Okay, I need to learn a lesson from this one I think. I know numbers mean nothing w/o seeing, and that rates vary everywhere, but any feedback here is appreciated. I started cutting for the local city sheriff candidate last month. This month he tells me I'm doing a wonderful job and asks if I would like to start doing a more full-service property management at his house. Of course I do, that's just my game, let me work up a quote. The lawn work is at $65/month for weekly service (don't make that an issue, I know you acreage people think that's ridiculous but that's high in my area for the size of lawn -- less than 1500 square feet -- and I make a good $45/hour rate on site and it's right along my route) so I needed to factor in a longer stay/stop and quarterly trimming of shrubs and bushes. I figured 4-6 hours of trimming every 3 months = $240 = $80/month. Weeding of all flower and rock beds (app. 10-15 minutes extra/stop) = $40/month. Upkeep of a long, narrow 600 square foot area of rock and dirt where wild grass will grow between an occaisonal palm tree and juniper bush (weedwacking/junk mowing app. 5-10 minutes extra time each stop) = $20/month. $65 + $80 + $40 + $20 = $205/month for a completely carefree property. So, we called him with his updated quote and were met with stunned disbelief. It's too expensive at more than $1500 more per year. Just stick to the mowing, he says, you're doing a great job. I'm frustrated. Perhaps I could have knocked 10% off for taking care of the entire property (bulk rate) but I get the feeling $185/month wasn't nearly what he had in mind either. After all, that's still nearly $1500 more per year... I guess it's just another instance of someone thinking that since I'm already there can't I do a bunch more for just a few more dollars? My guess is he's going to find someone operating a cheesy operation to trim his shrubs for less than half, pull the weeds himself, and let the rest grow over while I keep his lawn cut. I find this sort of thing all the time here. Is it just the area I live in that no one wants to pay a decent rate for full service landscape care, or am I just being completely unreasonable? Do you find this sort of thing common where you are???