tell me, how much extra are you charging for all the leaves that have been blanketing the properties, as a result of the drought? only a complete and total moronic fool would clean them at no extra charge. the drought has caused leaves to fall, in quantity, for about the last 2 months. i don't mean one leaf, or 5, or 50, i mean a blanket of leaves covering the turf, and also leaves in the beds. for my clients that pay a flat monthly fee, i show up only every 2-3 weeks, and cut +clean. i charge them the usual monthly fee. this works out fine. the problem is, the "pay per cut" clients. what a joke, there were 2 yesterday, #1- i show up last week, there is a little sign taped to the tree in the front yard, "bob, don't cut this week." ok, fine, i'm there to do the neighbors anyhow. i go back this week, the place is covered in leaves. i run over them, shoot them all over, and proceed with the neighbors. lady #1 comes out, "hey bob, if you want, after you pick up the leaves, you can just pile them in the back along the fence." i'm like, " leaves? what do you mean? today is scheduled for a grasscut, you want a cleanup too?" she goes, "well....yea, it's a mess." i said, "well, don't u want to know how much it's gonna cost, first?" her, "huh, what do you mean?" yea, ok, end of story, find another schmuck to clean your property for $40. client #2- i went over the property, and did use a catcher. some of the leaves got picked up, some didn't. i move on to the neighbors, and the guy comes out waving his arms. i go, "WHAT seems to be the problem?" he's pointing to the lawn. i'm like, "what, i don't understand, what r u saying?" he says, "the leaves, what about the leaves?" i said, "well, who did u talk to when u called?" he goes, "what? talk to who? what r u talking about?" i said, "well, nobody gave me the messege that you requested a cleanup, who did u speak with?" he goes, "what cleanup, it's part of the grasscut, you can't leave the place a wreck, it looks like u werent even here?" i said, "well, let me see if i understand this. you WANT ME , to clean your property, for $28? i'll tell you what. it's still september, i'll service the property until all the leaves are down, for a flat rate of $300, above the weekly grass cutting fee." he goes, "you must be on drugs, i aint paying $300 to have my grass cut." i said, "and i aint doin it, for $28, find another sucker." the story is always the same, THE LAST GUY used to just pick them up with his lawnmower, what's the big deal? the BIG DEAL, is that a 15 minute grasscut, turns into an hour long dusty dirty nasty cleanup. i aint doin it for free. i want to thank all you "last guys" who created this problem. tell me, what are u boys doing about the leaves? anything? free???? clean the leaves, and send a gift?