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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Yard Clean-up Service?

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Cleaning up and maintaining a yard takes a lot of work, and the bigger the yard, the more time and effort it requires. Luckily, there are many yard cleaning companies that are here to take care of that bit for homeowners who don’t have the time, skills, or just aren’t interested in doing yard work, but need and want it done. Typically, yard cleaning services involve leaf removal, debris cleanup, trimming trees, weed maintenance, and/or removal and pruning shrubs. However, the exact range of services you will need depends on your personal agreement with the yard cleanup company.

The average cost to hire a yard clean-up service is between $300 and $700, with the average homeowner paying about $500 for a ¼ acre yard clean up including leaf removal, debris removal, and shrub trimming.

Yard Clean-Up Costs

Yard Clean-Up Services Costs
National average cost$500
Average range$300-$700
Minimum cost$200
Maximum cost$2,000


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Yard Clean-Up Service Cost by Project Range

Low
$200
Basic leaf cleanup and yard debris removal in a ¼ acre yard
Average Cost
$500
Using professional services for a ¼ acre yard clean up without additional maintenance
High
$2,000
Enhanced cleaning with professional services and yard maintenance services

Yard Clean Up Cost

Curb appeal is not something you should underestimate, and a big part of it is your yard. A well-landscaped yard can change the outlook of the whole house, but it’s also something that requires continuous maintenance. You can hire an individual to do it, a company, or try doing it yourself, all come at a different cost, which we will explain below.

While you can clean up and organize your yard yourself, a professional team has the knowledge and the tools required to do the job properly and make the whole house stand out. It will also take a big burden off your shoulders and save you a lot of time and effort.

A yard professional knows what needs to be done and where. They know the type of trees, shrubs, and plants you can grow in your yard, how to apply proper care for them, and how to maintain them.

Knowledge and expertise in yard services vary, and so does the price. So if you want to hire a professional landscaper, expect to pay anywhere from $15-$30 per hour.

Yard cleaning is a broad term, but it usually covers removing leaves, weeds, and debris, trimming shrubs and trees, and lawn maintenance. All of these services are charged separately, with the costs varying depending on your yard structure and the methods used.

Overall, the exact cost to clean up your yard will depend on the range of services and the methods you will use, but you can expect to pay between $200 and $1,000 for a property of between half to three-quarters of an acre.

Garden Clean Up Cost

If you own a vegetable garden, it needs to be regularly harvested and cleaned afterwards. Typically, garden clean up services can include watering, trimming, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, slashing, and clearing garden rubbish. A package of these general garden cleaning and maintenance services can cost between $60 and $150, while professional garden planting services cost $70 to $150.

After cleaning, many homeowners decide to compost their garden to boost the fertility of the soil and aid the growth of healthy vegetables. You can either make your own green or brown compost or buy a bag of premade compost. Green compost can be made by using food remains you usually throw out, such as fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Brown compost, on the other hand, can be made of the garden clean up remnants like grass and plant clippings, dry leaves, vegetable stalks, straw, sawdust or wood shavings, pine needles, paper, and corn cobs and stalks. If instead you just want to buy a bag of compost, it usually costs around $3 to $5.


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Leaf Removal Cost

It’s natural to have fallen leaves in your yard throughout the year, but of course especially in the fall. And while they create a scenic view in early autumn, once they fall, they need to be removed from your yard. Otherwise, they’ll make their way into your gutters and clog them, start to rot and produce a foul smell, and may damage your lawn. There are a lot of methods of removing leaves from your yard, but the most popular ones are:

  • Blowing: using a leaf-blowing machine, which is the most cost-efficient way of removing leaves. It usually costs $30 per hour with a minimum fee of $75 and an additional $5 to $10 per bag for removal.
  • Raking: the yard worker will use a heavy-duty rake to collect the fallen leaves into several piles throughout the yard without digging up the grass and then deposit them into bags that will be thrown away. Contractors usually charge $10 to $30 per hour or a fixed rate of $5 per bag.
  • Vacuuming: the easiest and most effective way of removing leaves is to use a leaf vacuum. It looks almost the same as a leaf blower, but instead of blowing the leaves, it sucks them up and collects them in a bag. The typical cost for leaf vacuuming is $5 per bag which you can later leave on the curb for curb trash pickup or let a leaf removal company dispose of them for a recycling fee of about $30.
  • Mulching: some companies offer mulching services for an additional cost. The costs range between $100 and $500 depending on the property, but mulching can also save you the money you’d otherwise spend on buying and applying mulch if you planned on doing it anyway.

