Charge for initial edging?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by dbc45420, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. dbc45420

    dbc45420 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 21

    Hey everyone. I am just starting out and was wondering when I get customers that edges are overgrown, do I charge a one time fee to get them in shape, then weekly after that would only be part of the lawn mowing charge? How much for one time fee? 40 an hour maybe? I am afraid of only cutting once and then they may stop so I hate to do it for free. I Don't think a contract would fly.

    Thanks
    Brad
     
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,420

    I charge .85 per foot for reidential & 1.00 per foot for commercial for initial edge. I haven't had anybody ask me to maintain except a couple commercial props, if so I was thinking in the ballpark of .15 per foot for res. & commercial remains as is.

    -Geoff
     
  3. dbc45420

    dbc45420 LawnSite Member
    from ohio
    Posts: 21

    Just to be clear, are you saying that a sidewalk w/ curb 50 feet long would actually be 150' x .85? Since there are 3 edges. And thanks for the reply.

    Brad
     
  4. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    yep, every single foot edged is billed

    -Geoff
     
  5. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,420

    yep, every single foot edged is billed. .85 is based upon the edge never having been edged before.

    -Geoff
     
  6. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,510

    Recently did one that took me 35 minutes to edge, shovel up and bag. I charged $20 extra. Around 150-200 lbs. to haul off. I already have most of the customer's extended family and didn't want to push it too far. They are all very good to work for. Needed the fill anyway.
     
  7. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
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    so 200 feet would be $170????
     
  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,180

    If its serverly over grown and I have to shovel it up and bag it I try and charge more if they will go for it. I cant get .85 a ft though. If they are willing to sign on a season long contract and its not an all day job I will just include it but If I bust a new edge for a 1 time deal its billed accordingly. A walk behind edger is my weapon of choice for overgrown edges. The stick edger is quicker for maintaining.
     
  9. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,420

    For me yes, since the lawn mowing around here has slowed down (drought) I have been busy with a variety of other landscape & maintenance projects. In the past three weeks (not positive on the time frame) alone I've edged nearly 1000' for folks, this is in addition to all the other services I provide. Here is a sample of the edging I've been doing. the last pic is an example of what we started with, on these last two we added, at customer request, softball size granite boulders for edge material. That particular job with the granite priced out at about 3.05 per foot.

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  10. skurkp

    skurkp LawnSite Member
    Posts: 248

    i'm sorry, I thought you were edging the curb lines and side walks. Jobs look good.
     

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