Actually this is the second on in a week to say this to me. I've been taking care of her lawn for 4 years now for $250.00/month/12. Her lawn is 7,500 sqft. She came out yesterday to chat since we haven't bumped into one another in a while. She said that with the rising cost of fuel and everything else I needed to raise my rates! I had commented on her sons new Duramax GMC and the cost of fuel....which brought this up. I told her that I was drafting a letter this month about the cost of doing business and she told me that she would not complain if I raised her rate! I nearly fell over! To be honest, I'm in and out of her property in 20 minutes during the growing season and 10 in the winter when I just check on the place every other week! Another customer who I charge $40.00/week for 8k sq ft of turf and I just cut, edge and blow on this account, told me to go up a min $5.00! It surprises me to have some customers offer to throw out an increase.