Looking ahead to leaf removal season...

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by CollegeGuy, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. CollegeGuy

    CollegeGuy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Once the grass stops growing and the leaves start falling, how much business does leaf removal bring you? Do you have do downsize your crew? And how do you schedule leaf removal with your customers, on request, one time at the end of the season or weekly/monthly?

    What % of your lawn care mowing customers request that you do their leaves in the winter too?
  2. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Posts: 829

    For me leaf removal is my most profitable service besides mowing. I hire my bro and 2 friends. About 3/4 of my mowing customers request leaf removal. There are a few ways to do it. You can come every other week, 2 times or 1 time. It all depends on how nice hey want there lawn looking.
  3. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    If its a weekly house, i show up weekly until the leaves stop falling, and some for bi-weekly. I may not cut the grass, but i show up to the customers property and clean it up.
  4. dutchman

    dutchman LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 106

    How do you bill them...Do you take the leaves away
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,273

    Leaf season is definately very profitable for me. I can make 4 times what I can mowing in the same amount of time. Usually once I do one customer's lawn then all their neighbors start coming out to see if I can do theirs too. So I do it on a first come first serve basis, but my year long customers always come first.
  6. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,694

    I don't "remove" a d--n thing. I mulch all leaves, improves the lawn, and I charge the price of the regular weekly cut. Fall is a great time of the year for me.

    Can't wait to try my Hi-Lift Gator blades on leaves. From what I've seen so far, they will work better than anything else, and I won't even have to use a mulch kit. Those can be a pain.........
  7. dcombs

    dcombs LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    How much do you charge to have them removed?
  8. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,448

    I do three cleanups... one each in Oct, Nov and Dec. There are far too many leaves here to mulch them, they have to be removed.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i mulch them for a few weeks and then pick them all up in the end. it is no use picking them up when half the trees havnt let go of the leaves yet. it can be tricky because i have had trees full of leaves even after the first snow
  10. naturescape

    naturescape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,694

    NEVER too many. I have mulched 4 foot piles of leaves before. You just have to know what you're doing, and best to keep up with it every week.

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