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GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 09:39 PM
Well I was kind of hoping this day would never come. I maintain 2 lawns on this court and I always wanted to stay away from this one.

I was doing a spring cleanup for this ladies neighbor and she approached me. She is dropping the last guy because he got his ZTR stuck in the pond:hammerhead:

She wants full service: mow, fert, mulch, shrub trimming, etc. and she is very meticulous.

Sorry about the crappy angles in the pics. facing the house(driveway on left side of house) there is a small hill on the left which leads over to a small wooden bridge over a stream. There is a small maybe 2,000 sq ft. area on the other side of the bridge that will need to be push mowed. The area on the front side of the pond will also need to be push mowed so I don't get stuck like the last guy lol. The property does not extend to the other side of the pond. I would only need to cut along the pond side closest to the house. There really isn't that much grass, but the pond, hill, bridge etc. make the property suck.

How much would you charge for mowing? I will measure it real quick online and post the square footage in a second. Keep in mind this will the third lawn on the court.

Check out the pics.

Thanks...

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 09:40 PM
A few more...

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 09:40 PM
Sorry, double post

ProStreetCamaro
03-27-2008, 09:48 PM
I wouldnt do it myself. I refuse to push mow anything. We dont even own a push mower. But if I HAD to bid that for cutting I am thinking $35 but thats just by looking at the pictures. If your leaning toward not wanting to do it then bid higher than you normaly would. If you get it then you feel like it is worth doing. If not then no sweat of your back.

LwnmwrMan22
03-27-2008, 10:27 PM
I wouldnt do it myself. I refuse to push mow anything. We dont even own a push mower. But if I HAD to bid that for cutting I am thinking $35 but thats just by looking at the pictures. If your leaning toward not wanting to do it then bid higher than you normaly would. If you get it then you feel like it is worth doing. If not then no sweat of your back.

ProStreet - If you're going to cut that for $35, move up to MN. I'll get you all the work you want like that for $45 and I won't have to work anymore.

I'd be $60-65, or $300 per month to do the mowing, fert, and chemicals.

AWR
03-27-2008, 10:33 PM
Here In Jerseyatleast An $85 Cut..maybe $110 Fert

JayD
03-27-2008, 10:34 PM
:dizzy:$35.00?????:dizzy:

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 10:34 PM
The lawn right next doors is 13,000 sq ft. and completely flat. I have it at
$37. I know the pictures don't really do it any justice.

How much for just the mowing LwnmwrMan22? Once I measure I'll give you my price.

I haven't had the chance to measure it because I just had a customer call me at 8:45 and talk to me for thirty minutes about her cataract surgery:laugh: We talked for about 60 seconds about the lawn.

JayD
03-27-2008, 10:35 PM
Hey Gravley, What area on Indiana are you in...

tamadrummer
03-27-2008, 10:38 PM
I would second that $300 because of the chemicals and mulch and even then I don't know if that will be quite enough if gas and fert prices keep rising the way they are.

Your time spent just to get those hedges back looking decent and getting the mulch back into shape will not be cheap.

Good luck on this one....

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 10:43 PM
Hey Gravley, What area on Indiana are you in...

Lafayette & West Lafayette

brownsallseasonlandscape
03-27-2008, 10:46 PM
I would go at least 40 for just the lawn. 80 per yard for the mulch, and 35 per man hour for bed maint. at least 2 man hours per month every mont.

greenbaylawns
03-27-2008, 10:50 PM
I would go at least 40 for just the lawn. 80 per yard for the mulch, and 35 per man hour for bed maint. at least 2 man hours per month every mont.

I like his thinking.. though I was 50 for the cut 85 for the mulch 40 per man hour and 75 per app

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 10:50 PM
How do I post a pic from Google earth on here? That would really give you an idea of what were dealing with here.

Mulch pricing is down the drain around here. We have several large greenhouses that sell mulch etc. and they do landscaping. They obviously get the mulch for really cheap and they can outbid almost anyone. They are everywhere in this neighorhood.

Smith Lawn & Landscaping
03-27-2008, 10:50 PM
def. 60 a cut or 300 for the fert, mulch also. no way in hell i would do that for 35.00

greenbaylawns
03-27-2008, 10:53 PM
Go with the gut. Sometimes I drive myself nut's trying to think this stuff out. Good Luck

brownsallseasonlandscape
03-27-2008, 10:54 PM
you have to save the pic then attach it from your hard drive

IN2MOWN
03-27-2008, 10:55 PM
30 bucks???


