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Commercial Lawn Care Business - Simple Ways to Decrease Labor Costs

I have witnessed way too many commercial lawn maintenace businesses that forget to take into account the costs of travel time when calculating a job.  The less downtime your crews have riding between jobs in the truck, the better.  I know...common sense, right?  You'd like to think so, but sometimes commercial mowing businesses forget about these costs.  You need to maximize the time your lawn maintenace crews are actually on site producing work and NOT sitting in the truck.  How can you do that?  Here are some tips:

Commercial Lawn Mower Maintenance Tips

Finally!  Spring has sprung.  There is something special about the earthy smell of the first spring rain and fresh cut grass.  So here are a few quick tips that will help you give your customer's that perfect first cut.  It doesn't matter whether you have Scag, Exmark, Toro, Walker, John Deere or other commercial lawn mowers; the following quick tips will get you off to a fast start:

  • Make sure to start each season with sharp (preferably new) commercial mower blades to insure a nice clean cut
  • Sharpen your blades after every 15-20 hours of mowing 
  • Now is the time to think about buying a blade grinder, do your own sharpening and save some money in the process 
  • Buy a spare set of commercial lawn mower blades so that you always have a sharp set ready to go
  • Always use a blade balancer to check for proper balance and straightness
  • Once you start cutting, alternate your lawn mowing pattern and when possible, return the clippings right back to the lawn

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