Leaves $$?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Androyy, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. Androyy

    Androyy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I see LCO that before they mow their clients lawns, blow the leaves off first, or have a bagger attached to their mower. For those who do this, do you charge extra? or just your usuall?
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    Would you work for free?
  3. adblackett

    adblackett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    If I'm already there mowing and the leaves aren't too excessive, I only upcharge about $10-$15 and mow over them. If grass is done for the season and I am only there to do leaf removal, I charge an average of $40, and always recommend 2 leaf removals. This time of year I add a recommendations spot on the bottom of the invoices. Hedge trimming, fallen branch and debris removal, and leaf removal. I don't spray anything for anyone, not something I know enough about. On my first recommendations invoice sent out this year I recommended 2 leaf removals, 1 hedge trimming, and fallen branch/debris removal. Customer sent the payment back and checked for me to perform all the recommended services. $$$
  4. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    you only charge $40 for a fall cleanup? that doesnt seem right
  5. turfed

    turfed LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 24

    My fall clean-ups are done per man hour, with a dump fee. 35.00 /man hr. 25.00- 40.00 per dump. I have a 20hp Billy Goat Vac that is 1 man hr. All together, our clean-ups are between 85-140.00.

    Using common sense, if there are lots of leaves, i charge for a clean-up and a mow. You can't work for free, if it was easy, customers would be doing it themselves. I can't see anyway that you can charge less than 30.00/ man hr, and make a profit. Just my opinion.
  6. cheapcuts1

    cheapcuts1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Always up charge, more leaves more money .!!!
  7. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

    it depends on the amount of leaves but I usually double the cut price as an average
  8. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

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  9. scotts lawn care

    scotts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    I wait til most of the leaves are down. Then charge 3-4 times the cost of a mow and trim. It takes a lot longer than mowing.
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  10. adblackett

    adblackett LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    My business has no debt or employees, route is tight and not much travel. I charge $40 on average because that's my hourly rate. 90% of the leaves go to the curb for the city to suck up. Dump fees if I do have to haul anything away is $8 cost to me, I charge $15 to the customer...

    Don't be mad at the little guy because some of you are drowning in debt. If I can profit by charging $40 an hour I think that's pretty competitive. I walk with $35/hr in my pocket, more than my old postman job and I work for myself.

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