Bagging or not?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bergys, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. bergys

    bergys LawnSite Member
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    I wanted to see how many of you bag your lawns and not bagging? And why do you prefer one over the other? Also where do you dump your grass?
     
  2. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side LawnSite Member
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    Hi, I am new to this forum, I have done lawn maintence and landscaping for a few years though. I worked for a company at home, and I worked for a company at school. One bagged one did not. Bagging is better for looks so most people say. If you have a good commercial mower, mulhing is way better for the grass and looks just as good. Best part about mulching with a seasonal contrat, is that the grass grows slower after mulching. ( So less mowing for the same price!) Unless you are on a weekly contract! To dispose of the grass, your local landfill may take it for compost, I am NE so that is normal. You may be able to talk the customer into composting,(Lot sof flatlanders see it as saving the world!) or if you have space compst it yourself for use in the future. Good Luck!
     
  3. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
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    Why is this:confused:
     
  4. nephilim0167

    nephilim0167 LawnSite Member
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    I don't really understand why someone wouldn't bag, other than to be lazy. Let us be realistic here - don't tell me that you're trying to provide nutrients for the grass as you roll over it with your gas powered mower. I say bag everything, charge the client the dump fees (figure out how many bags can fit in a trailer, and how much it will cost to take the trailer in to dump. Gas and time for you to go also need to be included). In the big picture it's not going to put that much more on the client. Maybe a couple bucks at the most depending on how much grass you're bagging. Not to mention it's also a way to get more money in your pocket which I don't know about you, but I never complain about that.
     
  5. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
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    "other than to be lazy"

    BS!! In my area the ones who want it bagged are over 65, want it bagged every 2 weeks, ususally bahai grass (did I say every 2 weeks) and hauled off for 35 or less (and I have to pay a disposal fee). I WILL NOT bag another yard this year unless they are paying extra and I dont mean 5 bucks either! I can mulch a yard and you cant tell the difference as if it were bagged, being lazy aint got nothing to do with it, its what your area will pay!
     
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I have to say, I bag 90% but in my area the grass grows like fire most of the season and mulching on a 7 day rotation just is not feasable. Also in my city we have FREE dumping in a compost area at our landfil. Most areas DO NOT!

    As for mulching making the grass grow slower... that's totally opposite! I have many propertys that when I mulch the back yard for a few weeks and bag the fronts the back yards will grow FASTER each week. Not only that but I do notice some difference in the color as well. The mulched areas actually are a darker green then the bagged areas. But, since they grow faster and taller each week pretty soon I can't mulch anymore and have to go back to bagging to remove the clippings. Actually I can tell a difference in just one week in the height of the grass if I mulched of discharged the clippings the week before.

    Oh, the areas that I mulch often need to be double cut to get rid of clippings on the surface, this takes LONGER than bagging. The only reason I do mulch in the back yards at times is just so I don't have to lug clippings back to the truck and dump the awkward catcher bags.
     
  7. Sunshine Lawn Co

    Sunshine Lawn Co LawnSite Member
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    I bag the yards my customers want bagged. Now if i get to a yard and is has alot of growth from last week i'll go ahead and bag it so not to leave a mess. Other then that it's mainly up to the customer. I also charge an extra 5 bucks for those that want to be bagged.
     
  8. I have many propertys that when I mulch the back yard for a few weeks and bag the fronts the back yards will grow FASTER each week. Not only that but I do notice some difference in the color as well. The mulched areas actually are a darker green then the bagged areas.

    I wonder why? Could it be all the extra organic matter the turfgrass is receiving, the extra nutrients, or the extra water?

    If turfgrass is properly fertilized and cut ( frequency never allows more than 1/3 of leaf blade removed) you should seldom have to bag! If properly cut and fertilized, you can't tell the diference from bagged to mulched!
     
  9. don't tell me that you're trying to provide nutrients for the grass as you roll over it with your gas powered mower.

    That's exactly what you are doing!
     
  10. nephilim0167

    nephilim0167 LawnSite Member
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    I love saying things that light you flamable folk on fire. Cracks me up :dancing:
     

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