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View Poll Results: Favorite Size Lawn
under 11,000 sq. ft. 10 30.30%
11,000 sq. ft. - 20,000 sq. ft. 10 30.30%
20,000 sq. ft. - 40,000 sq. ft 2 6.06%
over 40,000 sq. ft. 11 33.33%
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:52 PM is offline
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Favorite Size Lawn

Whats your ideal size lawn to mow? (ie convenience, profitable, stress, etc. .)

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:57 AM
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For profitability it's under 11000 sq ft all the way! But I didn't pick that choice stress is a key indicator and under 20000 were less likely to need to bag and less likely to be at risk of damaging something like poorly placed windows and cars. That said the 20000 plus category and above are more enjoyably to mow you can play with some interesting stripe patterns you get to mow at full speed more often and you get to be left alone with your thoughts. I'll often calculate to the penny in my head with out any price sheets what I made that day on the previous 20-25 lawns and with the remaining time how many more I need to hit my goals.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:04 PM
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I like the larger yards. i would rather 1 50,000sqft over 2 25,000sqft because of the down time in between yards of loading and unloading, driving to the next yard, ect.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:12 PM
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The smaller the better. I live in a small town so it takes 5 minutes to get anywhere. The small lawns are good because I can charge 15-20 bucks for 10 minutes of work + 5 minutes travel time. The bigger yards I struggle to get people willing to pay more than 35/man hour.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:17 PM
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It's not technically a "lawn" but I like anything over 6 acres. Less moving/loading, and unloading. Smaller properties have higher margins but like Kelly's said there is a lot more stress to get them done and get onto the next one.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:14 AM
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Ive got a bunch of 5k yards for $20 - $25. Done in less than 20 min.
Wish I could make $60 per hour all day....
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:34 AM
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I like to mow larger properties but find that around 13K of Turf is the best margins for me. I have found that the larger properties typically buy less "upgraded" services and average less money per hour spent on site.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:10 PM
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In my area I like larger properties. Being in a rural area it is difficult to get lawns lined right up in a row with little drive time. Since I have a good amount of drive time I like bigger lawns because I make more money while cutting than driving.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:40 AM
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I like the 1/4 acre jobs. They're right at the $35 price point. Once you get over that number a lot of people seem to be a little more hesitant. Around here the 1 acre and up jobs don't go for much more but it does take longer to do them. People want to get a bigger and bigger volume discount and I'm just not interested in going under 32 cents per hundred square feet unless there is no edging and minimal trimming.

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:49 PM
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I like the larger properties less loading unloading but my best per hour rate is on the 1/2 -3/4 acre yards
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