Grass Clippings? leave them in the street or clean them up?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Picman, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Picman

    Picman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Im new in the business this season and most of my customers dont pay to have their grass bagged. But if it gets high sometimes theres a small amount of grass left in the street. Some customers dont care but some of my annoying ones complain about it. Should I give in and just do it or no?
  2. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    In some areas it's illegal to just leave it and you or customer can get a ticket. Besides it looks really unprofessional to just blow it out into the street and reflects bad on your work. Maybe invest in a closure for your discharge chute? There are several companies as sponsors on here that do that.
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    Of course you don't leave them in the street! That is something a professional LCO would never even think about doing. You simply blow them back into the yard and if you have a Redmax 7001 as listed that is a "breeze" of a job for you to do.
  4. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Do we really have to answer this :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
    If you have all that equipment you list, and have customers (i assume enough to justify the equipment), why are you even asking a question like this? I rarely land on someone for a dumb post, but thats kinda stupid question in my honest opinion. Just curious- why did you buy that backpack blower for? do you only use it for leaves or what? Don't you blow off sidewalks, driveways and flower beds (if needed) when you're done mowing, to clear off all accumulated debris (clippings, dirt, leaves etc)???

    If I really have to answer your question: YES OF COURSE BLOW OFF THE CLIPPINGS!!!! :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    I have nothing more to add....really, how long would it take to blow the curb with that 7001? 5 seconds??......... :dizzy:
  6. oneandonlyjojo

    oneandonlyjojo LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Messages: 125

    with a black and decker it would take 10 seconds even a broom would take 30 seconds. just dont leave it on the street
  7. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    Kind of getting jumped on for this post huh? LOL! Don't worry about it, they'll get over it, well, maybe. However, they are right...always blow the clippings back into the yard just as you would around the driveway or sidewalk. Hard to believe but some areas it may not be a concern and in fact an excepted practice of blowing the clippings into the street. That's the way it is here and maybe the deal in your area. I wish I had a .05 for every time I've seen LCO's around here blowing the clippings into the street or letting them fly from the discharge chute onto the street and not cleaning them up later. They tend to do the same thing with snow, if they have to push snow across the street for whatever reason, they'll leave a good amount in the street. Not cool. :nono:

    But whatever the case, like the guys say it's unprofessional to leave them on the street, driveway, or sidewalk. Tidy up and good luck.

  8. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,296

    its your job. clean all areas: sidewalks, drives, curb and front roadways
  9. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Depending on your local laws it can be illegal to leave grass in the street. Even if it is not illegal it makes the property look like crap if you don’t clean it up. However you should not do this cleanup without being paid. It should be included in your current service package/pricing plan for each customer.

  10. lawncutr

    lawncutr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    I say blow all that trash in the street and let the cars and all the oil and rubber take care of it...or blow it in the gutter drain...just long as you are in no danger of getting clipped by a car (don't walk in a busy street), try and LIGHTLY blow the grass into the yard (if you open you big bad blower, all the rocks and nails will go straight into the yard causing headaches like flat tires, rocks in your face when you trim and duller blades) sure to mow over all that trash to make it disappear into the lawn.

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