What is "Grass that is too high, or out of control"

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MDLawnman, Jul 1, 2006.

  1. MDLawnman

    MDLawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 229

    I get calls from people now and then who have yet to mow their grass or worse they are "I'll call ya when I need ya" people. Now I have doubled or even tripled my price for the initial cleanup for these people but I have a question that I would like some input on.

    At what point is the grass so high that the price goes up? In my experience the grass is usually up to my knee and there is no question. But there has to be a height somewhere in between under control and out of control that everyone uses in their business practice. Would you say 10 inches? Or how about higher than the the top of your mowers deck?

    What do you use as a guide?
  2. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    Fore me anything that has more than a normal 7 days growth ... is extra

    Anything over 14" is excessive n will get a min of $100 per 1/2 acre
  3. ALL Around Xteriors

    ALL Around Xteriors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    I would say anything that is higher than the top of your mower deck gets an extra charge.

  4. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    I am with Steve. But I charge more and value it a little differently.

    If the yard is beyond 7 days growth then I charge more. usualy 25-50%
    If it would choke out a 21" mower I charge a lot more. $100 minimum (about a months worth of mowing price)
    If I have to brush blade it down for one of my big horsepower mowers to be able to make it thru, then I start at $200.

    The county and many of the municipalities here charge $250 and up after red tagging a property.

    All prices reflect 1/4 acre.

    Sure many will say that is very high. YUP. That is the point. I really don't want to do that kind of work, but if they will pay PROPERLY, then I will do it. Paid in advance.

    This year I got $480 for one cut on a 3/4 acre property. Then $65 EOW.
  5. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Depends on how high and how THICK the grass is. It could be 3 feet high but really thin skimpy grass and would be a cakewalk that I get 2 times my normal rate for or it could be really thick and maybe 2 feet high and i get 3 - 4 times my normal rate.
  6. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    I'll call ya when what?, I'm sorry sir/madam we are a professional maintenance company. One time or occasional service starts at $75 regardless of size, yes its expensive however its very hard on our equipment and employees. We can set you up with bi-weekly service for xx dollars per month, however you have not cut your lawn yet this year and it will be at least 75 (usually more this time of year) for the first cut, and if you would like us to continue to service your lawn for xx dollars bi- weekly we will need a one month deposit of xx dollars. :weightlifter:
  7. Idealtim

    Idealtim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    6'' is the cutoff for me. If its higher than that, the price doubles for every time I have to re cut that same time.For instance,triple the normal 40 and its120. I know thats high but most of these people I dont like.
  8. I go by how much longer it's going to take me to mow. If it's going to be half the normal mowing speed it's going to be twice the price.
    Like lawnmaniac883 said. It don't matter how tall the grass is, it's how thick and heavy it is.
    I had one this spring that hadn't been cut all season. But it was so thin you could see dirt. I charged double on what was a couple of months of growth.
    Each one's different. If they're really heavy I tell them to have it bush hogged twice. One cut right after another. Then I'll show up the next day, and mow every third day until it's under control. But that's here. There's always bluegrass under the weeds/hay or whatever. It's the indiginous ground cover here in Ohio.
    I screen these kinds of calls very carefully. I'm not looking to take on someone's problems. There'd better be a very plausible reason the grass is out of control. If someone calls me with an "emergency" I refer them to 911.

  9. corey1977

    corey1977 LawnSite Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 261

    any thing over 6 inches
  10. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    i'm doin exactly what david said on one right now. approx. 1.6 acres. brushhog twice at $100.00 a cut, then maintain at $70.00 a cut with the mower. i have hogged it once, gonna wait a week and do it again, then maintain with the mower. i'll let ya'll know how it works out.

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