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j.brk32
03-18-2004, 08:19 AM
Hello Everyone Iam wondering how you guys get your pricing
for a fertilizing program? Mine consists of 6 apps.
Early spring - pre - e
spring - fert plus liquid weed killer
summer- fert w/5.5% iron slow release
late summer- fert plus spot spraying for remaining weeds
fall 1- aereate
fall 2- fert
I have been told people charge by the sq. ft and what would that be. Thanks and hope this makes sense? Brock

Lux Lawn
03-18-2004, 11:47 AM
Brock

We charge around $10-$11 per thousand sq.feet I think it may vary a lot from state to state.Hope this helps.

I think I may know you from around town do you have a big Dodge Ram?And go by the nickname TAZ?

Welcome to LawnSite.

Tscape
03-18-2004, 03:02 PM
Lux you have GOT to be kidding!

Lux Lawn
03-18-2004, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by Turfscape LLC
Lux you have GOT to be kidding!

Why is that?

kootoomootoo
03-18-2004, 03:13 PM
If you have 200 -300 lawns and are getting $10 per 1000 we are all fools.
Unfortunately I know your market and most are lucky to get $3-$5 per 1000.

Lux Lawn
03-18-2004, 03:29 PM
My price starts at 29.95 for 3000 sq.feet
after that price goes up 3.00 per 1000 so know its not $10 per 1000 all the way around my mistake I see where you are coming from now.

Tscape
03-18-2004, 03:55 PM
I was gonna say, DUDE!

Bluejays
03-18-2004, 04:22 PM
I charge $35 for a lawn 1000 square feet. $45 for 2000 square feet, and around $50 for 3000 square feet.

Hope that helps

James Cormier
03-18-2004, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by j.brk32
Hello Everyone Iam wondering how you guys get your pricing
for a fertilizing program? Mine consists of 6 apps.
Early spring - pre - e
spring - fert plus liquid weed killer
summer- fert w/5.5% iron slow release
late summer- fert plus spot spraying for remaining weeds
fall 1- aereate
fall 2- fert
I have been told people charge by the sq. ft and what would that be. Thanks and hope this makes sense? Brock

I know its nice to get opinions on what other companies charge for similar services, but no one can answer this question for you,

why

because you gotta know your costs, indirect and direct before you can come up with prices for your services then you must decide how much profit you want Or need to make, then you can come up with prices for your services.

Then when you come up with what you think you need to charge compare those numbers with others in your area and adjust so you can compete.

oakhill2000
03-19-2004, 09:06 AM
I charge a specific price per bag applied of a specific product. Like basic fertilizer with preemegence. I charge $35 per bag applied. Depending on the product depends on the price applied. But like was already said you have to figure out for yourself what you are paying for the product and how long it takes you to apply and figure if you are making enough to pay for your labor and the product. Also everyone applies differently so prices may vary depending on the application type or what product they are using. I am not that big into fertilizing so I just use basic granular fertilizers and pesticides. I don't use sprayes at all, except small applications like roundup on stone walkways and such. Goodluck

Blade O Grass
03-20-2004, 12:48 AM
Originally posted by Bluejays
I charge $35 for a lawn 1000 square feet. $45 for 2000 square feet, and around $50 for 3000 square feet.

Hope that helps

Most of mine are around 10,000 - 12,000 sq. feet. What do your charges look like for a lawn that size. I am not spraying yet but I do have my license. Just curious how much more that would be. Seems like it would be out of reach for the customers at your rate when it gets into the 10,000's and up.

2 man crew
03-20-2004, 01:44 AM
Originally posted by Bluejays
I charge $35 for a lawn 1000 square feet. $45 for 2000 square feet, and around $50 for 3000 square feet.

Hope that helps

So at 10,000 sq ft you would be at $85.00?

Thats $360.00 per acre.

