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*****Fall Clean-up How-to

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by louisianalawncare, Oct 12, 2004.

  1. louisianalawncare

    louisianalawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    What do most people think of when you say Fall clean up?

    My wife asked me that yesterday. and it got me thinking

    What should a good fall clean up consist of

    This is our first season what should I tell my customers
    don't laugh I had a plan (just remove or mulch leaves) but I figure it should be more than that

    What would the experts at lawnsite.com suggest :dizzy:

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    I've always thought people think of leaves when they hear Fall clean-up. At least I do. I also try to push mulch and bed clean-ups. Not so much as being beneficial for the plants, but as a way to brighten up their property at a time of the year when everything starts to look drab.
  3. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Remove all leaves from property and basically anything else specific that they request. When giving an estimate, make sure you detail it to EXACTLY what they want. You dont want any surprises. I have had it happen and should them the estimate (in this case, they wanted me to remove some tree branches). I should them on the estimate and it was not there. They paid extra with no problems.
  4. cklands

    cklands LawnSite Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 360

    We clean just the lawn for the fall months and then at the end of the season we clean out the beds and the lawn one last time. We have some properties that we put away their lawn furniture, golf stuff, planters, etc. No gutters though. I hate ladders.
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    for me it is weekly leaf mulching until thy are all down.....then one major clean up at the end of the season that includes flowerbeds, etc......gutters are extra, alot extra....

  6. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    A thing some of my customers wanted was for me to dead head (cut back) perenial plants. Sometimes it is so easy I say no prob and we will do it free. An example is the old lady has a small bed of lillys get the string trimmer chop away it takes 2 minutes. The customer is happy they got extra stuf done free. Old people have a hard time with some things we can do with almost no time or work.
    If a person has alot of perenials that need to be cut back I charge them according to time it will take.
    Gutters if they are not too hard and they are alot extra.
  7. lwngrl1

    lwngrl1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Hi guys,

    You might want to also offer fall shrub fert for the evergreens.
  8. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    I've had tons of calls for a FALL CLEANUP estimate, I've always included this for one time customers and inquiries.

    1) leaf cleanup
    2) flowerbed maintenance w/ deadheading perennials
    3) hedge trimming
    4) lawn service

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