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  1. Lawn Mowing
    Hey! Thanks in advance for any response and help offered. Im about two years into my business in the Atlanta area. I purchased a 36” turf tracer at the start of this season. My issue I’m having is with leaves this season. I’ve decided to transition away from bagging and have been trying to mulch...
  2. Lawn Mowing
    We get a lot of leaves starting around the beginning of Oct until around December. We stop our regular mowing season mid November. Do you all charge extra for the leaves during your mowing season? We mulch and bag during this time.
  3. Landscape Maintenance
    I met with my brother in law the other day, and we talked lawn care as we always do. I mow about 2 acres most of which is wide open, I have very few trees. He mows about six acres and has approx 100 mature oak trees that he mows around. We both have acreage but very different layouts and issues...
  4. Business Operations
    Lots of leaves still on those trees and lots of money to be made still. Chicago is supposed to get 2-4 inches of heavy wet snow. What do you all do in this situation? I do not have a large shop and can’t keep equipment for both seasons out due to a small storage unit. Do you tell your customers...
  5. Homeowner Assistance Forum
    I have a John Deere lawn tractor and am thinking of getting a Cyclone Rake. I use my JD to pick up the leaves now with a giant bag behind it. Does the Cyclone Rake increase suction that greatly? Any suggestions?
  6. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    I’ve spent a ton of time trying to quote jobs by visiting the property in years past and honestly it’s truly a difficult quote to complete for some properties. Whats the best way to sell a potential on an hourly rate? I currently track job times using a clock and gps to ensure guys are onsite...
  7. Trucks, Trailers and ATV/UTV
    Hi everyone, first time on here. I have a small lawn care company in Maine. 50-60 clients that I mow and typically 30 or so fall/spring clean-ups. An occasional mulch job or product delivery. I currently have three trucks I use, one of them being a one ton dump that I use to suck/blow leaves...
  8. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    Good morning, I'm a new guy just starting out in business and would appreciate some help on quoting a fall clean up for a customer...There are a lot of leaves too! The yard is appox. 17,000 sq. ft and is flat and has a fence on one side of the lot. I will be piling the leaves curbside and the...
  9. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    Has anyone here tried mulching leaves with both a mulching kit and/or with mulching blades combined with an operated chute blocker? And which did you prefer? Obviously a mulching kit is designed to mulch but with a chute blocker you could also deal with tall or wet grass or even larger piles of...
  10. Landscape Maintenance
    Hello all I am new to this site and I want some opinions on my lead vac set up. I recently bought a 18hp Billy goat debris loader for my dump trailer that is 12x7 downeaster dual axles with a 8000lbs payload capacity. I need to know how tall to build the sides on the trailer for what this...
  11. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    I am new to the lawn care business and have found many answers in these forums. Today I'm taking a leap and posting a question that I'm hoping someone can help with. I've made it through my first summer with a few 28" walk behind commercial mowers and a couple of Toro 22s. Our customers are...
  12. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    I'm curious how does everyone price these kind of jobs? I'm very small time (me and a rake, and maybe 1 employee) Any advice on this is very much appreciated!
  13. Bidding, Estimating and Pricing
    This is my 2nd full year officially in business and I am struggling with fall cleanup pricing, so I wanted some ideas and price ranges you guys charge. I also wanted to know how you handle fall cleanup compared to what I've been doing. So as far as pricing, I try to take a look at the trees on...
  14. Lawn Mowing
    Should leaf and stick removal be included with weekly mowing at no additional cost? I have numerous customers expecting that leaves and sticks be removed weekly. How do y'all handle if a huge storm comes through and the customer expects you to handle cleanup at no additional charge? Thank you
  15. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    so im changing mowers from a smaller zt to a 48" or 52" wb, probably getting a scag hydro, im curious on what blades you guys use. i just kept regular blades on before, im up in northeast ohio so it can get wet but for a lot of the summer its relatively dry. do you guys use 2 in 1 blades which i...
  16. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    I love my Scag. The entire property (much more than you can see here) took me 55 minutes to do with just the Scag.
  17. Lawn Mowing Equipment
    Looking to upgrade blowers this year. Was pretty much dead set on the 8500s until STIHL released their BR700. We currently run BR600s. I love them for everyday use and so do my guys. They're lightweight, quiet, but still have a good amount of power. I need to upgrade for leaves though. We will...
  18. Business Operations
    I'm approaching my first fall/winter season of business. I'm curious to know if you charge customers in addition to your monthly rate? I have some customers that have a lot of Oak and Pine trees that i can see will be a problem. It would be even better to hear from local Florida guys as I am in...
  19. Landscape Maintenance
    Not sure if im in the right spot for this, but i couldnt find anywhere else for leaf removal. I am in my second year of business, last year i used a echo handblower, rakes, and tarps; and loaded unshredded leaves onto an open trailer and open truck bed :gunsfirin:wall backbreaking and stressful...
  20. Marketplace
    Looking to add some stuff as back ups. Intersted in: Push blowers 8hp + Redmax blowers Trac vac cart for tractor, or some similar brand. Old and used is IDEAL! Just want it to work, and or need some work. Im located in glassboro, gloucester county. I can travel 45 mins to pick up. Please...
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