Fall cleanup routines are usually standard and straightforward, but there are some small mistakes that need to be avoided for best business practices. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but some can simply be avoided by planning ahead. One rookie mistake is taking on too many jobs.
“I hear complaints from prospective clients about some people who take on more jobs than they can handle,” says Barney Naylor, president and CEO at Naylor Landscape Management in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Although it’s OK to have a full schedule of jobs planned out for fall cleanup, don’t say “yes” if you don’t have the manpower or hours to complete a job.
“We all get people who call saying, ‘I need leaves cleaned up,’ and are desperate,” he says. “It’s easy to say yes, but it’s in your best interest to say no if you can’t handle it.” And then there’s the unpredictability of the fall season. For instance, Naylor says if snow comes early and you have a full schedule, suddenly there is no time to complete those extra jobs.
Jason Pawlowski, owner of Precision Landscape in Milwaukee, agrees that the weather can affect fall cleanup. With that, don’t wait too long to get started on fall cleanup services, he says.
“Get a jump start on fall so that you don’t end up stuck because of a frozen rainstorm or early snowstorm,” Pawlowski says. He adds that it’s also important for the owner or supervisor to check to make sure everything is done at a site. “Your guys will always say it’s all done, but sometimes it’s not.”