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So i've always wondered what would be the best thing to do with the grass when its time for the clean up. If the customers grass is long I usually broom it into a big pile and then put it into a trash bag. Whatever is left over I try to blow back into the yard. I try to keep it out of the street as it looks very tacky to me to see yards with all the grass just blown out into the road. Is there a proper way to go about this? or am I on the right track with what I do?
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You always try do discharge the clippings back into the turf. So the chute should not be pointed at the road. Nor pointed at the beds. So take a swipe starting at the house blowing into the lawn. Go to the property line and mow down the line to the road. All blown into the lawn. I would rather mow the lawn twice to mulch the clippings than pic them up. This is not always possible though. Sometimes you just have to blow it in the street
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NEVER, NEVER leave clippings in the street. I've fired guys on the spot for that. I make two rounds around the edges of the property and the house and blow into the center (away from the house and street). Then I do my normal mowing. In some cases, in order to get your stripes right, you may have to blow some into the street, however I either use my mower to blow them back into the lawn from the street or I use my blower. Another thing that will get a worker fired is discharging grass against the house. However, I'll make em' clean it off with a broom, or if it's wet grass I'll make em' wash it off before I chew their butt and fire them. I'm a VERY particular person and when I pay someone $10 an hour, they're gonna do it my way and they're gonna work for it. My way is what makes me money and what keeps my customer retention at 100% every year.
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Can't leave anything on the street.

You should even trim the edge of sidewalks/curbs in front of your customers property, usually weeds tend to poke out & it makes a difference when you remove them.

I remove small stones & sand which has faded off of the curbs of my customers properties, a shovel works wonders!
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This is a very important topic. I can't tell you how many people I have talked to over the years that watch from inside their house what the lawn care company is doing across the street or next door. You may think no one is watching you but they are.

People get really mad when grass clippings are blown into their yard or they are blown out into the middle of the street.

I have seen this done many times and it is no way to win over neighbors to sign up with you.

Have you ever seen that too? Where a guy is blowing grass clippings out into the middle of the street as if they are going to magically disappear?
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I have had so many people thank me for not blowing the clippings from my customer's lawns into theirs. That is so disrespectful, and as Steve put it, not good business. You're chances of getting business next door will go down the crap shoot doing that. Too many lawn care companies focus on the "Rush Rush, let's get it done so we can get paid" attitude instead of focusing on why they're there in the first place...to make the lawn look nice!! The customer didn't hire you to see how fast you can get it done! Too many operators think that since the commercial zero turns are fast, that they have to be operated fast. Take your time people and do quality work...after all, THAT is why you were hired! When I first started my business last year, I was taking notes from the other lawn care services I observed working. I was kind of amused at how fast they could go, until I got up close to their work. They left ruts and scars all over the turf from turning too fast and mowing in the same direction all year long. Now, I actually love it when I see people doing that because I know someday I'm gonna get that account from them when the customer realizes they want it done right! I guess my point is this guys: In order to survive in this field, you have to do something that separates you from the sea of other lawn care services..and that's quality work!
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I'm going to differ slightly on the topic. My primary concern is to make the customer's lawn aesthetically pleasing. Even if I did do 2 header strips my mower throws clippings about 4 mower widths so that does nothing to help.

My process is that I just end up throwing clippings into the street. I never leave them there but they sometimes make a mess before I get to clean them up. I try to do the street side last so that I'm right there to clean them up after I throw them down. Basically, it doesn't matter if you get them on the street if you clean them off before you leave. I try to leave the street cleaner than when I got there.

If a car is parked on the street I'll collect the clippings with the bagger but that's just about the only reason I'll use it.
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most properties i service i do my best to keep the clipping out the street. but between mowing and trimming. this task is harder then it looks. i do my best to blow 95% of them back into the yard. a few traces here or there is one thing but no one is perfect. if you seen the streets i mow on . they do look alot worse before i mowed. trash, leaves, debris lay in the gutters. most of the time i'l blow them back in the yard and mulch them right up. the debris and clippings not the trash. a sheet of paper turns to confetti if i hit it with a mower. lol. i try to always do 1-2 passes along all edges bording a street, sidewalk or other concrete surface then do my normal mowing patterns. this year my fiance is doing all the mowing and she is getting the hang of it. i do all the trimming, edging and cleanup. and the best part i dont have to pay her. she sees the money one way or another anyway lol.
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I've often wondered about this my self. What I find my self doing is blowing the side walk and drive way in the yard before I mow. Mowing usually picks up most of the debris. I will mention that customers notice and will say something if you blow to much into the street. Good luck to ya all..
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It dont matter how far out the clippings go. The key is to leave it nice when you leave. If theres alot of lippings or leaves in a gutter or curb I take and set the edge of the deck on it and mow forward than back to mulch it into the lawn
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