GREENER, THICKER LAWNS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO SOME PEOPLE...AND IT'S NICE IF YOU HAVE THE LUXURY OF HAVING SOMEBODY ELSE TAKE CARE OF IT FOR YOU.
BUT YOU COULD BE TAKING A BIGGER HIT IN THE POCKET BOOK FOR THAT LUXERY.
CONSUMERS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES FEELING THE
PINCH OF THE HIGH GAS PRICES....LOCAL LANDSCAPING COMPANIES ARE TOO.
Dan Shelton - "Gas is one of the biggest expenses that there is...unfortuntately."
LANDSCAPERS USE EVERYTHING FROM MOWERS TO WEEDWACKERS.. AND TRUCKS, TO GET EVERYTHING THERE....AND THE COST TO KEEP THEM ALL RUNNING, ADDS UP QUICKLY.
BUT...THE CREW AT GREENER GRASS SYSTEMS IS FINDING WAYS OTHER THEN RAISING PRICES...TO COUNTERACT THOSE HIGH FUEL PRICES.
Wayne Bollinger - "We changed out our fleet of lawn care vehicles over the last 2 years, they're getting triple the miles that our other vehicles got in the past...changed from tankers to smaller trucks...just foreseeing whats coming down the road."
AND IT'S PAID OFF! GREENER GRASS SYSTEMS NOW HAS ABOUT A DOZEN OF THESE SMALLER TRUCKS THAT GET 15-20 MILES A GALLON....OPPOSED TO THE 3-8 MILES A GALLON THE OLDER, BIGGER VEHICLES GOT.
Shelton - "We're putting in five to ten dollars of gas a day, depending on what we did the day before...which is a big, big change from the bigger diesel..bigger trucks we use to drive."
Bollinger - "Our montly fuel bill is around forty-five hundred dollars. I expect it to go up by about ten to fifteen percent, but, hopefully we can hold the line with some of the cost saving features we have.
FOR COMPETETIVE REASONS...RIGHT NOW LANDSCAPERS ARE TAKING THE BRUNT OF THE HIGH PRICES....BUT, IF GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO SOAR...COMPANIES WILL HAVE TO BEGIN PASSING ON THOSE FUEL COSTS TO YOU.