Leaf Removal Cost per Acre

Typically, leaf removal costs anywhere between $400 and $1,000 per acre, depending on the exact size of your lot, but the most common cost of leaf removing is between $100 and $250 since most homes are built on a ¼ acre lot. The most common cost ranges are presented in the table below:


Leaf Removal Cost per Acre

Leaf Removal Cost Per Acre


SizeCost
⅙ acre$75-$175
⅕ acre$80-$200
¼ acre$100-$250
½ acre$200-$500
¾ acre$300-$750
1 acre$400-$1,000


Keep in mind that the exact costs of disposing of the leaves from your yard depend on how many leaves there are and the method you use to remove them.

Shrub Trimming Cost

Shrubs need to be trimmed regularly to give space for new growth, otherwise they will start overgrowing and drying out. Trimming will give space for new, greener branches to grow, which is why you need to trim your shrubs regularly. Yard cleanup companies usually do it at a cost of $25-$75 per hour, but you can also agree on a flat rate depending on how much work there is.

Yard Debris Removal Cost

Yard debris is what accumulates around your yard throughout the year. Most yard debris removal costs between $200 and $500, which includes both cleaning it up and hauling it away. You can also opt for curbside pickup, which can cost from $50 to $100 depending on where you live and how many bags of debris you have.

Tree Debris Removal Cost

If you have some trees in your yard, you will occasionally find some dead limbs and falling bark laying around. Or if a bigger storm hits, some larger branches and other debris may fall, and you may need to call a tree debris removal service.

On average, tree debris removal costs $50 to $100 and is usually part of a total tree removal cost. Tree removals are usually more costly, with the prices ranging between $400 and $2,000 (with debris removal included), at an average price of $8 to $15 per foot.

Weed Removal Service Cost

Weeds will constantly grow on your lawn and near your shrubs and plants. If they aren’t removed, they can cause damage to the plants and destroy your beautifully landscaped yard. There are several methods of removing them: by hand, using a hoe, or using a chemical weed killer.

Most gardeners charge around $30 per hour for weed removal. The typical time needed to clean up the weeds in a yard is four to five hours, so you’re looking at a $120-$150 cost for one weed removal session.

The most efficient method for removing weeds in your garden is to use a chemical weed killer, but the problem with that is that you may damage other plants and flowers while spraying it. You can find chemical weed killers for around $60-$150 in retail stores.


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Fall Yard Clean Up Cost

During fall, a lot of the flora in your yard will dry out, and its leaves will fall off. If you don’t take care of the dried pieces, they can get stuck in your gutters or start rotting in your yard. Fall is one of the busiest seasons for yard cleanup companies, so you may find yourself paying twice as much for a yard clean up service in fall than you would in the spring. Most companies charge between $200 and $500 on average for fall cleanup.

Spring Yard Clean up Cost

After winter, your yard will be filled with fallen branches and leaves. Thatch, leaves, pinecones, and other stuff will be laying around your lawn. It all needs to be removed, so they don’t block sunlight from shining onto other plants and grass. Next, you would need to mow the remaining grass and tidy up the flowers and plants to encourage new growth.

Spring clean ups usually cost between $100 and $300, but are usually combined with other services (mowing, fertilizing, planting), so the exact cost can vary depending on what type of spring services your yard needs.

