Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by KrayzKajun, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a customer who wants an acre cut, has 20 trees to weed eat around and small pond cleaned up around, they want this done every week. I have to drive about 25-30 minutes to get to this job. What would some of you veteran guys charge per week for this?? any help greatly appreciated.
  2. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 554

    I don't know what the prices are around you. I will say $75 per mow. alot of trimming

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    How long will it take YOU!?

    Drive time is no good, You will have more than 2 hours invested into this job each week and need to be getting well over $100. - $120
    My guess is somebody close will do it for 35. You will lose money if you do it for that!
  4. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    You won't find me mowing an acre - 20 trees - a pond for $35.00 ... not even next door. Add an hour round trip drive time .... I don't think I would do it anyway. If I did ... it would be probably in the neighborhood of $100. - $110. becuase of the drive time. Now, if you can pick up 3 or 4 other jobs in the area, that helps a lot!

    Like PM stated above .. price it by what it's going to take you. If you get it ... fine ... if you don't .. that's fine too.

  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    1 acre serviceable....I'd say 80-100 depending on the conditions. If its a 1 acre lot with house, driveway, pond, pool, etc. then I'd be in the 50-70 range.

    The pond cleanup can vary depending on what you do. Add water, test water, feed fish, clean filter...some can be a pain in the arse. I'd assume about 20-30 minutes per week. Some days more, some days less. Anyhow, I'd figure on 40/hr for the pond maintenance. Or about an additional 15 bucks.

    Total for me would be in the range of 95-110. Drive time of 1hr round trip should not matter once you get a few more accounts in the area.
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    thanks guys
  7. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ponds can be tricky. If clippings are left in the water they decay and rob the fish of oxygen. You need to get all or 99% of the clippings out. Easiest to do on a windy day that stays in one direction, blowing all clippings to one side. A rake works better on long clippings, short clippings stick best to a push broom. You don't want to be buying and replacing expensive koi or even catfish.
  8. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    this is a pond in the country, owner doesnt even know wht kind of fish are in it

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Probably country fish

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