How to deal with mowing and rain.

Certain areas of the country gets a lot of rain. So what is a new lawn care business owner to do when the rain throws off their mowing schedule, especially for lawn care customers who get mowing every other week? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from some owners on how they deal with such situations to make their mowing schedule work the best.

One new lawn care business owner wrote “I live in the Pacific northwest, where it rains a lot and grass grows every second, which is a pain. I have a few questions on how to deal with this.

  1. If I quote a job and it rains for a week and pushes the job back and the grass gets taller, do I ask for more money? Longer grass equals more gas and time/tear on machines due to extremely tall grass, as you know. Plus you get soaked!
  2. Do I just mow in the rain and charge extra due to the ridiculous mess it makes of my machines and my gear? Plus extra passes because my mower sucks in the rain…. and the mow job looks crappy but if I wait until it is sunny, the grass is way longer and I lose money from the original estimate.

I’m very busy and skipping a job can and will back up my route. What advice can you veterans or new guys give me?”

A second lawn care business owner wrote “it sounds like you may have your work week too packed. You may want to hire another hand to get more done when the weather is cooperating.

Or down size some, to keep your preferred mowing customers happy. Your reputation will suffer if you mow in the rain and constantly leave a yard looking like crap. Most understand the weather and what it does to their lawn if you’re mowing it in the rain and the ground is soft.

You can only charge more if you are pricing the yard by the mow. If it’s a year-round customer, you just have to suck it up and get the job done until the contract is up. Then reevaluate and make changes in the monthly payment. If the customer doesn’t like the changes, they’ll let you know.”

A third shared “I find it hard to charge more due to rain and grass growth. It’s not the customers fault it rained, it’s not your fault it rained, it just happens.

I leave Wednesdays open on my mowing schedule, that is the day I make up for any rain on Monday and Tuesdays or do one time jobs, mulching and such.

If it does not rain and there are no one time jobs on Wednesday then I maintain equipment wash the truck etc.”

A fourth added “there’s not much you can do about that. I tried to mow a yard while it was down-pouring and it slid the belt off the mower. In another yard it left tire tracks in the grass and spread mud all over.

The only thing you can do if weather is forecasting rain the day you mow, is to try to get it done the day before.

I have a similar problem where everyone wants biweekly mowing. Then it rains 5 times between the times I mow it and it’s 5 inches high. Some even have the nerve to say something about the clippings.”

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