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How Much Does Landscape Maintenance Cost?

Landscape maintenance contracts can be notoriously complex. With different companies charging different prices for different services, many contractors profit by keeping customers in the dark about the services they provide. Here at Schill Grounds Management, we pride ourselves on transparency and educating our potential clients about what we do so they can make informed decisions. That’s why our Landscape Maintenance hiring guide is one of our most circulated resources. So, in that same spirit of education, we set out to write this article on the cost of landscape maintenance because we know it can be difficult to make accurate comparisons across different providers. But before we get into prices, here are some caveats: As with everything in the landscaping business, the cost of everything will vary based on the size of your property, but we’ve attempted to control for that factor by listing most prices per 1000 ft2. It’s also important to keep in mind that so much of what we do in the landscaping industry is commodities based, and a large percentage of the prices we charge for things like mulch, mowing (our mowers are propane powered), travel to and from your location, fertilizer, and chemical services are based on factors we can’t control. With that being said, we’ve listed ranges for many of our services below based on dozens of contracts from the past few years to give you price ranges that are as accurate as possible.

Weekly Maintenance Mowing Our crews typically mow our properties 28-32 times per growing season, and the cost of mowing depends on the size of the property and the type of mower used. Larger properties


with level terrain call for larger mowers, which move fast and therefore have lower labor costs. On the other hand, tighter spaces with steep slopes or twists and turns often require smaller push mowers that take more time to cover the same amount of property than their ride-on counterparts. Typically, mowing prices run anywhere from $0.60- $6 per 1000 ft2, which again, all depends on your property's terrain and the size of the mower needed. Seasonal Care Each season brings new challenges and new needs for your landscape. At the start of every spring and fall, our team will thoroughly clean out your beds, removing dead plant material leftover from the previous seasons. In the spring, we edge your turf along the perimeter of buildings, beds, and hardscapes to make sure it looks as clean as possible. Throughout the autumn season, we clean up the leaves that fall from the deciduous trees throughout your property. The prices listed below will vary depending on the difficult of the cleanup and (of course) the size of the space.

Plant and Bed Care Mulch The Schill team loves mulch, and you can tell by our popular review of 9 different types; it keeps your plants moist and cool in the summer heat and looks great too. The cost of mulch depends on your preferred type (natural, vs dyed; cut type), as well as how we disperse it—either laying it by shoveling it by hand, blowing it down, or dispensing it in large amounts by using a vehicle called a mulch mule. Typically, mulch runs about $48$70 per yard. Pruning and Plant Deadheading Pruning is a vital step in maintaining your plants’ health and size, and it’s something we typically do at least twice per season. We charge for pruning by the amount of time it takes to trim a tree or shrub, and we estimate this based on the size of the plant. Perennials and ornamental grasses often have parts that die off at least once per year, and removing them is often vital to making sure that they grow back healthy and look well-maintained. The cost of pruning and trimming these plants can run anywhere from $0.70 for simple dead heading to around $13 for the average tree. Fertilizer, Disease, and Bug Treatment Soil nourishment is perhaps the biggest factor in determining the health of your landscape. Here at Schill, we us organic fertilizers to make sure your soil is getting the nutrients it needs to feed your plants well. We typically apply 1-5 rounds of fertilizer per growing season based on the needs of your turf, flowers, trees, and shrubs, and the price typically runs from $3$4.50 per round per 1000 ft2.

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Landscape maintenance contracts can be notoriously complex. With different companies charging different prices for different services, many...

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