When to do Spring Yard Clean up

It’s best to wait for the last frost to hit before doing your spring clean up. If the dead plants are cut too early, new ones will not be able to emerge while it’s still cold. Wait for as long as you can before doing a spring yard clean up, which is usually the time when temperatures are above 50 degrees for a few days in a row.

Yard Maintenance Cost

Typically, companies that do the clean up do the maintenance as well. This is mainly because the services for both are very similar, so you can get both done for the same price. Yard maintenance usually covers clearing away any fallen leaves, branches, or clutter that has piled up during winter, hauling away and composting the debris, mowing the grass, cleaning your garden and flower beds, aerating and re-seeding any damaged areas of the lawn, and trimming overgrown trees and shrubs. In the following table you can find all the services provided to maintain your yard along with their costs.


Yard Maintenance Cost Chart
Yard Maintenance Cost Chart

ServiceCost
Flower bed maintenance $25-$50/hour
Lawn mowing$40-$80/hour
Lawn fertilization$40-$140/hour
Lawn aeration$45-$50/hour
Mulch bed maintenance$55-$75/hour
Tree trimming$80-$1,000/tree


Flower Bed Maintenance Cost

Flowers wither easily, whether from too much sun, lack of sunlight, cold, lack of water, too much water, or because of bug infestation. And because taking care of them requires so much time and effort, a professional yard cleanup company can offer to take care of them for you throughout the year. The usual cost of a flower bed maintenance varies greatly. It can be anywhere between $25 and $50 per hour, depending on the level of expertise you’re looking for. If you want the landscaper to plant new flowers, you can expect to pay a per hour fee of $25 to $200. If you’re using them solely to plant flowers, they usually charge a minimum flat fee of $100-$150.

Lawn Mowing Cost

Every company determines the cost of their lawn mowing services differently. Some charge by the hour, while others by the size, with an additional cost based on the type of lawn they are taking care of. If the price is per square foot, it’s usually around $0.009 to $0.015 for weekly mowing and $0.015 to $0.020 per square foot for biweekly mowing. Properties with a more complex structure require more work, so companies charge on a per hour basis, which is usually around $40 to $80 per hour.

Lawn Fertilization Cost

Every lawn needs fertilization from time to time. It helps your lawn be healthier and grow faster during spring. The cost of fertilization depends on the type of fertilizer used. Synthetic fertilizers can cost anywhere between $12 and $80, while organic fertilizer’s cost ranges between $20 and $80. The average cost to fertilize 5,500 sq.ft. of grass ranges from $40 to $140, depending on the condition of your lawn, your topography, and grass type.

Lawn Aeration Cost

Your lawn occasionally needs to be aerated, a process where holes are poked into the grass to allow oxygen and nutrients down into the soil. This helps seeding and fertilization and lifts up lawns in poor health. Homeowners usually pay a rate of $45-$50 per hour for this service.

Mulch Bed Maintenance

The cost of your mulch bed maintenance depends on the exact type of mulch you’ll be using, but, regardless of the type, you should aim to maintain a three-inch-deep layer to protect the soil. Mulching can cost anywhere from $10 to $110 per cubic yard depending on the type of mulch used, while installation costs range between $25 and $50. Mulch delivery fees are typically $40 to $100 depending on the type and amount of mulch delivered. In addition to these costs, landscapers usually charge $55 to $75 per hour for planning, applying and installing mulch. It usually takes a landscaper two hours to complete the job, so you’re looking at a cost of $110-$150 and up.

Tree Trimming Cost

The cost of trimming trees varies greatly depending on the type of trees that need trimming. Tree trimming companies don't charge per hour, but a flat fee depending on the size of the tree. The cost to trim even one tree can be anywhere between $80 and $1,000. If the tree is less than 25 feet tall, the usual cost is $80, trees between 35 to 50 feet cost around $175 to trim, while trees of 50 feet and up would cost $300 to $1,000 or more to trim. Keep in mind that these prices are only for one tree, so if you have more trees, these costs would be that much higher.

Enhancement and Improvement Costs

Mulch Installation Cost

You may want to install mulch to retain the moisture and control the temperature in your yard or garden. It’s typically done in early spring and costs between $10 and $110 for a cubic yard of mulch.

