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4.5 acre leaf cleanup

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by longislandlawn, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,685

    After fuel in the truck, machines, taxes, paying helpers, disposal fees, less than $500 is losing money. 4.5 acres is a lot of property.
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  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,552

    OK, so all the leaves have to be taken away... That much guarantees one of two things. Either dumping them somewhere that will charge you to do, or you have someplace you can dump for free...

    Then, how far do you have to travel to dump them? What's your mpg on your vehicle? What are you hauling them in (bed of pickup, trailer, what size trailer)?

    What kind of equipment are you using to gather the leaves, you said you have 4 guys... is that 4 guys on mowers each with baggers? 4 guys with blowers? 4 guys with rakes?

    Is this a one time charge or does this cover the entire season?

    People ask a lot of "how much to charge?" questions without getting into enough details so others can help them out.
     
  3. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    I just saw the haul away part, that adds a whole different dynamic. Price is totally dependent on the equipment you have
     
  4. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Posts: 5,204

    Its this late in the year so it must be one time. I know for me it normally come out to around $150 a light load when I haul it from the property. That maybe 3-4 yards of mulches leaves and that includes cleanup if its open. I could see this being 10+ loads. If he has a dump trailer that will make things a lot easier or a leaf loader.
     
  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 6,227

    I do 3.5 acres of horse fields for $1250. I do it by myself in about 7 hours. I blow the edges of the field in and bag them with the vac on my mower and then dump behind my truck. Suck up the leaves with the loader after that. It took 4 trips this year. This is wide open property besides the big trees though so time may differ. Most of my time comes from driving to the dump site to unload. I can get all the leaves corralled in about 3.5 hours.
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  6. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,685

    Sometimes there's the option of driving onto a large property and cutting a lot of time and money. 2 different prices with one being much less. Sometimes they go cheaper but depending on the terrain, how wet it is, and how concerned they are with their yard, in many instances they go with the higher. Cracks me up every year when the same ones question the price, yet when you suggest cutting the trees, they wouldn't hear anything of it.
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  7. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Every part of the country is different. Around my area I agree a crew of illegals will come in and do it for less than $500 and be done and gone in 2 hours. Same thing with cutting. Some guys here claim they wont drop the gate for less than $35 to $40 no matter how small the lawn. Around here those guys would have no business because people would laugh you right off the property when they can get 100 different crews of illegals to do a small lawn for $20.

    So these types of questions really have no right or wrong answer. It is all market dependent.
     

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