At what point do your lawns become fall clean-up?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by HighGrass, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Posts: 1,237

    As the days go by, the lawns are starting to fill with leaves. At what point do you say enough is enough and either start adding a fee for the leaves or calling it a fall clean-up?
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Posts: 4,900

    when your chopping more leaves than cutting grass
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    When the leaves start falling HEAVY, when it's tarp LOADS, when it takes more than 10-15, say 20 minutes extra...
    I try and remember, too, the times I get to take it easy and zoom through the yard in 10-15 minutes UNDER (like in summer) and technically am taking advantage of the customer at times, I usually tolerate leaves until they fall HEAVY... I mean, things aren't ultra-busy right now, this is one bit of extra service I don't mind giving.
  4. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    When they decide to pay for a leaf cleanup, otherwise I just continue to mulch everthing.
    Once they decide to pay for a leaf cleanup then I will through the bags on the machines.
  5. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    Good question with good answers above. Most regular customers have me do leaf "control". I don't call it removal because most leaves stay on the properties as mulch. I continue to mow until the grass goes dormant and there is an extra charge for the time spent on leaf control. I know the time it takes to mow each property so I just keep track of extra time. It is quite profitable this way. The only thing on the invoice is the day and the total price. So the weekly mows are still billed monthly and then they get a seperate bill for leaves.
  6. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,758

    I dont know how you folks get by with this! Pinestraw lately has been hurting me, every yard is taking about 30% longer. I approached my first 2 clients Friday with the extra charge and was told right fast they would get someone else. Now I will not back down on my price if its the going thing in my area but the other LCO dont charge extra for it either so I cant. I just thought I would test the water this week after all the reading Ive done on here and it went over like a bad fart. Had 2 to call yesterday and tell me to skip this week "because grass aint growing" and these are yards with lots of pines. Know how much straw can fall in another 2 weeks? These WILL be billed double or dropped, plain and simple.
  7. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    It becomes a cleaup when there is no longer any grass to be cut, and you are dealing with leaves only. I estimated that next week would be the last for cutting here in CT, but now we have 3 days of rain in the forecast, which may bring the grass back, and drop leaves at the same time...

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