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Old 10-31-2011, 08:17 AM
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Not to be an ars. But I have several accounts that I just mow. The snow removal people tear up the edges of the sidewalks and drives. Not a pretty site in the spring. I know I'm just a small fry using a walk behind blower, but I never tear 4 foot x8 inch plus gashes in the turf.
I mark my drives with stakes and ALWAYS repair any damage in the spring,gonna catch a bit of turf every now and then but those who are serious about plowing will repair there mistakes when spring arrives
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When do you normally go out to do this? Do you try and get it done a certain amount of time before when the average snow storms start?
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When do you normally go out to do this? Do you try and get it done a certain amount of time before when the average snow storms start?
I mark them in the fall not normally this early but in November when I have signed contracts in hand.
The stakes stay up all winter long,just have to explain to the customer what there purpose is and how it helps save the edge of there lawn from the plow blade.
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when I have signed contracts in hand.
Do you try and get your lawn care customers to agree to snow removal too in your contracts or no?

Also, do you recommend in the contracts charging a per storm fee or a monthly fee based on an estimated amount of storms?
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some good tips with this thread, With all that we plow and with the staff that I have we only flag the ares where we pile the snow. The woman that i have running the 2305 mows for us in the summer. And for the most part,plows the side walks and drives of our mowing clients. so she has a good grasp of where she can and cant plow with the tractor. I have her leave a small strip along drive ways and in front of garage doors, then the shovel crew will clean up what she leaves. Thats not to say that we don't have an oops that we will have to fix in the spring.
we wont take on a home-owner for snow if we don't mow there lawn. Its a $ thing we can make more money plowing a parking lot. so it only make $ and cents to only plow for home owners if we work for them through out the year.
In the market that I am in we charge per push, people here don't like to pay for snow removal when it doesn't snow. It makes it tuff to plan for winter.
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Do you ever find that you can sign up lawn care customers because they want snow removal first? Is it a good selling tool for that?
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Tractors out perform trucks in deep, heavy snow any day, they will take the abuse and never miss a heartbeat, I have been using them for over 20 years and we get some pretty serious storms.

The big advantage in this case plowing parking lots is two things, that plow will raise a good 5 feet pushing the banks high, a trusk will not do this and the plow is what we call a quick attach, he can as I do, flip to a bucket that has a tooth bar, I don't care how frozen the bank might be I can move it in no time.

I see he has the PTO salter/sander, you can flip this to a blower in seconds.

Bottom line is cost, these Deere Diesel's sip diesel and they always start no problem at all. Turf's really stick to ice and hardpacked, I too have chains but it's desperate rare I need them.
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I see he has the PTO salter/sander, you can flip this to a blower in seconds.
Do you mean a snow blower? I am not following.
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Do you ever find that you can sign up lawn care customers because they want snow removal first? Is it a good selling tool for that?
I plan to start my lawn company this spring and was hoping to get a jump on it this winter by offering snow removal. I just made a flyer that offers 50% off snow removal with a mowing contract, I wont be making much money on the snow removal but hopefully the discount entices the big payoff in the summer.
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Do you get a lot of snow in your area? This should be interesting to hear your feedback on it as you experiment with this marketing technique.
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