Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by ParksLandscaping, Feb 1, 2001.

  1. ParksLandscaping

    ParksLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I am wondering how many of you guys charge extra for the first edge of the season, because of the time it takes to cut away those inches of sod from the sidewalk and edges? I always have, but I am wondering if I am the only one.

  2. Greenman2ooo

    Greenman2ooo Banned
    Messages: 176

    For sure. We are really selling time. To me a minute is worth anywhere from .75 - $1.50, depending on what I am doing.

    Edging the first time can take a tremendous amount of time, especially if it has been years since it has been edged. I did one like this last season. I charged accordingly after pulling back 4" of overgrown grass from the sidewalk when giving the estimate.

    If I estimate it will take twice as long as usual (a month or so of growth) I charge twice the normal rate of a quick weekly touch-up.

  3. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Messages: 695

    For our weekly customers we include it in the price of the cut. But for those who we just pick up and haven't been edged in a year we charge between $.70 and $1.00 per minute or about $40-60 per hour.
  4. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Edging was a popular topic a while back. I charge extra for edging 95% of the time. So if its a touch up or a first time I charge for it. The rate is different as Greenman2k stated, if it is overgrown the rate is higher. I know some of the experts that have literature published will give recommendations on how much to charge, I personally know what my market bears and what customers will pay.

    It was interesting to see that some LCO's include edging in their weekly or biweekly rotation and some don't edge unless requested. I'm not talking about running the string trimmer over the edges but actually pushing the edger. It seems to depend on location and of course customer preference. Some very high profile homes or businesses will get the full service treatment. If you have the time and profit built in then it makes it easier to pull the edger off every week. Most of my customers do not desire this level of service. (but I always ask)
    Good Luck
  5. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    I push edge for the customers with walks and concrete drives. It is part of basic service and is incorporated in my fee. It is one of those things that makes you stand out from most others. Around here most guys use their stringtrimmers to do it, but with a push edger it comes out perfect everytime. I just love looking back down the sidewalk after it is done and see my perfect edges run into the neighbors scraggy edges which were done by a "competitor" with a string trimmer. I don't charge any additional fee for current customers whose edges were defined already last season, but any new customers will pay a nominal fee to get them into shape. Then after that it's a cakewalk.
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    ive charged anywhere from $30-$70 for the initial edging, where we had to scrape up the pieces with a shovel etc. after that its part of the service and we charge no xtra, takes about 2-3 min every other week
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    I charge about 15 to 20 bucks for a standard subdivision lot that is done once per month. The initial edge for regular customers usually runs about 25% more and is done with the spring cleanups. A new customer would cost more as I would probably have to remove sod after for the initial edge. There are of course sometimes extreme cases like places that have never been done or not done in 20 years or so. Those are a whole different deal. When you guys cut slivers of sod off, you DO use a "hula hoe" don't you? This is by far the best thing to use. I've seen peoplt usind flat shovels and everything else.
  8. Groundcover Solutions

    Groundcover Solutions LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,254

    We charge any where form $35-100 dollers depending on the size of project or how much sod is hanging over we also incorperate dumping fees to make the price seem a bit more resonable!! Just my 2 cents!
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

  10. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    for the reg customer it is in the price for their normal cut. for the gut that want to have is yard cleaned up in the spring and then dumps you. I charge hard.

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