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thoughts on biweekly mulching in the fall

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by zackvbra, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. TheLugNutZ

    TheLugNutZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    Yes I am starting up next year and do plan on going over some sort of service agreement up front. So if that's the case I should also be providing the cost to do the leaf clean up in the spring which will be hard for me to do.. I guess it's all trial by fire. I just don't want to under estimate the time is gong to take me to do cleanups causing me to agree on an artificially low price to do it.. I have a pretty big property myself so my plan is to compare it to my own (size and time it takes) and base my estimates off of that...
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  2. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Are you using plastic bags or compostable paper bags? Or, do your customers provide enough reusable containers for you to fill? :confused:

    More than a few years back when I first saw compostable paper bags :wall I knew this would be the wave of the future and started mulching everything come leaf season. I realize that mulching leaves is not practical for every LCO or for every area of the country, but it works out well for my business.
     
  3. TheLugNutZ

    TheLugNutZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    In most parts of NJ, neither, just blow to the curb.
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  4. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I keep some paper bags on hand, but if the town doesn't suck up the leaves from the street (my main service area does) I haul them off. If I'm topped off and can't load anymore and it's just a yard or two of leaves ill paper bag it. If it's in a pile it's quick.

    Better than making a second trip, even if it is a pain.
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  5. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ah ha...and that is a fine option to have!
     
  6. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some people start off by wanting me to paper bag it and I just tell them no. I explain the cost of the bags verse paying for dumpin them. It ends up being a hair cheaper, and puts more money in my pocket.
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