Fall cleanup question

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by pattytastik, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. pattytastik

    pattytastik LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    Do fall cleanups typically include raking out garden beds that have leaves in them? I gave a price for a fall cleanup and they accepted it. I just got an email from them saying that all of the leaves fell and they just want to make sure that we clean the leaves out of the beds. I guess I was just thinking of raking/mowing the lawn. Is this common?
  2. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,321

    I get all the leaves. Blow out beds, porches, driveways, carports, decks, shrubs, and everything in between.
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  3. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    99.9% of leaves, sticks, and other organic debris gone from entire property.
  4. nightshutter

    nightshutter LawnSite Senior Member
    from UT
    Messages: 513

    absolutely. That would look bad to get the leaves off the lawn and leave the beds all messy. when I give a price for leaf removal i inspect the beds and anywhere there are leaves. That goes into the total cost of the removal.
  5. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,728

    Yea as the above guys said, everything around the perimeter of the house (other than the roof) gets leaf removal. You may want to get back with them and tell them that the beds weren't included in the price if its going to really take you a while and cause you to lose money. Otherwise, just learn to include it from now on.
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,506

    This is something you should of hashed out when you were bidding the job. Getting ALL the customers expectations before you bid will keep you from losing money and having a dissatisfied customer.
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  7. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 4,473

    If the beds are going to take a significant amount of extra time that you didn't account for in your estimate I would explain it to the customer. As you have already figured out make sure if they want the beds cleaned out or not before giving a price. Understand clean ups in general take twice the time if not more in some cases so you need to figure for that.
  8. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I don't own a rake but I do blow all the leaves out of the beds. If you are actually raking, you have got to buy a blower.
    I would do as above stated, talk to the homeowner if it going to take you a significant amount of time to get the beds done but either way you have to get them done or I will just about guarantee that you won't be doing it next year. The thing is that you have to set a price and do the all the work for the price. If you don't get paid more for the beds and you sink alot of time in then they will expect the same price next year. Not a good deal. Chalk it up to learning. Good Luck.
  9. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,510

    Yes get all the leaves from everywhere. I never rake either. Blow everything into the grass and then mulch it with your new mower.
  10. mad87man

    mad87man LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 127

    I usually just get the leaves off the lawn and then on the last cut i will clean everything up and get the beds.To me its a pain in the ass to blow mulch all over the place and get leaves out every week. Some houses i get them every week depending how big the beds are and if people pay me more. I usually don't charge more for a cleanup.

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