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Post by Jmkimmd » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:26 pm

I'm thinking of hiring for my lawn care, I have a 0.25 acre lot, about 1/2 of it is the house, flat terrain. Just for mowing I'm getting quoted in columbus ohio for 40 dollars by high school student. Is that considered a good deal? I mean I'm a pretty cheap guy. I could mow my lawn in about 30 minutes with a standard craftsman mower.

How much is everyone paying for lawn care?

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Post by daheld » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:29 pm

I can't imagine I'll ever routinely pay someone to mow my lawn, but I would say $40 a pop is WAY cheaper than hiring it out to an actual landscaping/mowing crew.

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Post by jebmke » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:36 pm

Depends on where you are. I have a 3 acre lot (some is marsh and trees) -- I'd guess an acre+ is grass. I get mine done for $60.
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Post by livesoft » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:40 pm

$40 a day? $40 a month? What do you get for $40?
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Post by mak1277 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm

Northern Virginia. I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging. Prior to contracting out it probably took me about the same, 30-40 minutes, to mow it myself. Not sure of the lot size.

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Post by Beach » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:49 pm

Seems high for not a lot of work. You could probably talk him down if you are dead set against doing it yourself.

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Post by furikake » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:50 pm

Ours is $75/week for a 1.5 acre lot, father and son-in-law crew, takes them like 2 hours to mow every week.

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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:51 pm

We pay the yard guy $120/month, though I just gave him a raise to $125/month.

For the fertilizer and spray for lawn and plants I pay $50/month.

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Post by Trism » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:51 pm

If the going rate was $700 I'd pay it. I'm never mowing another lawn as long as I live.

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Post by jebmke » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm
I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging.
How do you identify a "real" lawn care company? Do they have special signs on their trucks?
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Post by 4nwestsaylng » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:54 pm

Depends upon whether you want to be out there mowing the lawn on a hot, sticky humid Columbus,Ohio summer day!

Usually mowing is not enough, and you need to use a trimmer around the edges, is that included? If $40 is the going rate for a student, then that is your other choice,but I would expect trimming of the edges and leaf blowing/bagging for that. That is $500 a year. If you bought a fun-to-ride lawn tractor it would probably cost you at least $2500 and you have to do the mowing.

An alternative: Go to HD or Lowes and look at the robo-mowers. They run about $2000 to start, have GPS, and they would probably be ideal for a flat lawn. I would definitely check that out. You get to sit inside on a hot day and watch the robo-mower go back and forth. That is a techies dream!

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Re: lawn care cost

Post by mak1277 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:56 pm

jebmke wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm
I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging.
How do you identify a "real" lawn care company? Do they have special signs on their trucks?
As compared to a bunch of high school kids.

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Post by GoldStar » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:57 pm

daheld wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:29 pm
I can't imagine I'll ever routinely pay someone to mow my lawn, but I would say $40 a pop is WAY cheaper than hiring it out to an actual landscaping/mowing crew.
It depends on the area I suppose. I am surprised at how cheap basic lawn maintenance service is (Landscaping is a different story). I live in Massachusetts and I was paying $45 per trip for half-acre lot - was quoted $35 last year by a pro. They come in with 4 guys and their huge machines and are in and out in 10 minutes (They should name the company "Mow-Blow-And-Go" - so fast its amazing). They have it down to a science such that they are so much more efficient than the neighborhood kid (who wants to charge more actually). What takes me (or the neighborhood kid) 90 minutes takes them 10.

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Post by GoldStar » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:57 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:56 pm
jebmke wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm
I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging.
How do you identify a "real" lawn care company? Do they have special signs on their trucks?
As compared to a bunch of high school kids.
RE: Real Lawn Care Company: They have commercial grade machines and trimmers and blowers. In and out quickly and efficiently allowing them to keep the cost down.
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Post by Barsoom » Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:58 pm

I live in the Houston area. I have a .23 acre lot, and the house takes up about a third of it. I pay $35 per week, four people come out to mow, weed, edge. I give them each a Gatorade and I don't ask to see their papers.

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Re: lawn care cost

Post by Mlm » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:00 pm

.25 acre lot. I pay a local landscaping company $25 per week for mowing, trimming and cleanup.

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Post by Jmkimmd » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:10 pm

the 40 dollars is for each visit. I got another quote from a handyman who says he "starts at 40 dollars" I didn't want to go there because i imagine "start at 40" means probably more per visit.

