How much does lawn mowing cost in 2020?


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The price a lawn mowing service charges for mowing a lawn is going to vary.  We'll get you some general price ranges for the cost of a grass cutting service quickly, then expand on why the prices will vary after that.

The prices below are assuming you want your grass cut weekly.  If you only want it cut every other week, multiply the weekly cost by 1.5.

Square Foot of the Lawn Ave. Cost of Mowing
0 to 7,000 sq. ft. $37.50
7,000 - 10,000 sq. ft. $45 (Ave. Size Lawn)
10,000 - 15,000 sq. ft. $65
15,000 - 20,000 sq. ft. $75
20,000 - 30,000 sq. ft. $85
30,001 - 43,560 sq. ft. (up to 1 acre) $115
2, 3, or 4 acres $105 per acre
5+ acres $95 per acre

The cheapest way to maintain your lawn is by mowing it yourself.  If you are a DIY homeowner, we have all the replacement parts and supplies you need.

Lawn Mowing: Cost Per Acre

Like anything else, the cost of lawn mowing 'per acre' goes down if you have multiple acres.  This is because the lawn mowing company can go to 1 place and cut grass for hours.  Drive time between customer's properties kills profit margins for lawn services.

Lawn Mowing: Cost Per 1/4 Acre

Many neighborhood subdivisions have '1/4 acre' lots.  This does not mean you have 10,890 sq. ft. of grass, or 1/4 of the total square feet in an acre.  Your home and driveway, etc. account for some of this square footage.

In most areas, 1/4 acre lots cost $45 to have a mowing service mow your lawn.  This is a standard minimum charge for a mowing service from a legitimate company.

Why The Cost Of Lawn Mowing Varies

The cost of lawn mowing varies because the cost of living varies from area to area for starters.  I learned this very quickly talking about prices and wages on my lawn and landscape YouTube channel.  I was ignorant to this before getting feedback in the comments.

Also, legitimate businesses pay roughly 25-40% of the money they make to the government in taxes, insurance, and other hoops they are forced to abide by.  If you aren't a business owner, that may shock you...it's true.

So, if you are getting really low quotes, you are risking disaster if that company gets hurt on your property or damages your property, you could very well be sued or at least out of pocket for the damaged property.

Specific Characteristics of Lawns That Affect Lawn Mowing Quotes

Let's list out several things that could potentially increase the cost of a lawn mowing service over and beyond its acreage.

  • Fences - increases the amount of trimming
  • Small gates - requires a smaller mower
  • Slopes - adds time and difficulty
  • Obstacles - excessive amounts of obstacles slows down the mowing time and increase trimming time
  • Corner lots - doubles the amount of edging
  • Rural - increases drive time which the lawn mowing company has to account for
  • Bi-weekly service - the grass gets longer between mowing services and takes longer to cut each service

If you are looking to hire a lawn mowing service, check we see if there is a lawn service you can trust in your area.

Ryan Sciamanna

Ryan is the owner and founder of Lawn Crack, Optimized SEO and Websites, iGoPro Lawn Supply, and iGoPro Marketing. After working in about every aspect of the lawn care industry, Ryan started his own lawn care company with a push mower and no experience owning a business.

10 years later he sold his business for a healthy profit and continues to serve the lawn and landscape industry with high-quality products and website and online marketing services. Ryan also offers free content to help new lawn care business owners and DIY homeowners professionally maintain their lawns!

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