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What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? #948537
12/05/18 05:32 PM
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I wanted the fallen leaves taken up and disposed. My lot is a quarter of an acre minus garage and house areas and has three large maple trees. I got a few estimates and they seemed high to me. One guy wanted $500 and the other $350. I thought it wouldn't be over $150, or am I just a cheapo?

Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: debodun] #948574
12/06/18 02:45 PM
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That seems to be a fairly reasonable price. 500 is the high end 350 middle.

Figure 3 guys 3 hours at about $50 per or so per hour. So 9 hours total time.

Disposal cost need to be added in.

The price includes workers comp coverage, liability coverage,
cost of trucks, tools etc.

The days of a kid doing that work for pocket cash are long gone.


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Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: debodun] #948578
12/06/18 03:28 PM
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Potential alternatives....
....If you can burn leaves, rake or mow them in a line. Burn them in your yard. Grass will be scorched, but will grow back.
....Mow and bag them. Toss them in a pile behind the garage. They decompose into decent dirt for your yard/garden/outside potted plants.
....No bagger on the mower? Rake them onto a small-er blue tarp. Drag tarp to the pile behind the garage.
....Rake leaves into a plastic garbage bag covered by your weekly garbage.

HTH...good luck....notnew...


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Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: notnew2diy] #948579
12/06/18 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted By notnew2diy
Potential alternatives....
....If you can burn leaves, rake or mow them in a line. Burn them in your yard. Grass will be scorched, but will grow back.
....Mow and bag them. Toss them in a pile behind the garage. They decompose into decent dirt for your yard/garden/outside potted plants.
....No bagger on the mower? Rake them onto a small-er blue tarp. Drag tarp to the pile behind the garage.
....Rake leaves into a plastic garbage bag covered by your weekly garbage.

HTH...good luck....notnew...


OR leave them to spring and the leaf fairy will take them from under the snow. smile


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Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: notnew2diy] #948591
12/06/18 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted By notnew2diy
Potential alternatives....
....If you can burn leaves, rake or mow them in a line. Burn them in your yard. Grass will be scorched, but will grow back.
....Mow and bag them. Toss them in a pile behind the garage. They decompose into decent dirt for your yard/garden/outside potted plants.
....No bagger on the mower? Rake them onto a small-er blue tarp. Drag tarp to the pile behind the garage.
....Rake leaves into a plastic garbage bag covered by your weekly garbage.

HTH...good luck....notnew...


No burning allowed here. Too much work for an old lady to do that much raking. I usually mulch them with my lawnmower, but my old mower is falling apart. Our trash service does not take leaves.

Last edited by debodun; 12/07/18 06:20 PM.
Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: debodun] #948595
12/06/18 05:36 PM
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Why not spend $200 or so at a big-box store on a new or used mower with a warranty, and mulch the leaves as you usually do. You'll still have it for the next few years for mowing...


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Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: bilvihur] #948607
12/06/18 10:00 PM
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Originally Posted By bilvihur
Why not spend $200 or so at a big-box store on a new or used mower with a warranty, and mulch the leaves as you usually do. You'll still have it for the next few years for mowing...


That sounds like a plan and she can do the leaves a little at a time at her convenience.

Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: Able_Dog] #948608
12/06/18 10:38 PM
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Uhhhh... Upstate NY...

Cold... cry

Snow... cry


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Of course, depending on what kind of leaves are down, it won't hurt a thing to just leave 'em until Spring. For example, here in The Nostril (NW Wisconsin), we got caught with early freezing rain followed by snow. Quite a few accounts (including my house) have most of the Fall leaves on the grass. They (and the grass) will be fine right where they are for the next five months.

Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: CabinConnection] #948623
12/07/18 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted By CabinConnection
Of course, depending on what kind of leaves are down, it won't hurt a thing to just leave 'em until Spring.


Depending on depth,
the leaves block the sun, can kill anything underneath if left too long.

FWIW...notnew...


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Re: What would be a reasonable price for leaf removal? [Re: notnew2diy] #948644
12/07/18 04:29 PM
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If so, why isn't the grass killed off here in The Nostril (and udder places) when the snow covers the grass for 4-5 months? whistle

I think the biggest problem is the promotion of snow mold growth, coupled with offering more insulation for ground based critters.

Agreed, it's BEST if removed in the Fall, but some years it just has to wait 'till Spring. Early Spring if possible...

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