How to deal with overgrown lawns and extra clippings?

Some customers love the look of their lawn mowed weekly and take great pride in how their property appears. Others want to do the absolute minimum when it comes to lawn mowing and will put off mowing the lawn until the grass is feet high. How do you deal with this as a landscape professional? In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we hear from one entrepreneur who questions how he should handle these different variables in his business day.

One new lawn care business owner asked “I just starting out and a question I have is do you guys charge extra when the grass is too long because the customer wants to stretch out to every other week mow? What I thought I would do from here on out is offer them a weekly mow and biweekly mow price adding in say a 1/2 hr for raking. I would get a mulching kit or bagger but I am concerned if the grass is wet at all, the bagger will plug up. What should I do?”

A second lawn care business owner responded “for me the answer is simple, I charge my bi-weekly mowing customers X 1.5. That way, if they are trying to be cheap and want to make me spend more time on their lawn every other week, I will still make an appropriate amount of profit.”

A third shared “I don’t take bi-weely mowing jobs. Period. I can not have my name associated with a crappy yard and that is what you get when you only cut bi-weekly. I sell a service, and a look. ie - YOUR YARD COULD LOOK LIKE A MILLION BUCKS - but that takes weekly service, proper fertilizing, proper weed control, etc. None of that can be done bi weekly.

I’d suggest you pass on the bi weekly idiots, sell them the look, not the number of services. By the way I don’t ever give a price per cut, only a monthly rate for service. If they say ‘well how often do you cut?’, I tell that is weekly service. If they ask for every other week, I tell them the same exact price. I get 90 percent of the jobs I bid, those I don’t get, are not worth unloading the mower in the first place.

Remember You can be a guy with a mower, or A LAWN CARE PROFESSIONAL!!!!!”

A fourth added “My viewpoint on this differs from others here. I don’t charge any extra for bi-weekly mowings. It doesn’t matter if the lawn is 3 feet tall or 3″ tall, my mower picks it up and I take it with me, it’s no extra work to cut so I don’t see a reason to charge more.

There is a large property that I do every month or so and sometimes it’s 5-6 feet tall, I can’t even see over the hood of my tractor when cutting it. It can be annoying but I tough it out and get it done as it’s only every now and then it gets that bad. With that property however I don’t take the clippings with me, they are all weeds and they just want it cut down. I may change my stance if I had to take the clippings with me. For the average lawn though I don’t see a reason to do it, it’s not like it’s that much harder to cut it biweekly or weekly.”

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