Grass Clippings

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawn-N-Garden Guy, May 28, 2003.

  1. Lawn-N-Garden Guy

    Lawn-N-Garden Guy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Have any of you had customers complaining about the amout of clippings in their yard ?
    Here in Pa. its been raining about every day for the past 3-1/2 weeks and the grass is going nuts.
    I had a customer today complain and I told her it would be 50% more to bag the grass and dispose of.
    She said the guy who mowed her last year bagged it every cut for 15 measily bucks.
    I explained if she wasn't happy with my cut ,maybe she should give thay guy a call.
    Everything I cut now is side discharge or 50% more if they want bagged.
     
  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
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    you're in the same boat I am right now too, one of my customers is ontop of a little hill so it gets TONS of sunshine (when its not raining 24/7 like the past couple weeks). I've been cutting it every 3-4 days, its growing out of control, i had to double over everything yesterday with one of them sweeper carts just to get the clippings up, its a big lot and there isn't a good way to double cut the lawn without spending another hour on the machine. He said he wants it swept everytime and i said its more work and the price will reflect that. He just kinda stared at me like i was inflating the price for no reason. I was looking at a bagger option for a gravely 260Z (which i hope will be my next machine) and its $2-2.5k according to the dealer. I guess I'd better find some lots that want their clippings removed.
     
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
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    Nope, we bag 95% of our accounts. Yes, we charge accordingly. :D
     
  4. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    L&G Guy, did you double cut to help chop up the clippings?

    As much as I hate to do it, I've had to double cut more then I want to this year because of all the rain.
    Fortunately, I usually only have to do parts of yards, not the whole thing.
     
  5. Lawn-N-Garden Guy

    Lawn-N-Garden Guy LawnSite Senior Member
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    GOGETTER Don't it clump up in your deck and end up spewing gummy balls of grass into the yard when you double cut ? then you have too go back over with a backpack to try and disperse them.
    I have tried this and it doesn't seem to work for me.
    That customer I was referring too doesn't even like to get grass on her feet.
     
  6. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Not really. I mow the second pass in the opposite direction. This chops and disperses the clippings pretty good.

    For example, I picked up a new lawn two weeks ago. It's fertilized by one of the big spraying companies (truegreen or the like), so it grows like crazy! The first week I cut it, there were a ton of clippings all over. So I threw the bagger on and went over it again and collected it all.
    That sucked! Filled my truck bed.

    So on the next visit (last week), I just double cut it and it looked fine. It probably took the same amount of time as when I bagged it (had to empty bag so many times!), but at least I didn't have a truck full of clippings to deal with at the end of the day.

    I can't wait until next year when I have my app license. I won't be taking on anymore lawns treated by the big guys! Can't deal with the unnecessary excessive growth.
     
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't have anyone complaining about clippings on their lawns and we've had a good 5" of rain this month.

    If she doesn't like to get clippings on her feet, I'd suggest she wear shoes. :D

    Seriously, what kind of mower are you using? With a little more info I may be able to help.
     
  8. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
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    I bag everything here ! It is just done that way and everyone expects you to bag it ! I don't own a mulch kit even !
     
  9. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
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    Why would You spend 2500 Dollars For a Bagger thats Small and Doesn't Work Well In Wet When You Can spend 1700 Dollars For One Thats 13.5 Bushels And Does Good In wet.

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  10. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    i dont use doubles as much as i use to. but its a real help in grass dispersment.
    spreads it better and cuts it up finer.
     

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