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Duhhhhhh! It’s the busy season

Yes, I’ve been busy! I was hoping to grow by big numbers this spring/summer. But instead we are running lean. Plus it stays light until 8 blah blah blah. My guys go home 5 to 6 ish and I’m on the road again until dark 30. I love mowing! I am picking up the slack the rain,, summertime growth and extra client demands are causing my guys to run 50+ hours a week. And it’s getting me back on the lawns. Tough to add clients when I’m busy retaining clients. The word of mouth is definitely building. The “thumbtack” app , which most of my clients originally contacted me through, has gotten very greedy.$$$$$$

I have stayed away for 2 months and have had positive client growth. Minimally we’ve tried Facebook ads to grow……….. meh…… they were no HELP!(see what I did there?)he he he. In the 90’s in HE’s first carnation, trifolded flyers stuffed on doors was the best marketing I had. Me, Jj, Matt, and Christina constantly canvassed current and desired locations for growth. Who could refuse those three cuties?!!!! But, they refuse to assist me now. I think the rollerblading, tank topped, mullet headed father of the 90’s scared them away. Actually two drs and a world saving daughter are moving onward and upward. No time to HELP(did it again😜) their old man. But one day it will come full circle for them and they will again be horticultural endeavorers! Or HELPErs!

Us Stankowicz’s never forget our roots!(sometimes I’m just too punny)!

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I’m a professional driver. I have to drive to do my job. I get paid to do my job. Thus: professional driver. I am a very good driver. Minor dumb tickets, no fender benders in probably 5 years. Drivers are getting dumber. I’m glad I don’t pack heat as I would probably be unpacking said heat several times a day. The most important aspect of driving isn’t doing your thing behind the killing machine, it’s paying attention to all the bad drivers around you. It’s basically a massive game of bumper cars and you Definitely don’t want to get bumped. I notice every single driver who is the cause of delays, late starts, backups, congestion, and plain old bad driving, has the phone on the 12 o’clock position. Really????!”/$&@(:/.$&

Get a phone holder.

Get hands free device

Get off the phone. It can wait. Omg!!!!!!!!!

Robots aren’t going to take over the world, apps are.

I can use my phone whilst teleporting via I95 or congress or 441 or turnpike

I do it carefully and with the safety of all of you out there being the priority.

Please try harder to save my  life!!!!!!

 

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Clientele

Some times I don’t get it. The only people who don’t pay their bills are the ones who make up crap after you give them a three month leeway. ” you weren’t here”( ok then your grass should be 2 feet high and your shrubs all scraggly). ” I sent it last month”( no that was for the previous month you were behind on) ” you aren’t doing what we agreed to” ( yes that ended once you went 60 days past due).

The truth is I way undercharge for basic maintenance. All the big boys are hitting a 30-60% profit margin. I’m lucky to average 20% over the year. I do pay myself a good wage so the margin isn’t as critical to me. Let’s do some basic math:

My crews wages = $50 per hour

No bennies, no mark up, not counting taxes I have to pay and w/c insurance.

If I do a property 30 times a year for $100 per month that equals=$40 dollars per hour I am paid. I need to average 48 minutes on said property. AVERAGE!!!

Sometimes when the grass isn’t growing much we may only spend 15 minutes on said property(3 guys x 15 still equals 45 minutes.) then there are the 2 hours we spend trimming same property 3 or 4 times a year. So we try very hard to hit our average times. I push my guys( who I pay better than average and also work alongside) very hard to move along while giving you the service you are supposed to be paying me for.

My point is if you owe my money you owe my employees money.

 

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Rain, rain go away……..

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Ok, just kidding! We truly do need the rain. Since January my time has been used mostly (80%) on irrigation issues. A rule of thumb concerning plants getting enough water to thrive but not too much that stress occurs:

You can always add water

You can’t take too much water away.

Most plants become better if you train them to look for water. If you think your lawn is dry, walk on it and look behind you. If you can see the grass pushed down still where you walked it may be time to add. If a bunch of weeds are popping up in the turf, definitely too much water. From what we already received this week all property’s could turn off their irrigation until at least next week. This time of year is the trickiest as we won’t see broken sprinklers/pipes/systems as easily as when it’s dry. Pay attention!!!!

And please be patient with your landscape maintenance HELPErs!