What is spring clean up?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Simplecut20, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. Simplecut20

    Simplecut20 LawnSite Member
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    Ok guys I really tried to find this one on my own but I had no luck. What is spring clean up? Thank you so much for looking and posting.
     
  2. YoungGun

    YoungGun LawnSite Member
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    GEt all the
    Leaves
    Branches
    out of the yard sometime a fresh cut too/ Tree trimming/ plan trimming weeding/ thing what spring cleaning just getting the house clean for the summer same deal but outside
     
  3. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    trim hedges, fresh mulch installed, leaves out the flower beds, dethaching, mow lawn, weeding beds, etc etc. Getting all the old crap out that way when you come back to your customers house all you have to do is cut,edge,blow!!
     
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    go in in the spring , and clean up.
     
  5. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i see you are from MI. it will vary by zone so what the other guy said about trimming the shrubs is incorrect for our area, do not do it yet! i have found the sweet spot is right around end of may beginning of june.

    spring cleanup =
    leaf removal from beds
    cutback any perennials that need to be
    tree trimming
    weeding
    mulching is optional
    gravel/crap removal from yard from plowing
     
  6. bruno_rs

    bruno_rs LawnSite Member
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    hey terrapro, very good point about the trimminig... could do irreversible damage, in the wrong zone. spring clean up, in even simpler terms, is labor NECESSARY to rid the overall "landscape" from damage and/or debris left behind during the winter season.

    although spring clean up is one of the most important labors, performed BEFORE the cutting the season, the severity of "damage" and/or its' importance is often unable to be "recognized" by the average homeowner. further, what they may not understand is, by "overlooking" the spring cleaning process the lawn and landscape WILL be put at a SERIOUS disadvantage as well as promote weeds and/or "disease" to take root!

    it's your job, as a professional, to "educate" the property owner if and when there is something which can help OR harm their most valuable asset. moerover, i've found most customers appreciate your knowledge and tend to repeat it back to you, their friends and/or collegues... as i put it, the "regular guy" syndrome. when the customer feels part of a healthy lawn/landscape solution, it "usually" makes for a much "friendlier" AND financially rewarding business relationship.

    to the poster... you did the right thing by starting this forum. remember, the only silly question is the one you were afraid to ask. best of luck. have a good one.
     
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Down to the nuts and bolts it really just involves removing / cleaning up those leaves / branches that may have fallen since the last fall cleanup.... Most Lco's and also homeowners plain don't concern themselves with the yard through the cold winter so there's likely to be some debris, to a point it can be significant such as if we had any good storms Jan-Feb etc...

    What it does NOT entail is dealing with leaves that haven't been touched since they first fell back in October, that to me is not a spring cleanup...
    You can call it that but to me a spring cleanup is simply catch up work for what might have fallen since the final fall / early winter cleanup.

    Again yes it can be significant, I've had to remove piles of leaves that required the blowers and that is not unusual, but don't call me talking about a spring cleanup if you know dang well your fall cleanup somehow never got done is all I'm saying (and watch out for this little pitfall lol).

    Peace
     
  8. Simplecut20

    Simplecut20 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks guys!
     
  9. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    A spring cleanup is cleaning up whatever the customer wants cleaned up.
     
  10. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    A spring clean-up is a signifigant way to pay for your winter vacation!!
     

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