Gas prices & Mowing fees

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by harry beaver, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. harry beaver

    harry beaver LawnSite Member
    from nc
    Messages: 3

    Just curious how everyone is planning on recovering the extra cost of gasoline etc. Here in NC gas today is 2.59.9. It has trippled in the past 3 years, with lawn mowing prices staying virtually the same. One of my accounts is a 5 acre Church lawn with a cemetery of around 40 stones. I mow, trim. edge sidewalks and parking lot, and blow off all the above. What kind of money should they be paying? Just curious what other parts of the country are charging.
  2. D Fricks

    D Fricks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Here in Ga. we try to make 60.00 per hour but not always this area Im in is 90 miles north of atlanta Started increasing prices this week gas is 267 here
  3. djlawn

    djlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    Is that $60.00 per man hour or 2 man crew.
  4. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
    Messages: 1,390

  5. djlawn

    djlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    That's what I thought, just makin sure though. I try to get $1/min which equates to $60.00 per man hour.
  6. MrFangs

    MrFangs LawnSite Member
    from Zone 8
    Messages: 119

    ok, enough about the gas prices. as stated in a precious thread, they really don't make a huge difference.
  7. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    I just did a price increase on eight customers who were over due. That will bring in $35.50 more per week which will more than cover the gas increase. Gas is $2.49 here. You could add a $1 per week gasoline surcharge to every customer if they're not due for a price increase anytime soon.
  8. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,967

    I raised most of mine a buck and the weekly increase is enough to cover my fuel increase.
    I'm sure most have done it.
    The .405 that we get from the IRS should be increased when fuel jumps like it has recently.
  9. alwaysgreener

    alwaysgreener LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    Are you kidding us fangs? you better have a gas budget unless you are using all electric tools. sounds like your solo operation
  10. harry beaver

    harry beaver LawnSite Member
    from nc
    Messages: 3

    I have a solo operation. I mow with a Turf Tiger 61 in cut, 27 hp liquid cooled kaw. Yesteray, I put 9.00 worth of fuel in it alone after mowing the 5 acre church grounds. If I bust my hump mowing/trimming/blowing/edging, it will take me 5 hours to "get er done". 60.00 X 5 = 300 I only wish I was getting half that. There seems to be no shortage of people willing do it for 30 per hour and less around here. Oh well just venting today.... Too hot to mow. :)

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