Leaf Removal Cost?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jlauhoff, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    this really depends on how much you want to make. what kind of mower are you using where you had to refill the mower twice? If a leaf removal job took me 3 hours to do I would be getting close to 300 dollars to blow them to the curb or in the woods. If I had to haul them away its an extra 100 which is standard for a licensed and insured, tax paying landscape company to charge. do some charge less, probably, do some get away with charging 150-200 probably but I get an extra 100 to haul them away.
     
  2. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Every area is different. We get more than that to cut grass. Southern states I could possibly see it but 3"-12+"of wet leaves for $40/hr wouldn't work in the northeast. We bag/mulch what we can while we're still cutting grass but we don't give a cleanup estimate until the leaves have fallen from the tree/s.
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  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Instead of waiting for them to all fall, mulch weekly as they fall..much easier...I spent time in southern Indiana. It works the same everywhere
     
  4. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One or 2 good storms and the trees can be bare. We mulch as we cut as long as we can on the accounts we service. Come leaf season we do other properties than the ones we cut, therefore youre not going to do it weekly. When they come down you're not mulching them and bagging them when they're wet and 12" deep unless you have all day to run them over. We like to make money, not just ride on the mower all day trying to mulch acres of leaves.
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  5. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Different trees dump at different rates at different times. I say go weekly to stay up with it. If the customer wants it hauled off then gouge them as that is a PITA. Around here I can mulch, given decent conditions with a regular schedule. For the folks that wait until they're all down...well, they are risking their turf's health while being a cheapskate. They are unaware of their actions...and the damage may, and VERY WELL IS...done.
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  6. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    There's no reason to gouge. Charge them a fee and move on. They're certainly not being a cheapskate as it costs much more to wait until they're down. Different parts of the country have different ways needed. In the northeast you only have so much time to get them all before the snow comes. You can clean leaves on a property one day, a storm hits and the trees are all but bare. You're not mulching them. Its why equipment is needed, why its so lucrative and why you need to be extremely efficient. Time is of the essence.
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  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Alright...I should have said 'gouge' ~> so it didn't sound so pirate-like. Hauling a LOT of debris away is a PITA whether you're set up for it or not.

    We have 'some' bare trees already here...but the real super leafy trees hold on until Nov usually.
     
  8. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Part of the business for us. Whether its having to dispose of grass, brush, debris, etc...

    Some trees will hold on and be empty days later. Once leaf season starts here, its nonstop until the snow covers the yards.
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