Curbside leaf removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Red Wagon, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Red Wagon

    Red Wagon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Who out there does curbside leaf removal? If you do how many stops do you have and what's your setup like?
  2. JohnsonLawn

    JohnsonLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    Have not done it before, but we are offering it this year. Figure some will jump on it. We will see.
  3. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    If you do it be very careful. People like to rake all sorts of things into the piles................ We tell them if we find many sticks or rocks our service will stop.
  4. loom-gen

    loom-gen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    I got into it last year and its not a bad idea. I charge by how long I think the pile will take. About two bucks a minute seems to make everyone happy.
  5. Greybeard

    Greybeard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Ditto on the sticks and rocks. I like to move the suction hose away from the pile if there seems to be a lot clanging and banging, and rake the rest of the leaves toward the hose. This is our fourth year. $100-$120 an hour plus disposal costs is about right.
  6. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,961

    What size (HP) vacuums are you guys using ?
  7. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 549

    ive been doing it for a couple years and always rake the pile to the hose.
    I usually just go by the hourly rate of $40 as most of them i do take less than 20 minutes to finish.
    I use a 11hp briggs billygoat and it works great for it.
  8. Red Wagon

    Red Wagon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Bump to the top
  9. RedMax Man

    RedMax Man LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,051

    I will be this season. Hope it works out well. I have fliers and on the back i have "You Rake Em We Take Em" and explained how i will just take a pile that's already been raked. On the front of them i have info. on complete cleanups. I expect most piles will be around $50 to $75 unless they are real small and close to where i already am they could be only $40.
  10. rootslawnservice

    rootslawnservice LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    This is going to be many first year also, doing leaf pick up. I'am using a 25hpBG. I'am going to charge $50-$100, for non regular custumers. I will give a break to the regulars. It works very fast. Check out You.Tube debris loader mayham, thats the vac I use.

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