Lawn obstacles that keep you from profiting.

Making money mowing lawns is all about maximizing your time. Little problems along the way can become thieves of time. Showing up to mow a lawn and finding furniture you need to move. Moving toys. Picking up after pets. All of these things rob you of time. Let’s look at a discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and see how these different business owners deal with that.

One lawn care business owner wrote “two months ago I renovated a new customer’s lawn. When I first started, there were a lot of bare spots and dead stuff. I fixed everything, planted new seed, spread new soil, followed up every week to see how it was going. Then the customer calls and says ‘can you come out and see what’s going on because I have a huge spot on the lawn that is dead and no grass is growing. I don’t know why.’

When I get there to inspect the property there are a million flies all over the area. I took my shovel and moved the soil around to find what looked like dog poop, a lot of it, under the layer of dirt. I asked the customer if he let his dog go outside in the front yard where this spot is and he said ‘no that it was his cat.’

Really? This cat was using the 6×6 area as his litter box. WOW! This customer has been a pain in the butt all year with his lawn and his animals. So much so that I am  thinking of dropping him at the end of this year.

I have told this customer 2 times now if he does not pick up after his dog, I will not cut his grass. Today I get there and it looked like he didn’t pick up for a week. I charged him for a double cut!

Am I the only one having this problem?

The amazing part of it all is, he doesn’t care. He doesn’t say anything. He just pays. The last time he left all kinds of crap all over the yard. Chairs, garbage, etc that took me 20 minutes to move it all out of the way just to cut the lawn! So I took pictures and sent him a separate bill with the pictures for $20 just for moving everything. Then bam when I got there last night garbage and dog poop! I just sent him a letter letting him know there will be a $30 dollar fee the next time we come out and there is dog poop in the yard and another $30 dollar fee for the garbage and chairs, toys, fire pits, swing chairs, pulled weeds, cut branch piles etc plus the cost for the cut. I hope he will get the picture! If not I am going to cancel his service.”

A second lawn care business owner added “I know exactly what you are saying, Most of my customers are pretty good about picking up the land mines. I had a woman call me and ask me for an estimate to mow her lawn because her boyfriend moved out and she could not drive the mower. I got there and the grass was 2 feet high! I gave her a price and she agreed to let me mow it. It didn’t take long before I started hitting the land mines and flinging it everywhere. It got too the point I had to stop…

I ask her about it and she tells me yeah I have five dogs! OMG! Do you ever pick up the poop? I charged her for powerwashing my equipment as well as the mowing and did not respond to her next call.”

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