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Starting a lawn care business.

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Old 02-05-2012, 09:18 AM
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I have read that it is important not to damage the turf portion of the lawn.

With this in mind, on an overgrown lawn, how short should it be cut. I would imagine that with tall grass the turf will be longer. Does the grass need to be cut down, short, over a few week period, or can I cut it all at one go (maybe multiple passes) ?

What is considered an ore grown lawn? 6", 10" ?

I am thinking that I might charge more for the first cut T get things managed, sort of like house keepers do for the first cleaning ??? -thoughts?


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For one, it's not your fault it's overgrown. Remember this.

You will most likely have to make two (2) trips to get it back into shape.

I say chop it down to 2.5/3" whatever your preference is, though the reason you may have to make two trips is because of the time it takes to do.

The client should expect the lawn to be yellow for the first week. This is normal.

When a lawn is overgrown, 'health' concerns can be launched right out the window. What's more important is doing whatever it takes to get it under control, back to square one. Chop it down.
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10" grass is not a mow it is overhauling "spring cleanup" ... call it what you will. Many customers will try to talk you into doing this cleanup at regular price mow and they will have you mow the rest of the year, 50% of the time they are full of it "one and done". They can smell that you are new and want to see how little they have to pay you. Think about how long it will take wear and tear on you and your mower, and what you will do with the waste.
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I didn't even think to write anything on that.

You have to be very careful, make sure you charge at least a months worth of work for the visit you plan on making.

Other than that, the client is trying to take you for a ride.

First cut (if it's overgrown) must be priced higher than the average maintenance visits.

You maintain lawns, not take down forests. It'll have to cost him/her extra!
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Lets say the yard is normal 60 dollar a month cut (weekly service) then I would charge 1 month for grass that is about 6 inches tall, and 2 months for any grass higher than that. But now that includes several cuts to get down to proper height, pick up clippins and haul the crud away.
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Lets say the yard is normal 60 dollar a month cut (weekly service) then I would charge 1 month for grass that is about 6 inches tall, and 2 months for any grass higher than that. But now that includes several cuts to get down to proper height, pick up clippins and haul the crud away.
60 a month for weekly cuts? I know it depends on size but I was thinking 35, or so a cut for a regular city lot. Am I way off base here? I need to check what people are paying around here.

To be perfectly honest, I haven't mowed a yard yet. Need to tie up a couple admin things. Insurance mostly. But I have been patroling my neighborhood watching who doesn't seem to have service and such. The few tall ones are about 6-8 inches, I haven't walked them. There is a lot of milk weed stalks in many of the yards tht are like a foot or more high. They go down easy, but don't seems to spread up as well.

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i figure how many times I am going to have to cut it to get it down to manageable height. My First cut on it I have deck raised up all the way and then next pass I cut at 3" if the grass lays down you will have to make a 3rd pass if thats the case then I charge 3 times what i would cut it at normally

If they do not like it they can find some one else that will waste there time for no pay
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35 is about right for weekly around here for normal sized yard with no small gates.

What would 35 get them Bagging trimmer and or edging?
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Not sure, I was assuming so. But that's only because I thought that was the drill. I don't want to give time or work away so if I need to up the charge, I'm fine by doing so. I am sort of stumbling into this as I go. Hopefully what info I dig up around here, and othe resources will help things run fairly smoothly.
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