Paying too much lawn care? We have done the research

Written by Gene Caballero on February 28, 2017

Seeing the fruit of one’s labor in making the homestead look neat is one of the key reasons that homeowners get satisfaction from mowing their own lawn. Having accomplished a chore that adds value to the home can give much satisfaction. However, some homeowners loathe having to step foot on the lawn to do physical labor and would rather let a professional handle any and all lawn care needs. If you fall among the latter group, how do you know you are getting a fair price and what is included in that price?

Pricing for lawn care vary depending on a variety of determiner-the size of the lawn, condition of the lawn, and existing landscape on the property. Unless otherwise specified, pricing method etc., you should expect the service to include mowing of the front and back yard, edging/weed eating, and blowing grass off the hard surfaces—like sidewalks and driveways. GreenPal has mowed over 100,000 lawns in 7 different states. We have crunched the numbers and here are the average lawn prices of the markets in which we operate.

Nashville, TennesseeDavid Hill-Jones with Thru the Green Lawncare in Nashville, Tennessee charges a flat fee per neighborhood. “We stay in specific neighborhoods and will charge the same in those neighborhoods to keep our pricing simple with our customers,” Hill-Jones explains. “This allows us to promote to the entire neighborhood easier too.”

Tampa, FloridaJames Dames with Oasis Landscaping in St. Petersburg, Florida charges $1 per minute. “As soon as I jump on the mower, that is when I start the time,” Dames says. “This pricing allows fairness to the smaller yards that don’t take as long.”Nashville, Tennessee—David Hill-Jones with Thru the Green Lawncare in Nashville, Tennessee charges a flat fee per neighborhood. “We stay in specific neighborhoods and will charge the same in those neighborhoods to keep our pricing simple with our customers,” Hill-Jones explains. “This allows us to promote to the entire neighborhood easier too.”

Atlanta, GeorgiaJeremy Stanley with Stanley Lawn Care in Jefferson, Georgia charges $40 per hour. “Having a flat hourly price works best for me and my customers,” Stanley explains. “I know my cost of doing business per hour and this rate allows me to make a little money.”

St. Louis, MissouriMike Cebulski with MJ Lawn in St. Louis, Missouri has a minimum $35 for mowing. “Before I even see the lawn, my starting price is $35,” Mike says. “I can adjust the price according to the size of the lawn, condition of it, and any additional needs the homeowners may want.”

Charlotte, North CarolinaGreg Lay with Curb Appeal Landscape in Charlotte, NC, separates his equipment and his labor. “I charge $20 per hour for my equipment and $25 per hour for my labor,” Lay says. “This makes it easier for me to keep track of my equipment and man hours separately.”

Orlando, FloridaKristin Burnsed with K Company in Orlando, Florida, has a structure based minimum. “If it takes less than 30 minutes, my flat fee is $35,” Burnsed explains. “But anything over 30 minutes I charge an additional $1.50 per minute.”

Houston, TexasFrancisco Gonzalez with Galicia Lawn Care in Houston, Texas charges a flat fee per lot size. “I make my pricing simple by charging $35 for 1/4 acre, $45 for ½ acre, and $60 for a full acre,” Gonzalez says. “This is pretty standard pricing in our neck of the woods.”

Since so many factors are taken into consideration when quoting lawn care, it can be very difficult to know if you are getting the best deal. Whether or not you are needing your lawn cut in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee or wanting your grass cut in Winter Park, Florida, websites like GreenPal allow you to check prices in your area to ensure you are not getting “mowed over” when it comes to paying a lawn pro. 

Average Lawn Care cost per city
RegionPer propertyComments by local vendors
Tampa, FL$33-VisitOasis Landscaping $1-minute…allows pricing fairness to smaller lawns
Orlando, FL$32-VisitModern Lawn Care, $35 flat fee, over 30 min + $1.50-min
Atlanta, Ga$47-VisitStanley Lawn Care charges $40 per hour
Charlotte, NC$37-VisitC.W. Reid charges $20 per hour for equip + $25 per labor hour
Nashville, TN$40-VisitThru the Green Lawncare, flat fee per neighborhood; Allows ease neighborhood promo
St Louis, MO$32-VisitAPLC Landscape charges min of $35 per lawn + upcharge for additional work
Houston, TX$40-VisitLawns by Chris charges $35 per ¼, $45 per ½ acre, and $60 per acre

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