Is this the going rate Canadian?

kootoomootoo
03-20-2004, 02:01 AM
I would like to see someone actually post a scanned picture of a paid invoice with some of the numbers some guys say they do if they are getting so much per 1000 sq ft. or per acre. How about it,

j.brk32
03-20-2004, 07:37 AM
FOR INSTANCE I CHARGE $100.00 AN APP. FOR A
30,874 SQ FT LAWN. FIRST APP. COSTS ME $34.00
LABOR $30.00 SO I AM MAKING $36.00 PROFIT.
ONE NICE THING I HAVE TWO OF THESE SAME LAWNS
SIDE BY SIDE AND BOTH TAKE ONE HOUR TO FERTILIZE.
THANKS FOR THE REPLYS THIS IS A INFORMATIVE SITE
THANKS TO LUX LAWN.

kootoomootoo
03-21-2004, 12:20 AM
$30 labor to treat 30000 sq ft?

Runner
03-21-2004, 03:42 AM
I don't know, but if anybody ever tryed to charge $10 per M around here, they wouldn't be in business very long. No one in their right mind is going to spend $200 to have their half acre subdivision lot fertilized. Here, they only pay around $300 for the season!

Bluejays
03-21-2004, 08:31 AM
Originally posted by 2 man crew
So at 10,000 sq ft you would be at $85.00?

Thats $360.00 per acre.

Is this the going rate Canadian?

Yes for 10,000 sg ft it is about 80-85 dollars. Where I live most lawns are in the 1000-2500 sq ft range. I do have about 50 customers that are anywhere from 10,000 to 40,000 sq ft.
Prices vary like a 25,000 would cost about $150, where as an acre would be around $220. This is the going rate where I reside.

Bluejays
03-21-2004, 08:37 AM
Originally posted by Runner
I don't know, but if anybody ever tryed to charge $10 per M around here, they wouldn't be in business very long. No one in their right mind is going to spend $200 to have their half acre subdivision lot fertilized. Here, they only pay around $300 for the season!

Some customers (with large lawns) pay around 1000-2000 dollars for a program per year.

A buddy of mine did and aeration on a 65,000 sq ft last fall for around $600 - $700. He showed me there service record where they spent about $2500 for the year.

j.brk32
03-21-2004, 11:28 AM
[B]Just to let everyone know this is not my full time job!!!

The $30.00 an HR. But it only takes me an half hour to fertilize this lawn.

kootoomootoo
03-21-2004, 02:43 PM
Unless theres a huge amount of travel time I cant see an hour in labor to treat 30000 sq ft. Hence where do you get $30 in labor from? Of course this being a 2nd job you are licensed and insured. Jost got the insurance bill for this year yesterday. Aint that sweet.

bobbygedd
03-22-2004, 12:35 AM
koot, last year i charged $12 per k, per app. only had like 15-20 clients, but i got my price, and they are all repeaters

kootoomootoo
03-22-2004, 07:03 PM
For a 10000 sq ft lawn (1/4 acre ..1 bag of fert) you got $120.00? 15 -20 times?
Picked up a davey tree flyer today and they had $40 quoted on it for 10000. sq ft.
AND they have been around since the early 1900's. Hard to compete with that.


If I am mr. consumer why would I pay $120 when my neighbor is paying $40. Better hope neighbor keeps quiet.

bobbygedd
03-22-2004, 07:09 PM
hah, i had one, 11.2 k, got $815 for the program, included pre em, weed n feed, merit, fert, lime

Field General
03-22-2004, 08:39 PM
I'm getting between 3.70 and 4.10 per k depending on difficulty and terrain. Also I take into consideration what part of town it is in. If you look like you have money, I want some of it...if you know what I mean. This is for basic weed and feed...aeration merit and ph adjustments are extra.

meets1
03-22-2004, 09:11 PM
Some of you guys are getting pretty good money. We run about 450 clients, 1 - 4 apps per year. I let the customer decide to a point what they want / budget. I am getting around $5 / 1000 and the cost goes down the bigger the area. There is another crew that runs in the 1,000s and they are charging around $2.50 - $3.00 / 1000 sq ft. The problem people have with them is they have to go, 6 days a week. Gail force winds or steady down pour of rain, there out there spraying.

jeff_0
03-24-2004, 12:25 AM
I charge a minimal of $45. on a sq ft range i charge between $6 - $7 per k material cost different per app. first app. contains diminsion which we know cost a lot. second contains confront. other 3 are fert.

GarPA
03-24-2004, 05:38 AM
In my area the avg cost per 1000 ft is between $4.00 and $5.00..more like around $4.00. We sub most of our fert jobs...dont do enough of it to be good at it, or profitable