View Full Version : fertilization prices

08-30-2000, 11:15 PM
thinking about up grading my prices what do you think?
2,500 sf=$10.80/1000sq.ft.
5,000 sf=$7.40/1000 sq.ft.
7,500 sf=$6.00/1000 sq.ft.
10,000 sf=$5.30/1000 sf
12.5(12,500)= $4.80 m
6-step program. 1 lime,1 pre-m/fert,1 broadleaf/fert.,3 ferts. total 6 applications

SJR Lawncare
08-30-2000, 11:59 PM
Do your customers have to sign up for the whole 6 step program? Maybe they should to ensure proper applications, but what if their lawn does not require lime?

08-31-2000, 05:36 AM
they sign up for the six step program. it they donot need lime they donot get charged for it,they get billed for 5 steps but there ph better be low seven's to high sixes.
all of the fert. i use is su urea, so the lawns that are high ph they will soon creeeeep down.

what do you guys do REFERING to the last post?

09-04-2000, 11:32 AM
Your rates that were listed are pretty much in line with what I have been charging. The only that that I do different, is I have a $35 minimum charge for the first 4,000 sq ft. then I add about $3 per 1k after that. We have an 8 application per year program, but the growing season is longer here, than what you have.
Broken out, what we do is 2 split apps of prem in the Fall,
Lime app in the winter, 2 split apps of prem in the Spring and 3 fert apps in the growing season. of course, post emg. weed control as needed anytime.

09-06-2000, 09:22 AM
Damn Neil! I wouldn't want to be the one mowing the lawns you fertilize! With all that N in the summer season they must grow like wildfire! Even in AL. ;)

09-06-2000, 03:48 PM
Well i don't know about pricing but they sound reasonable
but some where on line read about a company that is doing the same ammount on a six app. program and doing it in five trips and still charging the same yearly price they have stated that its saves them a lot of money and time yealry
with the same results. just something to thick about time is money

02-07-2006, 05:23 PM
Well, as long as I've been doing this and until today, I was never asked this question. I was asked if I can lime early this season rather than in the fall when I usually do. Can I?

I don't want the lime to affect the Nitrogen levels of my spring applications. Will it? Usually I lime in the fall because it has several months to break down into the grass and by the time the spring application rolls around the lime is pretty well broken down and used up. So, I'm asking for some really quick advice. thanks guys.


02-07-2006, 05:49 PM
Well that's sure alot better than the flyers that got passed out around here. How does a $25 minimum for up to 5,000 sq ft sound? It gets better, this outfit wants $39 for the range of 10-15k (that's right, same price over a 5k range). Aeration is even better, $30 for up to 8,000 sq ft , then $3 /k after that (did I mention these are 1/2 million dollar homes?). Ant, maybe we should just hire these guys and stay home!

02-07-2006, 08:20 PM
I've been taking the area X .004 for dimension+fert, .003 for momentum spray, and .003 for Target spray for crabgrass. Spraying done as needed.
Only lime if needed or requested. Aerate seed and starter fert is area x .018.
After materials, I still make 60+ bucks an hour labor at these rates.
Does this seem in line with most?

02-07-2006, 09:12 PM
WOW! thats an old thread.
lets see
20,000 sf lawn x.018 per sf=$360.00 aer/seed/start fert.
seed 4 lbs/m= 80 lbs @1.49/lb max =$120.00
fert= 2 bags @12.00 each= $24.00
labor? 1.5 hrs.x 17.00= $25.50
total= $169.00- 360=$ 191 net
crabtree; does not seem like a nice profit..

how about 500.00?


turf hokie
02-07-2006, 11:09 PM
WOW! thats an old thread.
lets see
20,000 sf lawn x.018 per sf=$360.00 aer/seed/start fert.
seed 4 lbs/m= 80 lbs @1.49/lb max =$120.00
fert= 2 bags @12.00 each= $24.00
labor? 1.5 hrs.x 17.00= $25.50
total= $169.00- 360=$ 191 net
crabtree; does not seem like a nice profit..

how about 500.00?


total= $169.00- 360=$ 191 net

This isn't even a true net profit...this is gross net. You need to figure in overheads for you net net. you definately need to bump up the price. I shoot for $100 per hour, if that is how you want to break it down.

Crabtree -- ANT is on with the prices $25-30 per k for aerate and seed. Add another $15 if you slice seed as well. Aerating and seeding is not fun and no matter what you charge when you are done it will never seem like enough.

02-08-2006, 12:17 AM
Well, I surely don't have a prob with charging more for what I do...
But i broke it down like this:
25,000 ft x .018 = $450
customer is charged for:
150 lbs seed $.85/lb Lesco transition blend= $127.50 (actually use less than is charged)
starter fert about $15/bag x 2 = $30
tax on materials about 10% = $15.75
Total materials $173.25
Towable aerator, run over 2 times, spread seed and fert
done in 1.5 hrs (myself and helper)
$450-$173.25= $276.50
$276.50 for 3 man hrs labor, maybe 10 minutes to next job...
that's $92/man hr
pay help $12/hr for 1.75 hrs with ride time = $21
but I don't know how much gas I use for the Lazer Z per hour...
or for the truck...
Seems pretty minimal...
does it still look like I should raise the price?
as a one man crew, the labor would be less than the 2 man, but more tiring that's for sure.

02-08-2006, 06:37 AM
Did a job similar to this last year 30,000 sq ft. 50lbs lime per k, core aerate, fert, overseed. $950.00 It toke more than 2 hrs though. I believe it was about 3.5 with the lime.