Mowing very tall grass for the city.

If you are new to the lawn care business and are finding it tough to get new customers, one of the things you can do is sign up with your local town to mow overgrown properties when they get complaints. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who did just that and needed a little advice on how to tackle very tall grass mowing jobs.

One new lawn care business owner wrote “I need some help here fellow mowers. I am mowing grass for the city and have a property that I went by today. The grass is 4 to 5 feet tall, yes, you read that correctly. Does anyone have any ideas on how to tackle this job?”

A second lawn care business owner responded “how big is the property? Is there a reason why the grass is so high? Does the city not pay on time or at all and previous guy quit? These are some of the questions I would be asking. To do the job, I’d try a walk behind trimmer unit like the D.R trimmer with a metal blade attachment and tackle it a section at a time and rake it up. Not much you can do if the property has been let go.

I mowed one property a month ago where the grass was chest high. To do the job I just used my ZTR set the deck at the highest setting and mowed it. Then went back with a second pass set at 3″. I made $100 in about 45 minutes doing that job.

I’m not saying I didn’t have to resharpen the mower blades afterward but with a 28 HP kohler engine my ZTR did just what I said. It left grass laying everywhere but I wasn’t instructed to do anything but knock it down.”

A third shared “I have actually mowed many of these these untamed lawns this year. I normally use my walk behind at the highest setting. You will need to go over it at least 3-4 times in different directions if you are trying to bring the yard back to life or it will just clump up and smoother out the grass. tall-grasas

Here is a word of advise, before you even start cutting walk the property thoroughly with your trimmer and clear a 1-2 ft section around every log, brick, hole etc that you don’t want to run your mower over with.

The biggest thing to remember when bidding this is that it’s a risky job to do because you are very likely to hit something and bend a shaft or even worse if you miss something. Also figure the time to perform the maintenance when completed with the job (cleaning equipment, sharping blades, etc).

I charge roughly $125 a hour (on site) to do this kind of work and it takes me about 2.5 hours to mow a 10k sq ft yard. Yes it is good money as long as you don’t damage anything.”

A fourth added “I cut some pretty tall grass this year and it went better than expected with a self propelled, mulching - 1 pass.

mowing-tall-grassIf the grass was like mine, I’m sure your equipment will do just fine. It was mostly dry and full of weeds, nothing lush. It doesn’t take some special equipment to get a job done. Yeah I may have had to resharpen the lawn mower blades but I have to anyway. Just because it’s not what you are used to doing doesn’t mean you should let the job go.

I’ve got bills to pay and a family to feed, plus and I walk the land before I take the job and look for any obstacles that would damage my mower. I didn’t hurt the mower itself one bit and made some good money.”

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