Need a one-time lawn mowing? Get ready to hurry up and wait.

Written by Gene Caballero on March 24, 2017

Ever wondered why it’s so difficult to find a lawn pro to mow your lawn just one time? Have you ever been quoted an absurd price for a single cut? Going on vacation, having a mower break down, or simply just don’t feel like basking in the sun are a few reasons why homeowners may need to seek out an outsourced single mowing but may not find a willing party to carry it out. According to information gathered by lawn care app, GreenPal, like most businesses, lawn care professionals make their money on services and additional work from their recurring customer base—weekly or biweekly mows, shrub and bush trimming, mulching, aerating, weed removal, etc. That’s how they pay their bills and feed their families—not from one-time mows. It doesn't matter if they cut grass in Altamonte Springs, Florida, or mow lawns in Pasadena, Texas, these additional services and recurring cuts will keep the blades sharp and the blowers blowing.    

GreenPal (GP) conducted a poll with over a thousand lawn care pros to find out more specifics on whether or not they would entertain a one-time mowings. The research indicates that priority is the reason those single cuts are often so difficult to obtain. Secondly, those single mows will almost likely be quoted at a premium price. For instance, a normal $35 mow could cost you as much as $50 or $60 for a one-time mow. Below are more specific results of GreenPal’s poll findings.

52% of vendors say there is a chance

“I never turn business down”—Fifty two percent of GP’s lawn pros responded that they would never turn down a call because there is always a chance to earn that customer’s repeat business. Crystal Harrell, who runs a landscaping company in Columbus, Ohio, says, “We have our contracted customers, and we will make sure they are mowed before any one-time call in’s.” She adds, “If the crews are going to be in overtime, we will charge a premium to cover those prices. If we do have the time for that lawn, and customer approves the pricing, we will try our best to upsell on a service or lobby for recurring cuts on that property.”

43% of vendors say depending on time

“I will if it’s the slow season.”—Forty three percent of GP’s respondents said they may entertain the notion depending on the time of year and how busy they are. Andy Tucker, with NatureScape in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, replies that if he is not busy, he will take one-time mows until his calendar is full. “If it’s February or March, and I’m slow, I’ll do them but after that timeframe, my regulars come first, and there is rarely any time to take on any additional work,” Tucker admits. “I will never put those mows at the top of my To-do list, though.”

11% of vendors say they never would

“I will never perform one-time mows.”—Eleven percent of GP’s pollsters said they never take on one-time mows. Tucker Judd, with Hidden Hills Lawn and Landscaping in Canton, Georgia, explains most are not worth the time so he never accepts them. “One-time cuts are normally a disaster because the lawn is so tall and has been neglected,” he complains. “Also, most people do not understand why the costs are so high for one mow so it’s just not worth the time it takes to quote or perform the service. I’d rather spend that time on one of my regular customer’s lawn.”

With most lawn care pros admitting to entertaining the idea of a one-time mow, those single cut customers would never be a priority and could be waiting with an uncut lawn for a long period of time. Also, the costs associated with those single mows would almost never be priced at what a recurring homeowner would receive.

So what is GP’s advice for anyone looking for a one time mow? You can take your chances on Craigslist but be warned that Craigslist can have several lawn care pros that claim to be professionals but you will never be certain until they arrive at your property to mow. You can also try thumbtack.com to hire a professional but also keep in mind that the vendors using that platform sometimes pay upwards of $10 just for the opportunity to speak to you about your needs. Needless to say, the lawn pros may be a little disappointed to learn that you only need a single cut. You can also try GreenPal that allows you to audition your lawn pro but after the first mow, the system will require you to set up ongoing service with that vendor. And then, there is always Facebook. With all that being said, your best bet may be to jump online, get your bids, and consider letting the pros handle your lawn care needs.    

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