Can someone explain this plz?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Freddy_Kruger, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Below is a quote but I don't understand it. Does it mean that you can cut grass and only bag it on the 4th cut or 4th week?

    I thought you had to bag it everycut especially in the heavy growing season unless you can mulch it.

  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    It looks like this quote does mean to bag it every 4th cut (although I've never heard of such a practice). Anyway, if it is done right, you can get by without even bagging it at all. Oh yeah,.....occasionally, there is a need to bag - especially in some tight areas wher there is no place to put the clippings (disperse). There are several techniques available to avoid bagging though, and it is about down to a science. It gets pretty involved in what type of blades are used for different conditions, and of course there are always variables involved with different types of mowers, turf conditions, weather (humidity/moisture), etc..
  3. cwlawley

    cwlawley LawnSite Senior Member
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    Basically they are saying that they will let the "unbagged grass" sit on the lawn for the first 3 cuts of the month. The fourth cut they will bag in hopes that the grass from the first 3 cuts will come up too. I think they are trying to do this to save time and frustration. Personally, I never bag and if a customer wants me to bag, they aren't my customer very long.
  4. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was wondering about that because I want to get a ride on (even though I only have two customers: I'm expanding into lawncare, I'm just trying to learn, don't care if I make money just don't want to lose any) and they don't have baggers unless you get real expensive ones.
    I got a bad leg so I won't be mowing to many lawns, I will get ppl to do that but I wouldn't mind pitching in with a ride on mower.

    I wonder If I have a false perception about bagging? I thought it was industry standard, everything gets bagged.
  5. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Out of all the accounts we have I can only think of 2 that want it bagged every week. They don't want grass clippings on there lawn. It all depends on where you live.
  6. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    now we know that bagging robs the turf of valuable nitrogen.... i mulch just about everything, looks great.... i read somewhere that proper mulching can even help maintain the proper amount of thatch, so dethatching can become redundant

    also seems to be a local thing, some places everone bagges, some places they dont... weird...:)
  7. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,064

    I think it's like that here in winnipeg I've seen ppl advertise that they will take the bags away with them:confused:

    I'm going to try and sell mulching over bagging I think. Still got about 6 weeks to go before the season starts.

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