how much per acre$$$???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by chambers 38, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. chambers 38

    chambers 38 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    Had a lady call me yesterday wonting to know how much per acre would I charge??
    The biggest lot I mow right now is only 1/2 acre and I getting 45$ a cut for that one.
    I looked at the property has lot's of trees, lot's (it's out in the county)
    But I’m not sheer what to charge, I’m thinking 75$ acre?? She has 3 acre's to be mowed on one lot.
    Thanks for the help

    P.s. I would be doing this on a 218 grasshopper with a 48-inch
     
  2. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    I'm about 100 miles north of you in Citrus County. About the most you can get up here is $45-$50 per acre for anything under 5 acres. Over 5 acres and the price drops to $40 per acre. There are guys here that specialize in wide area mowing using large mowers and they usually control the prices for mowing anything over about 2 acres. I don't mess with anything over 2 acres for that reason.
     
  3. The landscaper

    The landscaper LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 845

    We had a thread similar yesterday and it seemed to be around 50-60 an acre.
     
  4. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,433

    You guys arent going to make anything mowing for 50 bucks an acre. After taxes and expenses, you'll be making around 25 to 30 dollars. Maybe less with the equipment your running.
     
  5. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    How long is the acre taking you guys to mow, trim and blow on average?
     
  6. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,846

    Well said Dennis - Some of us are set up for lots of acres - Still, the price per acre is set by what the consumers in an area pay. As an LCO - I have to figure out a way to get more done per dollar that is outlayed for machinery.
    That is how the ol' profit margin grows big time.
     
  7. butler L&S

    butler L&S LawnSite Member
    Posts: 44

    I do several properties between 2-5 acres and the price ends up being anywhere from $60-$100 per acre. It depends a lot on how the property is layed out. I would look for a bigger mower if you want to do properties over an acre and make decent money. A 48" is not productive enough in my opinion.
     
  8. jayandlo

    jayandlo LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 35

    I charge $60.00 / acre. I'll adjust upward if there is a lot of trimming but never downward. Don't worry about what others are charging. Determine what you need to be profitable. If you are getting $45.00 for 1/2 acre, don't short change yourself on a full acre.
    Don't worry about having a 48". Just bid the job. You'll make plenty of profit if you bid properly. You'll cut out load and unload time as well as drive time to the next property by taking on larger accounts. Then you can get the larger equipment once you've acquired several large acre accounts.
     
  9. chambers 38

    chambers 38 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 104

    Thank you all.
    I bid on the property earlier tonight and will see how it goes (no answer)

    Thanks again
    Gil
     

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