Future Problem

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lux Lawn, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Around here during leaf season the local city's come by with the Vac All trucks and remove leaves from the treelawns.So there has been no need for any of the bigger equipment for leaf removal except the usual backpacks,w/b blowers rakes tarps what ever until now.One of the city's where I have about 15 or so accounts with a decent amount of leaves is no longer picking up this way they are going to the Brown Bag Only system I need some suggestions on what to do,bagging all these leave will take forever and slow things down way to much that we would never be able to service everybody weekly at that point in the season and if there is an early snow fall next year forget it.I know I could just raise the prices to make it worth my while but thats not really what I am looking for at this point.
    Thanks.
     
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Any chance you can mulch them down a ton and still use the bags Larry without too much difficulty?
     
  3. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I thought about that with the Meg Mo's but I never used them and some of these yards have desent size Oak trees in them.
     
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Forgot to ask, but do you have any type of collection system on a mower at present?
     
  5. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    No right now I run two Great Dane 52in SS and a 48in Lesco w/b.
    Also let me add that some of the backyards are small and require a Lawnboy because of the gates.
     
  6. sanfordandsonfan

    sanfordandsonfan LawnSite Member
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    If I were you, I would be looking into a vacum so you could service that particular town. In my area (st. louis) several communities do not offer curb side pick up, so companies drive around and vacum up the piles. Charge is about 65.00 for the first ten minutes. Most piles are gone in less than five. The ones that want there leaves moved to the curb and vacumed, charge them for the labor and vacum. This could be a big money maker for you.
     
  7. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thank the lord.....purchase the needed equipment and start raking it in (the money, that is.) :):):)
     
  8. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would like to buy a vacum system but without the dump truck i'm not sure it will work,might be better to buy a ZTR with a collection system on it instead.
     
  9. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
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    Something that worked well for me this past season. With the bag attached to my wb, I would let the bag fill, then continue going over the entire yard with the bag full, mulching up leaves in the process. Then I would empty the bag, and go over the lawn again picking up the mess and emptying as needed. This worked well for me as I work solo, and it cut the time and volume down considerably allowing me to pickup more lawns between emptying the truck. If you are running a crew, then I think it would be more efficient with a leaf loader.

    Unfortunately I'm sure you will still have to increase prices to compensate you for the extra time. The city of Massillon did the same thing this past season, eliminating curbside pickup. Be prepared for sticker shock. Can't tell you how many decided to get more estimates or just do it themselves after being spoiled all those years with city pickup.
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I agree with you MULCH the leaves up and stop thinking about it. I am in a town of 1.0 million and if there is ONE vacumn truck for leaves I would be very surprised. And we deal with leaves from October thru Feb. And forget the mega-mo stuff a single standard blade with a plate over the exit works just fine!!! Most guys on this site have 80# size backpack blowers...so when you finish mulching take backpack and spread the mulch....only thing you can't charge much for this type of clean up.
     

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