1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .

    Dismiss Notice

grass clippings

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowinmoney, Jan 4, 2004.

  1. mowinmoney

    mowinmoney LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 70

    For those of you who pick up grass clippings....
    Where and how do you transport and dispose of them?
  2. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Being that you're in Ft. Wayne, IN the primary type of grass that you'll be dealing with is Fescue. You really don't need to worry so much about bagging fescue since it is better to mulch the clippings. If you have customers that don't understand why just explain to them that it is one of the best natural fertilizers known. If they still want it bagged explain to them that there is an extra $15/wk charge to bag and dispose of the clippings. That usually changes their minds really quick.
  3. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    I bag 90% of my lawns and then take them to the dump .I pay 180.00 a tun thats not cheap but the customer pays the bill at the end of the month and thats the way they want it
  4. Avery

    Avery LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,389

    I do not sign a bagging contract unless the customer provides a place to dump clippings...
  5. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 976

    Avery is right on the money with this one unless you're looking at a sizable full service contract. I can dump here at the city's waste managment site for $30/load of grass clippings, but as you can see from hole in one lco prices vary from one city to the next. Another thing to consider is your time involved. Not only does it take extra time to bag, but have you ever tried to unload sizable amont of grass clippings? If you don't have a dump truck or a dump trailer you're going to be spending a lot of time emptying your truck or bin. Time is money, charge accordingly.
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,183

    Gee, and I was bitchin' the other day about paying $28.00 a ton in another town. Here I pay $14.00 a ton for anything and everything!

    $180.00 a ton is crazy........flat azz crazy!
  7. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,793

    Homer I'm with you
    I dump in the same city i liven resident dump for free but seeing as i have insurance and fancy righting on my truck i have to pay go figure
  8. workaholic

    workaholic LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 260

    We do not bag to much mostly in the spring and when we do leaf cleanups other then that we mulch. we transport are clippings in a pickup with a easy dump bed and take to are dumping site...
  9. just Cuts

    just Cuts LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 130

    We bag all lawns and have a deal worked out with a friend. I cut his grass for free and he let's me dump just about anything I want in the back of one of his fields. He has about 50 acres. He pushes the pile in the woods every other week.:drinkup:
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,336

    I was using a organic recycle dump you pay like 5 a yard for grass and 4 a yard for leaves wood gets a bit more expensive up to 16 a yard but it beat paying as much as 96 a ton at one of the town dumps. Since Oct iv been in heaven free dumping of all my leaves and grass at a farm I'm friends with he teases me and says he will sell it back to me in a few years but the savings is sweet in the last 2 months and I wasnÂ’t that active he saved me like 750.00 this spring I expect that savings to be around 5000.00

Share This Page