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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnranger44, Oct 24, 2001.

  1. lawnranger44

    lawnranger44 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    If you don't know already, I'm new to the business. I just sent out flyers last week and I'm starting to get the calls! I gave out one estimate and I have been asked to give several more. When giving my estimate for mowing, I thought of a question. What should the additional cost be for bagging? My estimate for this lady's lawn was $30. I was thinking about adding like 15% of the normal mowing price to get the bagging price. What do you guys do?
     
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,110

    $2.00 per bag..$1.00 for bag $1.00 for labor..That how I do it for leaves..I dont bag grass, never have never will..

    Chad
     
  3. I would like to interject something here. If the price you are giving includes a fert package make sure you adjust for the lack of N being supplied by the clippings as they decompose back into the soil.
     
  4. MATTHEW

    MATTHEW LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE OHIO
    Posts: 665

    I used to charge $2.00 but went to $3.00. The size of the bag may be an issue. My toro is a good size bag. After 4 days of rain in the spring, I often find myself cutting off 3" of grass and you make quite a mess trying to mulch that much (especially K. blue)
    You should also consider where you will dump and how much time/money it will take to dump a full load.
     
  5. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I don't bag grass, but when I did have some in the past that thought it must be done, I added $10 to the regular cutting price.
     
  6. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    I know of guys who charge a flat fee of $5 additional.

    There are some who keep track of how long the properties normally take and then add a surcharge based on hourly rates.

    Others charge on a pro-rata basis according to how many bags are removed with a 3 bag minimum.

    Hope this helps.
    Kris
     
  7. little green guy

    little green guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 955

    I double the price, if they don't like that they can find someone else. So far I don't anything.
     
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,028

    I can adjust the N and the deck height but if I get caught with a rainy spell then I have to bag. I usually charge about 25% above the unbagged cut. I can dump for free but only during certain days and hours so I have discouraged the bag and remove clients from this. Some of my clients have a compost site on the property which is nice but I still charge the additional 25% above for the service. This is one of many reasons why having a Walker really makes me money.
     

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