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money in leaf work

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by awm, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    i dont know about you guys but ive made at least twice as much as i expected from leaf wk this year. more still out there.
    only problem is i mulch ,which my lazer will do at half throttle due to the exstreme dry conditions. i work in a cloud of dust a good bit of the time.most time ,cant even get a breeze to blow some of the dust away. thats getting old. i dont even run my mulch blades as the little universal blade i got at lowes makes less leaf dust. oh well,still glad to be working.
  2. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,174

    I'd rather have no breeze at all cuz then it blows all the leaves to parts I already cleaned up!
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    a paper dust mask and your good to go!
  4. LawnPro in NC

    LawnPro in NC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 101

    No rain to speak of in over 30 days. would like to see some.

    the other day I was in a neighborhood doing a leaf job and I notice a lady stopped in the road. I stopped the mower and walked over. She says what's on fire. I looked around. She said there's quite a bit of smoke in the air. Just told her everythings fine and walked away.
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    guido it must not be as dry there as here. personnaly ive never seen it this dry. i had to borrow a resperator,i think its called.
    if it was hot also i think even the trees might die.
    one thing to remember is w no even light drizzle the leaf dust just sets there waiting for u to come back next wk. one little rain
    would settle it in . PLEASE up there ,just one. or a long slow
    3 day rain,if u feel genererous.:angel: :D

    AVRECON LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 290

    I did a lawn clean up for a reg. customer, and it took me 3 hrs. to do it and I charged her $150. The lady almost dropped the phone, A HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS! I didn't think it would be that much. I told her before I started that it would be $50 an hr. Now this is a customer whos husband is a doctor and charges $220 for a first time visit to his practice. Big azz yard with Half million $ home. You know its only the folks with money that I ever have a problem with. So anyway I was sorta leaning toward calling and telling her I would go back next week and mulch anything else that has fallen, not because I feel guilty or anything like that, but I don't want to lose a good mowing customer. What do y'all think?
  7. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 544

    this is why we price by the job not by the hour..(no surprises to customer)
  8. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    avrecon,that would be being real nice. my folks can tell by the way i look, when im done, that im charging what the job is worth.
    so far no one has dared haggle price. they just glad its not them doing it.later now
  9. Yes I have made more on leaves than in the past.

    CHARGE T&M no other way to go.
  10. cclllc

    cclllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 903

    I tried the per hour bid too and it didn't work so I told the customer that the job would be 300.00 and she seemed ok with it.

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