How would you handle this leaf removal?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LCME, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    How would you handle this leaf removal using what equipment I have and how much approx. would you charge. I have a 48" wb with sulky, catcher and 7001. The property is a 2 acre lot with about 40% of the property covered with leaves. The grass is a bit tall so I would need to mow. I can put the leaves in the woods.
  2. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    Based on your description and your equipment, and assuming no more leaves are expected, rake/blow the beds out into the yard. Blow the raked leaves and the heaviest of the leaves from yard into the woods (use tarps if necessary.) Then mow, always discharging to the uncut side. Mow starting from the side farthest from the woods and blow all clippings toward the woods. If your clippings become too much for the mower to handle you may have to pick them up, but if the grass isn't excessively long you shouldn't need to.

    If more leaves are expected, the only thing I would change is, don't rake out the beds yet, unless the customer requests and is prepared to pay for this again later.

    This is how I would do it.
  3. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Would you agree or disagree the cost to be $150 to complete one job as described here. If you disagree, what would you charge and why.
  4. trimmerhead

    trimmerhead LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    If it is going to take more than three hours you have to charge more than $150. I charge a minimum of $50 per man hour.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would charge more than $150, because you say that 40% of it is covered with leaves, which is approx 34,848 sq ft. Even if you mow it, the mowing alone should be close to $100, depending on the trimming, hills, etc.
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would say I would at least charge a minimum of $200-$250 to do this
  7. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    $200-$300. Leaves are the hardest to estimate. You will hardly ever get the estimate correct. Its the hardest work and the most expensive. You have the most expensive pieces of equipment running longer, you have added time labor wise and once it starts getting colder you can have more stuff go wrong(maintenance wise).
  8. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Finally got around to completing this job. I gave the hand blower to the customer so he blew out the beds and got all leave out on the lawn. I mowed/mulched the entire lawn in 1 hour. I dragged extra leaves on tarps to the back where the customer will burn. total time 1.5 hours. charged $125. did i charge correctly?.
  9. lafrance4078

    lafrance4078 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    If you were able to make the $125.00 in an hour and cover your costs i.e. advertising, fuel, ins, maint, drive time, and still make a decent profit, then yes you did well. I think that I would have charged around $175-200 but that is me. Also, I am not sure that I would have given the blower to the owner to do some of the work, but hey!
  10. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    no. because you figured out a way to do it quicker, doesn't mean you lower the price. STOP THINKING BY THE HOUR!!! if you think $50 an is good money, you'll never make $200 an hour. if you think $100 an hr is good money, then you'll never make $300 an hour

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