So it is going to be real interesting to see what the rates will have to be for the fall cleanup season. Especially cause we had nothing, but moaning and groaning last year from that increase. I am looking into new ways to cut costs to the customer and save me time, but still make money. Around here almost everyone goes by the strip it down to the soil method, every leaf, every time. As you can figure out this can get real expensive when you are talking about multi acre wooded lots. Fact is a lot of people around here have their houses for sale for less than they bought them for a few years ago. How can we go greener, help the health of the lawn, and still save money? Obviously 4-5 guys each burning 1/2-3/4 of a gallon of 2 stroke an hour adds up. And stripping all compostable material off the lawn isnt really good. And the labor of 4-5 guys adds up real quick. What about mulching the leaves and letting them sit in the lawn to decompose? Fuel would be reduced by a gallon or two an hour, labor could be cut down to 2 guys per site, leaves would decompose adding nutrients back to the soil. Calling it a "green clean" would draw a higher premium, but still less than the old 5 man hours per hour method. How thick can you leave the leaves and not risk issues with suffocation, fungus, etc. Id like to hear more on this idea. I also would like to know what you guys are planning. I know some customers were not real happy about $1K cleanups last year, not sure if they would go for a $1300-1500 cleanup this year.