Figuring curbside leaf removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FerrisDiesel, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
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    My advise.....don't offer curb side removal! Its never worth it. People rake all kinds of sticks, rocks and whatever else will damage your loader and expect to pay 50 bucks for it. We used to offer it but only ever did less than 5 and out of those 5 or so we took more time picking out good sized branches, rocks, dog leashes and anything else these people thought our "huge vac" could suck up.
     
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    $300 for a clean up.....:dizzy:

    that's part of your problem.

    I service my clients weekly for fall clean ups and I charge them like $10/$15 extra for the 10/15 extra min I'm there dealing with the grass catcher and blowing out the mulch beds.
     
  3. FerrisDiesel

    FerrisDiesel LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm not sure where you are located, but most of my lawns are pretty big and COVERED in oak trees $300.00 is not alot of money for a full service clean-up. Istart servicing my lawns bi-weekly in October until all the leaves fall, and it doesn't take anywhere near 10-15 minutes extra.
     
  4. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
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    You must do some very small lawns with minimal trees....like 1 sapling.
     
  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    quarter to half an acre is the average with usually not more than half a dozen trees.

    mulch on the first pass, bag on the second pass. doing it that way I empty the catcher twice total.
     
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    I run a Walker with a 7 bushel hopper. I did a 1.5 acre property last week that I had 63 hoppers full ......
     
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    did you mulch them up first or collect on the first pass?

    I throw the catcher make the first pass and don't empty it until I've made a pass over all turf areas. once the catcher is full it makes rows of mulched up leaves.

    then I make a second pass in a different direction. usually I can make it through the yard again without dumping but if I can't I keep going and empty when done and make a third pass.

    my grass catchers are 3 bushels. so average I get 6 bushels from each property on a weekly basis.
     
  8. grasscutter24

    grasscutter24 LawnSite Member
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    So true. I no longer offer curb side pick-up either. Got tired of all the trash that people would put in the piles. On top of that the same people expect to pay nothing because "they did all of the work." No thanks!
     
  9. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
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    I really get a kick out of the guys from the midwest telling us guys in new england to mulch leaves--that would be an exercise in futility

    I worked for three seasons in Minnesota, four seasons in South Carolina, and the rest of my life in Vermont--New England has the most leaves by far and you have to own and know how to manage several different leaf control systems--from blowers and leaf plows to bagging systems and most definitely a truck loader

    We take care of properties all less than 1.5 acres and with a three man crew we clean between 4 to 6 a day
     
  10. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Posts: 1,624

    Labor rate + disposal fee + extra profit to stick in your pocket.

    Don't do it if your not hitting a homerun. If you dump for free still charge them a dumping fee. They need it gone, you need $$$$, and you have other jobs that could be getting done. If you find trash, rocks, or large sticks, toss them back into their yard. Keep your eyes open. It's a leaf vac not a wood chipper.
     

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