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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimmy348, Sep 26, 2003.

  1. Jimmy348

    Jimmy348 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    First year and i am a bit confused. Leaves will fall during and in between regular cuts.
    Do you just run them over or wait till they accumulate and inform the customer that you will remove them for a fee?
    Do you just remove and charge accordingly or should this be an option?
    Finally, for areas that do leaf pickups is it acceptable to only bag em and leave curbside or should service include full removal from site?

    Is a little wonder worth the investment for say 15 lawns and how much do they run?
  2. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,266

    If the city will pick them up, leave them at the curb and do not bag. Secondly, for just a handful of leaves, I do not charge extra. Once I have to start collecting them the price goes up with the quantity of leaves. At the peak of leaf season this works out to about $50.00 per hour for just myself. I specialize in small residential properties.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    you should be able to tell by the time it takes you on the property. If it only takes you 5 extra minutes to mulch them down or bag them up then don't charge the customer. They will remember that about you. You don't want anybody to be mad at you for being in only the first year.

    Once it gets into the season we charge extra for the leaves though.
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    The city here picks up leaves from the curb. THerefore, if necessary I will blow the leaves off the lawn and onto the street at the curb, and charge a minimal fee if I feel it took long enough. The grass will keep growing for a while, and I will keep mowing. The yards I do certainly look better than the yards that goofball lawn mowing does and mulches leaves all over the lawn.
  5. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    15 lawns? Get a Redmax 7001, like a little wonder on your back.
  6. STAN1366

    STAN1366 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    Depending on how big the lawns you do are, a Little Wonder is well worth the $$. Get the Honda engine though, If they're small residentials, the Redmax mentioned is also a good bet too. I've got 15 accounts w/ vary from 1/4 acre to 1 acre. I've got a Little wonder, fradan(both 9hp Honda), a Redmax 630 & an Echo PB. I don't always use all of them unless I've got a helper and this year I got a Lazer w/ the Ultra-vac so I might have an easier time of it.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    its called "grasscutting" until oct. 15, after that, its called "leaf cleanup/grasscutting", and charged as such. im sorry, 5-10 min extra on each property adds up at the end of the week
  8. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    ^Yea it does. 15 lawns X 10 min = 150 min. (extra). If you're used to going out every week and doing 2 1/2 hours of charity labor then feel free. I charge accordingly, and don't have any complaints from my customers. They've been homeowners for some time now and understand that extra services take extra time which in turn cost extra money. My suggestion is to approach your customers before hand. They will be very reseptive and understanding. Just don't spring a surprise on them after you perform a service.
  9. Jimmy348

    Jimmy348 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    Customer asked about leaf removal today.
    I said I would, customer said how much and I vapor locked.

    If it takes me 20 min to cut lawn and i charge $30 then i figure that if it takes me 40 min to clean up leaves then its $60

    I really don't see this happening but what would be a realistic figure for a solo operator.

    I just went through this today as well. If i don't do the removal and leave it up to them then it probably won't get done. So then how do i get the last few cuts in with leaves all over the place and if i just cut em up the lawn will look like s#$%. I may just tell them that the removal comes with the service, add the charge and argue the point later.

    And yes, this is Jersey so there will be an argument one way or the other.
  10. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    Try checking out this thread to give you some ideas of what to charge and how to approach perspective clients.

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