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jelawncare
04-18-2007, 05:57 PM
basic weed and feed 48.00 to 58.00 per app.
being a new guy pricing is setting the standards
I wish i could get more i think the service is worth
more in todays market.
losing a customer on price effects me and the
new lco not getting the price the job deserves.

indyturf
04-18-2007, 06:07 PM
Charge what you think your worth! give your customers more than their moneys worth and they will be happy.

americanlawn
04-18-2007, 06:33 PM
$48.00 seems about right to me, but we also take into account "difficulty factor"......Our route cards have a place for this:

A = easy
B = average
C = difficult
D = very difficult
J/D = able to use a John Deere 445 w/ 3-point hitch & a Spyker 220 electric spreader (15,000 - 500,000 sq.ft.)
R/O = ride-on (Perma Green) (10,000 - 25,000 sq. ft.)
B = Boom sprayer (LESCO Z-two)

We note the "difficulty factor" each time we do an estimate. That way we can send out the right equipment.

If a lawn has creeping Charlie, we charge more, cuz we use a more expensive herbicide for it.

Watch out for steep hills....especially when pricing aeration.

There's more, but this is the jist of how we price.

Hope this helps.

NattyLawn
04-18-2007, 08:52 PM
10k gets about 90 bucks for us. Charge what you think you're worth, but more importantly know your costs! Fert., labor, fuel, and drive time are just a few of many factors you need to consider before you price a lawn. A job is a job, but I'd rather not have one than lose money doing it. Sell your service to the customer, and what you offer that your competition doesn't.

Mowman29
04-19-2007, 09:49 AM
I been getting beat all spring had to lower to keep customers. they are at 3.00 a 1000 sq feet

Nathan Robinson
04-23-2007, 12:31 AM
10 k is $53.00 You want to make $5.30 per k on all lawns not exceeding 13k. Then the price should go down 15% making your acre cost at $150.00 per 43,000 sq. ft. Thats a nice margin to go buy. You will not get all you bid at this but all your lawns will have nice profit margins. Set the standard and you can set the price. PERIOD THE END!

vegomatic40
04-23-2007, 06:53 AM
Just like when you go to fill up with gas...basic economics says get what the market will bear. Some lawns do entail a "difficlulty factor" due to slope, specific weeds, turf-type, etc. I also price lawns with dogs in the back lawn higher since they will require notification prior to the app. and are unlikely to respond as well as ones without them. That way, if the customer gets sticker-shock I simply suggest treating the front and sides only at a much lower price and it makes us more efficient in treating the lawn.

FERT-TEK
05-02-2007, 08:19 PM
basic weed and feed 48.00 to 58.00 per app.
being a new guy pricing is setting the standards
I wish i could get more i think the service is worth
more in todays market.
losing a customer on price effects me and the
new lco not getting the price the job deserves.

My five step program will cost me 9.85 per 1000 sf for the whole season, I charge 38.00 per 1000 sf for that same program. This is the cost for the whole season NOT per application. So your 10000 sf lawn would cost 380.00 for the year which includes one blanket app of weed control and unlimited spot treatments for weed control (I use Escalade for my weed control) and one application of MACH II for grubs. I divide the season cost by eight and bill the customer each month the same cost. This would be for the months of April 1st through November 31st. I feel that I am offering a high end program for the customer while covering my costs. Actually, I have been told that the above costs are slightly below what TGCL is getting in the Chicago area.

FYI, My six step program which ads a second application of 0-0-20 with Dimension in May costs the customer 52.44 per 1000 for the year
My seven step program which includes the 0-0-20 with Dimension and one preventative application of Andersons Golden Eagle Fungicide will cost the customer 81.32 per 1000 sf for the year.
Finally my eight step program which includes the 0-0-20 with dimension and two applications of Golden Eagle Fungicide 3-4 weeks apart will cost the customer a whopping 110.20 per 1000 sf for the season. I have never sold the 7 or 8 step program to a customer since I offered it.

FerrisJJJ
05-03-2007, 02:05 AM
My five step program will cost me 9.85 per 1000 sf for the whole season, I charge 38.00 per 1000 sf for that same program. This is the cost for the whole season NOT per application. So your 10000 sf lawn would cost 380.00 for the year which includes one blanket app of weed control and unlimited spot treatments for weed control (I use Escalade for my weed control) and one application of MACH II for grubs. I divide the season cost by eight and bill the customer each month the same cost. This would be for the months of April 1st through November 31st. I feel that I am offering a high end program for the customer while covering my costs. Actually, I have been told that the above costs are slightly below what TGCL is getting in the Chicago area.

FYI, My six step program which ads a second application of 0-0-20 with Dimension in May costs the customer 52.44 per 1000 for the year
My seven step program which includes the 0-0-20 with Dimension and one preventative application of Andersons Golden Eagle Fungicide will cost the customer 81.32 per 1000 sf for the year.
Finally my eight step program which includes the 0-0-20 with dimension and two applications of Golden Eagle Fungicide 3-4 weeks apart will cost the customer a whopping 110.20 per 1000 sf for the season. I have never sold the 7 or 8 step program to a customer since I offered it.

damn you guys charge a lot

ampeg76
05-03-2007, 02:08 PM
damn you guys charge a lot

he charges and receives what his market will bare!

FERT-TEK
05-03-2007, 04:50 PM
I been getting beat all spring had to lower to keep customers. they are at 3.00 a 1000 sq feet

My five step program costs me 2.00 / 1000 sf. You are only making $1.00 more than my cost! What is your profit margin for a 10000 sf lawn? if your costs are the same as mine you are making $10.00 per job while I am making roughly $70.00 (before expenses)

mow2nd
05-03-2007, 10:30 PM
$8.00 per 1,000..................just keep it simple

americanlawn
05-03-2007, 11:03 PM
We let the customer pick how many times they want their lawn treated.

Duh??? (they own the pocket book).

In the old days, ChemLawn offered 4 app's per year - no matter where in the USA. Now they offer as many as 8 apps a year.

Keep in mind that the "original" ChemLawn nolonger exists. Since 1990, ChemLawn has been bought out 3 times, and they are slated to be bought out again this summer.

8 app's per year is a rip off (TruGreen ChemLawn). This is not only my oppinion, land-grant University experts agree as well.

We charge more for increased difficulty factor or if we need a much more expensive herbicide.

Our 5-app per year program was developed by our land-grant University, so We follow it. We have few cancellations. TruGreen has a 40% cancellation rate per year Nation-wide. I'm guessing our's is less than 10%.

48 bucks for 10K is a very good price. No more, unless there's probs.