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Question DetailsAsked on 4/29/2013

How much should you pay someone to mow your lawn?

I have a 2 acres to mow.

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OK - that is a hefty lawn ! Depends a lot on whether is has been mower before - the contractor will want to know this, and will want to know how it was mowed - by deck type mower or by chain mower. A chain mower (like they use along highways) on the back of a utility tractor can handle sticks or even small logs, brush and saplings, rocks up to maybe 4 inches, etc. A deck type mower (like they use on gold courses, like regular home rider mowers) cannot handle anything bigger than twigs and gravel, so your area may need some prep before mowing.

A lot depends on what appearance you want - a chain mower (also known as field and brush mower) will mow the growth down adequate to meet the definitioon of "cleared" for most insurance and fire clearance codes, but leaves something that looks fairly scruffy because it uses pieces of chain whirling around to cut, looks like a hay or wheat field after it has been cut but not stacked. A deck rider mower [also known as a rotary mower], assuming your ground is smooth enough and free of debris that prevent mowing requires a "lawn" ground condition - it cannot handle rough or natural ground - it has to have been originally graded and planted as a "lawn".

OK - rough price - last time I got a contractor to do about 3 acres on gentle slope, it cost $250 for a mowing of weeds/brush up to 3 feet high. This was in an area where this was standard annual practice for brush fire clearance, so there was a lot of local competition, and it was at his schedule convenience so he could work in several local jobs the same day.

For "lawn" quality mowing with a large "gang deck mower" (central rider mower with wing mowing extensions, total about 8 feet wide, also called a lawn and turf mower) I have paid about $40-60/acre but that was for 5 acres or so.

I have a neighbor who has a lawn guy that uses the larger size rider mower (4 foot wide) for a 1/2 acre lot, for $75 a mowing. That gives you a comparison.

If it is truly a "lawn" that a regular rider mower can handle, then maybe you can get a local lawn service company (particularly if this will be a regular thing for them) to do it with a regular 3-4 foot wide rider mower, for probably about $100, I would think. This is about the largest one would want to mow with any frequency with that size mower.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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