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What is average cost for mowing a garden?

Hi all,

Most of my customers are regular maintenance which I visit every other week.

I would say on average most lawns take me between 15 and 35 mins to mow and strim.My set figure for these jobs is between £20 and £25 each.

I am interested to see what other people are charging for the same kind of work ?

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  • I now have min charge of £27 ( 1 hr and half ) tho some established clients I charge only £22 for lawn cutting which takes circa 30 mins. So singing from same hymn sheet here .....
  • Thanks for the feedback guys,

    Some interesting points made.I hope everybody is having a good season the weather has been kind to us this year thankfully.
  • I'd feel a bit guilty, charging someone that much for just cutting the grass......... to me, it seems it does not really need any great "expertise" or skill to carry out though obviously, with overheads/travelling time, you have to charge something realistic.
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    I'm about the same, no cut for less than £20.00 but most of our grass cuts are quite same, the larger ones come with a maint contract anyhow. A few weeks ago we lost a grass cut as a franchise was doing it for a little less at £15.00 but thats business.........

    Geoff Norfolk said:
    I'd feel a bit guilty, charging someone that much for just cutting the grass......... to me, it seems it does not really need any great "expertise" or skill to carry out though obviously, with overheads/travelling time, you have to charge something realistic.
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      Which franchise cuts grass?
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    Geoff Norfolk said:
    I'd feel a bit guilty, charging someone that much for just cutting the grass......... to me, it seems it does not really need any great "expertise" or skill to carry out though obviously, with overheads/travelling time, you have to charge something realistic.

    I know what you are saying Geoff but the same applies to gardeners right? Anyone can spot a weed from a plant!

    We do come across this mentally when quoting every now and again. However whilst I agree grass cutting is not rocket science it does take a bit of skill and common sense not to mention the capital investment. It is not as if all we need is a rake and a spade :-)

    The average going rate for domestic cutting is from £1 per minute to £1.50. This includes strimming and tidying up. Other considerations such as is the waste taken away or left in the clients compost bin. Are there a flight of steps to get the mower up, is it a regular cut or one off etc.

    Saying that most non professional grass cutters and this also includes the potential client take far too long to cut the lawn and more often or not have the wrong equipment. They do not take into consideration the grass species, weather and growing conditions and 100 other factors. All they want is it cut (or more likely scalped).

    As an example I recently took on a new client, him and his wife use to spend about 1.5 hours cutting their lawn each week. That is 45 hours a year not to mention the upkeep of the mower and the time taken to travel to the local tip with their waste. We can do this in just under 30 minutes per visit, take the waste away and more importantly the lawn is mowed correctly and has already improved beyond their expectations.

    I see far too many lawns that have been ruined by cutting incorrectly or the wrong treatment applied.

    And if you think it is only cutting a lawn, try knowing all the grass species, the different type of weeds and diseases there are.

    A professionally mowed and treated lawn is an investment to most gardens and for the cost of what most people spend having a Starbucks coffee on their way to work every morning I think you will find we offer excellent value for the service.

    Similar to the old M&S adverts, It is not just grass cutting………….

    And to answer James question, I think your prices are about right.
  • Most of mine are around the £15 for a small front and back for mow and strim..no complications and close to home to £25 for larger or more complicated jobs or ones that involve a little travel..but would say that my average is around £17..but do have 2 jobs at a £10 and one at £12 that drag my average down..these jobs take 5 to 10 mins each though. I don't remove any waste.
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    It's an old thread, but thought it would have been useful to get started again.

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    Glad I've come across this thread,

    I charge a minimum of £15, may be more if its an area idon't have any work, then i probably wouldn't do it.

    Normallys its £25 / £30 or its would have to be a very large large to consitue a £40/£45, Inormally offer to remove the cuttings but would prefer if they have a council bin or facility to leave them on site.

    You have to take into consideration your overheads, van/strimmer/ blower, in my case a Hayter mower £750 and a Honda pro £1400, these all have to be recouped and then you have servicing cost.

    Idont use a hard sell, i give them the price, and explain they can accept, if you could call me inside aq fortnight and give me a Y or N. I obviously explain my reasons for the price, explained above.

    I shoudl really take into consideration access isues as well. I always forget this one.

    Andrew

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