Avatar
shadrach shadrach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 262
Rep Power: 7
shadrach is on a distinguished road
Default

cut 1/3, wait 3-4 days & do it again until it is back in shape.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-16-2011, 05:14 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,038
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Take some pictures and let us know how this woks out.
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 06-13-2011, 07:55 AM
resq31 resq31 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 6
resq31 is on a distinguished road
Default

This took a while, no pictures. But got this cut down, looked good. Unfortunately we will not be cutting it any more. Under priced this job big time. So we had told the customer that we needed to increase the price. They did not go for it, said that they had 3 other places who had the same price bid as us so they would call one of them. Strange that they kept calling us for two weeks asking us to reconsider doing this if we could keep the same price. I even admitted to them that this was under priced, they were really getting about 50% off from what it should be.Guess the other places were not priced as low as they thought. But we handled this right and there were no hard feelings when we parted. But that was all my mistake, so I really learned that from now on an acre on a hilll is worth more then a flat acre.....lesson learned, moving forward.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-14-2011, 10:17 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,038
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

How many cuts and over what period of time did you go with to get it where you wanted it?

Also, what do you feel contributed to the underbidding of the lawn?
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 10-12-2011, 06:22 PM
dclawnfl's Avatar
dclawnfl dclawnfl is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: fl
Posts: 31
Rep Power: 5
dclawnfl is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by shadrach View Post
cut 1/3, wait 3-4 days & do it again until it is back in shape.
this is what we would do.dont cut then cut then cut,in the same day.give the grass afew days to recoop
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-12-2011, 10:56 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 803
Rep Power: 6
Sprinkler Buddy is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by resq31 View Post
This took a while, no pictures. But got this cut down, looked good. Unfortunately we will not be cutting it any more. Under priced this job big time. So we had told the customer that we needed to increase the price. They did not go for it, said that they had 3 other places who had the same price bid as us so they would call one of them. Strange that they kept calling us for two weeks asking us to reconsider doing this if we could keep the same price. I even admitted to them that this was under priced, they were really getting about 50% off from what it should be.Guess the other places were not priced as low as they thought. But we handled this right and there were no hard feelings when we parted. But that was all my mistake, so I really learned that from now on an acre on a hilll is worth more then a flat acre.....lesson learned, moving forward.
Great attitude! That's what it takes to make it in this game. I wouldn't be surprised if they call you back one day.
__________________
Don't Keep Replacing Lawn Sprinkler Heads
Protect them with "Sprinkler Buddy"
CLICK HERE > http://www.sprinklerbuddy.com
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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New (grass Seed) Product - Eco Lawn Grass Seed Top Notch Services Promote your products or services 3 01-06-2011 04:36 PM
2 acres 2 foot tall MAllenT Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 40 11-16-2010 07:51 AM
Tall grass on highway entrances are great 4 marketing Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 1 06-04-2010 11:33 AM
Backyard biz seeded with early ambition Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-18-2006 03:34 PM
If it's too tall, give him a call Steve General Business Discussions 0 07-21-2006 12:15 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
Yesterday 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,111
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Yesterday 07:16 AM
by Chilehead
6 249
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,890
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,064
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
08-24-2016 10:27 AM
by Steve
6 461
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 267
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 251
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 242
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 236
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 230
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 521
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 230
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 492
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 241
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 361
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 491
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,626
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,781
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
08-07-2016 08:44 AM
by Lawnline
5 1,775
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,257
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 402
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 535
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,774
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,920
Now Hiring Just South of...
Chilehead
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
07-27-2016 11:38 AM
by Chilehead
0 391
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:59 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:59 AM.

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