I just moved to northern Maryland from coastal South Carolina a few months ago. I have pretty decent equipment and have been doing residential yard maintenance (primarily mow, trim, edge, blow) part-time, year round for about three years. My problem is this: I haven't a clue when the season starts and ends here for this kind of work and have no idea of the going rate. At this point in time I'm really interested in residential lawn maintenance only but I'll do a little bit of incidental stuff to get and keep an account. For any additional significant amount of planting, mulching or trimming, etc. I would normally charge a reasonable rate based on my estimated time to complete the job. So......can anybody familiar with the northern MD/DE market area give me a clue as to what is the going rate for an hour's worth of lawn maintenance on an average lot. And yeah...I know it would just be ballpark but it would sure be helpful for me as a starting point to get out and start marketing. Finally, when does the grass need to start getting cut around here and when does it stop growing? Thanks a lot for any help anyone can give.