Should you charge more for double cutting lawns?

When a lawn grows beyond a certain point, it can require you to double cut the property in order to clear it of any grass clumpings that occur. But if you have to double cut it, that adds time and time is money. So as we will see from this discussion on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, there are a few ways you can handle this. Which one you choose to use is up to you.

One lawn care business owner wrote “I can’t decide on how to handle double cutting my customer’s lawns. I’ve been thinking of adding at least a 50% charge for double cutting during the spring if a customer is unhappy with excess clumps left on the grass. I double cut one customer’s lawn and charge her extra. So far, she is fine with it. If they know up front what to expect, I would think this wouldn’t be a problem but I am kinda concerned about my policy though. Do you think it will scare people away?”

A second lawn care business owner said “we never charge if staff have to go over the lawn twice. It is rare that we have to perform this.”

A third said “I charge $5 to $20 extra depending on the lawn size, to bag the grass when the customer complains about this. I tell them the extra charge is because of the extra time and gas and that I may only spend an additional 5 minutes on their lawn but I must drive out to local recycle center to dispose of the grass. After I say that, people completely understand.

Use the spring to your advantage and offer bagging as an upsell. If they still want it double cut I would charge them twice as much.”

A fourth said “you are lucky to have a lawn care customer willing to pay extra for double cuts. I think most lawn care customers want one price for a completed job and not be surprised with a double cut surcharge.

Your initial estimate (and scheduling) should take into account the possibility of heavy growth during springtime.

Weekly mowing is vital during spring for most lawns. If a customer wants you to mow less than weekly and that is causing the grass to clump, you should price the job with the knowledge that you may have to double cut during heavy growth times.

Use this as a selling point to get them on a weekly schedule.”

One last lawn care business owner shared “I sometimes have to triple cut my lawns in early Spring. I just can’t avoid it.

This happens when you get started too late in the season. I started the first Monday of May this year and instead, should have started in April. Though once it’s all been cut down, it’s a walk in the park throughout the rest of the season.

I don’t mind taking a little bit of extra time on a lawn. If I know I’ll be able to manage all of my lawns within the day. If I work 8-5 this week and get everything looking nicely maintained, I’ll most likely only be working 8-3 next week as it just gets easier.

I don’t bother raising my prices for different cuts, that’s just frustrating for everyone including myself.”

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