For so many different reasons, life is busy: maybe you just bought a new home, have physical restrictions, have a young family or you just don’t have the time. Do you find yourself asking what you could do with all of the extra time if you did not have to care for your yard, but wonder if that service would fit in your budget? If you have never had a lawn care service, then this is likely one of the first questions that you have asked yourself. If this is the case, we would love to give you some information so that you can make the best informed decision for you and your household.
Many factors go into the cost of having your lawn serviced by a professional company. Here are a few of those factors that you could keep in mind as you look into professional lawn care:
- Lot Size
- Amount of concrete
- Frequency of cuts (weekly/bi-weekly)
- Type of grass
- Obstacles and flower beds
- Where you live and lot types
- Fences, gates and sidewalks
This list is by no means exhaustive, but these are just a few things that we consider as we price yards for lawn services. At Restoration Landscape Company (RLC), our weekly mowing cost starts at $40 per cut and our average yard costs $53 a week.
The first factor for mowing is the size of your lawn. The larger the lawn, the longer it will take for a crew to service it. Our minimum price covers any lawn that is 5,000 square feet (sqft.) or smaller. At RLC, we go up in price for every 2,500 of additional square feet. We use a special software program to accurately measure your lot.
Amount of Concrete
The more concrete that you have, the more edging and blowing that will need to be done.
Frequency of Cutting
Do you want the grass cut every week or every other week? You will pay more for weekly throughout the year, but each service will be cheaper than bi-weekly. Weekly cutting is less expensive because the grass is not as thick when being cut. This reduces the wear on the machines and creates less clippings to blow off, which in turn, reduces the time that the crew is on site. The cost of labor is the most expensive part of cutting grass. Read our blog on weekly vs. bi-weekly to find out which option is best for you.
Type of Grass
Weedy lawns cost more than a lawn without weeds, because weeds grow faster during the hot summer months. Pesky weeds also tend to make a lot more mess when mowing. Bermuda grass grows faster than Zoysia and Centipede causing the bi-weekly price to vary based on the grass type. When cut weekly, there is no price difference for different grass types.
Obstacles and Flower Beds
The best lawn maintenance companies will string trim around all obstacles (play equiquipment, mail boxes, decorative ponds, etc.) and edge along all landscape beds. The more you have of these obstacles, the more expensive the service will be. We put yards in three categories (minimal, average, or excessive) based on how many obstacles and beds there are and charge accordingly.
Where You Live and Corner Lots
Each lawn maintenance company has a service area. Companies that plan on being around for the long haul will have to price differently based on how far you are from their existing clients. This is due to the amount of time it takes to drive to your property. Corner lots and having sidewalks increase the amount of edging that needs to be done at each service. Most grass types in the Athens area are warm season grasses; these types of grasses spread and constantly grow over concrete. Having clean edges next to concrete, borders and obstacles will make your lawn look well-manicured. At RLC, we edge all of our customers’ lawns on every visit during the growing season.
Fences and Gates
Fencing typically requires more string-trimming. Privacy fencing is easier to string trim compared to chain-link fence. Gates that are narrow can prevent some companies from being able to access the lawn with their mowers. Most companies need at least a 36-inch gate to be able to get their smaller mowers into the back yard. The larger the gate, the lower the cost due to a company being able to access the yard more easily with a larger mower (larger mower=less time mowing).
Below we outlined a few thoughts that go into pricing to help you decide if hiring a lawn care company is right for you. Ultimately, we recommend contacting a few different companies to get free estimates from each one. When comparing the estimates, make sure that each company is offering professional services that will leave your home looking neat, clean and inviting.
Many homeowners want someone to help them with the weekly chore of cutting the grass. You can find grass cutting companies that will just mow your lawn for as little as $20, but they do not provide any other additional services. RLC’s mowing service always includes mowing, edging between the grass and other surfaces, string trimming around all obstacles, and blowing off all debris on the property.
Quoted prices will range from $20-60 per cut for a 5,000 sqft. lawn. The low price is for companies/individuals that only mow the lawn, and this price can increase when using a professional service that does mowing, edging, string trimming and blowing.
Cutting grass and keeping weeds out of landscape beds.
Weeds popping up in the landscape beds can quickly get out of hand and create a lot of work for the homeowner. If not addressed regularly, they become unsightly and can even overtake the existing flowers and landscape plants. Because of these risks, you can have a landscape company maintain your landscape bed as well. Most lawn care companies will do a mix of hand pulling and “spot spraying” the weeds with a weed killer. Spot spraying is applying chemicals directly on the weed instead of spraying broadly over the whole area. This practice reduces the amount of chemicals used, but more importantly, it prevents the plants you want to keep from dying from the spray.
Add on costs range from $5-$25 a week depending on the size of the beds and the method for removing the weeds.
Cutting the grass, maintaining the landscape beds, and trimming the shrubs.
Properly trimmed hedges can make a big impression on the curb appeal of any home. In Georgia, shrubs need to be trimmed anywhere from 2 to 10 times a year depending on the variety of the shrub. Some hedges need to be trimmed at certain times of year to ensure that they stay healthy and bloom to their full potential. Other hedges cannot be trimmed too much at a time or else they will die. All of these rules can be daunting to a homeowner. A professional lawn maintenance company can help keep you informed of the proper timing and techniques, resulting in saving you time and improving the health of your landscape plants. This additional feature can be added on as a à-la-carte service or as a weekly charge that allows the lawn care crew to maintain the shrubs as needed.
Add on costs range from $10-$50 a week depending on the type and number of shrubs.
Complete lawn care (everything mentioned above plus fertilizer and weed control in the lawn).
This package usually an all-inclusive service. You can purchase the fertilizer and weed control from another company or you can have one company do all your lawn maintenance/fertilizer/weed control in-house. Having one company maintain your whole lawn offers many advantages. The biggest benefit to the lawn is that the chemicals are applied at the right time. If you use two separate companies, you run the risk of them showing up on the same day as your maintenance, making the chemical ineffective. Often this weakens the effects of the chemicals. These services are billed out separately or as a flat monthly fee. Chemical programs in Georgia are between 5-9 applications a year.
Chemical treatments average $30-$45 every 4-6 weeks for a 5,000 sqft. lawn.
There are many great lawn care companies in Athens, Bogart, Watkinsville, and Winterville. For your convenience, we have created a list of other lawn care companies that we recommend.
- Perennial Lawn and Landscape
- Precision Landscape Management
- ProScapes, LLC