You must know your overhead operation cost before any of my numbers can be used. My estimated overhead cost is around $1500 per month, including only fuel, insurance for the trucks, equipment insurance, and office expenses. My formula is below: This will not apply to all properties, but it is a good starting point to adjust from. Bidding Maintenance Jobs: Lawn maintenance formula = $35 for first 3,000 sq. ft. + $3.50 per additional 1,000 sq. ft. Mulch formula = sq. ft. times depth in inches (2’’-3’’ is normal), all divided by 324 = cubic yards. Cubic yards times price for mulch type = mulch installation cost Pine Bark Mulch - $50 per yard installed Pine Bark Mini Nuggets - $54 per yard installed Red Carpet Mulch - $54 per yard installed Fine Red Oak Mulch - $54 per yard installed Cypress Mulch - $60 per yard installed = Mulch installation cost + delivery $35-$45 (the customer is charged for delivery if I deliver or not...fuel and truck expense = money....pass it on). +any additional charges to prepare beds, ie: weed whacking, pulling, spraying, or shrub trimming/brush removal Equals Total Job Cost Core Aeration formula = $60.00 for the first 5,000 sq. ft. + $8.00 per additional 1,000 sq. ft. If you bid on aeration jobs, stress to the client that you ‘double core aerate’...you should core aerate in 2 directions, not just one pass. Only core aerate during times of active growth. Quoted is a very important phrase that sets me apart from most contractors. I follow what is recommended by UGA’s Dept. of Ag., while most contractors do not research like I do. "If a lawn looks like it is struggling, most likely core aeration will be the best thing to do to it (unless it is completely infested with weeds, has poor drainage, or is in deep shade)." Weed Control & Fertilization formula = $35.00 for the first 3,000 sq. ft. + $3.50 to $4.00 per 1,000 sq. ft. 7 to 9 applications per year is what I sell. (Please have your commercial chemical applicator's license, chemical contractor's license, and insurance before you apply chemicals...you will be breaking the law, maybe applying the wrong substance, and bringing down the average cost of the contractors that follow the laws). The $4.00 price applies to a property between 3,001 sq. ft. and 10,999 sq. ft. The $3.75 price applies to a property between 11,000 sq. ft. and 13,999 sq. ft. The $3.50 price applies to any property larger than 14,000 sq. ft. , up to 30,000 sq. ft. I can do $3.25 to properties between 30,000 sq. ft. and 42,999 sq. ft. I can go as low as $3.00 per 1,000 sq. ft. on properties larger than 43,000 sq. ft. (1 acre). I hope this answers some questions! If you want to know more about what you do, buy the Georgia Certified Landscape Professional Study Manual...If covers just about everything, and its pretty cheap. Its bought through the University of Georgia's Department of Agriculture program.