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#1

With the week or so of solid rain up here around Brisbane, the hope was we were going to have a bumper crop of business for a while longer.

 

However I'm already starting to see slower grass growth and customers are asking to have the intervals between mows extended, thanks to the now lack of rain and cooler weather.

 

Anyone else finding the same?


Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:52 PM

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Hi Dale

I am in Stanthorpe. Same people are pushing back mows that were screaming to have it done only a few weeks ago.

And the weather is getting cold in Stanthorpe. Some are hoping for the first frost then they don't have to mow until about September

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:20 PM

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Still fortnightly but I can see in 4 weeks time it will slow quickly.
Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:45 PM

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drying off here in Tamworth quite a bit with no rain this month & mid 20s with cool nights, most mowing jobs are every 3 weeks now & if we don't get any rain soon wont be doing much at all. a heap of pruning jobs as got quite a bit of rain last month


Posted 19 April 2017 - 05:53 PM

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Finding similar Nth Coast NSW. Some lawns seem to warrant a fortnightly mow but lots I could put on 3 weeks now. At the best, next week will be the last fortnightly for most I'd say.


Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:25 PM

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Same deal here in Sydney after a very dry summer. We had a few weeks of rain and the grass was growing like mad. But now cooler nights and days have seen the grass slow down. Most jobs are now 3 weekly. Won't be long and it will be time to put the feet up and enjoy the down time
Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:38 PM

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It,s still warm up here, currently 31c @ 1900 but no rain around but some patchy stuff coming across from the east. All fortnightly stuff still fortnightly until the ground dries right out, maybe  2/3 weeks.


Posted 19 April 2017 - 07:39 PM

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Drying off and slowing rapidly in Southern Brisvegas - I was on 2-3 weekly for most jobs but 3-4 weekly for next mow for most for sure - time to get out the fishing rods and find out if there are any Tailor left in northern NSW.


Posted 19 April 2017 - 08:41 PM

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Tassie here..didnt slow down over the summer really and grass is starting to pick up for the silly season. (i hate wet grass). Getting the odd dew already.

 

It's been a great year so far.

 

 

Having a week off in May..going cruising. Going to be a nightmare catching back up..


Posted 20 April 2017 - 05:39 PM

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All the rain in the world won't change the shortening of daylight.

When it shuts down it shuts down
Posted 20 April 2017 - 10:35 PM

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lawns may shut down but the winter weeds wont if we get some rain


Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:44 AM

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Still growing here on the Mid North Coast on the back of 3 weeks rain, heavy dews. Most will probably go back to 3 weekly after next week. Fine weather now for mowing but I'm back on shift today.


Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:01 AM

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its interesting the different area and climates.

 

Most of you are going from 2 weekly back to 3. Must be all the rain you get over summer where we get hardly any.

 

Ill be going from 3 to 2 in the next month. (to be fair most mine are on 3 weekly all year but some go to 2 weekly over winter). Big dew again this morning.


Posted 21 April 2017 - 08:12 AM

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The trouble I've had today is I do many yards in the same street. It just takes one to say come next week even though the grass needs doing they disrupt my tight run. Some of the beer boys are now disappearing as usual when it slows.
Posted 21 April 2017 - 05:42 PM

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its interesting the different area and climates.

 

Most of you are going from 2 weekly back to 3. Must be all the rain you get over summer where we get hardly any.

 

Ill be going from 3 to 2 in the next month. (to be fair most mine are on 3 weekly all year but some go to 2 weekly over winter). Big dew again this morning.

Seems like I know stuff all about Tassie's climate too - I thought things went dormant down there in winter with the cold and daylength - in spite of the rain - we went there for a month starting late October and saw a fair bit of the state - I remember thinking lawns and gardens looked a bit scruffy - someone we got talking to clued us in on the fact that it had been a cold winter and they'd just come out of 39 days straight where there was some rain every day - I understood then that the only sane thing to do was stay indoors in front of the fire with the home brew kit set to "Stout" :) - but you're busy then Luck by the sounds of it?


Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:21 PM

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The trouble I've had today is I do many yards in the same street. It just takes one to say come next week even though the grass needs doing they disrupt my tight run. Some of the beer boys are now disappearing as usual when it slows.

Like herding cats keeping them together - I used to give a discount for neighbours but found like you that it always comes undone eventually.


Posted 21 April 2017 - 06:27 PM

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Seems like I know stuff all about Tassie's climate too - I thought things went dormant down there in winter with the cold and daylength - in spite of the rain - we went there for a month starting late October and saw a fair bit of the state - I remember thinking lawns and gardens looked a bit scruffy - someone we got talking to clued us in on the fact that it had been a cold winter and they'd just come out of 39 days straight where there was some rain every day - I understood then that the only sane thing to do was stay indoors in front of the fire with the home brew kit set to "Stout" :) - but you're busy then Luck by the sounds of it?

yep, autumn, spring and winter are the busy months. Summer is normally pretty quiet (wasn't this year). We have very dry summers usually.

 

Frost can slow things down in the middle of winter of cause but we dont get much frost in Devonport. (my main market)

 

This is why im always complaining about mowers that are crap with wet grass.... 


Posted 22 April 2017 - 02:24 PM

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The mowing scheduled is mine to control, a call to cancel a set mow is a call to cancel the service.

 

A few that have tried to set the schedule have been offered a Monthly rate instead of per mow.  That has worked out great for both parties.  Instead of $40 a mow they pay $65 a Month and also get free spraying around trees and fence lines.  I still set the schedule for the required mowing.

 

I tell customers i mow 2 weekly through growth periods and 3 weekly when it slows and if im on holidays it can push out to 4 weeks.  Approx 20 cuts a year, I don't have set days to mow. if you need it done before a special date give me a call.


Posted 22 April 2017 - 05:17 PM

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, I don't have set days to mow. if you need it done before a special date give me a call.

Im the same in regard to this. Works well.

 

As you know i do Monthly mow charges. I thought you believed that was bad? I could be wrong.., but yep Monthly mow invoicing that you have complete control over is gold. No mow due to whatever..still get paid.


Posted 22 April 2017 - 06:32 PM

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Yep its slowed down dramatically in Brisbane, the hedges are still growing quickly.
Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:03 AM




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