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Hard to put a number on it generically - depends on whether you have a postage stamp apartment lawn or a fully-grassed large lot, whether it is basically all accessible to rider mower or needs a lot of hand-pushed mower or weed-whacker work, how much fertilizing is included, etc.

Annual average cost numbers range from around $200-300/year in cold/high elevation areas with short growing season only needing 4-6 mowings per year, to more like $600-1200/year in year-around average growing areas (for an average 8000 SF lawn) needing annual fertilization or weed and feed, and up to 2000/yr or such for areas with continuous grass growth needing average weekly or more often mowings pretty much year around - and that does NOT include any pest control treatment cost, which may be done by you, them, or a separate Chemlawn type service.

Your best bet is to Search the List under Lawn & Yard Work and find a few companies with ratings and reviews you like, then have a few come by and give a bid. Depending on the state of your yard, they may charge a one-time higher initial fee to bring it up to snuff, then a flat weekly or monthly or annual fee (as you desire) for the on-going maintenance. Some include fertilizing and weed spraying/weed and feed in an annual contract, some chargae separate so be sure what the scope of work is. Fall leaf raking/collection may or may not be a separate charge too - usually is a separate charge for spring lawn power brooming or vacuuming if your area sands/gravels the roads(or has gravel roads) so there is a lot of debris on the lawn from snowplowing that needs to be removed in the spring.

Also - specify exact areas to be cut, where weed whacking instead of mowing is acceptable or needed, and if cuttings are to be picked up and disposed of or mulched in. Scopeof work needs to be fully spelled out, especially if going with a longer term contract, otherwise it can become a he-said, I-said situation as to exactly what they were supposed to do.

Also spell out if cutting based on a time interval, or grass length - many do it every 4 days, every week, every other week etc regardless of whether the grass has grown at all or not.

Flower bed help would probably be on an hourly basis, but could be wrapped into an annual contract - you would have to specify the exact work to be done, and replacement plant purchase cost would be additional to the labor.

One thing on the cuttings - a lot of lawn care contractors are getting the jobs by not removing the cuttings for disposal. They bid cheaper by just bagging cuttings and leaving them by the curb, which even if the local trash company will pick them up that way (many require them to be in lighter bags than usually used, or in trash cans), you still end up paying extra for the extra cans or bags to be picked up by the trash company. Plus, the cuttings start sliming and biodegrading and heating up real quick in sunny areas, so it is common for the bags to break open when picked up - and the trash pickup men will not usually clean that mess up, so I recommend using a service that either mulches the cuttings into the lawn (in areas where thatch development is not a problem), or that removes and disposes of them offsite.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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