I went to price a job last night of about 5500sf of grass. It was a straight forward cut except for the 60 deg. hill on the side of the house to get to the backyard (38" gate btw) , unever terrain. Anyway, I priced cutting and 2X weed control/4X fert/and 2X insect control (as needed), Aeration (optional) etc ... Anyways I gave him my price... and he flipped! Why? Because he was quoted, get this... $600 THE WHOLE season, that's approx. 22-24 cuts and complete weed/fert/insect control! Do the math people... Seems to be the growing trend around here! Apperantly these guy score 2-3 other houses on the same street. Anyways, I did my absolute best to try to stay composed and professional and I responded with. "Well, I hope that they will put fertilizer down and not just grab a handful of granular fertilizer and throw it on your walkway to make it look like they put it everywhere...." Then I followed up with "well, good luck with the other guys... Call me when you want Lawn Maintenance as opposed to getting your grass just cut because it is too long" Smiled and walked away. I may be new on my own, but I refuse to lower my prices to beat some other guy/gal that pushes a lawn mower around and lose money in the process. Off I went to another estimate and scored a $3000 landscaping job!!