How to Make an Estimate for Grass Cutting

Adequate pricing is a cornerstone of any successful business, and the lawn care business is no different. Whether your business consists of dragging your 10-year old mower around town in a battered van or the coordination of several landscaping crews utilising all the modern lawn care equipment, you need to be sure that the price you quote customers is competitive, covers your costs, and provides you with some profit. Making an estimate for the cost of grass-cutting services depends on the size of the lawn and the amount of time it takes to cut it.

Measure the square footage of a test lawn, such as your own. Cut all the grass in the yard. Time how long it takes you from start to finish.

Divide how long it took you to mow the lawn by the number of square feet in the lawn. The result is roughly how long it takes you to mow a square foot. Repeat the process for several different-sized yards to come up with a more accurate time estimate. Calculate how many square feet you can mow in the course of an hour.

Examine all costs and overhead associated with your business and determine your desired level of profit. Use those figures to determine a satisfactory hourly rate for grass cutting. Divide the hourly rate by the square footage of lawn you can cut in an hour to determine the cost per square foot.

Measure a client's yard prior to making an estimate, either using a measuring tape or a rough eye measurement. See the area yourself -- do not take the client's word for the size of the yard. Use the total square footage of the lawn to quote an estimate for grass cutting. Price it per square foot or give an estimate based on how long you calculate it is going to take to cut the grass.


Research other local grass-cutting services to get a feel for a good price point. If more than one person cuts the grass, price an estimate using the total man hours rather than actual time. If it takes two people one hour to mow a lawn, then it took two man hours to cut the grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Lawnmower
  • Watch or clock
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Brad Chacos started writing professionally in 2005, specializing in electronics and technology. His work has appeared in, Gizmodo, "PC Gamer," "Maximum PC,",, "Wired,", and more. Chacos is a frequent contributor to "PCWorld," "Laptop Magazine" and the Intuit Small Business Blog.