Hauling Away Yard Debris

Once you’re done with the cleanup, you need to throw the bags of debris away (burning it is NOT a good option). The usual cost to haul away yard debris is $200 to $550, with a $50 to $100 cost per load. Some localities will take yard waste as part of the usual curbside pickup schedule; check to see if your area has any special rules or days for this.

Gutter Cleaning Cost

Your gutters should be regularly cleaned of any yard debris, leaves, or other tree debris. If they get clogged, water won’t be able to slide through, which may result in flooding or damage to your walls and roof. The price of cleaning gutters is usually determined by the number of linear feet of gutters and the height of the house, with the typical range being $150 to $225, or $188 on average for a one-story house with 150 linear feet of gutters, averaging $1-$3.17 per linear foot.

Tree Removal Cost

The average cost to remove a tree is between $450 and $900, but sometimes can cost up to $2,000 if the job is more complex. Homeowners pay $650 on average to cut down a tree, but the exact cost depends on the height, diameter, complexity of the branches, and the tree’s condition.

Deck Pressure Washing Cost

Pressure washing can add the final touch to your beautifully landscaped yard and garden. It’s done by using a strong stream of water to break down and remove dirt, grease, and grime from a deck or other hard surfaces. The cost to pressure wash a 500 sq.ft. deck is $175 on average, with the typical cost ranging between $150 and $200.

Additional Considerations and Costs

  • There is always the option of going full DIY when it comes to your yard. DIY yard cleanup costs can be as low as $100, or even less if you already have all the necessary tools.
  • Make sure you get 3-5 estimates before settling for a specific yard clean up company. You will be able to choose a company that offers the best set of services at a price that fits your budget.
  • Cleaning jobs that are designated as urgent are more expensive as there is not much time to look for the most affordable rates.
  • Instead of spending money to dispose of the leaves and other compostable debris, you can make a compost heap. It’s not only a cost-efficient way of removing the debris from your yard, but it also creates a nutrient-rich soil where you can plant flowers, trees, and grass.
  • If your yard is smaller than 500 sq.ft. some companies may have a minimum charge for leaf removal.
  • Make sure you ask your service provider some basic questions about the equipment, their minimum charge, how long they have been in business, references, payment forms they accept, etc.
  • Ask your service provider if they charge an additional fee for composting the leaves. As we mentioned, composting the leaves can be a more affordable alternative to removing them from your property, but it may also come at an additional cost.

FAQ

  • How much does fall clean up cost?

Fall clean-ups typically cost between $200 and $500 depending on what types of services you need to be done.

  • How much does it cost to rake a yard?

Raking usually costs $10 to $30 per hour, unless it’s included with other yard clean up services. You should also consider yard waste disposal costs, which can vary from $0 to $100 depending on the county you live in.

  • How much does it cost to fix a yard?

If your yard is in bad shape and needs some TLC, you may be looking at $500 to $1,000 in costs, depending on how bad it really is.

  • How much should landscaping maintenance cost?

Homeowners usually spend around $100 to $300 per month on landscape maintenance.

  • How much should it cost to landscape a garden?

A landscaper usually charges $50-$200 to plant a garden, with flat fees usually $100 and up.

  • How much does it cost to professionally landscape a yard?

Professional landscape architects can design your yard, for which they charge $33.35 per hour on average.

  • Is it okay to burn leaves?

No, it’s not a good idea to burn leaves. Starting any outdoor fire that isn’t properly contained can quickly get out of hand in the right conditions. If you really want to dispose of your lawn refuse this way you will need to make sure to consult your local fire department to find out the regulations for outdoor fires.

Cost to hire a yard clean-up service varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

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Cost to hire a yard clean-up service varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

The information provided by our cost guides comes from a great variety of sources, including specialized publications and websites, cost studies, U.S. associations, reports from the U.S. government, contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, material price services, and other vendor websites. For more information, read our Methodology and sources.