Lawn Maintenance and Mowing Cost

How much does it cost to maintain and mow the lawn?

A manicured lawn is healthy and can instantly improve your home’s curb appeal. While many people mow and maintain their own lawns, hiring a service is another popular option. For this example, we’ll consider the cost of maintaining an average 8,000 sq.ft. lawn, which averages $75-$100 for a standard maintenance visit.  

Cost breakdown

A typical lawn maintenance visit costs $50-$75 for an 8,000 square foot lawn. Although services vary depending on providers, they typically include mowing, edging, trimming, and debris removal. Most providers charge a flat fee per service instead of charging by the hour; however, if work is over the typical threshold, some providers charge an hourly rate of $65 on average.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • If you want your lawn clippings bagged, expect to add an extra $5-$10 to the overall cost.
  • Adding a fertilizer treatment adds $50-$80 on average, depending on the type of fertilizer and the condition of the lawn. Note that any kind of fertilizer applied must have nitrogen. There are two types of fertilizers:
Type of fertilizerPriceProsCons
Organic$50-$100    

Nutrients remain bound up in their natural form

Improves the structure of the soil

 Increases soil's ability to hold water and nutrients

Makes your plants healthy and strong

Difficult to over fertilize your plants

Renewable

Biodegradable

Sustainable

Environmentally friendly

Its effectiveness is limited seasonally

Nutrients aren't released quickly

Nutrient ratios are often lower than chemical fertilizers 1

Synthetic$25-$80        

Improvement in days

Produces the ratio of nutrients desired

Inexpensive

Made from nonrenewable sources

Burns the skin

Doesn’t sustain the soil

Danger of overfertilization

Tends to leach

Repeated applications may result in a toxic buildup of chemicals


  • Using a leaf or air blower to remove debris from the lawn or patio areas can add another $75-$100 depending on the size of the area.
  • Some lawn services also provide pest control and the price averages $250-$300 but can vary based on the type of pest and the nature of the problem.
  • Weeding the lawn can add an extra $50 to your costs, depending on how many weeds are in the lawn. If there are a lot of weeds, some companies may charge per hour to remove them all.
  • Together with the fertilizer, most lawn maintenance companies offer a weed treatment. Applying herbicides will add approximately $40-$90 to the overall cost.
  • Lawn aeration 2 costs $120-$150 on average and should be done two to three times per year.
  • Adding mulch 3 to your maintenance visit will add an extra $50 to your costs.
  • To install new landscape edging with materials such as brick, plastic, concrete, wood or stone may be a beautiful addition to your garden and it will cost around $400-$700.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Many lawn companies offer discounts if you schedule regular visits, such as a weekly or bi-weekly mowing. Some companies also offer discounts if neighbors sign up for service on the same day.
  • Some towns and neighborhoods limit the types of fertilizers and chemicals that can be used on lawns; check with your local community officials to see if there are restrictions in your area.
  • If winter is coming, you may consider winterizing your lawn so that it doesn’t die whenever there is a snowfall. On average, winterizing your garden costs around $400, depending on your region’s climate and the size of your lawn.
  • The frequency of mowing also impacts on the overall price. An infrequently trimmed lawn will be more difficult to maintain and, therefore, more expensive.
  • To install new hydroseeding grass will cost $0.50-$1.00 per sq.ft.; to install new sod will cost $3.50 per sq.ft.; and to install new artificial turf is approximately $8-$12 per sq.ft.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Chemical fertilizers: An inorganic, chemically-derived, substance applied to soil/plants to increase soil fertility and aid plant growth
2 Lawn aeration: The process of putting small holes into a lawn to break up compacted soil so that air, water, and nutrients can more easily reach the roots of the grass, allowing them to grow deeper
3 Mulch: A natural substance derived from plant, animal, or mineral matter that is added to soil in order to make it more fertile

Cost to maintain and mow the lawn varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Austin, TX
+13%
Azle, TX
-24%
Billerica, MA
+36%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Cape Coral, FL
-9%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chattanooga, TN
+1%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Clovis, CA
-6%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Dallas, GA
-19%
Davenport, FL
-15%
Denver, CO
+1%
Dixon, IL
-28%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Escondido, CA
+9%
Fontana, CA
+6%
Frisco, TX
+23%
Gilbert, AZ
-2%
Glendale, AZ
-2%
Grand Rapids, MI
+7%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Hayward, CA
+31%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hopwood, PA
-26%
Houston, TX
+24%
Hudson, FL
-31%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jefferson, GA
-14%
Lakeland, FL
-13%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Lexington, SC
-10%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Lubbock, TX
-22%
Mckinney, TX
+23%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Modesto, CA
-12%
Moreno Valley, CA
-6%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
Niceville, FL
-27%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Olathe, KS
+9%
Omaha, NE
-10%
Orem, UT
-25%
Palm Bay, FL
-16%
Parlin, NJ
+36%

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