High End Customers, who leaves the clippings?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by toxic man, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. toxic man

    toxic man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    How many of you guys leave the clippings either bagged or in the customers cans? Is it a big deal to haul it away? dou you end up with a lot of clippings during the growing season on a 25 yard residential route of 2000 sq ft lawns.

    Do you charge extra for this?


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  2. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I have one customer that I bag on a regular basis. I do it Wednesday morning as their trash comes Wednesday afternoon. They dont mind and neither do I. The yard is about 50,000 sq feet. Lots of bags!

    I told him if I had to dump the price would go up $50.00. They already pay $120 to have it cut so they agreed to let me put it on the curb.
  3. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 378

    i bag most of the lawns i mow under 12,000 sq ft. a few over that, but not a lot over that. I take the clippings with me and dump them on my farm. been doing it for about 5 years now, getting a pretty good pile. gonnna spread it in my grapevineyard this spring i think. dont know what i would do if i didnt have a place to dump though. Actually around here i know of a few places that dont charge to dump.
  4. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We leave our grass in bags because we don't have room to carry it on our trailer. It also gets old delaying with wet grass and going to the dump every Saturday. We mainly maintain high end residential properties and the customers have never had a problem with it.
  5. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I leave my high end customers clippings with them...right in their lawn. I don't do the customer-wish nonsense of "bagging". I just simply explain to them, that they don't bag Wrigley Field, and they don't bag Warwick Hills Golf Course, either.
  6. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 946

    We dispose of clippings for many of our customers. There are many dev. around here that they are really stuck on the idea of bagging the clippings. Many of the upper middle to upper scale dev. if you do not bag you do not get the customer. Some will let you get away with it. It doesn't matter to them that the clippings is actually better for their lawn. Some folks if you say that you do it but it will be an extra charge they change their mind. IMO collecting the clippings really cuts into your production time. Many will disagree. If it only takes you and extra 5 minutes per lawn x's 10-20 per day x's 5-6 days a week. 20 lawns x 5 x 6 = 10 hours That is not to mention disposal costs if the apply. Toxic man, if you can get away with not disposing of the clippings do it. If not, charge them for it. JMO
  7. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    This may be true but they mow Wrigley daily and your greens and tees daily too so your comparing apples to oranges, as a matter of fact I bet they catch the turf on your greens and tees too, they do here. We bag everything from 300sq ft to 25-K, adds about 7% to the cost. We bring it back daily in P/U bed and transfer to dump trailer and dump trailer goes to the dump every 3-4 days.
  8. DSIM

    DSIM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Bagging is a waste of time and money. The benefits of mulching need to be explained to the customer. If you mow every 7 days I dont see why you would need to bag.

    Around here they try and discourage everyone from bagging. The trash collectors wont pick up bags of grass and then if you take them to the landfill they make you cut open the bags, dump the grass, then they make you take the bags with you. Ever smelled bagged grass thats a day or two old and has been in the sun? Whew!

    After mulching, if there's any clippings on top of the lawn I use the blower to disperse then and looks as good as bagged. :cool2:
  9. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    In my town, it is illegal to have your contractor leave the grass clippings for the garbage pick up. I guess if you don't get caught, you didn't do anything illegal.

    As for if you mow every seven days you can mulch. Not on some of my accounts in the spring. I guess its site specific.
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    we have a few high end accounts that like it bagged but we can leave the clippings on the property.:cool2:

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