basic service?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by buckrufr, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. buckrufr

    buckrufr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    In reading about pricing of services, I noted that basic service in other parts of the country is mowing, trimming and blowing. The basic charge is on average about $35 per cut. I have been charging 135 to $140 per month for the following: mow, trim, edge and blow once a week or as needed - 12 months per year. Also I have been including fertilizing 2X, moss control, weed control, pruning shrubs/small trees, cleanups and hauling away leaves, etc.

    Is this the way it is in the Portland, Oregon area or am I doing too much for too little?
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Sounds to me like you are doing a lot for the money, unless the lawns are just outrageously tiny.
  3. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    Hope the yards you're doing are a postage stamp of a yard because sounds like you might not be making to much of a profit if not
  4. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,201

    for $35 a cut I would just mow, trim , blow and charge extra the the other things. You can't pay bills if you work for free.
  5. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    That sounds pretty cheap to me...I think youd get alot more for that in my neck of the woods.:usflag:
  6. buckrufr

    buckrufr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Thanks all. I am not too swift on business, obviously. But I can and want to learn. Until I found this site, I didn't have the information source. I am embarrassed at my ignorance, yet if I'm not honest, I will never learn, I will continue spinning my wheels. Thank you in advance for your input.

    I live and operate in a highend area. What would you recommend I be charging for extra services? Edge? Fertilize and weed? Cleanups? Dump? Etc.
  7. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,070

    Here are some ideas to think about,

    Clean up, weeding -$38.00 per man hr.
    Dump fee $25.00 per yard plus labor.
  8. workinallthetime

    workinallthetime LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    what would you suggest in the T-town area? mow em blow em and edge em on lets say an open acre with flower beds around the house and a few trees
  9. accuratelawn

    accuratelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 922

    Do a search on Jim Lewis. He has several great posts and he is from Or.
  10. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    way too cheap!

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