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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Transition from Grass to Leaves


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 08-19-2008, 11:19 AM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 8
Totally Green
Default Transition from Grass to Leaves

When dealing with my regular customers, when (and how) should I start to charge for leaf removal? For example, we go for the regular scheduled cut and there are leaves in the yard. If you chop them up, they look bad. If you bag them, it takes longer. How do you charge for the leaf removal without making your customer mad?
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
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 08-19-2008, 09:04 PM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I would think to just let them know ahead of time, and give them the options...either you mow over them and they stay behind or you bag them up for a certain amount...

That gives them the option to clean them up themselves if they don't want to pay.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 08-19-2008, 11:00 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,823
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Gary,

I don't know how your area is but is there a slow down in mowing when the bulk of the leaves fall?
__________________
- 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
  #4  
Old 08-20-2008, 01:20 PM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 8
Totally Green
Default

This is my first year, but our grass can grow all the way into October. That leaves us at least a month or so of doing both.
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 08-20-2008, 01:35 PM
Totally Green Totally Green is offline
Gary
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Northwest Louisiana
Posts: 90
Rep Power: 8
Totally Green
Default

Hi Steve,
This is off subject, but yesterday I was looking over a thread searching for a business plan (now I can't find it) and noticed you use to help companies through, I think you called it, a "head start" program. I was curious why you don't do that any more.
__________________
Totally Green Lawn Care, LLC
http://www.totallygreenlc.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-20-2008, 05:35 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,823
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Here check this link out http://gopherforum.com/showthread.php?t=357
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 08-20-2008, 05:38 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,823
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
This is my first year, but our grass can grow all the way into October. That leaves us at least a month or so of doing both.
This is a very interesting question especially for those who live in warmer areas. When you don't have a break between mowing and leaves falling, how do you tell the customer that cleaning up the leaves will be an additional fall cleanup rate?

Any other thoughts on this?
__________________
- 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 08-21-2008, 10:27 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default Annual lawn care contracts come in handy.

Anyone who has read the "leaf work" section of my lawn care material or my posts on this board knows I'm not a huge fan of annual contracts. However, this thread is a perfect example of one benefit of contracts.

With an annual contract, leaf work will have already been outlined. The cost of leaf work is either tacked onto Autumn invoices or adjusted into the monthly price during the entire contract.

I have never had much of a problem getting people to pay more for leaf work. The main problem I've seen is with customers calling a day or two after their service wanting to know why their are leaves all over their lawns. Sometimes it's difficult to make them understand that they are paying for removal of the leaves that are on their lawn at the time of service and not the ones that fall 10 minutes after we exit their neighborhood.

Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 08-21-2008, 07:12 PM
Lukacs Property Maintenance's Avatar
Lukacs Property Maintenance Lukacs Property Maintenance is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lower Nicola, BC
Posts: 138
Rep Power: 8
Lukacs Property Maintenance is on a distinguished road
Lightbulb seperate.

i have always seperated the lawn care with fall cleanup. I have a leaf blower vac that i use for the debris jobs and include bed clean up also.

