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What to charge for bagging?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by redskinsfan34, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. redskinsfan34

    redskinsfan34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    This will be my first year running a bagger on my lazer z. In the past I would simply blow the leaves and bag/burn/leave them at curb for the city. I know I need to charge more for mowing with the bagger on, but I'm not sure how much. Any input appreciated.
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 2,128

    That's a tricky question. I would say charge for the extra time it's going to take you. Are your clients going to have a choice in the matter? Some guys on here will probably say you should bag all the time and it's just a part of doing this work and there shouldn't be an extra charge. That's not my stance. If a client insists on having their lawn bagged, it's an extra charge. If it takes me an extra 15 minutes it's going to cost them an extra $15.00.
  3. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    If my client has a place on the property to dispose of the clippings I do not charge extra. If I have to haul them away it's $10 more per week/cut.
    I estimate that bagging/hauling away adds about 5 minutes of time to a given lawn (just have to get off the mower and dump the bags) This time of year I only have to empty the bags once but in Spring with the heavy growth, it's as many as 3 times on a larger lawn.
  4. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    Figure how many more minutes it will take you to bag and dump in truck or on the property. I charge around $1 per minute. Usually adds 10-15 minutes to job. But like someone mentioned its different in other parts of the country.
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  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    I don't bag.

    And when i do...it's because otherwise I would completely destroy a backyard mulch bed just so I can make stripes beside them all.:hammerhead:
  6. Martinson9

    Martinson9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    Are you talking about bagging grass clippings or leaves?
  7. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    You should educate your customers about leaving the clippings on the yard.
  8. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Around here its just part of the deal, and actually quicker to bag then discharge because many things would need gone over 3 or 4 times.
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  9. redskinsfan34

    redskinsfan34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 107

    Sorry. I should've been more clear. I'm talking only about leaves in the fall.
  10. Martinson9

    Martinson9 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 201

    That's what I suspected and everyone else was talking about grass.

    Are you going to be hauling the leaves away or dumping them for the city to haul away? Fall cleanup is a major endeavor for us. I would assume it has to be similar in your location.

    Here is our procedure for fall cleanup.

    1) Blow out beds
    2) Mulch leaves using mower with mulch plate
    3) Pickup leaves with mower/bagger.
    4) Dump leaves on street
    5) Pickup leaves with trailer that has a leaf loader attached.

    Everyone on here has found a different way to do it that works for them. There isn't a right or a wrong way.

    The things you need to keep in mind are:

    What are you going to do with leaves when you pick them up?

    You are going to fill up the bagger VERY quickly with unmulched leaves. You have to dump the bagger A LOT.

    I personally am always trying to find a way to raise prices for fall cleanup because it is so much work. I would think you probably should to. However, if your city picks up the leaves for free I'm not sure any customers will care if you are going to haul them away.

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