Everyone loves to mow smaller yards. You can get in and out quick and you can make money on a competitive rate. What should you do though if a customer calls and wants you to mow a larger area the size of 2 acres? Is taking on a larger job worthwhile? The answer as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum really depends on a number of factors. The first being the size of your equipment and the second being how often they want the property mowed. If your mower is too small, it will take you forever to mow the property. If the customer only wants the property mowed once in a while, by the next time you come back to mow, you may find yourself waist high in grass and weeds!
One lawn care business owner wrote “I got a call from a new mowing customer and I am meeting with her tomorrow. From the phone call she said she wanted her lawn mowed which looks to be a $40 weekly job. But she also has a 2 acre out behind her house and wants a bid on that to be mowed once a month or bi weekly. I have a 48″ ztr mower to do the job and this job requires no line trimming. She isn’t worried about the looks of the field, she just wants it kept down and not over grown. What do you guys think I should bid? I am thinking maybe $70 to mow it bi weekly or $150 monthly. Am I too low. Thanks in advance.”
A second lawn care business owner said “I have a 61″ ztr mower and I mow a 3 acre yard in just over an hour and 10 minutes. It has several trees and is fairly hilly but not too bad. I charge $95 to mow it every week and that includes weed eating. There’s not much blowing and no edging. Your bid all depends on how tough the yard is and if there are very many trees, bushes etc. to mow around. Keep in mind, I’m cutting a full 12″ more than you are in mower width. I’d say you could get the yard done in about the same amount of time I get this 3 acre yard done. So you have to ask yourself, is $30 more to mow for an hour or better worth the effort?”
A third added “One thing you have to remember is that with 2 to 4 weeks growth in between mowing, you will be double cutting the lot due to all that growth, and also running the crap out of your equipment, which is why you need to charge more per cut than a weekly cut.
Even with no line trimming, I would still bid the job around $150 a cut biweekly.
I would not be interested in mowing the field once a month. To me, the amount of effort needed to do it wouldn’t be worth it.”
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