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How much to charge per an hour?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Z's Lawncare, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    You made a statement that bagging grass higher than 6" couldn't be done, I say it can, your preference on mowers doesn't really interest me...... wait why do you prefer Scag? I thought you owned a Bobcat that mowed the first American Colonies :laugh: :confused:
     
  2. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    haha. good one. mind if i keep that for my signature?

    oh. and i like scag because they are very well built and cut grass that looks beautiful. the guy that used to make bobcat mowers is actually the one that started scag.

    I did not mean to say bagging 6" coudl not be done. i meant to say that bagging 2-4 inch on every day normal weekly cuts is a very bad idea. bagging 6" would not hurt to get the grass to a manageable level. although its a pain and i woudl charge up the ying yang to do it.
     
  3. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 2,715

    We bag in the Spring and Fall. On some smaller properties we don't have a choice but to bag, there is nowhere to discharge clippings..... and yes you may use that quote in your sig :drinkup:
     
  4. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    I'll give you a little advice. Don't under estimate a customers knowledge. Some are smarter and know more about taking care of a lawn then you OR me.

    Also, bagging a lawn isn't the worst thing you can do. Sure the clippings are holding a amount of nutrients that help grass grow but if you take away the clippings, the grass will still grow and be green. If a lawn has been recycled for 5+ years, it should be thatched and bagged. I have VERY picky customers. Yesterday one of them came out after I was done double cutting the lawn and said there's clippings everywhere and I'm not happy. I looked at her and said I didn't bag the grass. Now she WANTS it bagged and she said she'll pay me an extra $40 a week to do it! Bagging her lawn will save me time AND I'm going to be making GOOD money on top of good money. :)

    She also said that all the neighbors are raving how nice her lawn looks.
    Her neighbor is the mother of former Redskins player Chuck Foreman and while cutting my clients lawn, she came out and asked to make her place look that good. Wam bam thank you mam.
     
  5. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    why do you have nowhere to bag the clippings? and, why bag the clippings while the grass is growing the slowest and not when its growing the fastest.

    I can park my mower on my front lawn, put the blades on, turn them off, without moving and cut my yard, and i still have places to let the grass go.
     
  6. djohnsonlawncare

    djohnsonlawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I dont care if you are 55 or 25. No way you can mow 6 1/2 acres in 1.5 hours. Bottom Line...
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,114

    I dunno. maybe its more 3 or 4 acres. never measured it.
     
  8. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,541

    Age has nothing to do with it.
    (((Its the equipment you have))) That's The Bottom Line
     

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