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Old 05-09-2011, 10:50 AM
mastruck04 mastruck04 is offline
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Explaining Mulching vs Bagging to Customers

How do you explain benefits of mulching vs bagging to your customers?

It seems this year I'm running into a lot of customers who want their lawn bagged.

I have a new customer who wants her 3/4 acre bagged. I really dont want to buys a bag for my Z.

Any thoughts?
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:52 AM
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u can say "mulching cuts each grass blade into fine clippings that fall back into your lawn where they are unnoticeable. The clippings provide nutrients and may even reduce fertilization requirements"
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:05 PM
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u can say "mulching cuts each grass blade into fine clippings that fall back into your lawn where they are unnoticeable. The clippings provide nutrients and may even reduce fertilization requirements"
If you charge enough for bagging. That is usually enough for most customers to want you to mulch.
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:52 PM
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If they have dogs or kids...grass will be tracked in from mulching no matter how fine you cut the grass. In my opinion...bagging grass is far superior and more professional. I don't care how good of a mulching system you have...grass will never look as nice as if you bag (depending on the state/area you live). High grass isn't easy to mulch...but...if you go at the right speed...you can bag that grass.
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:58 PM
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If you charge enough for bagging. That is usually enough for most customers to want you to mulch.
Great point!! If you must bag, bid it so that it is worth your time and effort.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:52 PM
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In my opinion...bagging grass is far superior and more professional.
I agree.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:56 PM
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If they have dogs or kids...grass will be tracked in from mulching no matter how fine you cut the grass. In my opinion...bagging grass is far superior and more professional. I don't care how good of a mulching system you have...grass will never look as nice as if you bag (depending on the state/area you live). High grass isn't easy to mulch...but...if you go at the right speed...you can bag that grass.
Not true, if N is managed correctly and mulch system and operator are up to it grass tracking is a non issue. IMO building SOM and healthier turf by mulching is far superior and more professional than bagging. If the total management process is up to speed the cut of a mulched lawn is just as good and the turf quality will be better. To the OP, I never discuss mulching with new customers, I just do it and I have yet have any blowback. Most never know and could care less.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:10 PM
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If they have dogs or kids...grass will be tracked in from mulching no matter how fine you cut the grass. In my opinion...bagging grass is far superior and more professional. I don't care how good of a mulching system you have...grass will never look as nice as if you bag (depending on the state/area you live). High grass isn't easy to mulch...but...if you go at the right speed...you can bag that grass.

If I had to bag everything I would give this business up. Mulching is also a joke in northern lush damp tall fescue. I have yet to see a mower that was worth a ---- at mulching spring time tall fescue. You are in PA and have the same grass we do and 99% of all crews here (every 8th vehicle on the road is a truck and trailer full of mexicans and mowers) side discharges. Why on earth would a person bag up all the nutrients off a lawn? Makes no sense and that is what I tell customers. When you discharge or mulch the nutrients leach back into the ground to be reused again but when you bag you take away that fert that was applied and dump it in a landfill.
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and don't forget that a blade of grass is 75% water.
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:43 PM
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"Mulching price $40"
"Bagging price $55"

or

"I don't bag"
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