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Fall Clean up prices

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by sms8921, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    all my account are 300.00 to 500.00 to do fall clean up i have done them for years. i ran around blow the leaves out round the house and trees and beds then jump on the mower bag them up and put them in back of the truck then dump them some places all my account i had for 10 years now i don't have to keep track of time on them now they don't ***** about the amount
     
  2. richardb200373

    richardb200373 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    Leaf removal depends alot on the area you are working on. I live in a gated community of 800 houses and only work here. Properties go from nice and flat with grass to hill sides going down to the lake. My leaf removal prices vary depending on the land, how accessable, amount of leaves, amount of sticks on the ground, and how long has it been since last clean up. If you are dealing with a place that has'nt been done in a few years, you have a lot of old crap to deal with. This will be my third year, first year was a nightmare. I now have a 16 ft. trailer with plywood sides. I put a large tarp on the floor first, then drag tarped leaves on. Depending on how wet the leave are will determine how much I put on, usualy about a little more than half a load if they are dry, then you can drag the tarp out and not have much to rake out. Sorry so long, hope that helps.
     
  3. stan the man

    stan the man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 705

    richardb you are right. on my account i flat rate them. they are all happy with it and they know that sometimes i have more time in the clean up and less time in it. i hate doing in the wind
     
  4. Martinson9

    Martinson9 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    They clearly don't have trees where you live. Where I live I couldn't keep up on my yard with a rake and bags. I'd go broke buying bags too.
     
  5. EverestLandscape

    EverestLandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 201

    I use backpacks to get stuff away from the house and out of bushes and such. Then push blowers to send them and then the leaf plow on my ZTR mower to push them to the truck loader. All depending on the size of the property, i have two to three back packs, two to three push blowers and the leaf plow working. Our leaf loader is a 16HP Giant vac...monster...thats all i can say haha
     
  6. rosarioslawncutters

    rosarioslawncutters LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    i usually charge about 50 to $65 per hour...but never tell them your hourly rate....that will scare them....what i do is i see the property then i know more or less how long i will take.....example if i see the property and it looks like a 4 hour job then i tell them that it will cost $200 and i always add 1 extra hour just in case a bump happens .....so 250 if it takes 4 hours...

    hope this helps
     
  7. Watkins

    Watkins LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    Our leaf removals are really beneficial for our company.

    We run 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 dollar specials, last year we brought in about 50,000 before labor/fuel/insurance/repairs with last years leaf clean-up for the last 7-8 weeks of fall just before winter.
    Our tactic was 8=30x40 tarps, 4=12x16 ? tarps, tent stakes walk behind leaf blowers, backpack blowers, 2 trucks, 2 18' trailers with 6ft sides.
    We layed 1 tarp in the trailer ran rope to the front of the trailer attached to the tarp, we would fill the trailer with leaves and every 4 feet of loose leaves we would layer another tarp on top of the leaves and tarp and add another rope.
    We did not skimp on the tarps, we payed good money for the thicker tarps.
    We would manage at least 5 clean-ups a day with 3 guys last year.
    The lawn mower was used to pull the tarps back to the trailer, the tent stakes held down the tarp when we loaded it with the walk behind blower and backpacks.

    The only hard time we had was loading the big fatroll on the tarp after it was 1/2 way on the trailer lol.

    2 men pulling the tarp into the trailer 1/2 way and the other guy to help lift the fat roll bulge on the other half of the tarp with leaves up over the end of the trailer.

    At times we would manage to knock out 10 or 11 of the 200 dollar cleanups last year.
     

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