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ITL
09-14-2005, 01:03 AM
Question on slitseeding pricing.

We are doing slitseeding for small residential properties of 7,000 to 12,000 square feet. We use a Lesco 20 inch walk behind Renovator and criss-cross at 90 degrees. Most want Tall Fescue to repair the current grass or get that green look or next year. For a 8,000 square foot (actual grass area) we are quoting around $200 to current mow customers and geting the go ahead to complete work. Our cost for grass seed, starter fert, and fuel is around $85.00. We have about 2.4 man hours consumed. I remember reading a while back that someone was charging IIRC $0.08 to $0.10 per square feet. I could not even cover expenses for that amount. We had one customer who said he was thinking of doing it himself with a rental machine. I asked how much he would save over our price. He did not know so we figure it together at Rental $80.00+retail price seed 50 lbs $100+starter fert $20=== $200. His next comment was when can you schedule me in?

Wondering if we are to low?

fastlane
09-14-2005, 01:05 PM
8,000 s/f at $200. is 2 and 1/2 cents per s/f . You are low.

kalyeah
09-14-2005, 01:11 PM
Way too low.

ITL
09-14-2005, 05:34 PM
Thanks

We will start correcting immediatly.

Green Pastures
09-14-2005, 06:00 PM
Well, What are you guys charging?

I hear guy's saying he's low and I agree.

What are you getting for slit seeding per sq. ft.?

What per sq. ft. for aeration and overseeding with fescue?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Green Pastures
09-14-2005, 06:04 PM
I remember reading a while back that someone was charging IIRC $0.08 to $0.10 per square feet. I could not even cover expenses for that amount.


Is my math off? :dizzy:

8000 sq. ft. X $.08 = $640

How can you not cover costs with that kind of money?

stumper1620
09-14-2005, 07:12 PM
Is my math off? :dizzy:

8000 sq. ft. X $.08 = $640

How can you not cover costs with that kind of money?
I sure could!
8000sq ft. thats smaller than my smallest front yard, take me about 2 hrs total solo. double aerated!

stumper1620
09-14-2005, 07:18 PM
Question on slitseeding pricing.

We are doing slitseeding for small residential properties of 7,000 to 12,000 square feet. We use a Lesco 20 inch walk behind Renovator and criss-cross at 90 degrees. Most want Tall Fescue to repair the current grass or get that green look or next year. For a 8,000 square foot (actual grass area) we are quoting around $200 to current mow customers and geting the go ahead to complete work. Our cost for grass seed, starter fert, and fuel is around $85.00. We have about 2.4 man hours consumed. I remember reading a while back that someone was charging IIRC $0.08 to $0.10 per square feet. I could not even cover expenses for that amount. We had one customer who said he was thinking of doing it himself with a rental machine. I asked how much he would save over our price. He did not know so we figure it together at Rental $80.00+retail price seed 50 lbs $100+starter fert $20=== $200. His next comment was when can you schedule me in?

Wondering if we are to low?
how much seed are you figuring to use, 50 lbs is a bit excessive don't ya think?
also, where are you buying your seed? I could get a hundred pounds for that.

jajwrigh
09-14-2005, 09:14 PM
50lbs is rediculous for 8k square feet!!! :blob3:

lwcmattlifter
09-15-2005, 09:50 AM
50 lbs sounds good to me. Thats 6.25 lbs per 1k, for fescue thats right on the money.

stumper1620
09-15-2005, 09:57 AM
50 lbs sounds good to me. Thats 6.25 lbs per 1k, for fescue thats right on the money.
thats a overseeding job not a new lawn install!

ITL
09-15-2005, 04:15 PM
Stumper
Many of the yards are pretty well toast in many sections. Typically the subdivisions lots (3 to 7 year old homes) we find the front that was sodded 70 to 90 percent dead grass and rear section that was seeded has 20 to 30 percent dead grass fro the extremely dry summer. So yes we are slit-seeding heavy. IIRC Tall Fescue for install is around 8 pounds per 1000 sq feet and 20 to 50 percent existing cover calls for 5 to 7 pounds per 1000 sq feet. So 50 pounds per 8,000 sq feet (6.25lbs/1000 sq feet) sounds reasonable. What does your experience suggest is the correct amount. The 100 dollar amount per 50 pounds of TT Tall Fescue is what a retail customer would pay at the rental houses around here, not what we would expect to pay.

Green Pastures
Most definately a math mistake. I could for sure cover expenses for that amount. I to would like to know what others are charging and getting the go ahead for. I am thinking not to many in this market would pay 640 to 800 dollars for a 8,000 sq foot slit seed.

Runner
09-15-2005, 06:28 PM
We come in at $70 per 1000 sq. ft. This is for renvation, which is mostly bare soil. For TTTF, I run 8# per M. This also includes the starter fert..

stumper1620
09-15-2005, 06:45 PM
Stumper
Many of the yards are pretty well toast in many sections. Typically the subdivisions lots (3 to 7 year old homes) we find the front that was sodded 70 to 90 percent dead grass and rear section that was seeded has 20 to 30 percent dead grass fro the extremely dry summer. So yes we are slit-seeding heavy. IIRC Tall Fescue for install is around 8 pounds per 1000 sq feet and 20 to 50 percent existing cover calls for 5 to 7 pounds per 1000 sq feet. So 50 pounds per 8,000 sq feet (6.25lbs/1000 sq feet) sounds reasonable. What does your experience suggest is the correct amount. The 100 dollar amount per 50 pounds of TT Tall Fescue is what a retail customer would pay at the rental houses around here, not what we would expect to pay.

Green Pastures
Most definately a math mistake. I could for sure cover expenses for that amount. I to would like to know what others are charging and getting the go ahead for. I am thinking not to many in this market would pay 640 to 800 dollars for a 8,000 sq foot slit seed.
OK, sorry my bad,
The way I interpreted that was as a overseed job, If all is lost I can see the heavy coverage, I kinda figured that on seed but, the way i read it was as though you were paying that. ouch! that would bite.