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Need advice for first cemetary bid


LawnSite Senior Member
Hey, I am going to put in a bid for 2 cemetarys both run by the same commitee in my town. I have never done any commercial properties or cemetarys before and have no experience with bids.
the committee requires the successful bidder to follow this guideline:

Successful bidder is to:
Mow- 1st week of May
Mow and trim- 2nd week of May
Mow- 3rd week of May
Mow and trim- 4th week of May

Mow- 1st week of June
Mow- 3rd week of June

Mow and trim- just prior to 4th of July
Mow- 3rd week of July

Mow- 2nd week of August
Mow- last week of August

Mow and Trim- Just prior to Labor Day weekend

Mow- Prior to weekend of september 28

Final Mowing and trim- Mid October

-They also require spring cleanup and fall cleanup and pruning.

My measurements:

Cemetary #1= approximately 130,000 square foot fenced area w/ aproximately 800 gravestones in many different sizes. This is one a hill, and about 65% of it is occupied w/ gravestones, the rest is empty.

Cemetary #2= approximately 30,000 square foot relatively flat location w/ about 300 gravestones. About 80% is occupied w/ gravestones.

I am looking at least a $60/hour rate MINIMUM.

I have one other bidder.

Any help will be appreciated.


LawnSite Senior Member
Best advice: RUUUUUUUNNNN, run very fast. Cemeteries are nightmares. It may seem like good money but it only takes one tieme to ask yourself, what was I thinking. Somebody has to do it, just don't let it be you. Just trying to help you out.

Doc Pete

LawnSite Gold Member
New Jersey
Very rough guess: estimate mowing the property without the stones, and whatever the time for that is, it will take the same amount of time to trim. In other words, if you think it will takes 3 hours to mow, add another 3 hours for trimming.