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fall cleaup

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Oscapes, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. Oscapes

    Oscapes LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 60

    when is the best time to start fall clean up in ohio?
  2. HoffmanLawnCare

    HoffmanLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    usually when the leaves fall!
  3. Mike's All Season Service

    Mike's All Season Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 415

    Pass some fliers out and wait for some calls that will tell you when the people want it done. and then you can start working your a55 off for about 4-5 weeks and then crash for the winter.:sleeping:
  4. Oscapes

    Oscapes LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Posts: 60

    you probably don't make much on fall cleanups do you?
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653


    Here in VA, usually by Halloween (end of October) the leaves are coming down in earnest.
  6. opher

    opher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 63

    I usually start when we get our first snow storm!!!, Just kidding, I started with a couple of jobs this week.

  7. wski4fun

    wski4fun LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 323

    You will know from the sound of the blowers and truck loaders.

    MANICURED LAWNS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    Be careful how you bid them!!!!! For the small amounts charge a little more then you would to mow, trim and blow just to cover your time and disposal fees, and you wont scare them away...you can pick up the leaves weekly as they fall for what seems like a normal price to the homeowner or you can wait till all the leaves are off the trees and hit them with a big estimate and scare them away.
  9. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,330

    So you offer a weekly or bi-weekly cleanup?
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    We keep mulching and mulching as much as we can, than as all the leaves are dropped, we do the pickups. Most of the time, it amounts to two pickups. For those places that require pickups before then - the places that want to be somewhat cleaned up upon the visits (you still can't get them superclean), they are paying more for the end result of the cleanup. There is more ime going into it (including dumping), and they are paying for a neater place in the meantime. Personally, I don't prefer doing this....you clean a place up, and two days later, you can't even tell you were there.
    So,...with waiting until the end to pick them up, 1. You are saving time and not wasting work. 2. you are actually hauling out less in the long run, because by that time, much of what you've been mowingfor weeks, is essentially turned to dust.

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