If you have a particularly large property or are just too busy to keep up with your lawn maintenance and landscaping work, perhaps you’re considering hiring lawn care professionals to help. In this article, I’ll share a lawn care pricing chart, and will go over a variety of different kinds of lawn care services and how much you will probably be asked to pay for them.
But before we get into the nitty-gritty of lawn care pricing, let’s discuss why lawn care is so important, and worth investing in.
Why is Lawn Care Important?
As most of us know, appropriate and consistent lawn care is essential if you want a beautiful lawn.
Your grass can eventually die, as well. You don’t want to end up in this situation, so make sure you learn about all the care your lawn needs and the steps you can take to make sure it gets it.
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Lawn Care Pricing Chart
The lawn care pricing chart below is intended to serve as a baseline for the cost of common lawn care services. The size of your property, and the zip code you live in will obviously have an impact on the price you’ll pay for a landscaping company to care for your lawn.
Click on a lawn care service to jump to that section of the article and learn more about pricing for that lawn care service.
|Lawn Care Service
|Typical Price Range
|Complete Lawn Care Service
|$40 – $80 per hour
|$25 – $60 per hour ($175/acre)
|Lawn Fertilizer Application
|$80 – $380
|$70 – $190
|$175 per hour
|$35 – $120
|$190 – $540
|Yard Cleanup (Fall or Spring)
|$100 – $250
|Winterizing a Lawn
|$80 – $380
|Landscape Edging Installation
|$700 – $1,700
|Sprinkler System Installation
|$1,700 – $3,400
|Sod / Turf Installation
|Up to $4,800
|Tree Pruning & Trimming
|$292 – $638
|$780 (on average)
I have an entire guide to selecting the best lawn care subscription service for you if you’d like to learn about your options.
Complete Lawn Services
If you want to go beyond just grass cutting and obtain complete lawn care services for your property, you should expect to be charged approximately $40 to $80 per hour.
You will be charged for all time the professionals spend evaluating your lawn and deciding on necessary solutions.
Even though many aspects of complete lawn services tend to be charged by the hour, you can still get an idea of how much you’ll end up paying for each individual service.
If you live in a rural community or even a suburban community that is a bit out of the way, you may have to pay higher fees to account for the travel costs that the lawn care professionals or company will incur while getting to and from your property.
When you engage lawn care professionals, you decide whether you want to pay by the hour or if you want service over the longer term, giving you the chance to pay by the week or even the month.
When searching for lawn care companies, make sure to get several different estimates. I also recommend requesting an itemized quote … this way if it’s more than you want to pay, you can just hire them to do a few of the items on the list.
This will help to ensure that you get the best possible price.
If you want to hire someone to mow your lawn, you will generally have to pay between around $30 and $80 for every visit. You will usually be charged a flat rate instead of an hourly fee for grass cutting.
Of course, the larger your property, the higher the flat rate will probably be. Contact a lawn care professional or company for a specific quote. I recommend getting a quote from 3 different companies.
It’s quite common for homeowners to pay around $175 per acre for lawn mowing. If you have a very large property, look for a company that provides some sort of discount for such circumstances.
It’s possible to find these kinds of discounts because the company won’t have to devote so much time to edging the lawn and prepping materials.
If you have a smaller property, you might encounter companies that ask for around $25 to $60 per hour, taking into account the cost of equipment prep work and travel time.
Fertilizing your lawn is necessary because it will help ensure your lawn stays healthy all year.
When deciding on what kind of fertilization you will choose for your lawn, consult with your landscaping professional or lawn care company.
You can choose options such as organic lawn fertilizer or synthetic fertilizer, and fast or controlled release.
An application of lawn fertilizer usually costs between $80 and $380. The size and condition of your lawn will affect the price.
Aeration and Dethatching
Aeration and dethatching are two other important processes for your lawn.
Lawn aeration is a process that puts holes in the soil that will allow more water and air to get to the grass roots. This promotes lawn health.
Dethatching a lawn is another process that allows the lawn to breathe and get the nutrition is needs. It involves using a lawn dethatcher removing a layer of organic material that exists between the soil and grass. Left alone, this will prevent water and nutrients from getting to your grass.
Engaging a lawncare professional or company to aerate your lawn generally costs between $70 and $190. It’s usually best to do aeration in the spring or in the fall, and remember to ensure that the proper tools are used in the process. If given the choice, ask for core aeration.
Dethatching usually costs approximately $175 per hour. Once your yard is dethatched, all of that dead grass and organic matter needs to be removed, so it’s a more labor-intensive process.
Lawn weed removal is another essential task for lawn care.
If you engage a professional to do this, you will probably have to pay between $35 and $120.
