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Old 08-19-2010, 04:04 PM
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What to charge for bagging?

This will be my first year running a bagger on my lazer z. In the past I would simply blow the leaves and bag/burn/leave them at curb for the city. I know I need to charge more for mowing with the bagger on, but I'm not sure how much. Any input appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2010, 05:14 PM
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That's a tricky question. I would say charge for the extra time it's going to take you. Are your clients going to have a choice in the matter? Some guys on here will probably say you should bag all the time and it's just a part of doing this work and there shouldn't be an extra charge. That's not my stance. If a client insists on having their lawn bagged, it's an extra charge. If it takes me an extra 15 minutes it's going to cost them an extra $15.00.
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Old 08-19-2010, 06:25 PM
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If my client has a place on the property to dispose of the clippings I do not charge extra. If I have to haul them away it's $10 more per week/cut.
I estimate that bagging/hauling away adds about 5 minutes of time to a given lawn (just have to get off the mower and dump the bags) This time of year I only have to empty the bags once but in Spring with the heavy growth, it's as many as 3 times on a larger lawn.
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Figure how many more minutes it will take you to bag and dump in truck or on the property. I charge around $1 per minute. Usually adds 10-15 minutes to job. But like someone mentioned its different in other parts of the country.
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Old 08-19-2010, 07:24 PM
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I don't bag.

And when i do...it's because otherwise I would completely destroy a backyard mulch bed just so I can make stripes beside them all.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:25 PM
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Are you talking about bagging grass clippings or leaves?
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:34 PM
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You should educate your customers about leaving the clippings on the yard.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:39 PM
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Around here its just part of the deal, and actually quicker to bag then discharge because many things would need gone over 3 or 4 times.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:17 AM
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Are you talking about bagging grass clippings or leaves?
Sorry. I should've been more clear. I'm talking only about leaves in the fall.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:42 AM
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That's what I suspected and everyone else was talking about grass.

Are you going to be hauling the leaves away or dumping them for the city to haul away? Fall cleanup is a major endeavor for us. I would assume it has to be similar in your location.

Here is our procedure for fall cleanup.

1) Blow out beds
2) Mulch leaves using mower with mulch plate
3) Pickup leaves with mower/bagger.
4) Dump leaves on street
5) Pickup leaves with trailer that has a leaf loader attached.

Everyone on here has found a different way to do it that works for them. There isn't a right or a wrong way.

The things you need to keep in mind are:

What are you going to do with leaves when you pick them up?

You are going to fill up the bagger VERY quickly with unmulched leaves. You have to dump the bagger A LOT.


I personally am always trying to find a way to raise prices for fall cleanup because it is so much work. I would think you probably should to. However, if your city picks up the leaves for free I'm not sure any customers will care if you are going to haul them away.
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