I'm exploring mowing because my wife wants me to get a lawn service, I may end up just doing it myself but my wife doesn't trust that I will do it consistently every week. I tend to think of it as my workout for the day.

For those of you who hire a "real" company with an actual contract, what do you guys get as a contract and what do you pay? I have a friend who lives in the east coast that pays 6K a season for the "works" I'm not sure what exactly is included.

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Post by jebmke » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:13 pm

mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:56 pm
jebmke wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm
I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging.
How do you identify a "real" lawn care company? Do they have special signs on their trucks?
As compared to a bunch of high school kids.
If Ii had a smaller lot I wouldn't mind paying high school kids who were willing to put away their x-boxes and work.
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Re: lawn care cost

Post by mak1277 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:16 pm

jebmke wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:13 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:56 pm
jebmke wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm
I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging.
How do you identify a "real" lawn care company? Do they have special signs on their trucks?
As compared to a bunch of high school kids.
If Ii had a smaller lot I wouldn't mind paying high school kids who were willing to put away their x-boxes and work.
If I could FIND high school kids to mow my lawn I'd gladly hire them.

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Post by 4nwestsaylng » Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:16 pm

You know, there is something to be said for letting high school kids, if they are conscientious, make some money. For many of us, it was our first job, doing work for the neighbors. Granted, at the time, in the late 60s. I was paid about $2.50 to do a lawn or wheelbarrow dirt from one part of a neighbor's yard to another. And it was hot and humid. (Yes, I also walked uphill both ways to school in the snow in winter :D

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:00 pm

Jmkimmd wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:10 pm
the 40 dollars is for each visit. I got another quote from a handyman who says he "starts at 40 dollars" I didn't want to go there because i imagine "start at 40" means probably more per visit.

I'm exploring mowing because my wife wants me to get a lawn service, I may end up just doing it myself but my wife doesn't trust that I will do it consistently every week. I tend to think of it as my workout for the day.

For those of you who hire a "real" company with an actual contract, what do you guys get as a contract and what do you pay? I have a friend who lives in the east coast that pays 6K a season for the "works" I'm not sure what exactly is included.
"the works" is spring cleanup, weed and feed, lime (if needed), mow, trim/edging, fall cleanup, fall fertilizer.

Or you can try doing it yourself - the part you aren't going to like is the "clean-up" part and if you live in a hot, humid climate - the mowing in the heat will make you want a lawn service. I've been doing my own for the last 10 years. It's work, but I buy a couple of shares of VTI with the money saved. Grass doesn't look bad. Some of these lawn services don't do such a great job and still charge you for it.

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Post by livesoft » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:29 pm

Jmkimmd wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:10 pm
I'm exploring mowing because my wife wants me to get a lawn service, I may end up just doing it myself but my wife doesn't trust that I will do it consistently every week. I tend to think of it as my workout for the day.
My spouse mows the lawn when it needs mowing and the kids and I are out of town. The front and back do not need to be mowed at the same time.
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Post by cockersx3 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:13 pm

My lot is probably slightly bigger than yours, takes me about 45 mins to do myself with a push mower. There's a hill as well which makes it a pain.

I pay my teenage daughters $25-30 per mow in the summer. They usually alternate weeks and they actually fight each other for the opportunity. Figure it's a great way to teach the value of money, as it allows them to pay for wants on their own and deal with those tradeoffs. And, of course, it makes it so I don't have to do it myself :sharebeer

For what it's worth, I don't see anyone else in our upper middle class neighborhood with kids doing their own lawn...nearly all hire it out to companies. Kind of a shame I think.

In the OP's case, I would negotiate the cost down and then pay the money if I didn't have kids of my own to do it. Good to see kids like that willing to work hard for the money...lots of good lessons there I think.

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Post by quantAndHold » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:51 pm

jebmke wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:53 pm
mak1277 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:44 pm
I pay $30 per trip to a "real" lawn care company for mowing/trimming/edging.
How do you identify a "real" lawn care company? Do they have special signs on their trucks?
My parents used a guy who had a truck with a trailer and six lawnmowers, and hired day laborers to push them. There would be six guys pushing mowers as fast as they could go, another three or four with string trimmers, and two more chasing everyone around with blowers. I timed them once. 2 minutes, 37 seconds, including loading and unloading, for my parents’ small yard. No memory of what they charged, but given my mom’s frugal nature, I’m sure they were the cheapest in town.

