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apples on lawn?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bluerider, Aug 24, 2005.

  1. bluerider

    bluerider LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    This year there seems to be a huge amount of apples on all the apple trees in my area. The trees are so overloaded that the apples have been dropping for about a month now. So in a lot of places there is starting to be alot of apples on the lawns underneath the trees. I was wondering what most people do about them. Do you pick them up or just mow over them? If I mow over them alot of them get cut up in bits or get flatten out and that makes a mess. If you pick them up do you charge the customer a clean up fee for it?
  2. Hank Reardon

    Hank Reardon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 599

    We service a large property with an orchard and are paid to pick them up prior to mowing. Makes too much of a mess to leave them on the ground.
  3. GLC51

    GLC51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 128

    I mow over them I'm not getting paid to pick them up , if the customer can't be bothered to pick them up niether can I. If a customer complained about it I would say OK if you pay me $ X per hour.
  4. jbell113

    jbell113 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 654

    I would mow em into apple sauce.
  5. bluerider

    bluerider LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    thats what I thought too. Why should I pick them up if I ain't getting paid for it. But I hate seeing the mess it makes to mow over them. So maybe I need to ask the customer if they want them picked up and tell them that it will cost extra to pick them up.
  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    That is exactly what you should do bluerider.........
    .Just mowing over ,making a big mess
    and then seeing if the customer complains..then telling them it will be x amount to pick them up is NOT the way to do good business.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Bees love apples. If you don't pick them up, You could be off the mower anyways :D

    Just toss them onto a pile by the tree trunk. finished business. it takes i minuet.

  8. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    i eat em if there's healthy & not rotten ;)
  9. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I mow over apples and pears and dog crap, how ever if I step in the dog crap, its a $20 charge extra.
  10. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    like said before, Apple sauce. No way am I picking up any apples for free. When doing a bid I ask specifically if there are any Apple, Pear, Plum, Orange, or other large fruit trees. If they say yes I address the situation there. Most of the time they say they will pick them up. I have one guy that I bill my leaf rate on his fruit trees.
    Personally I hate picking up the crap.

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