Is there anyone out there who has had success specializing in acreage mowing? I've got two mid-sized tractors from a failed landscape operation (ex-wife embezzled from our company!). I also have one 84" three-point deck. With only needing to buy one more three-point deck to have a two tractor operation, I would be at a very low cost of entry for this business. I know I couldn't handle terrain or inclines like a low-slung Z, but for wide-open areas, I'm able to mow 7' wide at 5-6MPH. Looking at the rates around here, I've seen between $20-25 per acre for properties with 3 acres or more of lawn, with extras like fence trimming as additional line items (how do I charge for that? per hour or per foot?) So the big questions: Can an operation be profitable at say, $22.50 an acre? I'm thinking about a base charge and a per-acre charge... something like $25 per trip plus $22.50 per acre, and waiving the trip charge for bigger properties. Maybe a minimum charge would be better, though. ($45?) How do I find and retain good acreage lawn customers? Yellow page ads are expensive, and flyers don't exactly work on commercial properties. I'm currently trying direct mail (sent out over 500 letters - my tougue is gonna fall off from licking envelopes!), but haven't seen much response. Is too early in the season to be marketing (Minnesota in January)?