Man do i have it made!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Turfcutters Plus, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. Turfcutters Plus

    Turfcutters Plus LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 391

    I'm a solo operator who mulches leaves weekly til they are gone.All smaller properties.Then a final clean-up if needed in the end.All debris is left at properties.I haul nothing!!!!In other words,i'm always caught up.Oh yea!I've got it made.Excuse me i'm off to play my drums and guitar!:cool2:
     
  2. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    ok.....:confused: have fun Ringo:laugh:
     
  3. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
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    do you charge extra to constantly mulch the leaves? if not, youre leaving leaf cleanup money on the table.
     
  4. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    I mulch em up too. I hate leaf cleanups don't care how much money is left on the table. Time to play.
     
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    I do the same thing.

    You can get by with this for your existing customer base.
    But I don't think it is realistic for those offering "leaf services"
     
  6. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,169

    I agree..I mulch what I can and charge extra to clean out beds and haul away ...I pretty much try to take care of my regular customers and make extra $$$ on the ones who only call for leaf clean ups....and even then I mulch them if at all possible
     
  7. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,246

    You would have mulch 6 inches deep in this area if you tried doing that. We will for a while and then it's time to suck them up. Lots of hard wood here.
     
  8. BUCKEYE MOWING

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,169

    LOL..thank god for urban sprawl in this area ...trees but no real heavy woods to deal with . I only have one property that gets heavy leaves ....and I am lucky to get to suck them up and dump in the woods.
     
  9. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    Question? I was just wondering, mulching leaves would make the soil more acidic. Then you will eventually need lime to balance the PH. I am not educated much in this area but this is what comes to mind.

    I do the same thing, I usually side discharge in wooded lots going counter clockwise and blowing them into the forest. A portion of them are mulched pretty good though. I live in the middle of a wooded lot and have tons of leaves and so do a few customers of mine. I'm sure most of you couldn't get by with this method but I live out in the country. Any way after a couple of years of this you notice the growth of moss which is a sign of acidic soil if I understand correctly (no expert here). Your thoughts? Remember I'm speaking from a novices point of view on this.
     
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    No, you are correct, it is not good for the turf to always mulch leaves, thou a light cover doesn't affect ph much, by light I mean there are a few leaves and you can still see plenty of grass in between.

    Then, it gets to a point the stuff is several inches deep... You can't just mulch all that, for one it makes a big mess and dust gets into everything, but now the effect on the ph will hurt or kill the lawn over time.

    As for me, I like my 10hp push blower, fixing to change the oil in it tomorrow.
    I still get it all the time:
    Customer: Are you sure you're going to be ok with the leaf cleanup?
    Me: Oh yeah, no problem, 2-4 hours max.
    Customer: You want to use my machine?
    Me: No thanks, I have a pushblower.
    Customer: Seriously, you're more than welcome to!
    Me: nah it'll be alrite (while I'm thinking I can't wait, they're thinking I'm either done or crazy lol).
    Then the big day arrives.
    As predicted, 2-4 hours later I am done.
    Customer: Wow that machine gets the job DONE don't it?
    Me: heheh, yeah...
     

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