The cost will depend on how big your yard is and how extensive the weed problem has become. The method of weed removal used will also play a part in the cost.
Most lawn care services will work to block weeds in early spring by applying a pre-emergent herbicide. This keeps annual weeds from germinating for 6 weeks, giving your grass a head start so your lawn can crowd out weeds.
Later in the season, lawn care companies apply a good post-emergent herbicide to kill established weeds.
If you have big deciduous trees on your property, you must ensure that all dead leaves are removed from your yard before the beginning of winter.
If you don’t, you’ll end up with brown patches and dead spots on your lawn when the snow melts. That’s not a problem you want to have to deal with in the spring.
It’s worth making the investment of between about $190 and $540 to make sure that your yard is free of dead leaves before any problems can develop during the winter.
You can pick up your own leaves, but many homeowners consider hiring a professional to do this job money well spent.
Yard Cleanup in Spring and Fall
Ever spring you’ll have downed branches and debris in your lawn and garden beds to pick up and remove.
In the fall you’ll want to prune back perennials and rake out garden beds to make them neat and tidy.
Homeowners generally pay between $100 and $250 for yard cleanup in the spring and fall, and it’s a great investment in making your home neat and tidy so you can focus on enjoying your lawn all year.
Winterizing Your Lawn
It will cost you between approximately $80 and $380 to have your lawn winterized.
This process involves application of a special fertilizer with a high level of potassium and phosphorus. This boosts your lawn’s resilience to disease, and its ability to deal with the cold of winter.
If you have a sprinkler system, you will be charged around $50 to $110 to get it ready for winter. $80 is the average price for this service, and the size of your system will determine the price you pay.
Getting Your Lawn Overseeded
Overseeding your lawn via a professional usually cost around $1,200, which you saw in my lawn care pricing chart.
Overseeding can boost the health and appearance of your lawn by encouraging the grass to continue growing even when older and problematic patches die.
When you hire a company to overseed your lawn, you can specify that a disease-resistant or drought-resistant grass seed be used. This will be helpful for you if you live in a harsh climate.
I have an article with detailed recommendations about the best seed to use for overseeding if you’d like to learn more.
Why is Landscape Edging (or Curbing) Important to Install?
Landscape edging (which is also referred to as curbing in some parts of the country) is a key element to a well-maintained lawn.
Edging creates a clear and attractive line separating the grass from garden beds.
There are many different types of lawn edging materials, and if you’re having edging professionally installed the cost will depend upon the linear feet of edging installed, and the material you’ll use.
Popular types include stone, wood, plastic, concrete, or brick.
Landscape edging (or curbing) usually costs between $700 and $1,700, installed. Again, the size of your property and the type of edging you’ll use will impact how much you’ll pay.
Installation of Sprinkler System
To have a sprinkler system installed professionally, you will need to pay between around $1,700 and $3,400.
The size of your lawn, the number of garden beds, obstacles, and even the type of soil you have can all impact the cost of installing a sprinkler system.
Sod or Turf Installation
For obvious reasons, turf installation is an expensive process. Whether you are installing sod, or artifical turf, it’s a labor-intensive process which requires expensive materials to complete.
You should expect to pay as much as $4,800 for this to be done professionally.
Before the company gives you a quote for a flat rate, it will need to visit your property to determine its size.
Some companies can do the estimate remotely via satellite images.
Tree Pruning or Trimming
Don’t neglect the trees on your property. It’s essential that you have them pruned every winter so that you won’t end up with any dying branches.
This is a safety issue, and it will also encourage green growth when the spring arrives.
Beyond this, trees that are limbed-up and pruned allow more light to get to your lawn, which will improve the health and thickness of your lawn. It also just makes your property look better.
On average, homeowners with trees on their properties spend between about $292 and $638 to have tree branches pruned and to get their trees limbed up.
Beyond this number from my lawn care pricing chart, the exact price you’ll pay depends on the number of trees they have and the size of the trees.
If you require tree removal services for any reason, the average cost you can expect is about $780.
There are factors that can affect the price you’ll pay are the size and location of the tree. The health of the tree, and whether you want the stump ground up after the tree is downed can also impact the price of tree removal.
Knowledge is Power When It Comes to Lawn Care
I hope that this lawn care pricing chart has given you a good idea about what the average cost of different lawn care services will be.
As I said in the beginning of this article – it’s important to remember that where you live, what your property is like, and how big your lawn is will all play a role in the cost of hiring a lawn care or landscaping company in your area.
If the price of managed lawn care is more than you would like to (or can afford to) pay, I encourage you to take control of your lawn and do it yourself. There’s a real feeling of satisfaction that comes with mowing and caring for your own property, and I have a lot of helpful articles on this site to help you get started. Please have a look around!
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