Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by joshua, Mar 6, 2001.

  1. joshua

    joshua LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,226

    i would like to get some input on the average dollar amount of what you guys get for a account per week for cutting? jusr give a estimte if you can. also if you have the average on how long it takes you guys to cut the grass,i know some jobs are bigger than others and prices are too. i'm trying to get a national rate to compare to my own

    my average is around $27 to $30 per cut and the average time is around 25 to 30 mins.
  2. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    That question's all over the board...could range from $25-100. I average $45-50/hour.
  3. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    This year I am shooting for the Grand Slam!!!

    $1.50/minute = $90/hour for mowing
    (+ trimming and blowing operations)

  4. SummitFarmer

    SummitFarmer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    You mean you are going to charge $90/hr just to mow and then additional $$ to trim and blow!! :eek: Don't think that would fly here in the mid-west. Probably lucky to get $60/hr to do the whole shootin' match.
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    Yes that is correct. We are going to be trimming every other week only. I figure if you shoot for the stars you just might end up with the moon. Of course, that.ll probably be their reaction to tell me to kiss it -LOL.

    This is going to be for all new contracts. I.ll see how many I get and how many I dont. You never know, our clients went for upfront billing to keep us and I cant imagine thers no one in our market tired of poor workmanship. I am hoping to provide Mercedes quality at Cadillac prices.

    If it doesnt fly theres always the old prcing structure if I truely want to take on the new clients.

  6. Green Finger

    Green Finger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 839

    So Kru,

    You guys are cutting bi-weekly?
  7. Mike Paulsen

    Mike Paulsen LawnSite Member
    from Idaho
    Messages: 99

    Dollar a minute .Kris I hope that works trimming every other week. I wanted to do that to but havent got up the nerve to try it yet. Let me know how it flys. I finally put my snow account on seasonal last year and it was a hit.I was trying to get less and ended up with more.Got to find were their limit is.
  8. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662


    We have lowered the number of cuts this season from 32 to 28 and will be trimming every other week only -still mowing weekly.

    I would gather that you should be alright. We started out by only trimming every second week from June thru September. We didnt have any complaints. I truely believe that if we are on top of things, and do a complete job when we show up that they wont know the difference.

    One thing you could try doing is use a stick-edger one the walks and curbs every other cut and it should hold until the next time you cut. The other thing you may want to do is cut back on the trimming along bed edges.

    We use a trencher in the spring and will be maintaining them every other cutting as well. Im not looking to cut corners, but I personally feel that we are over-doing-it so to speak from some points.

    If you have any questions Mike send me an e-mail and I will elaborate further.

    Good Luck this season!
  9. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    $50.00 per hr for one guy. It all depends on what equipment you run also. Someone that runs a 36" WB probably wont make as much per hr as someone with a 60" lazer. I did add all mine up for ya and it came out to be 45.78 average. But keep in mind i do small as well as large. The range is from 20.00 per wk to 180.00.

    Do you trim lower than the cut to compensate for trimming every other week?
  10. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    No Sir. Just looking to avoid the overkill or unecessary time associated with trimming. If it needs it we would do it. Most of the time, it can go two weeks. I also have found that it keeps the edges not only uniform, but has a fuller look as well.


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