Lawn prices

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mooseman, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. mooseman

    mooseman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    Hey guys this is a great forum and a great resource for me as well as many other people i am sure!

    I am a 15 yr old and prolly next year once i have my licsence a friend and i were thinking of starting a good lawn mowing service in our area. I just wanna know what you guys are charging per cut, keep in mind this isnt in a city or a highly suburban area just some small rural towns and few small cities of 10-20 thousand ppl. Anyways any input would be great, Thanks!!

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,526

    i have lawns that i get anywere from $15-$300 per cut.
  3. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    yeah you ll here alot of guys here say 1$ a minute. but thats high in some areas. i live in a small place to and gotta do what i gotta do. also i hate to say it but your age my be a facter. they may think your young and inexperience so they'll try to get it cheap. go with your gut and good luck! always like to see a young go getter!
  4. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I am a $1.00 a minute guy. Since I downgraded to a 36" deck, I have been pulling in about $1.25 a minute. Here in Louisiana, not many people want work done during the winter. Charging $60.00 an hour will easily give you a $25-$30.00 per hour paycheck year round.
  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    Let me straighten this out for you. $1.00 per minute is for one guy. If you are going to have two guys it will be $2.00 per minute. Just keep your quality and prices high and you will be fine.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    It's a little bit like fishing.
  7. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Just a suggestion, I would not start a company with a friend and have them be a co-owner. Usually that type of thing doesn't end up well and you lose a good friend in the process.

    But to answer your original question, for neighborhood lots (about .25-.5 acres) I get about $25-$40. But my minimum charge is $25, so all the accounts those accounts are usually my neighbors or relatives.
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    My lawn's end up 50-60 an hour but with most of us on this site were using highly efficient equipment that cost's alot of $$$ and get's the job done quick so you just starting out certainly wont be using a super fast 10 thousand dollar mower so you wont be able to do the 60 buck's an hour everyone is suggesting so you will have to base your price off of the size of the lawn rather than how long it will take you but assuming you have a decent rider garden tractor type mower and a pusher and trimmer dont go under 15 buck's EACH per hour, 30 an hour for 2 guys.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yeah,...I love that dollar a minute thing. That is the ONLY way to go, and it is written in stone. This way, if a guy pulls up with a 60 inch ZTR, what he cuts and trims in that hour (say it's an acre), he can charge 60 dollars for. Then the next guy pulls up next door, and unloads his 38 inch Craftsman tractor...Whatever he cuts and trims in an hour on an identical property, (just the front and part of the sides, he can charge 60 dollars for. Then,... the next guy pulls up next door to that,...and pulls out his 21 inch pushmower and starts cutting. He is able to cut and trim 1/2 of this front yard in an hour, but because he's a business, and he listens to the general suggestions by people who haven't a CLUE about where it starts (like knowing your expenses - ALL your expenses, as E V E R Y O N E ' S are different), then HE can charge 60 dollars to mow about half of this front yard.
    And 60 bucks an hour for a second man t operate a trimmer??? Puhleeeze...
    Kid, some searching opn here, and use key words like "costs", "expenses", and "overhead". There is a world of information on here, including an afternoon of reading just form what I have written in the past on this subject. If you want to learn and know this business,...learn BUSINESS. That doesn't include just shooting a generic question out there and expecting even a reasonably accurate answer coming from 4 corners of the country, because in many cases, a generic answer is all you'll get. Example? The "dollar a minute" rule.
  10. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    I think my answer was reasonably accurate... if he has a garden tractor. If not then less.

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