Mike
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 08-23-2008, 08:16 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,823
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Mike is there a slow down for you between lawn cutting and when the leaves fall?
__________________
- 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
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
How NOT to mow grass StealthDumpTrucks Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 4 02-22-2013 06:43 PM
How to cut grass EatingEmoKids Starting a lawn care business. 2 05-21-2008 12:20 AM
Leave the leaves to the newbies. StartALawnCareBusiness Starting a lawn care business. 4 09-11-2007 05:41 AM
Transition tiedeman Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 0 01-29-2007 03:42 PM
Entrepreneur leaves yard care business for academy Steve General Business Discussions 0 05-20-2006 02:33 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Best two stroke oil
Greg_TopYardServices
02-08-2016 07:53 PM
Today 02:02 AM
by Steve
11 178
Most requested days for...
Just for Cuts
Yesterday 06:44 AM
Today 02:00 AM
by Steve
1 38
back surgery
Bradcook21
01-28-2016 08:51 PM
02-11-2016 02:04 PM
by Bradcook21
16 439
Help Spread the word...
Sprinkler Buddy
12-02-2015 08:41 AM
02-11-2016 08:19 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
19 1,344
Howdy Yall !!!
B&C
02-10-2016 10:06 AM
02-11-2016 01:05 AM
by Steve
1 52
hello
2menandmowers
02-10-2016 07:32 AM
02-11-2016 12:53 AM
by Steve
1 52
Hello everyone!!!
1newkirk05
02-09-2016 03:16 PM
02-10-2016 04:05 PM
by jrs.landscaping
7 150
Tine Rake Detaching vs...
wigglesworth
02-09-2016 05:32 PM
02-09-2016 07:43 PM
by Steve
1 69
Finding open bids?!?
C&DPropertyManagement
02-07-2016 01:48 AM
02-09-2016 07:11 PM
by Steve
3 146
hello all
romanlandscape
01-29-2016 03:46 PM
02-07-2016 10:20 AM
by Bradcook21
6 249
Lawn Care Book Ranked #1
Steve
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
02-06-2016 12:36 AM
by Steve
0 124
Hi
Sellers Lawn Care
02-02-2016 01:48 PM
02-05-2016 08:03 AM
by Sellers Lawn Care
4 189
Collecting payments from...
Niagara Mowing
02-03-2016 05:21 PM
02-05-2016 08:00 AM
by Niagara Mowing
7 249
SMS assist? The good,...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:24 PM
02-04-2016 11:53 PM
by Steve
5 279
I need some help...
Anise
02-04-2016 01:39 PM
02-04-2016 11:51 PM
by Steve
3 155
Customers dodging the...
Rocky
11-06-2015 06:22 AM
02-04-2016 03:41 AM
by C&DPropertyManagement
7 1,537
Offering a "Trial"...
wybut076
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
02-03-2016 08:26 PM
by Just for Cuts
7 276
Iowa Caucus Predictions?
Steve
02-01-2016 06:31 PM
02-03-2016 12:40 AM
by Steve
1 131
Laying White River Rock
DiamondLawnCare
02-01-2016 08:27 PM
02-03-2016 12:17 AM
by Steve
1 150
Networking for a...
jcurr33
01-30-2016 09:26 PM
02-01-2016 06:27 PM
by Steve
4 224
Customer giving a 1099?
apmAkron
01-27-2016 07:22 PM
01-31-2016 08:55 PM
by Chilehead
6 286
happy to be here
redrobin
01-29-2016 10:45 AM
01-31-2016 08:44 PM
by Steve
1 165
Thought's on an "E-Z...
jcurr33
01-27-2016 10:48 PM
01-31-2016 08:38 PM
by Steve
4 258
Changes
Knaubone
01-30-2016 10:56 PM
01-31-2016 08:31 PM
by Steve
1 152
Thoughts on this Exmark...
googus
01-28-2016 04:24 PM
01-28-2016 08:09 PM
by Chilehead
1 175
1st year in
jcurr33
10-18-2015 05:07 PM
01-28-2016 07:49 PM
by Chilehead
6 4,170
Need opinion on zero...
Mr. Mow
01-24-2016 05:42 PM
01-28-2016 07:41 PM
by Chilehead
10 389
Opinion on liquid vs...
Bradcook21
01-25-2016 02:03 PM
01-28-2016 07:38 PM
by Chilehead
9 333
Finding property size
Gageslawncare
01-25-2016 11:08 AM
01-28-2016 12:05 PM
by Gageslawncare
10 345
Tiger TG 2661 Commercial...
lawnman1959
01-25-2016 08:12 PM
01-27-2016 07:57 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 272
Spouse as a dependent?
Steve
01-26-2016 01:51 AM
01-27-2016 10:44 AM
by Chilehead
3 225
Hello All
C&DPropertyManagement
01-23-2016 12:21 PM
01-26-2016 01:24 AM
by Steve
1 197
Credit Cards - What's in...
Shark1611
06-16-2015 04:04 PM
01-23-2016 03:43 PM
by C&DPropertyManagement
17 7,722
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 08:43 PM
01-19-2016 07:00 PM
by Steve
12 679
State of the nation 2016.
Steve
01-12-2016 12:05 AM
01-19-2016 06:57 PM
by Steve
6 411
little help? first big...
Brian3137
12-31-2015 12:39 PM
01-19-2016 06:54 PM
by Steve
23 1,132
Hi everybody...
Greg_TopYardServices
01-14-2016 08:10 AM
01-19-2016 02:47 PM
by SC93
12 484
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 12:54 PM
01-17-2016 08:48 PM
by Homeland unlimited
25 7,962
Plow controller problems
scaypa
01-12-2016 05:49 PM
01-16-2016 10:46 AM
by scaypa
4 323
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
01-15-2016 07:23 PM
by tannerduncan
1,244 428,275
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 07:15 AM
01-15-2016 11:20 AM
by djlandscaping06
23 5,462
New College Course
Dr. D
01-14-2016 01:45 PM
01-14-2016 05:35 PM
by Steve
1 234
Yelp
Shark1611
01-13-2016 10:00 AM
01-14-2016 05:32 PM
by Steve
4 290
New to the forum from...
Doug Green
01-12-2016 12:23 PM
01-14-2016 08:34 AM
by Doug Green
2 278
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:13 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:13 AM.

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