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Old 12-02-2012, 05:56 PM
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I don't snap many work shots as its hard to do when you have your mind on your job. I did a vile clean up earlier this week where I maxed out a empty 16 yard leaf truck on this one property. Then climbed up top got inside and compacted what we could filled it again then climbed up did that again. Then filled it to capacity and still had to use my second leaf box truck to finish the pile. I wish I had some pics of that stick infested nightmare. But I do have a few of my gmc in action or my ram about to eat a pile 2 lawns long or about 250 or so. You can even seen my second leaf truck the gmc in the pic that's where the pile ends.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:24 PM
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Bingo this is a winner you don't need to read anymore input this works. It is beyond me why guys would want to push leaves for long distances with blowers and now leaf plows
Because mulching with a mower would take longer, it wouldn't work, and it would make a mess. We do it in October before the leaves get thick. But by the end of November, the leaves are so deep you can't run a mower over them.

The volume of leaves is different in my part of the country. Mulching is not an option.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:47 AM
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Because mulching with a mower would take longer, it wouldn't work, and it would make a mess. We do it in October before the leaves get thick. But by the end of November, the leaves are so deep you can't run a mower over them.

The volume of leaves is different in my part of the country. Mulching is not an option.
We had seven truckloads from one 5 acre property. Imagine trying to just mulch those and leave them.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:35 AM
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I'm in the northeast too and even large amounts leaves can be mulched into healthy turf. It just takes dedication to stay on top of it...mulching kit and frequent mowings. Not something I try to do any longer though.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:35 AM
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I'm in the northeast too and even large amounts leaves can be mulched into healthy turf. It just takes dedication to stay on top of it...mulching kit and frequent mowings. Not something I try to do any longer though.
Right, if you mow it weekly or more frequently.

But all sorts of customers call for cleanups, not just contracted mowing customers. A typical scenario: Mr Customer stops mowing in October because there are too many leaves, then calls me on November 20 for a leaf cleanup. At that point the leaves are a foot deep, wet, maybe frozen, or rotting, loaded with acorns, pine cones, sticks and branches. Probably 1/2 my leaf business is like that. Those are the people that spend $300 to $600 on a leaf cleanup.
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:43 AM
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Yeah. Especially this year I've had a lot of properties that needed to be cleaned up before you could even put a mower on them or risk running over firewood-sized branches...lots of stuff down from the hurricane. In fact I snapped the deck belt on my Lazer getting a stick jammed into my pulley area.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:54 PM
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Right, if you mow it weekly or more frequently.

But all sorts of customers call for cleanups, not just contracted mowing customers. A typical scenario: Mr Customer stops mowing in October because there are too many leaves, then calls me on November 20 for a leaf cleanup. At that point the leaves are a foot deep, wet, maybe frozen, or rotting, loaded with acorns, pine cones, sticks and branches. Probably 1/2 my leaf business is like that. Those are the people that spend $300 to $600 on a leaf cleanup.
if you market your services differently you won't have a problem like that.

I don't give my regular clients the option to wait. I either do the leaves on a weekly/bi weekly basis or I don't do them at all.

I also don't advertise in the fall so all I'm really doing is my regular clients. I don't get calls from these homeowners who do everything themselves but the leaves and wait until there a foot deep to try and get someone to do them.
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Old 12-04-2012, 03:32 PM
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if you market your services differently you won't have a problem like that.

I don't give my regular clients the option to wait. I either do the leaves on a weekly/bi weekly basis or I don't do them at all.

I also don't advertise in the fall so all I'm really doing is my regular clients. I don't get calls from these homeowners who do everything themselves but the leaves and wait until there a foot deep to try and get someone to do them.
You are correct, I could pass on all that business. But I don't.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:07 PM
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Well I finally got a truck loader and boarded up the back of my truck. Its a billy goat I believe 12HP but man does it make my life easier! Now getting the leaves to the curb in the front yards is always easy but its definitely not easy getting leaves from the back to the curb especially if the lawns have a gate.

Any tips? We have been blowing into piles in the back yards with gates and tarping to the curb and sucking them up. But there has to be an easier way.

Any advice?
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:24 PM
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I have do leaf clean up off and on for some years. Really trying to do a lot this fall. Learning curve is tuff on the pricing side. Right not only getting about $35 per man hour while at the job site. 1/4 lots i am only charging $150 on average. I feel like I should be charging more but really want the work for now. Any advice?

Oh and I have a 6x10 dump with 6 foot sides, 14hp walkbehind blower, stihl 600 back packs.
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