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SOONERS222
01-10-2009, 08:41 AM
How much should I charge to aerate. Do I charge by square foot? How much for a 1/2 acre lot? How about a full acre? Do a have a minimal charge? Also, where do I purchase flags to mark sprinklers, invisible fences, etc... Thanks for the help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FGM350
01-10-2009, 10:26 AM
Do you own the machine? or will you rent? I would figure a price by square feet, machine costs, fuel, time, etc..It does take a while depending on the property size and machine size also. So invest in a measuring wheel and start with a measurement of the property. I hope this will help get you going in the right direction.

SOONERS222
01-10-2009, 10:28 AM
Thanks. I own a Ryan Lawnaire IV

FGM350
01-10-2009, 10:35 AM
Thanks. I own a Ryan Lawnaire IV

Sweet more money in your pockets! and you dont have to return the machine at the end of the week.

bighaydenslawn
01-10-2009, 04:29 PM
I have someone that mentioned this fall they might be interested in me doing some aeration for them this spring. What is the average price of aeration per 1000 sq. ft? I would be renting a machine, hopefully a Ryan LawnAire. Please help!

1.2.3. green
02-05-2009, 04:45 PM
See my post under Husquarna aerators

dennys-lawn
02-05-2009, 05:11 PM
.15 sq. ft. is our rate. Minimum $85.00 charge. We top dress also to compliment aerator service.

Barefoot James
02-12-2009, 10:30 PM
.15 a sq ft??? That's $150 per 1000 that's $750 for an average 5,000 sq ft yard??? Are you sure you aren't charging 1.5 cents a foot $75 per 5K yard?

If you are charging 15 cents a sq ft are you also seeding and top dressing and cleaning up plugs - please share your secret and how many lawns and neighborhoods are you servicing?

lbmd1
02-13-2009, 08:23 AM
We've always charged $99 for the first 5000sq ft, with a $10 charge per additional 1000 sq ft. Seems to both profitable and fair to both parties. Add some seed and straight fert at the time of visit and it boosts the bottom line.

Mike

Stillwater
02-13-2009, 08:56 AM
.15 a sq ft??? That's $150 per 1000 that's $750 for an average 5,000 sq ft yard??? Are you sure you aren't charging 1.5 cents a foot $75 per 5K yard?

If you are charging 15 cents a sq ft are you also seeding and top dressing and cleaning up plugs - please share your secret and how many lawns and neighborhoods are you servicing?

cleaning up plugs?
your not saying you rake up the plugs up are you?

Barefoot James
02-13-2009, 02:11 PM
That was my question - how in the world when most folks are charging 1 cent to 5 cents per sq ft he is charging 15 cents per sq ft - maybe he ment to say 1.5 cents since that is in the ball park of most. the lowballers are at $50 per 5 K the Avg is about $100 for 5K and high end with ammendments are at 4.5 cents. Like me I add 20 lbs of humates and 50 props of mycorrhizae per sq ft in addition to aeration and charge 4.5 cents a sq ft or $225 per 5K and I cut in 16 holes per sq ft - 3.5 inches deep. I can add seed to this service for an addtional 3 to 5 cents a foot so I'm still under 10 cents a sq ft - even with a compost top dress @ another 2 cents a sq ft that get it to about 12 cents a sq ft. With hills or other obstacles I might at this point go to 15 for aeration - seeding - myco - humates and compost top dressing. Even the most expensive seeders around here are at 17.5 cents a sq ft with a gaurantee - I don't gaurantee seed cause folks don't water. I fact i would even do a job if they don't have irregation or let me set up a temp above ground irregation system with timers, hoses and sprinklers.

1.2.3. green
02-13-2009, 07:47 PM
cleaning up plugs?
Your not saying you rake up the plugs up are you?

you would have a better chance seeing elvis at your local dunkin donuts.

humble1
03-11-2009, 09:37 AM
I used to triple what is cost to mow it, then I hijacked LBMD1 idea to charge $99 for the first 5000 then X per 1000. He has done well with his plan, some say you can see him skipping along in the early fall with one hand on his plugger aerator and a coffee in the other.