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edging prices are high

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hotpan, Mar 6, 2006.

  1. hotpan

    hotpan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    I read in another post that they charge .85 per linear foot for edging. I went out to do an estimate and measures this potential customers sidewalk and driveway and it came out to be 400 ft. and his property is less than 1/2 acre.

    If i do the math right (400 X .85), then that is $340!!!! The edging with a gas powered edger would only take about 20 minutes. $340 seems WAYYYY HIGH!!!!!!! Am i doing something wrong???

    Thank you for your advice.
  2. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    You are beleiving everything you hear, thats your problem. Some things on here are a fantasy, you have to figure out which ones.
  3. hotpan

    hotpan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    so will you tell me realistically how much i should be charging please??
  4. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    The prices for edging that you are referring to are for bed edging not edging along concrete surfaces with a stick edger. These are two intirely different beasts
  5. hotpan

    hotpan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    oooohhhhhhhh okay, thankyou for that! but i still dont know how much to charge. :(
  6. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    If its 400 feet and has not been edged in a while after clean up there's no way your gettting out of their in 20 min.. If you keep up on it say every 2-4 weeks maybe 20 min.. If they are a weekly account and they want you to do it bi weekly see if u can get a extra $25..
  7. Justin Rideout

    Justin Rideout LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Are you just edging his walkway and drive or are you mowing his lawn too. if you're mowing the lawn just add it in at no charge once every 2 weeks.If you're just doing the edging and it's only going to take 20 min I'd say $35.00
  8. hotpan

    hotpan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    ty for that, i actually told him $30 a week for mow and $10 extra every 2 weeks to edge, just didnt know if i was underdoing it, thanks for the help.
  9. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    trimming and edging should be built into your pricing structure, there should be no charge for te edging fo driveways and sidewalks...... that is included in the mowing price......bed edging is extra.....:)
  10. one man gang

    one man gang LawnSite Fanatic
    from N. In.
    Messages: 5,811

    But if you can get it.........go for it.

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