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Charging for double cut???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Advanced lawn service, May 24, 2007.

  1. Advanced lawn service

    Advanced lawn service LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    How do you charge for double cutting a yard? Some people double the price some are one and a half. With the weather here in Michigan and all the rain we have been getting the grass is out of control, We are spending a lot more time on the lawn, and losing money. Looking for help on how I can tell the home owner I have to charge for double cutting or blowing the lawn.
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I rarely have to but if I do, I charge a half-extra. Remember, you're not double trimming, edging, and blowing, just mowing.:)
  3. SSS 18734

    SSS 18734 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    I would give them the option of either cutting more often, or perhaps adding an extra 20% to the end of each month's bill as a "clean-up" fee.

    I don't know about you, but for me, double cutting doesn't take that much more time since I don't have to outline the yard, and I can run over it full speed since all the grass is already cut down. If there's really a lot of it, I just run around in circles until most of it disappears, then go over the entire yard in another direction. I just deal with it until it slows down, but I don't do this full time, either, so I have the extra time to spare. It as annoying though, that's for sure.
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Its called double cutting for a reason:hammerhead:
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    We add 25% per time we have to do it...that or get someone else to mow for you, simple.
  6. I just mow every 4-5 days in the spring.
  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Good morning Mr Rodfather:waving:
  8. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    We charge them twice as much,depending if they want a majority of the grass removed and raked or blow in a pile. Ive had to charge people as high as 4 cuts, i mean almost 3 ft of grass.
  9. Mark in MD

    Mark in MD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I charge one price for weekly mowing. If I have to double cut to make it look good, I don't charge them more.

    I also don't charge them less when I go over it in late July and I'm just kicking up dust.

    Naturally, if it's a new customer with two weeks or more growth, I would charge more.

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