How Much Does It Cost to Cut 1 Acre of Grass?

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Professional lawn service is pricey, especially when it comes to cutting 1 acre. Prices vary based on the service, but some homeowners spend $150 or more. Follow along as we explore some of the key factors, such as labor, that determine the cost of cutting 1 acre of grass.

Working the land is something that must be done, to maintain properties. When it comes to larger 1 acre + properties, you can’t always take care of it, with just a push mower, by yourself. Landscaping companies charge different prices. So, we have found the average price, and cost, to cut 1 acre of grass.

The average cost to cut one acre of grass is $150, and you generally pay $87 per hour. Some services charge you $100 per person cutting the grass, and that comes out to an average of $200. It costs $900 per year to hire professionals to mow an acre of grass bi-weekly.

Not everyone has their own equipment to cut the grass in large areas. At the very least, you will want to have a riding lawnmower, and other equipment, if possible. You may need to hire someone, to get the job done. We let you know, exactly what to expect, such as, bi-weekly contracts, and more.

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What Is Included In A 1 Acre Cut?

The final price, of how much an acre cut will cost, also has to do with how much is being done. The price would be less if the person or company is just mowing, without edging, or any other extras.

Possible extras:

You may not have even considered, that some of these could be an extra cost. However, things like edging the property, giving it that extra professional look, costs extra. Some individuals, or companies, may include bagging the clippings, if not, you may need to negotiate with them.

If the property is commercial, you most likely need all these extras, including blowing and weed eating. Make sure to get the final price, with any extras you will be expecting, when you get your quote for the job.

Price Per Acre Comparison Chart

Let’s take a closer look, at how much the price per acre is, broken down into multiple payment methods. With the price per job, the price per hour, and the price per person.

We’ve put together this chart, so you will better understand how the process works for payment.

Comparison ChartPricing Per Acre
Price per Job$100-200
Price per hour$75-$100
Price per person$100

Some companies, or individuals, will charge per job, per hour, or by how many guys. It depends on the company or the individual. These prices will usually include, transportation to the site, and equipment costs. Some companies may have a minimum price.

Most professional companies have set prices and per-job pricing. You are most likely, going to have a per hour price, from a handyman or individual. Companies will give you a bill, with an invoice. While most individuals will expect payment upon completion.

You may also be able to get reduced rates, by setting up a contract, for a bi-monthly, or one mow per month rate.

Is It Residential or Commercial?

The amount a company, or individual will charge, could change between open fields, residential, and commercial properties. Residential and commercial properties, usually expect the basic extras to be included in the overall price.

This means the weed eating, edging, and bagging of the cut grass. Keep that in mind, when calculating the price per acre. An open field mow could charge less since it is mostly just a quick mow-over. However, a rough field will cost more than a maintained field.

Be transparent with what you expect to be done. The same goes for a company, or person, who is doing the work.

Mowing it Yourself Vs Hiring Someone

It is possible to mow 1 acre with a push mower. With a push mower, you could expect it to take, 2+ hours of labor. If you have a riding lawnmower, you could get it done in a little over one hour. That is if you are not doing any of the extras. With the extras, you could expect it to take twice as long for each.

If you have the time, and the temperament, doing it yourself may not be that big of a deal. However, if it is a commercial property, or you just don’t have the time, hiring someone would be the best option. Commercial properties, take a little more skill than just mowing down the grass.

Is it a First Time Mow?

Yards that have been maintained, are much easier to mow. If the yard has become overgrown, then you would need to expect to pay a little extra. The same goes for an open field. If the property has not been cut, and the open field is rough, then the amount of time to finish, will be considerably longer.

This will also be harder on the mower. Landscape companies, take all of these things into consideration when writing you up a bid for the job. If an individual is doing it by the hour, there is the possibility, that it may go over the time they quoted for the man-hours.

Will You Be Having it Mowed Once or Regularly?

Many companies, and individuals, will be open to starting a regular contract. These contracts are usually bi-monthly, or once per month. You may, or may not, be able to save some money on the pricing this way. With individuals who charge by the hour, you would most likely pay the same amount, since you are being billed in hours.

With a company though, they may have more men and could get the job done faster. This may allow them to charge less, for an ongoing contract. Try to negotiate the price, if you are considering an ongoing arrangement. If it is a company, make sure to get the contract in writing, so everyone is on the same page for the monthly billing.

Tips for Choosing a Good Company or Person

Choosing a good landscaping company, or person for the job can be a little tricky. Many people can be less than honest when it comes to this kind of work. Some, might quote you in man-hours, then milk the job, going over the quoted time.

The same goes for bad companies. Some contractors, have a bad reputation for charging you more, for things at the end, that weren’t discussed. Not everyone is dishonest, most of my dealings with companies, and individuals, have been mostly positive.

Here are some tips, on how to pick the right people:

  • Be transparent with the work you need to have done. Make sure that the persons doing the work, are also being transparent. So there are no misunderstandings.
  • Look for reviews online. In today‚Äôs world of internet activity, you are more likely to weed out the bad ones, through reviews.

As long as you, and the company, or individuals, are transparent, you shouldn’t have very many problems. If it is an individual, with no online presence, or references, then just use your best judgment.

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Related Questions

How much do the extras cost?

This depends on the company. A landscape company with a lot of guys, can get the job done quicker, and may charge less than individuals, who charge by the hour.

What if you do not need any extras?

If you are just having the acre mowed, and nothing more, you can expect to pay around half the amount of the full-service price.

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