Anyway, about the original question. Around here, $100-150 per month, depending on the size of the yard, for weekly mow and blow and go. They all charge by the month here. Then extra a couple of times a year for a bigger clean up. That’s for a professional with his own truck and equipment.

There’s also a homeless guy that walks up and down the streets pushing his mower. He’ll do it for $20.

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Post by cashmoney » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:53 pm

Jmkimmd wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:26 pm
I'm thinking of hiring for my lawn care, I have a 0.25 acre lot, about 1/2 of it is the house, flat terrain. Just for mowing I'm getting quoted in columbus ohio for 40 dollars by high school student. Is that considered a good deal? I mean I'm a pretty cheap guy. I could mow my lawn in about 30 minutes with a standard craftsman mower.

How much is everyone paying for lawn care?


One advantage of using a kid to mow who uses a regular mower is avoiding the ruts in yard that the big mower/tractors used by professional landscapers can cause.About 100.00 a month to keep yard mowed and edged would seem fair for a yard that size.A professional landscaper would be more like 125 to 150 monthly

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Post by Mickey7 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:57 pm

$30 a pop. My first job in high school was cutting yards. I gladly pass the torch.

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Post by h82goslw » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:20 pm

I pay my teenage kid $20 per week to mow a half acre lot. He then has to use that money for anything he wants to do with friends/leisure....going to movies, buying junk food etc. When he runs out of money before the mowing is due, he knows he spent too much, and I never let him borrow money for that stuff.

Just about everyone else in my development hires a service.

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Post by Rattlesnake » Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:29 pm

1 acre lot... $40 a week..

I agree with another thread... I stopped cutting grass about 20 years ago....
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Post by abuss368 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:35 pm

What is the opportunity cost of investing that $40 a week over an investment lifetime? I have never paid anyone to mow our lawn and never plan to do so!
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Post by MP173 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:30 pm

Back when my son was in HS (7 years ago) he would get $30 minimum. It was better for him than a regular job....could make more money and gave him flexibility for athletic functions.

his phone was always ringing for him to mow. When asked "how much?", he never answered, instead deferred to them to make the offer. They almost always offered more than he would have asked. Even if someone offered much less than he thought was fair, he took the job. He developed a great work ethic, which has transferred to his adult life.

Me? I mow my own and am contemplating mowing lawns when I retire to keep busy.

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Post by meebers » Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:48 pm

I live in Central Florida and hire a guy for June/July/Aug when it is very hot and humid. Cost is $110/month. We had friendly discussions about that price as he said some months have 5 weeks of cutting and some 4 weeks, I agreed. The remaining months I do it my self starting @ 7AM, usually done @ 9AM :happy

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Post by mfswatz9 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:02 pm

I pay $30/week for mowing an average sized yard, some edging. I pay $50/treatment for 6 treatments of fertilizer, weed prevention, etc.

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Post by Saving$ » Wed Mar 13, 2019 9:42 pm

1/5 acre lot, of which only about 1/3 to 1/4 needs mowing; $40/mow from some college kids was the best deal I could find. Takes them less than 30 min to mow.

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Post by NewOldGuy » Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:46 pm

We were paying $50/mo mowed weekly for 1/4 acre lot with half of it grass. They would mow and edge, we did the pruning, hedges, weeding. Landscaping very competitive in Los Angeles. If you want a decent price ask your neighbors gardener for a quote. When they're doing surrounding houses, the price comes down a bit.

I gave it up and bought into the Ego electric lawn stuff. I decided I needed the exercise. lol

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abuss368 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:35 pm
What is the opportunity cost of investing that $40 a week over an investment lifetime? I have never paid anyone to mow our lawn and never plan to do so!
Totally different approach: we have a zero grass lawn. We live in a high desert ecosystem and have huge and beautiful ponderosa pines, some tall ornamental grasses, sage brush and lava rock. It looks great. We don't own a mower or weedeater, nor do we pay anyone. Have to pick up pine needles and pine cones occasionally. Trim back the grasses once a season. Lost to deep snows in the winter.
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Post by donall » Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:10 am

$35/week for half acre.

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Post by rst113 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:20 am

$155 every 2-3 weeks to mow 10 acres and do all the weedeating. $800 once a year to trim shrubs, trees, bushes around house and mulch.

