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Old 07-13-2008, 08:30 PM
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I just started my lawn care business. Right now I have 14 customers and have basicly leveled off this year with growth. I was looking to see how I could increase my productivity. I traded in my 36 inch rider for a 48 inch and that has helped out alot. I was thinking of splitting up my customers and edging there lawns every other week. I know it looks really good if I edge every week but if I do it every other week that would save me time. I want to keep a good level of service for customers but I also want to make money as well. Anyone out there what is your take about edging every other week or every week. I do work by myself so I don't have a partner to help my out. Anyone input would be appreciated.

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Keep In Mind You Are In The Buisness To Make Money........make Shure Every Time You Are Getting Paid. You Should Edge Every Time You Cut The Yard. Charge Extra For Every Additional Drive Out There To Do Work.............hope This Helps............a.m.
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I always edge every week, it just makes it look so much better, although a few lawns I cut don't need edging cause they are in such crappy shape. I've found now that I'm in my second year, my productivity has gone way up. Once you're at it for awhile, you can keep up nice straight lines and a clean cut at higher speeds, especially while trimming/edging. Last year, I couldn't do more than 8 lawns in a day, now I can easily handle 11-12 without sacrificing quality.
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Are you edging with an ol fashion edger or a stick edger?
I don't even own an edger.
I use a trimmer every time,to keep the edges clean.
if its a yard I just picked up and its over grown I let them know that I don't edge, but I can cut it back , and once its cut back to the side walks edge turn your trimmer up and just maintain it .
I personaly think the edge looks cleaner when done right with a string trimmer.
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I know it looks really good if I edge every week but if I do it every other week that would save me time. I want to keep a good level of service for customers but I also want to make money as well. Anyone out there what is your take about edging every other week or every week. I do work by myself so I don't have a partner to help my out. Anyone input would be appreciated.
Great question. Here is my immediate thought. Ideally you should perform the service more often than less because you can make more profit in the month of service.

So then I was wondering, do you feel you are charging enough for your services? If you were charging the ideal amount, would you want to service it more often than not?

Is that potentially the problem? That the service fee is too low?
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Well,

This is my first year cutting so when I bid my accounts I gave them a flat price for edging and cutting. Like $25.00 per week. Last week for the first time my edger broke so I didn't edge. I noticed that I must have saved a few hours at least just cutting and weed trimmiing. After I got my edger fixed I definated went around and got all the lawns edged on my next cut. No one questioned why I didn't edged but the time I saved made me wonder if I should try it every other time? I don't charge and extra fee for edging should I charge extra for that like a cutting fee and and edging or just give a flat rate and include it all?
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I'm with Blaine on this one...

I don't own an "edger", I just tilt my string trimmer up and edge with that. I rarely, and I mean rarely, see anyone using an actual edger on lawns unless they're cutting a new edge, everyone around here uses a string trimmer, and I have never even considered buying an edger...in my mind it's a useless tool. If you have a decent gas powered trimmer with square line in it, then it can still cut a decent edge even if the lawn hasn't been edged in a while. I use a Stihl FS 55R with .095 square line, and it will hack through longer grass on the edges and throw away a decent amount of dirt...do that 3 or 4 times and you've got yourself a nice clean edge with that little trench and then it's a piece of cake to maintain.
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This is a great discussion so far! It hits two of the major questions. 1st are you using the right tool to be most efficient and 2nd are you charging enough to do the work so you are feeling you make enough of a profit?

Tom, what is your view on all this now after hearing from everyone?
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Thanks for all your respones. First I am using an Echo PE-200 its a good edger. I got the head changed out becausue the old head was getting clogged with dirt. So the equipment I am using is fine.

The person I used to work with would always edged everytime he cut grass. He would charge alot and he said he could command it given his service. Since this is my first year I think I will continue my premium service and next year I will have to re-evaluate my pricing. I guess this really goes back to the type of Landscaper do I want to be? Since I am in a richer community I do everything so the lawns look their best. I know I didn't quote my highest prices at first and next year if I raise my prices I should be able to get the price raise due to my service. If I stop with the edging now next year my customers might shop around. But if I continue to do what I am doing my customers should pay a little bit higher of a price for the service I offer.

What do you guys think?


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Tom these are a lot of good thoughts.

What would be your ideal fee to charge these lawns for the service you are providing? What would you like to raise it up to next year?
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