A Day in the Life of…
A Day in the Life of…Richard Hodson
TruGreen Arden since 2007
6:30am: I’m awake so I enjoy a cup of tea in bed. This simple pleasure is one I never had in the past, as I was so anxious to get to work. Working from home has numerous benefits; one of these being not having to travel to your workplace.
7:45am: I check my schedule and set off for the day.
9:00am: I start work and, given the seasonal nature of lawn care, my workload is quite varied over the course of a year. The spring and autumn are especially busy.
10:00am: A typical spring day will consist of 7 to 10 appointments, where I will put down a moss control or spring fertiliser and spray a weed control according to what type of weeds are present. The phone is busy in the spring with new enquiries so these need to be treated with some urgency and appointments made.
By mid to late spring and early autumn we are scarifying and seeding lawns, which is quite heavy-duty work and the work is more labour intensive. Given the increased workload I may take on additional labour during these periods. My hours of work rise and fall with the seasons. I often work beyond 12 hours a day, six days a week at busy times; this drops to maybe several hours a day in the quieter times. I enjoy and appreciate the ebb and flow of seasonal working.
6:00pm: Once home, I prepare invoices, new quotes and deal with other tasks such as banking, monthly accounts and quarterly VAT returns, etc. – there’s always something to do and I frequently don’t shut down the computer until 9.00pm or much later if I’m home alone. I enjoy all of this – I am a Jack-of-all-trades by nature and I love being involved in every aspect of the business, with the exception of IT of course!
A Day in the Life of…George Michaela
TruGreen West Midlands since 2018
6:30am: Took my dog Ruby for a short walk, then back to the office (home) for around 7:00am
7:00am: Check emails and catch up on all of my social media/messages
7:30am: Print out the days worksheets and any invoices needed
8:00am: Wake my son and co-worker Paul up, this is the toughest job of the day
8:30am: Quick equipment check to make sure all is working as it should be
9:00am: Arrive at the first job of the day which is a lovely big lawn, this lawn was treated with a weed control and a summer fertiliser
9:00 – 2:30pm: All of the jobs were the same weed and feed. I do make a point of having a chat with my customers if they are home as I think it makes for good customer relations
2:30pm: We had to treat a very large lawn with nematodes as it is infested with chafer grubs which could kill the entire lawn
4:30pm: Was the last job of the day which was another weed and feed
5:00pm: Home and unload the van and re stock any equipment and chemicals which are needed for tomorrows jobs
6:00pm: A well deserved cuppa and then out to take Ruby for her 2nd walk of the day
7:00pm: Cut my own lawns
8:00pm: Final bits of admin, emails and social media
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