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DillonsLawnCare
09-26-2007, 07:32 PM
hi, what do i charge for aerating a yard. if i mow it for $50 should i just double it and areate it for $100.??? i need advice. thanks

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
09-26-2007, 07:46 PM
Do you own one or will you rent one? Price will depend on the lot size.

DillonsLawnCare
09-26-2007, 07:48 PM
i own one. i think its like 40 or 50 inches long. somewhere between there. i do anything for a 1/4 acre to 2 acres. whats a method on what to charge for that.

DillonsLawnCare
09-26-2007, 07:49 PM
oh, and its a pull behind. ive got to pull it behind my tractor.

J&R Landscaping
09-26-2007, 07:54 PM
Well, only you know what your overhead is and what you paid for it and what you need to make from it.

I just bought a CA 18 classen a few weeks ago. I have a few Condo's and townhomes with small yards. (I mean very small 1/2 postage stamp small)
For those lawns, I will run the machine for $45 + seed and the other fixins. My normal minimum is $65. + tax as well.

DillonsLawnCare
09-26-2007, 08:00 PM
well, my grandpa gave it to me. so i dont have anything into it.

so for a 1/2 of an acre, i should charge around $80 and from there on up??

troblandscape
09-26-2007, 08:00 PM
Well, only you know what your overhead is and what you paid for it and what you need to make from it.

I just bought a CA 18 classen a few weeks ago. I have a few Condo's and townhomes with small yards. (I mean very small 1/2 postage stamp small)
For those lawns, I will run the machine for $45 + seed and the other fixins. My normal minimum is $65. + tax as well.

Wow $65.00 Im getting $125.00 I can charge that because Tru Green is charging at least $200.00. Its been too dry around here to aerate we need a good soaking or Im going to lose out.

DillonsLawnCare
09-26-2007, 08:01 PM
im not seeding, im just areating. ive got a seed spreader but its probably too late to start seeding fescue............

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
09-26-2007, 08:09 PM
i get about $100 for a 1/4 acre yard. Pull behinds don't do as good of a job as a true plug aerator.

DillonsLawnCare
09-26-2007, 08:43 PM
so since its not quality work, should i charge less?

Liberty Lawn & Landscape
09-28-2007, 10:06 PM
If I were you, I wouldn't even offer aerating with a spiker. I've seen many an example where a lawn was "aerated" with a pull behind spiker and the soil was just as compacted. If you are going to offer aeration, then it needs to be a core to do the job right. When I first started, I'd line up several yards, rent a Bluebird, and make plenty of $$$.

If you're going to do it, do it right...or not at all.

Stillwater
09-30-2007, 12:25 AM
If I were you, I wouldn't even offer aerating with a spiker. I've seen many an example where a lawn was "aerated" with a pull behind spiker and the soil was just as compacted. If you are going to offer aeration, then it needs to be a core to do the job right. When I first started, I'd line up several yards, rent a Bluebird, and make plenty of $$$.

If you're going to do it, do it right...or not at all.

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jrc lawncare
09-30-2007, 07:35 AM
hi, what do i charge for aerating a yard. if i mow it for $50 should i just double it and areate it for $100.??? i need advice. thanks $10 per k.

Haulin' Grass
09-30-2007, 07:56 AM
$15 per 1k but will drop price to $10 per 1k for larger lots. Seed is extra. I used a tow behind a week ago and wasn't impressed with it. I'm sticking to walk behind model. Some day would like to get the 3pt. hitch type.

capetan
10-02-2007, 12:49 AM
if you charge double the cost of cutting the lawn for just aerating you will be the cheapest guy in town .....say $35 to cut $70 to aerate you always can winter fertilize and seed for more ......... in maryland i can rent an aerator for $80 all day..... i can easily bang out 6 to 8 lawns 1/4 to 1/2 acre in size @ $70 to $100 a lawn, not bad for a days work :)