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Old 11-12-2013, 12:14 PM
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Educate them on the benefits of mulching instead of bagging and hauling off. Make sure to explain the difference between true mulching with sharp mulching blades & mulching kit and the typical cutting once while discharging to the side. Many under informed homeowners mistakenly believe that the results they see from side discharging is the result of mulching the grass. Stress how side discharging can leave large clippings and unsightly clumps on the surface of the turf. Then stress how your much finer mulched clippings enable those tiny pieces of cut grass to fall beneath the surface of the turf where it decomposes and adds nutrients back into the soil. Give them a small free demonstration if they need to be further convinced…let them see and touch a quality mulching cut.

Also, consider separating the charges for leaf clean-up and the plant trimming & flowerbed work. With mulching every week and every other week in the winter you will reduce the time spent on leaf clean-up since you will be shredding those leaves every week which also has the added benefit of returning nutrients to the soil. The plant trimming/pruning will only be done a couple of times a year so you can explain to the client that you will bill that separately after each time you provide that service…what you can also do is while you are working the yard, take note of any of those plants that occasionally seem to be getting out of hand and next time you are in that area give it a few clips to get it back under control. You could also do the same sort of thing with the flowerbeds and keeping the weeds under control…bill separately for a full de-weeding only if they require a full de-weeding. Keep a small spray bottle of weed killer on you when you trim…scan the beds and if you see a weed, give it a spritz.
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