This is my first year out on my own. I have been on lawn site learning the tricks of the trade. I have also worked for three years for another company so im not brand new. I am however surprised by all the low balling this year. I always thought that the new guys were the ones that lowballed. I know the going price per hour in my area and thats what i charge so that i don't piss everybody else in my area off. There is a landscaping company that has been around for 5 or 6 years here that is low balling everyone in town on lawn mowing by at least 50 percent. The only thing that all of us can think is that they get their foot in the door then sock them with landscaping. They are one of the only landscapers in our town. They single handedly took four county jobs away from us all. One yard for instance was bid 105 and up by all other bidders except the one in question. They bid 68!!!!!!!!!! dollars. I was told not to get discouraged but its hard not to. I was told that they would run themselves out of business and i should just do a good job and get a respected name to help my business grow. I know everyone says the first year is the hardest and i so far have seen that to be true. I'm just glad i didn't start my business until i was financially able. Thanks i just needed to vent.