How much for mowing in Geelong
The question I get asked the most is How much for mowing services in Geelong. So I have spent some time researching other Geelong run company’s and put together this short article to help you get an idea of the factors that determine price in the lawn care business.
Professional lawn mowing services charge on average about $50 to $65 an hour. Customers should expect to pay between $60 for small lawns and $80 for larger lawns if you require the lawns to be mowed once. $10 to $20 less if you require regularly mowing, such as a fortnightly or monthly service. $120 per hour more for a ride-on lawn mowing service.
This should include grass cutting and whipper sniping of edges but generally removal of debris and grass clippings may incurr a extra charge of $5 to cover council fees. Most services will not charge this if they can use your green waste bin.
What’s extra charges could I expect to pay for mowing in Geelong?
Extra Long Grass
If your grass is extra long and would require a double cut or two passes with the mower. The price of lawn mowing will be double the normal mowing price. These types of jobs require double the amount of time as doing a single cut, so expect to pay up to twice the amount of a single cut. If it requires a stronger larger mower, such as a ride on mower. Expect to pay around $120 per hour. Keep in mind larger mowers can cut through long grass in half the time. So its not really costing you more than it should.
Remember to ask what type of method they use as there are toxic and non toxic ways of treating weed. Expect to pay between $50 to $100 depending on the size of the property.
When it comes to fertilisation there are 2 options, sprayed or granule type fertilisation. Sprayed fertilisation will give your lawn an instant boost of green and is more direct and is taken up by the leaf quickly. The granule type will usually last longer for steady healthy growth of your grass. Prices vary depending on the cost of the product applied and time it takes to apply. Expect to pay the same as you would to get your lawn mowed plus the product cost.
Pruning requires a very skilled gardener and a good eye for detail. When looking for a Gardener, find someone that can provide references of other work they have done. Pruning could be charged, either per plant or by the meter. Small plants may be between $3 to $5 each Larger plant even more depending on the height.
This really varies depending on the cost of landfill in your area and distance to get there. Your contractor will have account for the following overheads when giving you a price. Landfill cost, Time to load and unload, Travel time, fuel cost.
To give you an example in Geelong most contractors will charge anywhere between $120 to $220 per load so it can vary quite a bit. So its always best to ring around and get the best price and make sure you get it in writing.
Depending on what’s required you may pay as little as $30 per hour up to $65 per hour. This depends on the type of equipment your Gardener will bring to the job. A professional gardener that has powered equipment may charge alot more but can get it done right in half the time.
Tree Trimming is a professional service and use expensive tools to get the job done right. Expect to pay between $50 to $65 per hour. If you have a more challenging jobs, expect to pay more due to the extra risk. These jobs take alot more time or equipment to get the job done safely.
Hedging requires a very skilled gardener and a good eye for detail. Make sure you find someone that can provide references of other work they have done. Most companies will price hedging either per plant or by the meter. Small plants may be between $3 to $5 each Larger plant even more depending on the height.
Ride on Mowing
The cost of Ride On Mowing is charged around $120 per hour. Some contractors may charge hourly or give you a fixed rate. The cost of ride on mowing might sound high but the work load is cut in half compared with ordinary push mowing.
How often should you mow your lawn in Geelong?
That vary’s depending on where you live and how healthy your lawn is. But for the most part if your having to remove more than 1/3 of the grass in any single mow. Your not mowing enough. To keep lawns in good health expect to mow your lawn every two weeks in summer (the growing summer season) then once a month on the winter.
This will also depend on the type of grass and how long the growing season is. As it is best practice not cut it too short otherwise it can be damaged by the sun and promote weed.
Choosing a Geelong lawn mowing service
If you your only after a one-off lawn mow, you could take a risk and settle for the lowest quote and hope for the best. However if your serious about looking after your lawn you might want to consider a regular scheduled lawn mowing service and best you find a service that’s reliable and you can count on to:
- Arrive on time, every time.
- Work quickly and efficiently.
- Do quality lawn mowing that improves your lawn appearance.
- Are they a full service mowing business?
- Do they offer other services you may need like fertilising, weed control, aerating and de-thatching and pruning.
- Have the employees been trained or have some experience
- Does the company have valid public liability insurance
Another thing to consider is whether you will be required to sign a contract for weekly or monthly service. Or will you be able to just call them when you need them to get back on top of things again.
Hiring a lawn mowing service
Some questions to ask when getting quotes include:
- How much do you charge for mowing in Geelong?
- Are there any extra charges I can expect?
- Are there any contracts?
- What other services do you provide for mowing in Geelong
- Do you hold valid insurance?
- Can you provide a quote for mowing in Geelong
- How often would you recommend cutting my grass.
- How long will my job take?
- Do you have references I can follow up?
Once you are satisfied and feel the contractor is qualified and legitimate you should ask them to quote on your job.
Getting quotes for lawn mowing in Geelong
The best way to get an idea of the correct cost for your job is to get quotes from local lawn mowing services. Before they can give you a written quote they will need to find out a little about your job, including:
- The Area you live in
- The size of your lawn
- A idea of the terrain, including slopes, gated areas or hard to access areas, and anything else that could affect the price.
- Related services you may need, such as weed control, edging and lawn or garden fertilisation.