Does anybody bag anymore?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by soccer911, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. soccer911

    soccer911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I got a call today about mowing this persons lawn. He said he want the yard bagged. I haven't bagged a yard in 4 years. I figured I would charge him $35.00 per cut without bagging, so what is a good amount to charge for bagging? Some one who bags alot give me some advice.

    Thank you,
  2. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Sorry I can't give advice. I won't bag grass clippings. I have not been asked to do so either. Maybe 1.5 X's a regular mow? I don't know. Sorry.
  3. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,278

    Explain to him bagging is bad for the lawn. Also explain that your going to have to charge more to bag concidering its alot more work and you have to pay to dump the clippings and its extra time spent going to the dump. When you take the clippings away you are also takeing away nutrients that would normaly leach back into the soil like nitrogen.

    DAVEY PROS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    We bag all the time (unfortunately). It helps to bag with a 21'.

    I would charge $15-$20 more but no more than that. Wage in the cost of the bags or gas to dump the clippings.
  5. CBramble

    CBramble LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Guess it depends on the size of the yard. How big we talking? If its small then maybe $45. I don't add much for bagging b/c I have access to a place I can dump that is just down the road. What I do with the few yards I do bag is take along a few garbage cans and fill them up. Easier to load the grass and also to dump. Tarp also works OK.
  6. soccer911

    soccer911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    I usually explain the benefits to mulching vs. bagging but this man wants bagging so I added 25.00 per mowing to bag. I think he will end up having me mulch.

    Thanks for everything
  7. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    no bagging at all. if clippings are an issue, i can either come more often or they can call someone else. i prefer to do what is best for the lawn, and if i am not allowed to do so, i don't want to be involved at all.

    plus, bagging is a royal pita
  8. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    ...I do bag one lawn, every other week. In between I just cut as usual. I think in another month, I'll probably cut every week without bagging but the growth rate durng spring necessitated that I bag. I charge $12.00 a load. A load for my mower is when the 3 bag system (Scag Wildcat, 16bu system) gets emptied on the back of my trailer. The last mowing wasn't too bad...just .8 of a load. The worst it's been was about 4 weeks ago when I hauled off 3 loads! Good money though. I have to plan it as being the last thing I do all day so I'm not hauling clippings around all day. It works....for now.
  9. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    My crews bag approximately 10% of the sites maintained, yet these sites are veeerrry high dollar residentials, $1mill and up.
    The crews are running Navigators, so the bagging really isn't an issue with them.
    Once the alarm goes off, drop over the tarp, once the site is finished the tarp is picked up into a dump bed on the tow vehicle.
    They can run two full days before the dump truck is fully loaded.
    The clippings are either dumped in a large pile at a local rancher's property for his use or I have other places to unload.
    I do not seperate the costs for collection vs not as these customers pay for it already.
    On some of my commercial sites that want collection during certain times of the year, it is $50/labor hour in addition to the turf being mown.
    Regarding the benefits of mulching vs collection, the soils at these sites are very high content clay. I'm already fertilizing at 7 lbs/1k/year. Additionally, the turf is maintained at about 1.5" so mulching isn't an option due to the debris left behind.
  10. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    About 18% of our account's get bagged. Mainly high end condos, commercial's and residential estates.

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