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Old 06-27-2020, 06:42 PM
 
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Before I retired, I was making $50/hr. My company billed my time at $175/hr to cover overhead and profit.

I pay $40 to have a small, irregular shape yard mowed, edged and blown. 2-3 guys 20-30 minutes. I couldn't care less what that works out to hourly. All I care about is that it's worth every penny to have someone else do it!
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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Where I am it’s around $40-50 a mow for half acre lots, including trim and blow. As stated above, that’s usually two-three guys in no more than .5 hour. I opt to do my own but I bought a near-commercial grade zero turn and a commercial gas trimmer. I also have a Honda finish mower. Takes me 1.5 hours. We’ve had so little rain recently that I’m going nearly two weeks between mows.
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Old 06-27-2020, 09:46 PM
 
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I heard 2 times a year.
That answer is a bit confusing. Do you mean the grass only needs to be mowed 2 times a year for the whole year, or 2 times a year during the autumn/winter months (but more often in the growing season)? If it's only 2 times a year for the whole, entire year then you've got a good deal going at that rate whether or not they bag up and remove the trimmings (which most yard services usually do).

Here in the PNW it usually needs to be cut every week for 9 months of the year (not the winter months) and where I live (southwest BC) the going rate is $50 / hour (CDN). The yard servicers bring all their own equipment and take away and dispose of all the trimmings at the local organics recycling depot to be composted.

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Old 06-28-2020, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Redwood Shores, CA
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That answer is a bit confusing. Do you mean the grass only needs to be mowed 2 times a year for the whole year, or 2 times a year during the autumn/winter months (but more often in the growing season)? If it's only 2 times a year for the whole, entire year then you've got a good deal going at that rate whether or not they bag up and remove the trimmings (which most yard services usually do).

Here in the PNW it usually needs to be cut every week for 9 months of the year (not the winter months) and where I live (southwest BC) the going rate is $50 / hour (CDN). The yard servicers bring all their own equipment and take away and dispose of all the trimmings at the local organics recycling depot to be composted.

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That's just what I remember hearing; not 100% sure. I need to confirm that with the mower as he does this for my neighbors.

This mowing is not for beautification purpose, this is for fire prevention. The focus is on "removing burning materials" so there is no edging or blowing.

To be honest I am not sure how effective this mowing is for the stated purpose. There is a bluff top part which I'm being asked to have mowed. Then there is a bigger bluff face part which the grass grows just as wildly but BY LAW we cannot touch at all. This part can provide plenty of fire materials. What's the point of cutting just the top part? But I don't want to even ask about let alone debate my neighbors on this.
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Old 06-28-2020, 03:08 AM
 
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$45/hr = $90K annual salary... It seems just yesterday that hourly workers were fighting for living wage.
^They are not working 40 hours a week cutting grass. They have travel time, loading time, etc. It could be they are working much more than 40 hours a week.

I think that is a reasonable price.
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:38 AM
 
Location: a primitive state
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That's just what I remember hearing; not 100% sure. I need to confirm that with the mower as he does this for my neighbors.

This mowing is not for beautification purpose, this is for fire prevention. The focus is on "removing burning materials" so there is no edging or blowing.

To be honest I am not sure how effective this mowing is for the stated purpose. There is a bluff top part which I'm being asked to have mowed. Then there is a bigger bluff face part which the grass grows just as wildly but BY LAW we cannot touch at all. This part can provide plenty of fire materials. What's the point of cutting just the top part? But I don't want to even ask about let alone debate my neighbors on this.
So that makes his quote even more reasonable. This person only sees you twice a year. How many customers like you must he have to earn a living, year round?

He probably has a certain amount of expertise to understand the local regulations. Then he has to deal with hardheaded customers like you who want to nitpick everything and shave pennies. And, this is California where the cost of living is higher than any other state. I’m gonna say he’s not charging enough.
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Old 06-28-2020, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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$45. for 1/3 acre suburban yard in GA. We do our own, but everywhere we’ve had a lawn service, it was priced by the job, not by the hour. A landscaper can glance at your yard and know how long it will take.

Is OP saying that some days when they mow you’ll pay for 2 hours, and some days you’ll pay for 1.75, or 3 hours?
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Old 06-28-2020, 06:56 AM
 
Location: Southern NC
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It's weird that they would give an hourly rate for lawn service, but my guy, (that I've been using for 6 years) charges by the job. It runs close to what you were quoted.
The price changes slightly, depending on whether I need him weekly, or biweekly.
I have him mow 1.5 acres, and it takes him 20-30 minutes, including weed eating.
I'm have no issue paying that rate, I understand that costs play into what I pay. Cost of gas for his truck, mower, and weed eaters, upkeep on his machinery, and his time, his insurances...etc.
I'm self employed as well, so maybe I have more of an understanding.
They don't get to work when the weather is bad, so this isn't usually a 40 hour work week for lawn care people, and I live where they don't mow during the winter.
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Old 06-28-2020, 07:05 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I pay $50 for a weekly mow of my 1 acre property. If I shopped around I'm sure I can find someone to do it for 40. It's pretty easy to get a few quotes. My dad will stand there for landscaping jobs and counts the guys and hours. He is never happy, always thinks he is getting ripped off. It's not a good way mentally to go about it. If you want to pay closer to an hourly wage then maybe you can buy the equipment and get a kid to do it and pay him cash.
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Old 06-28-2020, 07:31 AM
 
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I got a quote to mow grass, for fire prevention purpose (as opposed to beautifying the hosue). I haven't asked estimated hours yet; this hourly rate already pauses me. Is that a normal price range for mowing grass these days? This is around Albion CA.

$45/hr = $90K annual salary... It seems just yesterday that hourly workers were fighting for living wage.
When they are supplying the equipment, gas, storage etc. plus travel time they are clearly not making that much unless you already factored those costs in which doesn't seem likely.

Imagine going to McDonalds, getting a meal for $8, noting the kid behind the counter processes 30 meals and hour and thinking that he makes $240/hour.
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