A couple of seasons ago I landed 1, then 3 accounts in a real up-scale neighborhood. About 1 acre of grass (sprinkler sys. of course) ; mulch beds all around the houses, and big ones on the lawns. At $45 a pop, I thought this was the way to go. Now I'm not so sure. Have to be extra careful that they look real good: Never be late for a cutting, NO clippings in the beds, miles of edging. Well over an hour on each one. I've realized that I can do 2 (or better) basic $30 lawns in that same time. Can't raise price, as I would then not be competitive. Larger companies can send in 3 hard working Hispanics at about $10/hr and be gone in 1/2 hour. (direct labor cost $15) Though they are my highest dollar properties, I'm thinking of dropping them next year, and go more after the average size, average quality lawns. Any other solo (or smaller operators run into this same dilemma?