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, 11:57 PM
resq31 resq31 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 5
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, 03:38 PM
CHEESE2009's Avatar
CHEESE2009 CHEESE2009 is offline
Dr. Scott - Ruler of the Underworld
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Switzerland, Grindelwald
Age: 74
Posts: 4,475
Rep Power: 10
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 03:41 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-15-2011, 06:14 PM
shadrach's Avatar
shadrach shadrach is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Indiana
Posts: 256
Rep Power: 5
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, 06:14 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,850
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, 08:55 AM
resq31 resq31 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 8
Rep Power: 5
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, 11:17 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,850
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, 07:22 PM
dclawnfl's Avatar
dclawnfl dclawnfl is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: fl
Posts: 31
Rep Power: 4
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, 11:56 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Florida
Posts: 695
Rep Power: 4
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 05:36 PM
2 acres 2 foot tall MAllenT Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 40 11-16-2010 08:51 AM
Tall grass on highway entrances are great 4 marketing Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 1 06-04-2010 12:33 PM
Backyard biz seeded with early ambition Steve Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 1 12-18-2006 04:34 PM
If it's too tall, give him a call Steve General Business Discussions 0 07-21-2006 01:15 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
Yesterday 10:58 PM
Yesterday 10:58 PM
by breadcrumb
0 27
FREE Custom Website...
breadcrumb
Yesterday 10:55 PM
Yesterday 10:55 PM
by breadcrumb
0 19
Greetings from above! (...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
Yesterday 05:29 PM
Yesterday 05:29 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
0 33
Fencing help
Knaubone
Yesterday 02:36 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Knaubone
0 33
Just Quit?
ringahding1
01-30-2015 06:23 AM
Yesterday 08:50 AM
by rmccutchan
9 219
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Yesterday 08:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
4 164
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
01-30-2015 09:10 AM
Yesterday 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 115
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
01-30-2015 06:38 AM
Yesterday 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 106
hows it going.
uppercut
01-30-2015 05:01 AM
01-30-2015 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 118
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
01-30-2015 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 99
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
01-30-2015 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 902
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
01-30-2015 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 222
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
01-30-2015 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 116
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
01-30-2015 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 928
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
01-30-2015 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 493
whats this briggs?
uppercut
01-30-2015 12:40 AM
01-30-2015 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 79
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-30-2015 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 364,086
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
01-30-2015 07:05 AM
01-30-2015 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 56
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 309
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 275
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 529
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 249
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,251
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,144
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,518
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 652
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,432
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 185
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 153
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 844
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 382
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 322
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,665
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 212
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 458
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 222
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 366
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 350
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 409
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 580
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 393
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 728
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 468
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,284
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 632
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,579
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 548
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 364
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 289
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,877
» Popular Tags
4wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying auger billy goat brushcutter blades bush deliquentaccounts design ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris flyers foreman four wheel drive google gopherhaul growing a lawn care business hiring husqvarna introduction jobs john deere quik trac landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show 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 mr dave mulch per hour service podcast pricing pto push versus ride reo running a business seo shell small engine repair snow plowing square foot starting a lawn care business steep lawns steve sulky theft toro toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack up sell employee walk behind web design website design
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:11 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:11 AM.

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