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swim
03-07-2004, 10:40 AM
What size is your average lawn?

As I read all the posts I see how some people do more lawns in one day ( 40 to 100 ). I'm not a young man anymore but I could never have done that many lawns in a day in my area. I know that everyone talks about a tight route as well. When I get to the 1st lawn in the morning they are all within 5 miles of each other and the most I have ever done in one day is 7 or 8 lawns in 8 or 10 hours, and that is busting. I am a one man operation so that is slower than more people but with another helper maybe 14 or 15 but 40 never. I do use a 60in Z and a 52in walk behind for the hills and hard areas. The average of all my lawns the size is 2.5 acres. What about yours?

dkeisala
03-07-2004, 12:58 PM
Our lawns are much smaller than that - 2500 sqft to 10,000 sqft. In 8 years the most I've ever done in a day solo is 12, 18 with an employee. That was moving pretty fast and working a 10 hour day in mid-summer (dry conditions and slow growing grass). A typical lawn service consists of mow, edge/trim, blow and some spot spraying.

tiedeman
03-07-2004, 12:59 PM
largest lawn we do is about 5 acres, the smallest is approx 5,000 sq ft. The average I would say is 12,000 sq ft.

grass_cuttin_fool
03-07-2004, 01:01 PM
most all of mine avg from 40 to 60 thousand sq feet or an acre to an acre and a half, im like you also about 7 or so a day is about it for me

bobbygedd
03-07-2004, 01:18 PM
3-6k but as small as 2k, as large as 12k

little green guy
03-07-2004, 02:18 PM
average is 1-2 acres some are smaller and a some are 5+ acres but most of them being 1-2. The furthest we usually drive between acounts is about 1/2 mile to a mile, most not even that far, most stops are one stop with a couple houses and then down the block.

lawnman_scott
03-07-2004, 02:48 PM
I would say the average is 8000.

twins_lawn_care
03-07-2004, 03:55 PM
5,000 to 10,000 is about my range
one about 15,000 though.

Sounds like you have some larger lawns, and that's why it would seem outrageous to do 20 in a day.

good post, I think it puts what everyone is dealing with into perspective.

Roger
03-07-2004, 04:49 PM
The initial question is a good one. So many posts talk about how much was done per day, or other similar comments, without any reference to size of lawns. Obviously, some of you have very small lawns (compared to some of us).

My average size is 20K to 25K sq ft, cutting area. The smallest is 10K (2 of them), but also I have several over 1 acre, largest is 1.8 acres.

I use a 36" Exmark viking, BR sulky, and a 21" Toro Proline hand mower. About half of them are bagged, but not the large ones. My wife works with me part of the time, and she only uses the Toro (not the w/b, no trimming, blowing, edging, loading/unloading). Covering eight each day is a big day for us.

P.S. We are "old timers," 62 and 61, so we aren't the swiftest man on the track.

jajwrigh
03-07-2004, 04:53 PM
I have done 10 in a day, a few years ago, and I used a 21" mower. It was a sun up to sun down deal....I never did that again!!

bobbygedd
03-07-2004, 05:31 PM
you guys have to understand, we are in different parts of the world. i was talkin to my friend mac the other day(olderthandirt) and he asked me, "what's your average spring cleanup cost?" my answer was, "around $75", there was total silence. i had to explain to him that it would take me less than an hour to do this cleanup. i then explained, for my immediate area, i have a "big" piece of property. my corner lot is 100x100. he laughed, then he understood. his property is 20 acres!!! and so are alot of the properties around him!! so most of the time we are comparing apples to oranges. also with pricing, i'm 30 min from new york city, women there spend $400 on a pair of shoes. wages are different, taxes are different, way of life is different.

mmacsek
03-07-2004, 05:53 PM
Excellent thread and GREAT reply Bobbygedd. We only live about 50 miles away and the cost of living is a huge difference. Rod father and I live about 20 miles apart and the cost of living is alot different. I might seem low to some of you but the Lehigh Valley is still inexpensive compared to New Jersey and thePhiladelphia area. The pricing is all relative to the locale. Matt

Phishook
03-07-2004, 06:32 PM
Originally posted by bobbygedd
as large as 12k

LOL. Apples to Oranges is right. Now I can see where the 21'' mowers would have a market.
I also remember being 12 and push mowing 1 1/2 acres, or as some would say 65,343k.

I guess 3 acres would be the average. But I don't really have a 3 acre property.

longslawn
03-07-2004, 06:33 PM
7K to 30K. One about 4 acres. 8-10 a day max.

precisioncut
03-07-2004, 06:44 PM
2-10k around here. Water prices are to high for people to have much lawn. We are in the desert.

wriken
03-07-2004, 06:48 PM
around 32,000 after you take the house and driveway out. we do up to 18 lawns a day

meets1
03-07-2004, 07:07 PM
Good post guys. All vary upon location. I run lawn service along with landscaping and spray/fert. We push w/ 2 people on the mowing crew and get around 15 - 20 per day. Trim, blow, edge walks, and GO! Are lawns range from 2500 - 15,000, then we have a 1/2 day of larger commercial lots. I am running 2 Toro Z, 52, 3 21in push. In NW iowa, pricing is way different vs 30 from here.

Turfcutters Plus
03-07-2004, 07:19 PM
24 in one day solo.12 hour day.All were smaller ones that day with little trimming.Using z or 36 hydro.Would'nt do it everyday!I was VERY ambitious that day!

Turfcutters Plus
03-07-2004, 07:21 PM
Sorry i just reread initial question.I'm totally guessing at 7-8000k

draftlawncare
03-07-2004, 07:52 PM
the lawns we mow average around 2- 2 1/2 acres

coonman
03-07-2004, 08:04 PM
Around 5k.....we average around 15 a day. Two man crew.

brucec32
03-08-2004, 11:13 PM
Even here we can't seem to get the precision of language needed to be comparing apples to apples.

Is 2.5 acres the amount of turf or the lot size? Big difference there, once you remove the home, drive, and non-turf areas.

"up to x lawns/day" . Yeah, I've had my 14 hour days too where I set records. But sustainable averages, INCLUDING breakdowns are other delays, are more useful.

What shape are the lawns? Is it hilly? Everybody knows flat rectangles are easier and faster to mow. Everyone knows how slowly you have to turn a ZTR on a slope. I'm sure a 10,000 ft lawn in the mountains of Tennessee or W. Virginia is quite different from one in Kansas. Postage stamps with lots of fences, narrow gates, etc can be surprisingly time consuming. Some types of grass are much slower to mow than others. Bermuda, for example, has to be edged almost every time out. And the linear feet of edging done is often not related to the overall size of the lawn.

So use the information you get here wisely and don't always apply it to your particular situation. I've done huge lawns that were faster to mow than relatively small ones.

Tonyr
03-08-2004, 11:50 PM
1 to 1.5 acre average props.
all ride on work.

twwlawn
03-08-2004, 11:59 PM
My average is 15,000 sq.ft. Smallest is 6,000.