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Explaining Mulching vs Bagging to Customers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mastruck04, May 9, 2011.

  1. mastruck04

    mastruck04 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    How do you explain benefits of mulching vs bagging to your customers?

    It seems this year I'm running into a lot of customers who want their lawn bagged.

    I have a new customer who wants her 3/4 acre bagged. I really dont want to buys a bag for my Z.

    Any thoughts?
  2. j-ville native

    j-ville native LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    u can say "mulching cuts each grass blade into fine clippings that fall back into your lawn where they are unnoticeable. The clippings provide nutrients and may even reduce fertilization requirements"

    KINGMADE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 237

    If you charge enough for bagging. That is usually enough for most customers to want you to mulch.
  4. yardatwork

    yardatwork LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 651

    If they have dogs or kids...grass will be tracked in from mulching no matter how fine you cut the grass. In my opinion...bagging grass is far superior and more professional. I don't care how good of a mulching system you have...grass will never look as nice as if you bag (depending on the state/area you live). High grass isn't easy to mulch...but...if you go at the right speed...you can bag that grass.
  5. RandallM

    RandallM LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 122

    Great point!! If you must bag, bid it so that it is worth your time and effort.
  6. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,441

    I agree. :)
  7. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,109

    Not true, if N is managed correctly and mulch system and operator are up to it grass tracking is a non issue. IMO building SOM and healthier turf by mulching is far superior and more professional than bagging. If the total management process is up to speed the cut of a mulched lawn is just as good and the turf quality will be better. To the OP, I never discuss mulching with new customers, I just do it and I have yet have any blowback. Most never know and could care less.
  8. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,289

    If I had to bag everything I would give this business up. Mulching is also a joke in northern lush damp tall fescue. I have yet to see a mower that was worth a ---- at mulching spring time tall fescue. You are in PA and have the same grass we do and 99% of all crews here (every 8th vehicle on the road is a truck and trailer full of mexicans and mowers) side discharges. Why on earth would a person bag up all the nutrients off a lawn? Makes no sense and that is what I tell customers. When you discharge or mulch the nutrients leach back into the ground to be reused again but when you bag you take away that fert that was applied and dump it in a landfill.
  9. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,552

    and don't forget that a blade of grass is 75% water.
  10. BrunoT

    BrunoT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    "Mulching price $40"
    "Bagging price $55"


    "I don't bag"

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