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Help on bidding

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ground Effects, Mar 28, 2000.

  1. Ground Effects

    Ground Effects LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    Need some help here - still learning (aren't we all). Having troubles with bidding a township cemetary. They would like 3 seperate bids constructed. 1)MOWING ONLY 2)mowing/trimming 3)mowing/spraying (herbicide around stones:) ) <br> They want the grass to be cut when it reaches the height of 2&quot;. So the question is - how do I figure a bid SAFELY keeping in mind we have a good growing season! Don't know whether I should figure mowing once per week or quote an hourly charge to be safe.<br> P.S. This must where the headache comes in!
  2. lawnforce1

    lawnforce1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 62

    We have a few Memorial Garden accounts that we serve here in Tennessee. The way we bidded them was $65 per acre per mow. We mow them once every ten days depending on rain (of course.)
  3. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    I cut a cemetary here in Ontario. We cut it every two weeks and trim it every other time. We use a Walker with the collection system so we don't have to blow off stones. They won't allow us to spray or fert there, so the grass grows slow. It is about 2 1/2 acres and takes around 3 1/2 hr to cut and about 2 hr to trim. We bid it at around Can$55 per acre because it is a very visible property and close to us. Good for business.
  4. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,144

    how do you get away with trimmmign one a month? i trim all my properties and edge every time i cut. a yard untrimmed looks like crap!
  5. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,910

    I do what the customers want, and pay for. They don't care if it is trimmed or not. We were the first company to even trim it. If they paid for trimming every time I would do it. I don't preform the funeral service either.

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