Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 12-01-2012, 03:26 PM
longislandlawn longislandlawn is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: shoreham
Posts: 97
Moving Objects For Fall Cleanups

I am new to the business, do you guys move large heavy objects to cleanup leaves, like firewood, pallets of pavers, construction debris, etc. I have encountered things like this on properties for fall cleanups, and have tried my best to clean up as much as possible around them.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 12-01-2012, 03:54 PM
Sprinkler Buddy's Avatar
Sprinkler Buddy Sprinkler Buddy is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Florida
Posts: 1,010
I take my blower and blow out the beds, corners, and around any obstacles that I can't get into with my mowers.

I move nothing physically unless it's something easy and only takes a minute to move.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-01-2012, 04:43 PM
zackvbra zackvbra is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lake park, ga
Posts: 556
I tell all my clients in my contract as well as speaking to them it is their responsibility to keep non vegetation items (i.e toys, wire, dog crap,, and anything else you can possibly dream of) picked up before I come. Always remember, you aint their maid service, your a lawn service. thats my view of it. some may disagree however. but thats the way i do business.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-01-2012, 05:05 PM
smokenjoe_10's Avatar
smokenjoe_10 smokenjoe_10 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Black Earth wi
Posts: 86
I just take my blower and what ever is left behind is left behind unless the leaves are really wet they stay there.

Quote:
Originally Posted by zackvbra View Post
I tell all my clients in my contract as well as speaking to them it is their responsibility to keep non vegetation items (i.e toys, wire, dog crap,, and anything else you can possibly dream of) picked up before I come. Always remember, you aint their maid service, your a lawn service. thats my view of it. some may disagree however. but thats the way i do business.
I try and tell mine the same thing the only thing im not stricked on is dog crap granted is makes everything smell bad if you run it over and get it on the tires. I have a dog and I really dont have time to run around waiting for him to pick up his crap when hes done, so if I can't do it I don't expenct my clients to do so.
__________________
1997 Ram 1500
2005 Ram 2500 HO Cummins
1997 Wells Cargo 6x12 enclosed trailer
2014 K&K 20ft landscape trailer
2013 x739 4x4 with 54in HC deck / 60in HD Broom
2010 Toro Grandstand 48in
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-01-2012, 05:15 PM
zackvbra zackvbra is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lake park, ga
Posts: 556
I can see a couple dropping every now and again, but there was a couple people i used to mow that had a dog that left like hundreds of piles. It was unavoidable, and this one client got mad when I accidentaly smeared some crap on their concrete pathway leading to their front door because it was all over my tires and i had to ride my mower on the pathway. They fired me because of it, and I even offered to hose it off for them! After that I started including it in the contract's fine print. There is a difference between acceptable and unacceptable amounts of dog crap
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-01-2012, 08:12 PM
CowboysLawnCareDelaware's Avatar
CowboysLawnCareDelaware CowboysLawnCareDelaware is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: DE
Posts: 481
Your kidding me right, if anyone is to be fired it's the home owner for not cleaning up after their family members. The most I would have done was said "sorry, it's not my dog I have no control over where he poops, nowhere in my contract does it say im your personal pooper scooper."

-Michael
__________________
There is an Old Blue Chair for each and every one of us, we just have to find it.


2006 GMC Sierra 2500hd crew cab
BOSS 8'2" Power V
Hustler X-one 60"
Toro Proline 36" wb w/t-bar controls
Toro 22"
Shindaiwa T254, Echo trimmers, chainsaws, pole hedge trimmer, pole saw, hedge trimmer
Shindaiwa 633 and Echo 760LN
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-01-2012, 11:00 PM
zackvbra zackvbra is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Lake park, ga
Posts: 556
Quote:
Originally Posted by CowboysLawnCareDelaware View Post
Your kidding me right, if anyone is to be fired it's the home owner for not cleaning up after their family members. The most I would have done was said "sorry, it's not my dog I have no control over where he poops, nowhere in my contract does it say im your personal pooper scooper."

-Michael
Agreed. however, I dont think i got fired because I smeared it on the sidewalk, its because i think they took me for being rude to them because Ill tell someone straight up if i have a problem. I now include that "you need to pick dog crap up along with other misc. items before i come" in my contract. Especially after the ordeal i went through. I shouldve drawn a line in the dirt with those people from the beginning. but live and learn!

Last edited by zackvbra; 12-01-2012 at 11:04 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-04-2012, 10:52 PM
andyslawncare andyslawncare is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Palmetto, GA
Posts: 812
We don't move anything other than garbage cans and the occasional trampoline. Other items are their fault for being trashy...usually other items are seen where the garage is so full they can't fit their cars in. Blow what we can, and move on. Not maid service, and not a **** collector. I wouldn't spend more than 20 seconds to move an item for a leaf service. Just like when you blow a deck and leaves are stuck between the boards...if they want it fixed, they should sweep the deck or better yet pay me to sweep the deck, and I don't sweep anyone's deck or even own brooms for that matter.
__________________
Landscape management, design, and installation
Horticulturalist with Specialization in Landscape Management

25 years old 7 years in business ownership
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-05-2012, 09:07 AM
JLSLLC's Avatar
JLSLLC JLSLLC is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Gloucester County NJ
Posts: 255
i dont dwell on big objects i use the blower and get it as clear as it can be, i do move chairs and things like that- but im not moving someone's firewood pile or something of that matter
__________________
J.L.S. LLC
Licensed & Insured
Serving South Jersey
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-05-2012, 05:50 PM
RSK Property Maintenance's Avatar
RSK Property Maintenance RSK Property Maintenance is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Manchester,CT
Posts: 1,464
short answer is No, i'm not there to move your kids toys, or piles of wood because you were too lazy to finish what you got started, but for something like mowing a lawn, yes i pick up things like hoses that are in my way, I need to start billing people for this, and same with soccer balls and basket balls. that is sort of annoying. for fall clean ups I just do the best I can and that has always gotten me a "good job" or "I can't believe how clean you and your workers got my lawn and landscaping in that short of a time too" people really do enjoy not having to do fall clean ups around here, because they are going about it with either a very small gas or electric hand held blower or just rakes and paper bags, in which case it takes them all day in some cases to do there leaves that i can do in an hour or 2 or 3.
__________________
fully lic. and ins. 10yrs exp.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:38 PM.

Page generated in 0.07895 seconds with 9 queries