Fall Clean-Up | Leaf Removal

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by nherweck, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. nherweck

    nherweck LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    OK....This if my first year providing leaf removal, and was wondering what the best way to do that is. I'm looking for something cost-effective, preferably in the 400 or less range. I'm also wondering about pricing...how much to charge for a typical 5000sq ft yard with 8-15 trees? Thanks.
  2. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Your are going to need more than $400
    backpack blower $450 to $600
    Push blower-$500 to $1400
    Truck loader -$2500 to $6000
    Wood to make leaf box $200
    Dump truck $30,000 to $50,000

    For under $400 a really big rake and tarp.
  3. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    Im also thinking about doing a fall advertisement on this, what about those billy goat leaf vacs??
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,558

    We do a lot of leaf clean-up and still don't see the need for anything special beyond normal equipment used for commericial properties. We blow the leaves out into the yard run the mowers over them unitil they are dust. Pull in with the Scag Cougar or Walker, bag the remains for city recycle pick-up. Obviously if you leave the leaves build up for weeks then that is a different matter. All customers have grass cut on regular basis year round thus avoiding the big leave clean-up charges.
  5. green thum

    green thum LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    I too was looking into a leaf vac but what ed said makes sense,it's just a matter of staying on top of it it not letting the leaves get to deep.

    SHOWCASE LAWNS LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Lets See...
    Some Gator Blades For The Mower
    A Few Tarps And Rakes
    A Couple Strong Backpack Blowers
    A Push Blower Or 2
    A Vac System For The Rider
    Dust Masks
    A Place To Dump That Isnt Too Picky Or Pricey
    What ABOUT Mounting A Truck Loader Vac On A Dump Trailer W/ Tall Sides And A Good Mesh Tarp To Haul The Leaves? The Lesco In Langhorne Pa Had A 16 Hp Truck Loader On Sale For 2500 As Of A Month Ago.........wanted To Unload It (brand New Last Year,never Used) Still Shrink Wrapped And Up On A Shelf.
  7. splatz100

    splatz100 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 647

    But what about the ones that didnt use me for lawn care and need leaves cleaned up

    I thought about running an ad like Tired of seeing leaves or something like that, I think I would get some calls because I know how everyone hates leaves
  8. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    Well, this reply kinda makes a point in a roundabout way, but it's really not all that helpful.

    The answer to this question is, as always, as follows: How much business do you want to do, how much can you reasonably expect to do, and what kind of equipment do you need to pull it off?

    I have a Redmax 8000 already, which is great for leafwork. Cost me about $530 plus tax last year. This year I'll add a large-capacity catcher for my 52" walkbehind. I expect that'll set me back around $500.

    Take a look at your client list, take a look at the folks who live near them and figure out how much business you might drum up. Figure out also how many days a week you can expect to get rained out. If you can flesh out a picture of how much you can pull in, you'll have a much better picture of how much you should invest.
  9. Meg-Mo

    Meg-Mo Inactive
    Messages: 1,020

    Put the MEG MO blades on your mowers and end up getting 15 to20 gals. of leaves per prop. Not allot of money to make allot.
  10. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,565

    I was wondering when you'd show up. What took you so long?

    Nothing personal, but you really ought to work on your spelling, Roy!

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