My first fall cleanup!

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by pattytastik, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Darryl G

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    I would have just blown the leaves from the curb and walks onto the lawn and then bagged it. Looks good though. Did you edge too? Looks like it needed a mow anyway. How long did it take you?

    I have accounts down by the beach where the trees are already bare without ever changing colors, due to Tropical Storm Irene. Lots of leaves down elsewhere too.
     
  2. XLS

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    we got a rush of clean ups over the last 2 weeks. It was due to heat stress and rains. now the rush has dropped off and I think we will make it untill after halloween like normal. we always have started cleanups the Monday after when we get back from the GIE-EXPO
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  3. Greenlandscaping

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    The leaves are falling really FAST here in PA. I was gonna order my bagger next month in the middle for my exmark but i bought it last week because its that time! Not a bad thing thow. There could be 5 inches of snow in 2 weeks here.
     
  4. DLONGLANDSCAPING

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    that is a 30 dollar lawn!!!!!! By me people would charge 15-18 for that, and my price is right around 20-23 depending on back yard.


    I am so underbid by all the big three buy out men and woman that started a "part time" lowballer business.

    That is amazing that you can get 30 dollars out of a postage stamp size lot.

    Good job and keep at it
     
  5. XLS

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    Dlonglandscaping - It has to be differances in our locations because with the right equipment and setup you are making 20-30 in 10-15 minutes by the look of the picture. even the OP using a pushmower would be able to complete a basic no debris lawn service in 25 minutes or less and like it was in the pics in about 35 minutes.
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  6. DLONGLANDSCAPING

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i understand what you are saying but industry standards and prices don't reflect what equipment a company has, they reflect the going rate for a property. If a company is going to mow it for 20, and another for 30, whats the industry standard?

    Of coarse you bid according to your overhead but obviously with a push mower your overhead is going to be less than if you had a 25,000 dollar trailer full of equipment.
     
  7. Darryl G

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    I bid $40 per mow! Probably wouldn't have charged anything extra for the minor cleanup though, maybe a nominal disposal fee.
     
  8. DLONGLANDSCAPING

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    your joking right? 40 per mow for the tiny lawn. I need to move locations.
     
  9. Darryl G

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    Yeah my minmum is $40 and I do get that. I do have one lawn at $25 but that's a special case...it's truly tiny and it's the same stop as 2 others. My average for my lawns this season was $53 the last time I calculated it in the spring. Most are in the $40 to $50/cut range.

    When you move here and see what the cost of living is, you'll understand why. I sent my VW to a budget repair shop today, they only charge $85/hour. Minimum wage is $8.25/hour. Everything is expensive here and practically everything is taxed. Things are different in different areas.
     
  10. Darryl G

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    I just checked some statistics for your state vs mine. In 2009 the median household income in CT was $66,906 and in MI it was $45,254, that's almost a 50% difference.
     

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