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How much to charge for watering lawn?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Bennyb311, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. Bennyb311

    Bennyb311 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I have a customer wanting me to water a small yard. It takes me about 40 minutes to mow/trim/blow. How much should I charge? how long and how often should I water? Much thanks to any help!:usflag:
  2. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Are you joking?
  3. gary6768

    gary6768 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    While the sprinker's running ask her if she wants anything else done, like dog grooming, car washing, cleaning the pool.
  4. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    When you get there to cut - turn the sprinkler on. Lawn gets a 40 minute watering and keeps you cool too - double your regular fee.
  5. Bennyb311

    Bennyb311 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for the smart comments...We are are having a record breaking drought here...I am more than glad to take on extra jobs right now. But thanks for all the help.
  6. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    Do you really have time to do things like that!
  7. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    Charge her a weekly rate for a timer & setup.
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    I'm sure he does, just like we all probably did when we first started out. His profile says first year in business.
    To answer your question, are you in that area in the early morning? That would be the best time to water. Water heavy, when we water our lawn we shoot for an inch of water. Problem is, how many times are you going to have to move the sprinklers?

    I understand you being "hungry" for work, but honestly this really aint a good job. Hard to price, because you got to think, "will the customer even want to pay much for all the trouble that you'll be going thru." If it were us, even if we were in our first year, we'd pass on that job,and just teach the customer what kinds of sprinkler she will need, help her select a few spots in her lawn that when the sprinkler is turned on will give her the most coverage, and be done with it. then try to maybe upsell her on something else. maybe some bed edging, mulching, etc.
  9. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 737

    I hear u bro. In Indiana it's terrible too! I missed all my normal jobs yesterday and I was already struggling so u know I'm praying! I'm fortunate enough to have gotten a couple hedge trimming jobs which will compensate quite a bit for the missed mowings.

    I've asked the same question yesterday. I think the other guy is right; just charge them for a set up and show them how to do it and where to place/position the sprinkler/s.
  10. DuraCutter

    DuraCutter LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 806

    We've done some lawn watering once new sod is layed for a new condo development. Our rate was $49/hr. It's work like anything else and you charge accordingly. Last time I checked, every service I buy, I have to pay for, so watering is no different. :dizzy: :dizzy:

    I know of a condo that payed over 20k last year for watering new sod. That same condo just had us do about 40k of landscape work and about 1k of watering.


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