How many lawns to make a living?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Haake, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    This good example For him to gross 50k he mows 60 lawns

    I mow 47 lawns 28-30 weeks and last year I gross 150k but I didn't mow 28 weeks either was bad drought I mowed 23 weeks

    My lawns go from 4k to 100 acres I figure it up once each full week I mow atleast 200 acres each week total
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,678

    I must be very busy it's always been 60-65% of my income about 140,000 a year comes from just mowing. Not sure how you come up with this 1/3 stat or for that matter why you would think 2500 lawns should average just 20 dollars a cut.

    Haake as for a decent living I had employees the last 11 years and never saw the income I wanted. This year it's just me and my partner and around 170 accounts were doing over 25k a month with no payroll to eat through it. I think thats what you had in mind when you wondered about a good living.
  3. WisecarverLawnCare

    WisecarverLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    I agree with most of the others here. Its size of your yards vs. amount of yards. The smaller the yards are that you maintain the more yards you will need to make your 50k. The larger the yard the less yards you'll need. I mow 15 lawns a week currently, by myself. I get paid $50 a lawn for my efforts which includes mowing, trimming, and edging. I also feed the lawns and do some chemical work on them. If you do the math thats about $750 a week for 30 weeks =$22,500.00 a year. This number includes no expenses. Fuel, repairs and what I spend on chemicals, fertilizer etc. So lets say I pocket 18k, in order for me to make 50k take home money I would need around 40 lawns at $50. But, I am able to do my 15 lawns on the weekends while I still work another family full time job which pays around 800 take home money. So i guess what I'm saying. Until you can buy all your equipment, truck, trailer etc. outright I would buy equipment piece by piece and start with 5-10 lawns and grow year by year until its full time like I'm doing. Dropping everything and buying 25k on equipment before you have enough accounts to cover your payments in expenses will lead to a very short Lawn Care career.
  4. TML

    TML LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    All depends if you want to be just the guy who does strictly mowing and blows around the occasional leaf OR are you willing and want to offer full services to your clients. Full service accounts you will need less to reach your goal of 50K.

    Spring Clean-up
    Edging & Mulch
    Shrub Pruning
    Fall Clean-up / Cutting down perennials
    Snow Plowing.

    These can offer year round income, some more profitable and requiring less overhead than mowing.
  5. southerntide

    southerntide LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Alabama
    Messages: 5,957

    People are doing this everywhere going in debt buying 2-3 mowers failing all over thinking it is easy.

    It is very rough but great working outside and for yourself but it takes patience and experience. We have been doing this over 10 years now, it was us and 2 others in this small town I live in it is ridiculous now at the non-experience competition but then you have to go and fix their disasters. Or they just leave their customers hanging which is not acceptable.
  6. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    You can make more money fertilizing. Look into your state's requirements in getting a license/training. I service small lawns where there is much more profit than the larger lawns.

    Good luck.
  7. PicturePerfectLawns

    PicturePerfectLawns LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,845

    You sound like me. :laugh: Most of my lawns are 2,500-4,500 sq. feet average and I'm soley using the 30". How many customers came up and asked you if that's a push mower you were using? :laugh:
  8. JCLawn and more

    JCLawn and more LawnSite Fanatic
    from MI
    Messages: 5,281

    I think for a lot of us who are solo we make around 30 percent of gross. You will also find you won't need 50k a year's when you own your own business.
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  9. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 572

    For us, a full service customer, scu,fcu, mow, we would need 36. That's without snow plowing.
    With snow plowing add another 18k.

    The only problem is about 1/2 of our customers have us do everything.

    Most are Fert customers tho. That's our bread and butter and that's where the money is
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  10. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Twenty four mowing customers, with twelve of them going for fall clean up, spring clean up, fert, reseed, lime, soil test, aerate, would yield a gross of $41,772 for me. Now when I get to twenty four customers I will see how good my guess is.

    I never count on snow because we get enough low snow fall years mixed in.

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