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Need help with edging

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by TazLandscapes, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. TazLandscapes

    TazLandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I Have been asked by alot of my customers if i do edging which i do not.Well that is changing next season i am purchasing a robin bhe2500 4 stroke edger."same thing as my trimmer" And i wanted to ask a couple of questions for the experts.

    All my accounts have the grass grow right up to the driveway and street curbing and i have one account that had granite steps built into the side of his yard "only 3 steps" and it becomes a pain in the butt to trim.And i was wondering what i should charge to edge i was thinging somewhere between the lines of $1.50-$2.00 sq ft
    I do not know the answer here so that is why i am asking the experts. here.

    Thanks
    Mike.
     
  2. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    we use better heads on our trimmers they are great for edging and working along fences i sold our edger because we don't use it any more. check out the web site. www.betterheadsllc.com
     
  3. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Charge in line with your standard hourly rate...20% more time...20% more money
     
  4. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I just bid my lawns with the price of edging, trimming, mowing and blowing all included. I can't imagine not edging a lawn that I just mowed. The edging is the most important part to me to make the lawn look great. I use an Echo stick edger on the lawns with lots of edging, on the lawns with less edging I just use my trimmer.
     
  5. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    sq ft of what? Every house I cut I edge, about 300 feet of edging per house and takes less then 3 minutes
     
  6. TazLandscapes

    TazLandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    I have never done edging before that is why i asked.I do not know how to price this out. The business belongs to my dad but i am hoping next year he will sign it over to me.And he never put his customers on a contract he just shakes their hand if it is deal but i am putting all my customers on contracts next year Plowing and Mowing.But How do i go and price out edging.Plus alot of my customers their lawn grow right up to their driveways and curbing. how do i take care of that..

    Thanks
    Mike
     
  7. privatelawn

    privatelawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Use a stick edger, you cant figure out price without doing a few first. I mean if I had to price edging seperatly it would cost less then $5 per home as its 3 minutes of work but since 100% of my lawns are edged every week its all included into the price.

     
  8. MOturkey

    MOturkey LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,774

    Mike, an expert I'm not, but that is the whole idea when the lawn grows alongside a hard surface such as a sidewalk or driveway. Edging simply cuts a sharp "edge" on the grass (usually 90 degrees) so that it gives it a crisp, clean look.

    After you run your edger over the area a couple of times, it actually takes very little time at each mowing, unless you are talking extremely long drives.

    I finally learned to do a decent job with my trimmer, so generally use the trimmer, then about every 3rd or 4th mowing, run all the edges with the edger again.

    As for charging, I agree it should just be figured in to the total time it takes to service the property, just like the trimming and blowing.
     

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