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Post by likegarden » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:35 am

I pay nothing for mowing the lawn outside my family. But my 15 year old 6 ft grandson mows my .45 acres (minus house) for $40 per week, he will need that in college for spending. For fertilizer, insecticide, occasional seeds and anti-weeds I spend $100. Additionally I have a pesticide company spray my yard against lyme disease ticks 4 times a year for $400 - I was bit.

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Post by dmk395 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:50 am

I own a company in MA. It's rare anything is under $45 per cut. That's of course your typical New England half acre lot. Most are $50-55 per cut. We cut and bag everything, trim the edges with a weedwhacker and blow off the paved edges with a blower. Most of our clients have sprinkler systems and are fertilized so the grass is thick and tall.

At $40 or less based on paying employees I would not be profitable, at all.

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Post by abuss368 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:41 am

SevenBridgesRoad wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:03 am
abuss368 wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:35 pm
What is the opportunity cost of investing that $40 a week over an investment lifetime? I have never paid anyone to mow our lawn and never plan to do so!
Totally different approach: we have a zero grass lawn. We live in a high desert ecosystem and have huge and beautiful ponderosa pines, some tall ornamental grasses, sage brush and lava rock. It looks great. We don't own a mower or weedeater, nor do we pay anyone. Have to pick up pine needles and pine cones occasionally. Trim back the grasses once a season. Lost to deep snows in the winter.
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Post by bluelight » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:58 am

A little surprised at the prices, I thought mine was a little high but I guess not. A little over 1/2 acre with about 1/4 acre of lawn in HCOL NYC suburbs. $40 per week to a local father/son landscaping company. They use a mulching mower, edger and blow the clippings off the pavers and driveway. Spring and fall cleanups and mulch for all the planting beds adds another 2K per year.

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Jmkimmd wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:26 pm
I'm thinking of hiring for my lawn care, I have a 0.25 acre lot, about 1/2 of it is the house, flat terrain. Just for mowing I'm getting quoted in columbus ohio for 40 dollars by high school student. Is that considered a good deal? I mean I'm a pretty cheap guy. I could mow my lawn in about 30 minutes with a standard craftsman mower.

How much is everyone paying for lawn care?
Louisville, KY here. We pay $30 for mowing and trimming for 0.25 acre. Flat terrain.
Been mowing my lawn for 15 years and having someone else do it was like being born again. You get a new "almost" allergy-free life. Love it.
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Post by oldlongbeard » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:25 am

Some people pay for a gym membership. I keep that money, and mow my lawn.... and keep that mowing money, too. Works out to WAY more per hour than I make at my "real" job ;-)..... as long as I am able to. Of course, being in West Mitten, our mowing season is fairly short.

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Post by dekecarver » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:59 am

$40 is nothing today, a high school kid looking for work is priceless. Pay the kid for a good job.

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Post by 2muchfun » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:52 am

In Florida the cost is much less. :D We have a 1/4 acre and pay $17 a cut, including edging, grass whip and blowing sidewalk clean. Our lawn is done by a professional company with 3 men.

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Post by jimmo » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:37 pm

OP - I'm also in Columbus area and on .25 acre lot, and probably only half that is grass. I helped an old man next door get setup with mowing company last summer so familiar with pricing. For small lot like yours, commercial mowing companies charge $30-35 per cut. The high school kids charge $20-25. The $40 quote you got from kid is rather high for what is a 30 minute job with push mower or 15-20 minutes with commercial mower.

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Post by kenoryan » Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:48 am

My house in rural Michigan costs me $60 for 0.5 acre

My house in urban Wisconsin costs me $45 for 0.75 acre

I guess your cost in Columbus is not bad.

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Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Sat Mar 16, 2019 10:29 am

Who knew? Green Grass = big money. :moneybag :dollar :moneybag
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Post by Vanguard Fan 1367 » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:31 pm

I am in Central Florida on a 1.2 acre lot with possibly half that in grass to cut. I do have some bushes that need trimming. I pay 300 a month which is supposed to include trimming but I pay some extra twice a year for extra trimming.

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Post by chessknt » Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:46 pm

Just signed a proposal for 250/month for a regular house lot for cut plus fertilizing and weeding in suburban Midwest. Not the best deal but company far more professional than competitors which leads me to believe if I have issues they will be resolved to my satisfaction.

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