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 > Business > Lawn Care Employees Discussions

Lawn Care Employees Discussions Discussions on lawn care employee related issues.

Employees


Lawn Care Employees Discussions

Discussions on lawn care employee related issues.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #11  
Old 07-14-2011, 12:51 AM
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

Also to note, if you have a ztm you can get jobs done a lot faster than by just using a 21 inch mower.

Pros: Bigger deck, speed, less fatigue!


With a 21 inch mower, every job can feel like a struggle and take up to 30 mins per property with trimming and blowing. A ztm turned that 30 minutes into 5 minutes - easy!

Maybe I shall make another video, lol Thursday is tomorrow and I don't wanna film the same lawn again lol.. Any other lawn, the client is usually home which would be weird..... Now that I think of it, that's why I hate Fridays too, all my clients are home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 07-14-2011, 11:49 PM
Paineless Creations's Avatar
Paineless Creations Paineless Creations is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: West Richland, WA
Posts: 205
Rep Power: 7
Paineless Creations is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Yep for some reason I always prefer them not home, I am not doing anything wrong. Its just I always worry about the speed. I think if they realized how fast we do there lawns they would hate to pay us. Plus you lose the wow factor. "Wow Factor" the joy of a customer coming home to a perfect lawn as they pull into the driveway from a hard days work at there job.


Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post
Also to note, if you have a ztm you can get jobs done a lot faster than by just using a 21 inch mower.

Pros: Bigger deck, speed, less fatigue!


With a 21 inch mower, every job can feel like a struggle and take up to 30 mins per property with trimming and blowing. A ztm turned that 30 minutes into 5 minutes - easy!

Maybe I shall make another video, lol Thursday is tomorrow and I don't wanna film the same lawn again lol.. Any other lawn, the client is usually home which would be weird..... Now that I think of it, that's why I hate Fridays too, all my clients are home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 07-15-2011, 07:14 PM
Ducke's Avatar
Ducke Ducke is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: The Duck Pond
Posts: 844
Rep Power: 0
Ducke is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 View Post
Also to note, if you have a ztm you can get jobs done a lot faster than by just using a 21 inch mower.

Pros: Bigger deck, speed, less fatigue!


With a 21 inch mower, every job can feel like a struggle and take up to 30 mins per property with trimming and blowing. A ztm turned that 30 minutes into 5 minutes - easy!

Maybe I shall make another video, lol Thursday is tomorrow and I don't wanna film the same lawn again lol.. Any other lawn, the client is usually home which would be weird..... Now that I think of it, that's why I hate Fridays too, all my clients are home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


With small gates and small city lots I would hardly use anything other then a 21" .
Until I get some bigger lawns my Toro Super Recycler will have to do the trick.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 07-15-2011, 07:49 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Paineless Creations View Post
Yep for some reason I always prefer them not home, I am not doing anything wrong. Its just I always worry about the speed. I think if they realized how fast we do there lawns they would hate to pay us. Plus you lose the wow factor. "Wow Factor" the joy of a customer coming home to a perfect lawn as they pull into the driveway from a hard days work at there job.
Good point. Homeowners can't wrap their brains around paying $35-$45 for something that is completed in 15 minutes. On the other hand, if I'm busting my a$$ for 2 HOURS, they are HAPPY to pay it.

I just got a job today from a client who was not happy with her current (haha, I mean FORMER) lawn service. Aside from the fact that they raised her rate by ten dollars, and were overheard using foul language, "They were only here for ten minutes" was one of the comments she made to me.


CHEESE, your time estimate comparison is pretty accurate.
There's one lawn I do that takes me 20-30 minutes (with 21" Toro) to mow the back yard depending on how fast I feel like walking. The house behind it has same size lawn and their service uses a zero turn mower... FOUR freaking minutes, and he's done with the back.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 07-16-2011, 03:14 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

If the client doesn't want me using the tractor due to a bad experience with a former service provider, I say;

"I don't blame you, a lot of guys around here just plow their lawns without thinking. I will show you what I can do this time, and if you have any problems with the job we will find another solution. The tractors stripes look really good when done right, and I want your lawn to stand out"

They are always willing to let me try it, and I have yet to hear any complaints.

Basically, I use their bad experience as a chance to shine. I tell them,
"The last guy didn't have a brain - I do".

I remember when I used to tell people,
"I don't use tractors, they destroy lawns, and I want your lawn to be perfect!" LOL!


It's usually the elderly who are the most intimidated by bigger machines, and large groups of people working on their property. They like to watch, and pay attention to what is happening without being overwhelmed. It's not a good thing for us, but that's the way they are and we have to deal with it.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 07-16-2011, 03:33 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

There's a home down the street from me whose lawn IS being destroyed by a service that uses a zero turn - ruts everywhere.
The grass is fine, but there are rows of depressions from the machinery.

This is what I fear most about moving to a walk behind or riding mower. How much do I have to be concerned about messing up the lawn?
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 07-16-2011, 04:52 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 7
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

The same as a push. You hopefully don't mow the same direction every visit for the last few years. Its just a little more weight per sq in; a lot more weight but bigger tires spread it out. If you are smart about it you will be fine.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 07-16-2011, 05:29 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

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
There's a home down the street from me whose lawn IS being destroyed by a service that uses a zero turn - ruts everywhere.
The grass is fine, but there are rows of depressions from the machinery.

