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Weekly leaf debris

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LCME, Oct 15, 2004.

  1. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    How do you handle leaf debris discharge after mowing each week. What a mess. Do you just leave the debris on the lawn?. I want the customer to come home and see the lawn debris free after I mow. But, I feel like I'm doing more work now because I'm trying to clean-up the debris after mowing each week. Not sure if I need to spend more time blowing the debris into beds/woods or just bag it up and put yard trash bags at the curb. Or, talk to the customer and find out what they want done. Then, charge accordingly?. Or, just tell the customer I'm finished mowing and if you need leaf removal I'm available for $$$. Any advise thanks, LCME
  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Talk to your customer.
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Messages: 2,206

    I wouls say your best bet would be to talk to the customer and see what they want.
  4. cgotro

    cgotro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 55

    Again talk to the client, give them options and prices. Let them make the call on what they want to do with the leaf problem. I'm sure your mulching if you can. We have a client that has several large trees in her yard. We mulch the leaves until they start to show when we cut. from that point on we blow and rake and bag. We charge for our time and bags. Thats what we agreed to three years ago. She's happy
  5. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    Most of my customers are now getting double cuts which leaves little to no leaf debris.......I add 2/3 of their regular mowing rate for each visit......so a $30 lawn is $50 with leaves........

    Others have me come every other week...then I charge double.....

    Finally I will do final clean-up when all the leaves are down. Those typically range from $80 to $120 dollars.

    I am running double gators on my mowers that turn the leaves to dust...

  6. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    If this was one of your best customers how would you handle/charge accordingly?.

    I charge $30 weekly mowing. Normally takes less than 30 min. But, because of the weekly leaf falling now takes 1 hour. The lawn is divided in 3 areas. Front, middle back and along the road. Between the middle back and road is a ton of thick woods.

    Along the road contains 5 oak/maple trees. But, the customer does not care about how it looks so I just mow only. So, this ones easy. Done

    The middle back yard is completely surrounded by large thick woods and the lawn, small deck and patio gets trashed. This area is small and takes me 5 min to mow. Customer asked me to just blow material into the woods and this takes me an extra 10 min to do with my 7001. Done

    The front is where all the neighbors can see and has a couple of large trees with lots of big leaves and I have to cut once to chop up leaves then mow the back and middle then return to the front to bag only 1-2 bushels of debris at this time. Extra work here is bagging 1-2 bushels.

    So, basically the extra work is 10-15 min. more using the blower. And, 10-15 min. more to double cut and bag on the second the front only.

    How would you approach customer and explain the extra work and how much would you charge. Thanks, LCME
  7. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I called the customer above here. And asked him what does he want me to do about the leaves and if he wants leaf removal later. He says, no thanks stop mowing for this year. I want to save the money so I will be mowing and cleaning up the leaves myself. I say OK will write up an agreement for next year for you to sign-up. Bye. :cry:
  8. GRT

    GRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    You did the right thing. You can't sacrifice your work because the customer wants to save money. At least he didn't give you the runaround...I'm sorry it didn't go the way you want it to, though.

  9. LCME

    LCME LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    Thanks GRT! I'm wipin the tears away :cry: ... feel better already because I have more free time!!!!! :cool2:

    Wait! this customer still owes me for last month and this month. Payments are due on the 15th. I better have a check in the box today.
  10. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,267

    I'm finding more and more of my customers don't want to pay for it this year and I bet most of the leaves will still be there under the long grass in the spring.

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