What is a fair hourly rate or lawn care, are you getting ripped off?

Written by Gene Caballero on November 05, 2017

So you’re about to hire a lawn care service and you’re wondering what is a fair price to pay, and what's more you might be asking yourself what is a fair hourly rate to pay?

The good news is that you're not alone, this is a question we often get running the GreenPal platform helping homeowners all over America find , schedule and pay local lawn care services.

It gets better.. We decided to conduct research to get to the bottom of what is a fair hourly rate to pay for lawnmowing services.

It's crazy, because it's not as straightforward a question as you might think…

After all.. You don't want to come off like this person.. Do you ?

What’s the bottom line?

GreenPal recently conducted a poll of over 10,000 lawn care service providers all over the country about how much they charge for for weekly or every two weeks lawnmowing services.

As it turns out.. 78% of lawn care professionals we polled responded they charge $60 per man per hour.

Next.. 12% responded they charge on average $50 per man per hour

Lastly 10% responded they charge $40 per man per hour or less

But that’s just part of the story…

Much of this depends on what part of the country you live in, for example pricing for lawn maintenance services in warmer climates such as Florida or California are more price competitive than they are as compares to cooler climates.

You might be wondering why is this? Well think about it. It’s because the nature of the lawn care business is that it's more stable in climates where the grass needs cutting year around and naturally more volatile when a professional lawn care services has to figure out how to make ends meet during the winter time.

Put another way, lawnmowing services are treated more as a commodity and warmer climates and more as a luxury service in Northern climates. If you think of it this way.. Its cheaper to install a pool in Florida than it is in New York, and lawn care services are much the same way.

However .. No doubt about it the consensus among the lawn care services who participated in our poll if that their average charge for professional lawn mowing services is around $1 per minute of grass cutting.

Put another way, lets say it takes your lawnmowing service 30 minutes to mow your yard by himself, and so you can figure the $30 per each lawn mowing is a fair price to pay based on average market pricing.

Now… let's say he has a helper and there are 2 men on the lawn care team?

Well then he needs to be in and out of your lawn in 15-20 mins for that $30 price.. Make sense?

Now with all of that being said should you try to negotiate an hourly rate with your lawn maintenance service provider?.

Based on the feedback from our poll participants when it comes to regular grass cutting services, a fix agreed-upon price usually works out better.

Why is it you might ask? Well is because sometimes one lawn mowing might take a little longer than other grass cutting visits and reconciling these inevitable variable costs on a weekly or bi-weekly basis will no doubt get to be a total nightmare will be a source of arguments between you and your lawn maintenance service provider.

In short, it’s best to agree on a fixed cost for a weekly or every two weeks mowing and use the results from our poll as a benchmark for to know if you’re getting a fair lawn cutting proce or sadly if you're getting ripped off.

What’s the real story? If you hire somebody to cut your grass on an hourly rate you can expect several arguments down the road and a source of contention that really just unnecessary for both of you.

So if you’re shopping for lawn care services and you’re looking for a weekly or every two week schedule with a local lawn maintenance service provider, a good rule of thumb is to figure 1 dollar per minute of grass cutting per man , per hour is a fair price to pay for quality lawn mowing services.

Simply stated.. use this rule of thumb as a guide to discern if you’re getting a good price from your grass cutting professional or if you’re getting ripped off.

Keep in mind it’s more expensive for lawn mowing services to do business these days and ever as labor costs are soaring, healthcare costs are increasing, Worker’s Comp insurances and other overhead is increasing. Why does this matter? Because any lawn mowing company you hire is going to need to recover these costs when they are mowing your yard.

Just take a look..


Put another way, if you get a price from somebody that is going to cut your yard for $20 and it takes them an hour to do it… It's been my experience you shouldn't expect them to be around for very long because they most likely will not be able to cover their overhead while doing a good job on your lawn.

In short it’s best to use our poll results to gauge what are you getting a good price on your lawn maintenance services or not, and as always you can check pricing in your area just by signing up for GreenPal to get five quick free grass cutting prices on your lawn.

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