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greenguy08
08-01-2008, 10:12 PM
What do you guys charge for aeration? Do you set a price by area or by estimated time? Do you charge differently for commercial vs. residential?

Green Up
08-01-2008, 10:50 PM
I have an Fergerson Drum aerator and charge by the 1000 sq ft. Usually around $4.00. If a customer has more than 1/2 acre, I do rudece the price some.

ronniez71
08-01-2008, 11:10 PM
I charge 60 1/4 acre and up depending size of lot?

David Haggerty
08-02-2008, 11:30 AM
I charge $5 per 1,000 sq.ft. That's for two passes with a core aerator. It has a 5" spacing, so they really get their money's worth.
Any fertilizer or top dressing is extra.
All the aeration I do is commercial.

david shumaker
08-02-2008, 12:06 PM
I see an ad in my local news paper classified that reads "Lawn Aeration - any size lawn - $65.00". There has to be a catch. I charge minimum $65.00 for a small yard. I've looked at some invoice bills that Tru-Green puts on the door and it appears that they charge around 75.00 for aeration of average size yard....but they are also doing fertilizer and over seeding at the same time.

johnnywill08
08-02-2008, 02:01 PM
i charge about 3x what i get to mow. works out to about 35 per 1000sq ft i think. $100 minimum.

hackitdown
08-02-2008, 03:16 PM
I charge $100 minimum, or $15 per 1000 sq/ft. So an average 15K sq/ft lawn is $225.

jsf343
08-02-2008, 03:26 PM
I have an Fergerson Drum aerator and charge by the 1000 sq ft. Usually around $4.00. If a customer has more than 1/2 acre, I do rudece the price some.

I charge $5 per 1,000 sq.ft. That's for two passes with a core aerator. It has a 5" spacing, so they really get their money's worth.
Any fertilizer or top dressing is extra.
All the aeration I do is commercial.


I must be reading this wrong, you guys charge $4 or$5 per 1000sq. ft.? so for my 5,000 sq. ft. lot you would charge only $20.00 or so? Please tell me this is not true, I must be reading wrong, maybe this is the commercial price?
Around here even the illegals charge a minimum of $30.00 to $40.00 per yard, so I am having a hard time believing you guys would be less. No disrespect meant but if this is true maybe you should look deeper into your prices. I don't know maybe its just your area is priced lower.

jsf343
08-02-2008, 03:28 PM
i charge about 3x what i get to mow. works out to about 35 per 1000sq ft i think. $100 minimum.


ok, this seems like a better price, I was reading this thread thinking "geez is this area that overpriced?" This is the same ballpark we are in.

Sal200
08-02-2008, 04:34 PM
I charge $100 minimum, or $15 per 1000 sq/ft. So an average 15K sq/ft lawn is $225.

Is that price just for the aerating or does it include overseeding, fertilizer etc.. Also when you say 15k sq/ft lawn is that the total square footage of the lawn itself or the whole property.

david shumaker
08-02-2008, 06:48 PM
I can't see aerating for under $65.00 to $75.00. It would cost a homeowner that much to rent an aerator and then they have to pick it up and take it back. They would also probably need someone to help them load and unload it if they don't have a trailer. I've printed off the price list from one of the rental companies that I take with me when pricing some jobs to make sure I'm not doing the job for cheaper than what the rental price of the equipment is.

1993lx172
08-03-2008, 11:28 AM
I charge $50 for a half acre lot. Depending on slope of the yard and the amount of obstacles in the yard i adjust my price accordingly.

topsites
08-03-2008, 11:37 AM
I have an Fergerson Drum aerator and charge by the 1000 sq ft. Usually around $4.00. If a customer has more than 1/2 acre, I do rudece the price some.

Hmmm, interesting...
I take the price of mowing and add $10, once we get past 1/2 acre it goes to $15 then $20 by the acre size...
So 1/4 is $45, 1/2 I like to get 55-60 for thou I'll do an acre for $80.
PITA hard work but I can get an acre done in 1.5 hours, walk-behind.

And yes I agree it should pay more but I can't squeeze it out of them.
Minimum of $30.

I can't see aerating for under $65.00 to $75.00. It would cost a homeowner that much to rent an aerator.

Look around, all kinds of places out there even HD rents them too, some places rent them for as little as $25 for 4 hours, all most folks need for one yard.

It would cost a homeowner that much to rent an aerator and then they have to pick it up and take it back. They would also probably need someone to help them load and unload it if they don't have a trailer.

Yes I know but since when do homeowners think like that? :p

I've printed off the price list from one of the rental companies that I take with me when pricing some jobs to make sure I'm not doing the job for cheaper than what the rental price of the equipment is.

Smart, very smart, always know your prices.
And thanks to guys like you I am able to charge a little bit more, too.

ProStreetCamaro
08-03-2008, 02:20 PM
.03 per square foot.

OSU 09
08-03-2008, 05:36 PM
I must be reading this wrong, you guys charge $4 or$5 per 1000sq. ft.? so for my 5,000 sq. ft. lot you would charge only $20.00 or so? Please tell me this is not true, I must be reading wrong, maybe this is the commercial price?
Around here even the illegals charge a minimum of $30.00 to $40.00 per yard, so I am having a hard time believing you guys would be less. No disrespect meant but if this is true maybe you should look deeper into your prices. I don't know maybe its just your area is priced lower.

I know thats pretty close to what we charge. Usually Between $25 to $40 for a town sized lot of about 5,000 sq. ft. I mean it only takes 15-20 minutes to run the core areator thats on the front of our steiner over it in 2 directions. So for 15 or so minutes of work thats not bad.

Grits
08-03-2008, 05:58 PM
I have a wb aerator and charge at least double the mowing price. It is hard work with a wb aerator. I start cussing somewhere around the 3rd or 4th yard!

Icepuck72
08-03-2008, 06:05 PM
Are all of you including seeding and starter fertilizer? Or are these just prices for the aeration. :confused:

Allen's LS
08-03-2008, 08:06 PM
I got to find the flyer that a local company puts out on a regular basis. My best friend just bought me a Core Aerator and a Thatcher because he got tired of hearing me b1tch about turning down this kind of work because I didn't have the equipment.

hackitdown
08-03-2008, 08:07 PM
Is that price just for the aerating or does it include overseeding, fertilizer etc.. Also when you say 15k sq/ft lawn is that the total square footage of the lawn itself or the whole property.

Aeration only for $15 per 1000 sq/ft. Seed and/or fert is more. It is based on the size of the lawn...I live in an area with mostly 2 acre (80,000 sq/ft) lots. But most of the lots have woods.

david shumaker
08-03-2008, 08:59 PM
I'm talking about just aeration. I have a large Plugr walk behind aerator. It takes everything I've got to just push it back on the trailer without messing my back up. I've got some yards where it's a pain just to get it to the yard. Like Grits said, I would charge at least double the mowing price. I've seen some other posts where they charge 2 1/2 times the mowing price. If I'm doing a package deal where I'm aerating, feeding, seeding & limeing I might charge a little less for aeration because all the other stuff is easy.