Help me understand

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mikes Lawn Landscape, May 29, 2004.

  1. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 458

    I have a customer that has 2 acres with probably 40 maybe 50 trees on the property. The landscaping is nothing out of the ordinary. One section is about 3/4 of an acre that is shaped kinda odd so I circle it instead of doing Z turns

    It takes me 2 hours just to mow with a 52" Z.

    I have other props that have similar trees and landscaping that are 1 acre and they take 30 to 40 minutes just to mow.

    So my question is why in the heck is this 2 acre prop taking 2 hours to mow. I figure based on its size and configuration it should take 1.5 hours max

    Anyone got in insight or suggestions

  2. Turf Medic

    Turf Medic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,073

    Have you actually measured the properties or are you guessing?
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,161

    Mike you only need to mow that section by the pool one time not four times.
  4. Mikes Lawn Landscape

    Mikes Lawn Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 458

    Yep I pulled a plat of the lot to verify its 2 acres.

    hehehehehehe no pool to distract me dishboy.

    Here's a theory what do guys think of this.

    1 acre = 43,560 sq ft - house - beds - driveway = about 30,000 sq ft of mowing. Now add the 2nd acre so its 73,000 sq ft of mowing instead of a typical 30,000 which is 2.5 times the size of a normal 1 acre property. That may account for some of the time.

    Anybody got any ideas.
  5. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Defiantly a problem there. Sounds like the obstacles and shapes are killing you. Though many do not agree with me, I never charge residential by the size of acreage. I charge accordingly with obstacles and time I feel it will take. I would much rather cut a wide open 2 acre property, then a 3/4 acre with obstacles.

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