Ashburn, VA

Average cost for Lawn Care Services ranges from
$25 - $50

The average cost for lawn mowing service is $35. Hiring a landscaper to maintain your yard, you will likely spend between $25 and $50. The price of lawn care can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local lawn care pros or get free estimates from pros near you.

How much does lawn care service cost?

Author: Daniel W.
Millions of people ask HomeGuide for cost estimates every year. We track the estimates they get from local companies, then we share those prices with you.

When you’re looking to hire a person or a company to mow your lawn, size and location matter a lot. Ryan Farley, co-founder and chief operating officer of Austin, Texas-based LawnStarter, an online marketplace that matches consumers with lawn care professionals, says the main factor in how much you’ll be charged for lawn-mowing services is size. In other words, how much grass will be mowed?

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Along with size, Farley says, factors taken into consideration include whether the lawn is hilly, how much edging needs to be done and how complex the landscaping is (such as yard decorations that might get in the way).

In addition, the frequency of service also will determine the price you pay for lawn-mowing services. The more often you have your grass cut, the less you’ll probably have to pay, according to Farley. (See charts below.)

Don’t forget that the price will fluctuate based on how many services you order. A simple mow will cost less than if you have a lawn care provider also do fertilizing, watering, aerating and other services.

Locations

Location is another big consideration in the cost of lawn mowing, Farley says. For instance, you might pay more for lawn-mowing services in a midsize city in Missouri than you would in a major urban area in California.

Here’s a more detailed look at lawn-mowing prices in California as of January 2018, courtesy of LawnStarter:

Frequency 1/8 Acre 1/4 Acre 1/3 Acre 1/2 Acre 1 Acre
Weekly $24.22 $30.71 $38.50 $52.77 $78.29
Biweekly $25.52 $35.90 $41.96 $62.72 $85.21
Monthly $26.38 $38.93 $47.58 $62.72 $92.56

Here’s a more detailed look at lawn-mowing prices in Missouri as of January 2018, courtesy of LawnStarter:

Frequency 1/8 Acre 1/4 Acre 1/3 Acre 1/2 Acre 1 Acre
Weekly $23.66 $29.79 $42.94 $52.14 $84.56
Biweekly $24.97 $35.05 $42.94 $63.53 $88.06
Monthly $28.92 $38.99 $46.00 $63.97 $93.32

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Can you negotiate the price?

So, it is possible to get a deal on lawn-mowing services? Maybe.

“Generally, the only way to negotiate lawn-mowing prices is to go in on a bulk discount with a group of four or more neighbors. Since the lawn care professional has reduced drive time, they can charge less and still come out ahead,” Farley says.

What should I beware of?

One thing to be mindful of when comparing lawn-mowing prices is whether the quote you’re getting seems reasonable.

“Beware of prices that seem too good to be true. Often, you’ll end up getting what you pay for,” Farley says.

Also, keep in mind that a lawn-mowing professional or company might try to bump up the price simply because you live in a fancy neighborhood. Why? “Because they think you can afford it,” Farley says.

Regardless of what sort of neighborhood you live in, there are some things you can do to avoid lawn care rip-offs. (It’s worth noting that most lawn care professionals are trustworthy and upfront.) The Better Business Bureau, Better Homes & Gardens, HomeAdvisor and the National Association of Lawn Care Professionals offer these tips:

Ask for a lawn inspection and free estimate.

Lawn care companies that quote a price without seeing your lawn can’t be sure what you need and, therefore, can’t provide an accurate estimate. Top-quality lawn care providers will give you an estimate only after they’ve visited your home.

“Beware of companies that quote guaranteed annual prices without having seen your lawn,” Better Homes & Gardens warns.

Shop around.

Contact three or four providers so you can nail down the best price quote. Some providers will itemize each service you want, while others will bundle them into one package.

Request a written contract

A contract should clearly state what types of services you’ll receive, as well as how you’ll pay for it (cash or credit card, for instance). If you’re signing up for a regular service, such as biweekly, the contract should spell out how often your lawn will be mowed and when you’ll be billed.

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Check the reputation

Before hiring a lawn care professional or company, search online for reviews, and seek recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbors and coworkers. If the feedback isn’t good, you should avoid hiring that professional or company; otherwise, you could end up being ripped off.

It’s also smart to hire lawn care professionals who are members of national, state or local industry associations. This shows a professional is interested in excellence, safety and best practices. When considering a lawn care provider, inquire about professional affiliations as well as customer references.

Find out the track record.

Ask how long a lawn care provider has been in business. What level of experience and education does the person or a provider’s staff have? Also, is the provider properly licensed and insured?

Unfortunately, some providers are fly-by-night operators that haven’t been in business very long and are interested only in taking your money, not in providing top-notch service. As noted by MarketWatch, providing lawn care requires little more than some equipment and a business license. Almost no training is required.

Ask about service guarantees.

Some lawn care providers will guarantee performance, and others will refund your money if you’re not satisfied with the work. You’re the one who’s paying, so don’t be afraid to speak up if the service is shoddy.

Remember that lawn care is an investment.

Your home is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make, so you’ll want to protect that investment by ensuring your lawn is healthy and well-manicured.

“The worth of well-tended lawns and gardens is measured in quality of life and home resale value,” HomeAdvisor says.
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