I do yards half that size for more then $30.00.

At least $65-75 for the mowing. $80 per yard installed for mulch.

Dont do chemicals so I cant give you a quote on that.

accuratelawn
03-27-2008, 11:01 PM
Mowing $65. That push mowing will wear you out in the summer. That's a long way from the truck, over the hill and through the bridge, the the back area. Looks like a good account with all the add on available. Good luck and remember to bid high enough to put up with all the picky ladies bs.

JayD
03-27-2008, 11:01 PM
That google earth thing, is that the one you have to pay for?

greenbaylawns
03-27-2008, 11:02 PM
What did you come up with gravley? Crap I can't sleep now till I know what your thinking

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 11:03 PM
Here is a google earth pic. I quickly measured about 21,000 sq ft of turf area. I'm probably off though because I can barely think straight right now.

LwnmwrMan22
03-27-2008, 11:03 PM
The lawn right next doors is 13,000 sq ft. and completely flat. I have it at
$37. I know the pictures don't really do it any justice.

How much for just the mowing LwnmwrMan22? Once I measure I'll give you my price.

I haven't had the chance to measure it because I just had a customer call me at 8:45 and talk to me for thirty minutes about her cataract surgery:laugh: We talked for about 60 seconds about the lawn.

My price was listed before. $60-65 per cut, OR, I'd give them a break if they went with a flat monthly fee of $300 and include the fertilizing and chemical apps.

Where I'm at, that's $300 per month for 6 months, or roughly $50 per month extra, and I use 4 rounds, which would leave me $75 per round.

Mulch would be extra, but I would try to build the cost in as well, say.... and extra $25 per month, so $325. I'm not using exact prices here, but numbers to give you my pricing structure.

Measure stuff out, and figure your costs and profits into it, bid it all a little on the high side, then come in with a flat monthly fee to make it all seem reasonably priced.

GravelyGuy
03-27-2008, 11:08 PM
I'm saying $55-60 per mow, $87 per application (6 per year), and $65 per yd of mulch + delivery. I never factor delivery into my mulch so that I appear a little cheaper.

All of this is subject to change lol. I don't even want to think about the shrubs tonight. I can never accurately bid shrubs. I usually end up coming out ahead on the shrub trimming type stuff though.

greenbaylawns
03-27-2008, 11:10 PM
Go for it, good price's

brownsallseasonlandscape
03-27-2008, 11:15 PM
That sounds decent to me now that i have seen the overhead shot. The apps seem a little high but the mulch sounds low so I guess we are meeting in the middle.

David Hartzog
03-28-2008, 12:09 AM
Let me say a word i think she is stuck up snob the poor guy got stuck or what ever comeon stupid *itch can't under stand things happen the guy was proply more up set then she was and the peeep fired him thank got i live in alabama the owener here would of said hers the keys the the four wheeler let me know if i need to help ya .
thank god for southern folk
Stuped *itch

David Hartzog
03-28-2008, 12:11 AM
Let me say a word i think she is stuck up snob the poor guy got stuck or what ever comeon stupid *itch can't under stand things happen the guy was proply more up set then she was and the peeep fired him thank god i live in alabama the owener here would of said hers the keys the the four wheeler let me know if i need to help ya .
thank god for southern folk
Stuped *itch

David Hartzog
03-28-2008, 12:11 AM
Let me say a word i think she is stuck up snob the poor guy got stuck or what ever comeon stupid *itch can't under stand things happen the guy was proply more up set then she was and the peeep fired him thank god i live in alabama the owener here would of said hers the keys the the four wheeler let me know if i need to help ya .
thank god for southern folk
Stuped *itch

David Hartzog
03-28-2008, 12:14 AM
only 1 post please
sorry

KS_Grasscutter
03-28-2008, 12:20 AM
what the heck?

David Hartzog
03-28-2008, 12:55 AM
she fired the guy for a bo bo.
i smell witch.

MOWEMJEFF
03-28-2008, 01:07 AM
In that neighborhood she can afford any price you tell her. I wouldnt do that yard weekly for anything less then $60 and the fact she is picky means $75 minimum.

georgiagrass
03-28-2008, 01:57 AM
$75 per week for me. Push mowing in Atlanta in August is not for the faint of heart.