Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Grass Collecting?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-08-2012, 03:17 PM
mandmlawn mandmlawn is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 3
mandmlawn is on a distinguished road
Default Grass Collecting?

hey guys and women. I am new to this career myself and have no plans at this time to take it full time. I actually only have one yard right now. My question is that the yard was looking like a jungle. The agreement was for me to cut the lawn and weed eat. Well of course after mowing the yard twice then raking and then mowing again, I was left with a ton of grass. Well with this customer I knew that it was alright dump it in a pile where she was burning stuff. I guess my question is if yall charge more to haul that much grass off, what do you do with it? This is something I have not thought about since I never let mine get that high.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 04-08-2012, 04:19 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Check with local bulk supply places (mulch/topsoil/etc) to see if they accept lawn debris. Most around here do so. You pay them to dump off and they turn it into compost and such and sell it.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-08-2012, 07:12 PM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

same there as Hedgemaster
KNOW YOUR COST of dumping for cleanups at $6 to $10 per cubic yard it adds up fast ($36+ per fall cleanup)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-09-2012, 05:22 AM
CS-LawnService CS-LawnService is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Paw Paw West Virginia
Age: 51
Posts: 133
Rep Power: 4
CS-LawnService is on a distinguished road
Default

i bring mine to a local land fill only 48 a ton to drop off any thing takes a lot of grass or leaves to make a ton
__________________
Chris Hoeltke
serving Winchester Virginia and surrounding areas
C&S Lawn Service

Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-09-2012, 07:15 AM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

I would see if there is some where that is not a landfill, leaves and grass should not go in with trash. Lawn waste breaks down fast and is reusable but when put in a dump that never happens. If space is used up in the landfill for lawn waste we will need bigger or more landfills and that will cost us more in the long run.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-09-2012, 06:02 PM
Hedgemaster Hedgemaster is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 2,772
Rep Power: 0
Hedgemaster is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CS-LawnService View Post
i bring mine to a local land fill only 48 a ton to drop off any thing takes a lot of grass or leaves to make a ton
Sounds pricey.

I don't drop off grass very often, but a truckload (pickup bed filled to top of sides) of brush, hedged clippings, etc only costs me $8.00 to drop off.
"Yard Debris $8.00 per cubic yard"
"Grass Clippings $7.50 per cubic yard"

Basically, I was told that when I drop off debris in my 5x8 trailer (with about 30" sides) it's $8.00.

Not too bad. There's another place that charges $12/ton and they weigh you.




The thing that's good about the place I use is that the materials are recycled, so I use that to my advantage in my advertising:

"Oak Leaf Lawn Service does not use a landfill. All organic lawn debris is taken to a recycling center to be made into usable compost."
That alone has gained me a few clients.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-09-2012, 06:11 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,688
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
I guess my question is if yall charge more to haul that much grass off, what do you do with it?
How are you handling the regular customers that don't have super high lawns? Do you just mulch the grass and leave the clippings as you go or are you bagging that too?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-10-2012, 01:07 AM
CS-LawnService CS-LawnService is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Paw Paw West Virginia
Age: 51
Posts: 133
Rep Power: 4
CS-LawnService is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hedgemaster View Post
Sounds pricey.

I don't drop off grass very often, but a truckload (pickup bed filled to top of sides) of brush, hedged clippings, etc only costs me $8.00 to drop off.
"Yard Debris $8.00 per cubic yard"
"Grass Clippings $7.50 per cubic yard"

Basically, I was told that when I drop off debris in my 5x8 trailer (with about 30" sides) it's $8.00.

Not too bad. There's another place that charges $12/ton and they weigh you.




The thing that's good about the place I use is that the materials are recycled, so I use that to my advantage in my advertising:

"Oak Leaf Lawn Service does not use a landfill. All organic lawn debris is taken to a recycling center to be made into usable compost."
That alone has gained me a few clients.
landfill is the only place around here that will take the grass clipping and other items from lawn work ,they have a seperate area that they make mulch in not sure what they do with it but they have a big tub grinder and just chew up the branches and every thing else that gets mixed in .
__________________
Chris Hoeltke
serving Winchester Virginia and surrounding areas
C&S Lawn Service

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-10-2012, 01:25 AM
willshome willshome is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Mass
Posts: 865
Rep Power: 0
willshome is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by CS-LawnService View Post
landfill is the only place around here that will take the grass clipping and other items from lawn work ,they have a seperate area that they make mulch in not sure what they do with it but they have a big tub grinder and just chew up the branches and every thing else that gets mixed in .
That great they are reusing it
just hate to think about it going in with the trash
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-05-2012, 08:43 PM
sped1111 sped1111 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 21
Rep Power: 4
sped1111 is on a distinguished road
Default Grass Disposal

I bring mine to work and throw it in the bin for free. It's pretty much a free for all where I work. Not sure if that's an ethical practice but certainly is cheap. Actually you may want to talk to friends or family. Where I work the place pays to have the bin emptied at regular intervals regardless of how much is in there so the boss so dump away. Just a thought.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New (grass Seed) Product - Eco Lawn Grass Seed Top Notch Services Promote your products or services 3 01-06-2011 05:36 PM
Need Help collecting from non paying customer psparaco Community Assistance 9 06-09-2010 08:26 AM
Collecting money big b Community Assistance 8 03-17-2010 09:01 AM
Collecting gifts for members of the military Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 0 11-16-2007 08:05 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 05:07 PM
Today 12:02 PM
by SuperiorPower
11 342
Stander Vs. Zt
totalscape
12-20-2014 07:57 PM
Today 05:42 AM
by Billy Goat
6 152
Complete body therapy...
zermin
Yesterday 11:51 PM
Yesterday 11:51 PM
by zermin
0 29
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
Yesterday 04:33 PM
by stevef1201
38 9,928
Ideas on a large bid
Knaubone
Yesterday 11:57 AM
Yesterday 11:57 AM
by Knaubone
0 59
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Yesterday 12:52 AM
by rmccutchan
31 9,083
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
12-20-2014 11:33 PM
by SuperiorPower
7 278
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-19-2014 09:45 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
189 16,806
Georgia Boys!
Chilehead
12-18-2014 10:23 PM
12-19-2014 09:36 PM
by Chilehead
2 137
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
12-19-2014 07:48 PM
by SuperiorPower
9 385
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
12-19-2014 06:00 PM
by homey
5 224
Has Obamacare helped or...
Steve
12-18-2014 04:37 PM
12-19-2014 05:43 PM
by stevef1201
3 161
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
12-17-2014 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 3,037
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
12-17-2014 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,191
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
12-17-2014 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,401
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 350
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 341
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 417
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 315
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 866
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 859
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 328
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 4,169
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 442
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,449
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 688
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 542
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 953
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 485
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 477
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,315
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,787
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 1,029
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,317
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,506
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 671
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 744
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,280
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 912
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,308
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,924
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 772
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,513
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 686
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,578
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,537
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,561
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 754
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,332
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,247
» Popular Tags
4wd 4x4 apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark bid bob villa care collections commercial decorating demonstration ditches edging employee problems estimate ferris four wheel drive gopherhaul hardscapes hills hiring how much to charge how to hydraulic installation introduction landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo managing a lawn care business mulch mulch price new buisness past due patio install per hour charge per hour service podcast reo scag v-ride scripts shell snow snow plowing sprayer starting a business starting a lawn care business steve sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape turfgrass consulting up sell employee walk behind won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:55 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:55 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy