Lawn Care Contract Template

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Updated November 19, 2022

A lawn care contract allows a client to make an agreement with a landscaper for commercial or residential services in exchange for payment. The landscaper will commonly provide lawn mowing, hedging, clipping, and any other maintenance requests from the client. The services are usually on a scheduled basis, especially for commercial clients, with the client paying a recurring weekly or monthly amount.

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What is a Landscaper?

A landscaper is an individual hired to be the caretaker of a lawn or garden for compensation. The main purpose is to provide an aesthetic look and feel that matches the landscape and surrounding areas. A landscaper is to work where and when as defined by the schedule of their client.

Duties

  • Mowing lawns;
  • Applying fertilizer;
  • Spraying pesticides;
  • Removing weeds from walkways;
  • Trimming hedges and bushes;
  • Raking leaves;
  • Watering plants; and
  • Cutting overhanging tree limbs.

Are Landscapers Licensed?

No, in most cases. If the landscaper is to provide basic landscaping work on a residential basis, there is no license needed. Although, if the landscaper is to provide specialized services such as design work, tree transportation, pesticide spraying, or any other commercial work they may need a license depending on State or County laws.

How Much Does Landscaping Cost?

How much a property owner pays a landscaper depends on the services being provided and the amount of acreage (square feet) of land maintained. There are many scenarios that differ when estimating a price. Therefore, the best solution is to contact the top 3 lawn care providers in your area and obtain a price.

National Lawn Care Costs

  • Hourly Rate:
    • Average Rate: $30-$40/hr (source: Thumbtack)
    • Median Rate: $15.56/hr (source: BLS)
    • Mean Rate: $14.63/hr (source: BLS)
  • Square Foot: $4-$12/SF (source: HomeGuide)

Monthly Retainer

A monthly retainer is a fixed amount paid to a landscaping company for lawn care services provided. The services are outlined in the agreement to occur the same each month which is common for lawns located in the southern regions of the United States that receive active sunlight throughout the year.

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