Customers requiring grass catcher

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tilley, Aug 28, 2000.

  1. tilley

    tilley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    What's the percentage of your customers that ask for the grass clippings to be picked up? Checking to see if paying the extra for a collection system is money well spent.
  2. sunrise

    sunrise Banned
    Messages: 246

    Maybe 1% of our customers ask for this then only everyother time.
    collection unit maybe good in fall for leaves?
  3. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,262

    I don't bag grass! When I leave a lawn I'm 100% done. I will bag leaves, providing there is an on-site place to dump them. If you cut weekly, chances are you won't have to bag.
  4. yardsmith

    yardsmith LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 628

    We get a few occaisionally that ask about bagging; I tell them we keep on top of things so you don't have to bag. Only time we bag is in then fall, or in summer when rain holds us up, & we can't get to it in time. Even then we usually just double cut.
    If a new customer demands bagging, you better believe the price is gonna reflect it. If not then too bad see ya. "I have others waiting in line......"
  5. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,970

    Yardsmith,& others:
    I can see the reason people like yourself and other refuse to bag when possible. My work area, very few people don't bag. Clients just expect it here in the San Francisco Area. Myself, I see the light now.:D This last month I have been mulching whenever possible. Gotta see how messey it's going to be during our wet season. The only time I'm going to bag is the fall leaf dropings and long wet grass.:eek:
  6. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,401

    all mulch and discharge


    DBALLARD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I don't bag. Grass is 75% water and 25% fert , and I let the customer know that.
  8. Ground Rules

    Ground Rules LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I bag everything. No clippings left on the lawn. Guess I do it wrong based on others that responded.
  9. Gus with small metro accounts you would be best served to
    only mulch when conditions allow.

    I think it will take more time to clean the dukey off the
    sidewalks than it would to bag a small lawn.
  10. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,087

    Stones right, sometimes on smaller accounts, its just easier to bag, especially if you don't have a mulching plate or deck. If theres not a lot of room, it takes longer to worry about where your discharge chute is shooting into now! Bigger lots that allow it, and you can keep up on them are more easily discharged.

    I guess if your contimplating buying one, it depends on your territory. If you can use it for fall cleanup, than go for it, if the customers will pay more for bagging weekly, go for it! As long as there is a market for it, it'll work.

    Good Luck!

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