How Much Does It Cost to Maintain a Lawn?

Paul Pogue
Written by Paul Pogue
Updated March 30, 2020
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Lawn maintenance costs an average of $135 per project.

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Most lawn mowing and upkeep jobs range between $50 and $220 to cut various types of grass. The exact cost depends on the particular treatments, including mowing, laying sod, and aeration.

Yard maintenance cost

The most common lawn maintenance job is lawn mowing. This job costs between $30 and $80. For larger lots, expect to pay about $175 per acre of grass to be cut. You may pay less for larger properties, since workers will spend less time prepping materials or edging the lawn. You’ll pay more if your contractor has to travel a longer distance to reach your property.

Lawn care cost per month

You can expect to pay between $50 and $200 for weekly upkeep visits that cover tasks like aeration, mowing, trimming, weeding, fertilization and pesticide treatment.

You can lower the cost per service by up to 25 percent by hiring your company for a long-term contract. Weekly, monthly or yearly packages tend to lead to good deals.

Major lawn services include:

  • Aeration, which costs between $70 and $190. This pokes holes in the soil to help nutrients reach the roots.

  • Dethatching, which costs about $175 per hour. This removes organic layers built up on grass and gives the lawn room to breathe.

  • Weed removal, which costs between $35 and $125, which removes common growths such as dandelions and crabgrass.

  • Leaf removal, which costs between $190 and $540.

  • Spring and fall cleanup, which costs between $100 and $250. This fixes common problems, cuts back flowers and shrubs and removes old or dying branches.

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