How may mowings per year

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by newleaflandscape, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    I live in Michigan. We have always been a design build company up until this year. We have to bid on a few commericial installs, but they all want maintenance contracts figured in to the bid.

    My question is how many mowings should I figure in per year. I can figure out how much time we will spend mowing, and the fertilizing etc. But to be honest I really never pay much attention to the mowing side of things. I was thinking between somewhere around 35 mowings, but I dont want to undershoot or overshoot the thing. We are going to make pretty good money on the install part, so I just want to give a good honest quote on the mowing side.

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    I'm just east of Cleveland, Ohio. We mow between 25-27 every year.
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    35 is way overkill maybe 25. what part of the state are you in?
  4. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Wow, 25 visits.....We are doing 48 for comm, and 41 for Residential.....
  5. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    Didn't you guys have a drought this past season???
  6. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    south lansing. I guess my next question is what are you figuring. One mow every seven days?
  7. newbomb

    newbomb LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 391

    In Michigan I would expect to mow from April through the End of September, basically 6 months. I recomend a flat rate per month. Figure $60 per acre, per cut. Since you already make good money on the Landscaping you might be able to bid it at $50 per acre, per cut. Then take your per cut price X 4 cuts per month X 6 Months.

    A one acre lot is:

    $50/acre X 4 cuts = $200 per month X 6 months = $1200 per season

    you can also include a clause to cover an extended season if you mow into October that far North.
  8. F Y P M

    F Y P M LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    We mow April Through Oct 7 months approx 25 to 28 mows + clen-ups Spring late March fall Nov.

    BUCKEYE MOWING LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,169

    Here in Columbus we are 26-30.
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    Oh I say at least two or three hundred, why be so shy about it?

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