What do you do with all your clippings?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by blakerugg, Feb 18, 2010.

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What do you do with your clippings?

  1. Bag, dump on site

    9.1%
  2. Bag, Haul away

    37.1%
  3. Mulch

    31.2%
  4. Discharge

    42.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,359

    Funny. Was thinking this was a new thread but it's almost 3 years old. Then I saw my old post. :)

    This last year I've reduced bagging by 40-60%. The only time I bag my own lawn is the first low mow cutting of the season.

    The key on reduced bagging is you need to be in control of the fert program. Fast release synthetic fert is a huge no no once Spring is well underway. Go with a slow release product or better yet a organic based bridge product.

    Since I'm a recovering perfectionist I typically double cut most of my lawns... bagging or not.

    Here in the land of Walker Mowers and huge grass pile in the front of trailers or truck bed. I refuse to go Walker.

    The other key is over watering of lawns which is epidemic here.

    When I'm stuck bagging I use 6' x 6' burlap squares and toss in back of truck bed.
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  2. Lawn132012

    Lawn132012 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 175

    I mulch about half of the clipping but I tend to put around most of my clients gardens. This helps with weed control and creating better OM (Organic Matter) for their gardens in the future. I only do this in early Spring for several of my clients as not everyone has gardens. So only about 1/8 of the clippings go to this and the rest that is not mulched go into wooded areas as the grass clippings work as food for most of the wooded areas.

    If the client does not want it bagged i mulch it up right there on their lawns. Starting to get more clients wanting that. I can see MORE of my clients wanting that this year because of our great storm Sandy.
     
  3. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,479

    discharge only with oregon g6 blades which is basically the same thing as mulching but you are able to do it when the grass is taller/thicker without the mower bogging down or clippings clumping up under the deck making a mess.
     
  4. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,486

    i understand this because i'm from ct, and i have convinced a few of my customers that from april-june their lawns grow so quickly they need to be cut 2x per week and they allow it, and my schedule allows it so i do. it really makes things go smoothly for me. if don't cut them twice a week then i have to go over almost the whole lawn 2 or 3 times and i don't get paid for that. cutting them 2x a week i go over them once each time and get paid. or i could bag them both and it would take a lot more time, but i hate bagging, in fact my bagger system will be coming off once spring clean ups are done, and i will bag a lawn if a customer requests it but it will come at a high price because it literally takes 2x as long if not more to bag a bigger yard.
     
  5. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 554

    With new customers, if the grass is really high when i cut it for the first time, i highly suggest to them that i bag it, so that the clumps of grass dont kill the grass. bagging charge and disposal fee incur, though.
     
  6. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
    Posts: 1,233

    Let it fly!!
     
  7. Bushwhackerstll

    Bushwhackerstll LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    Try to stay away from bagging at all. It naturally fertilizes a yard if u don't bag. I would do your pre merg fertilizer in early spring and nothing elts till after spring as it grows twice a fast no bagging double fertilizer really works great
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  8. Tanum

    Tanum LawnSite Member
    Posts: 169

    Most of the time we mulch. The main mowering is a with a ransomes parkway which leaves an amazing finish. We use a Amazon profihopper when collecting (it can also mulch) I bought it for collecting long grass. Another great collector ishttp://www.gianniferrari.com/Apps/WebObjects/GianniFerrari.woa/wa/viewProductsFamily?id=277&lang=eng
     
  9. Dr. Cornwallis

    Dr. Cornwallis LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 847

    I side discharge on regular accounts. If the grass is super tall ill bag it on the first cut.
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  10. grassclippers

    grassclippers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    we mulch every job.
     

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