Landscaper blowing grass into the street?

There are a lot of do’s and don’ts you will learn as you grow with your landscaping business. Some practices seem to work great while others may cause your company to get negative word of mouth around the properties you mow. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we talk about the practice of blowing grass clippings and leaves into the street or into other neighbor’s properties. It seems that it goes on more often than not, so is it harmless? Let’s see what others in the industry think about it.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I know this is probably a silly question but I myself am a little inexperienced with lawn care professional practices. I’m noticing other landscape companies nearby blow stuff into other peoples yards or into the street and leave it there. I have been spending a lot of time ensuring I don’t do that. I don’t want to leave it all in the street or in others yards but am I spending too much time trying to contain everything? What is the accepted practice? Is there room for some grass clippings to be in the street, to be blown away?

A second lawn care business owner responded “I personally never blow anything into the street, or others yards…

Here is a tip, mow your first two passes with the discharge facing into the lawn away from the street/driveway/flowerbeds. This will leave little to nothing to blow off.

I feel the practice of blowing everything into the street reflects badly on the lawn care company. You may not think people are home during the day or that they are watching you, but you would be very surprised. When you are out working on a lawn, you have to pretend that you are on stage, performing in front of an audience, because that is what you are doing. People are watching you through their windows. If you perform a good job, you will get more positive word of mouth and more jobs. If you do really hack and slash work, you won’t keep your customers around for long.”

A third shared “grass left on the street = Hack.

My neighbor’s landscapers not only leave clippings from trimming/mowing, but I also saw them BLOW clippings out onto the street.

He’s going to get a polite talking to the next time I see him.”

A fourth added “I suppose it depends on how much you care about each individual client.

Going the extra mile and ensuring that every clipping is blown back into the lawn is great.

  • There is bad: leaving a fairly large visible mess.
  • There is acceptable: few spots here and there that fade into the concrete.
  • Then there is perfect: clippings are blown back onto the lawn, large amounts are often raked up and bagged.

As long as you cleanup the majority of the clippings, it’s safe to leave a small dusting of clippings on the street. So small, you can barely see it as it fades in with concrete, and blows away as cars drive by. This should be the minimum standard.

Personally, and in my area, I always cleanup. During the winter, the city unloads tons and tons of gravel on the roads, in my service area, and that is hardly removed during the summer. So if I use the blower, it often looks as though a smoke grenade has gone off. I do the best I can, without making it my job to clean up the mess of gravel.”

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