This is what I fear most about moving to a walk behind or riding mower. How much do I have to be concerned about messing up the lawn?

It's pretty rare to ruin a lawn with a tractor, it's possible - but it seems to only happen on certain lawns. It's hard to describe which lawns, but you'll feel it.

You'll know to make wide turns, and to go slower.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 07-16-2011, 06:53 PM
brian'slawncare brian'slawncare is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Cincinnati Ohio
Posts: 387
Rep Power: 7
brian'slawncare is on a distinguished road
Default

i never thought about running two mowers at the same time. huh...
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 07-16-2011, 08:54 PM
MountainViewGreenskeeper's Avatar
MountainViewGreenskeeper MountainViewGreenskeeper is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Mesa, AZ
Posts: 473
Rep Power: 7
MountainViewGreenskeeper is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by brian'slawncare View Post
i never thought about running two mowers at the same time. huh...
They need to make a "roomba" witch if I spelled it right is a automatic room cleaner but for your lawn. now before you say they do I'm talkin the size of a zero turn where you just set it and go, then while thats going you trim/blow and/or do bushes.
__________________
Colton
Mountain View Greenskeeper proudly offering yard care in the East Valley of Arizona.
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
how much do you pay employees? Mowin Madman General Business Discussions 7 08-20-2011 09:44 PM
From no employees to employees looksgoodlawncare General Business Discussions 2 11-19-2007 07:03 PM
Do more employees mean more profits? Steve General Business Discussions 0 07-05-2006 02:44 PM
Employees Steve General Business Discussions 22 04-04-2006 08:03 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Today 11:02 AM
by Brownieboy
1,253 438,101
Chemical Applications
acrajchel
06-24-2016 06:44 PM
Today 08:40 AM
by Steve
1 51
3 Applications or 5...
stansg1fresh
02-18-2013 12:02 PM
Today 08:38 AM
by Steve
3 1,392
Hello Everyone
JohnsLawnCare
06-22-2016 11:14 AM
Today 08:36 AM
by Steve
13 231
Newbie
Jhoell
06-25-2016 03:28 AM
Today 08:29 AM
by Steve
1 49
Business Overload
Chilehead
05-06-2016 09:27 PM
Yesterday 09:14 PM
by Chilehead
19 773
Firefighter gone Lawn...
Firehouselawn@hotmail.com
03-10-2016 04:50 PM
06-24-2016 07:26 PM
by acrajchel
9 10,097
Exmark Turf Tracer
acrajchel
02-01-2014 11:34 AM
06-24-2016 07:23 PM
by acrajchel
5 2,128
Rubber mulch...
avetslawncare
06-24-2015 09:28 PM
06-24-2016 06:59 PM
by acrajchel
7 3,039
Ybravo 25 mowers
SGL1
06-11-2016 09:52 AM
06-21-2016 03:44 PM
by acrajchel
5 293
Great Arborist Ladder
SGL1
06-04-2016 09:56 AM
06-17-2016 08:46 AM
by SGL1
10 382
Help a Brother Out -...
Hedgemaster
01-23-2012 04:19 PM
06-17-2016 08:28 AM
by SGL1
94 34,475
Best Push Mower You Have...
markty
05-14-2016 03:46 PM
06-17-2016 06:08 AM
by SGL1
20 848
anyone interested in a...
GoGreenerKS
06-16-2016 01:00 PM
06-17-2016 02:58 AM
by SC93
4 169
Prolin
rmccutchan
05-21-2016 04:53 PM
06-16-2016 05:28 PM
by acrajchel
3 327
Laying new grass, Sod...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-23-2016 10:07 AM
06-16-2016 05:27 PM
by acrajchel
2 319
Is it too late?
Cpadgett
05-28-2016 09:10 AM
06-16-2016 05:24 PM
by acrajchel
6 432
Upgraded to a new mower
Stevenor92
05-17-2016 08:17 PM
06-16-2016 05:22 PM
by acrajchel
9 541
How can I fix my...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
06-10-2016 07:47 PM
06-16-2016 05:19 PM
by acrajchel
2 227
Need a lil help
Cpadgett
06-05-2016 09:51 AM
06-16-2016 05:17 PM
by acrajchel
5 358
help with sole...
greenbuds
03-24-2016 12:21 PM
06-16-2016 05:01 PM
by acrajchel
4 9,755
New Member from...
tiptoppmanager
06-15-2016 07:39 AM
06-15-2016 03:18 PM
by SC93
2 168
Brand new fish pond
Flynn landscaping 2016
06-12-2016 09:53 AM
06-13-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 145
Whats up??
Cpadgett
05-27-2016 10:57 AM
06-06-2016 08:46 PM
by Cpadgett
11 505
New Member from Texas
NathanR
06-02-2016 06:13 PM
06-03-2016 09:17 PM
by SC93
7 327
Edging Fad...
Tree geek
05-10-2016 11:29 PM
06-03-2016 07:02 PM
by SGL1
3 498
To mow weekly or Biweekly
WarriorLandscapingCAN
05-11-2016 04:09 PM
06-03-2016 06:42 PM
by SGL1
11 778
Your Time Lawn Care
yourtimelawncare
05-31-2016 01:12 PM
06-02-2016 10:11 PM
by SC93
2 289
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:53 PM.

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