Pricing a 4 acre yard

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by columbia, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. columbia

    columbia LawnSite Member
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    I have done a lot of mowing/small landscaping jobs and am starting to look for bigger sites. Below is an aerial of a yard that needs mowing on a weekly (as needed) basis. Customer wants: mowing, edging, blowing etc. and occasional hedge trimming as needed. Any idea on what to charge for mowing? Right now I have a 36" with a sulky but if I get the job I will move up but use the 36" for a while. Lot is about 4 acres. I would like to know what you guys think as I usually only price smaller neighborhood lots. Would also like to know about a fertilizing program. Thanks

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  2. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    First things first, measure the turf and get back to us. That is not 4 acres of turf.
     
  3. columbia

    columbia LawnSite Member
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    It is not 4 acres of turf. I have not met with the owner yet, just talked to him over the fun. I would just like to have some sort of a ball park figure so I don't look completely unproffessional when I meet with him later this week. I'd assume about 1.5-2 acres of turf.
     
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    I'd do it for $150
     
  5. columbia

    columbia LawnSite Member
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    ALC: So $600 a month. Do you do fertilizing programs? If so, could you price that as well. Thank you very much for the reply.
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    One thing to think about, mowing 2 acres of grass with a 36" will take you a while. You are going to have to price it such that you are competitive with the guys that will bring 60" mowers out there.
     
  7. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    Exactly. Someone with a 60" might could make 75.00 an hour, but you can only make 45.00. You hourly rate depends on how efficient you are.

    Because if I charge 60.00 an hr, and only have a push mower. What happens when I get 2 acres, can I make 600.00 a cut. NO!
     
  8. frotis

    frotis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looks like 1.5 acre
     
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    I was shooting from the hip on the price. No one can price a property if they haven't "seen" it. A picture doesn't show how much trimming and edging is needed and the trees are covering part of the lawn, how much I don't know.
    I don't do any fert or weed control. I have a guy that only does that part. We refer each other back and forth.

    I cut a first timer last week. The property has a total of 1.5 acres of grass to cut. I charged $150 for the first cut. I can knock it out in just over an hour now that I have been on the property. He's at $80 now.
     
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is a completely unanswerable question. WAY too many variables - to the point that it is pointless to even try to ask or answer this question while in this form (of question).
     

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