View Full Version : aeration/thatching estimate

08-19-2004, 10:22 AM
What would you charge to aerate and thatch a 1/2 lot with lots of angles/beds. My price 350.00 which I have to deduct 85 for rental of these machines.

08-20-2004, 02:52 PM
350.00 + 85.00 = 435.00
Include your rental in the price

8hr x 43.75 = 350.00
54.37 = 435.00

It may only take you 5-6hrs but the price is the same:)

08-20-2004, 03:56 PM
350 includes the 85! That will only take me 2.5 hours...meaning I make 265 or so. At 435 bucks you'd never see any business!
Good luck to you.

08-20-2004, 11:45 PM
1/2 lot or half acre?

Im not starving.

Im getting 360 for a yard of the same size and im not aerateing
Are you raking up and hauling the debris?
2.5 hrs is good time to do both jobs.

Well if you go to the rental place and pick up the thach machine
come back and thach the yard.
Rake up the thach and load it on your truck,then take the thacher back to the rental place and pick up the aerator,run it over the yard twice, load it on the truck and carry it back to the rental place,return to the job fine tune and get paid.

The time needed to pick up and return equipment
is also money.

08-31-2004, 11:01 PM
I agree with coffeecraver 350 around here is not a lot of cash. especially for aerating and thatching. i could get 350 for thatching raking up the grass and leaving it at their curb. so definetly try 435-450 for that.

08-31-2004, 11:08 PM
Don't you guy DETHATCH? All the lawns I do have the thatch all ready there, they want me to remove it by dethatching lol


08-31-2004, 11:32 PM
This may sound silly, but is a 1/2 lot 1/2 acre?

09-30-2004, 01:06 PM
Sorry I was unclear on the "1/2". I meant 1/2 acre lot which is probably not even that big. My price didn't included the pickup of the thatch. I usually have the customer do this by bagging with there mower. If I do it there is more cost...50 bucks to my 350= 400.

12-20-2004, 09:55 PM
i would charge 550or575 for a 1/2 acre /i charge 250 for 1000 sqr. ft. and every one sayz thats a fair price.....i have a blue bird dethather w/8hp engine and seeder box..man this machine will grind throw any soil.only use lesco products. the pay off is the greatest

01-30-2005, 08:57 PM
WOW! how much do you guy's charge for aeration? Is there anyone doing dethatching or areration in Michigan at these prices? I know the most I can get for an aeration for a yard at 2700 square feet is $45 and dethatching for $75 and that's with pickup and removal of the thatch too! and those prices are high compared to some low balloer in the area who was doing it for 25. I suspect it was to build up their client list because they posted sighns last year for 39..

02-03-2005, 08:16 PM
On aerations, what do you guys do with the plugs?

02-04-2005, 10:20 AM
Leave the plugs on the lawn, but blow the ones on their driveway, walkways, and sidewalk off. The customer will appreciate it, no one likes a mess and with regular watering the plugs will break down in no time.

02-04-2005, 09:00 PM
That's what I thought. I was at a customers house this fall doing some landscaping and they asked me to walk their yard. It was very rough, kind of 'lumpy' all over. They lived there about 8 years and for the past 4 years have had their lawn aerated. They said the lawn guy never removed the plugs when they aerated and thought maybe that was the problem.

Have you had any customers complain about this? Or maybe you have some idea what may have caused this rough lawn.

Just as a side note. When they moved in they had the yard tilled, rolled and seeded and never noticed the roughness till the year after the first aeration.

02-05-2005, 06:45 AM
Moles or Voles could also be the problem


02-05-2005, 05:47 PM
No, I don't think they had moles. Usually, at least around here, the mole runs are obvious and generally somewhere they leave a mound of soil.

This one really puzzled me. I have to believe them when they say they had the lawn rolled out, but I've never seen anything like it.

Their turf is in very good condition. Nice and thick very little weeds, but lumpy all over.

I have never offered aeration, but others around here say that really after aeration the lawn should be drug with a fence harrow to break up all of those plugs.

02-05-2005, 08:47 PM
You could run a slit seeder over them,that should help.


02-06-2005, 03:13 PM
That's a very good idea I didn't think about that.

Critical Care
02-10-2005, 07:29 PM
I see that I'm in the minority here by cleaning up the plugs left behind. My Walker will pick up some, and a blower seems to do a fair job of corralling them up into a few areas. typically, I dethatch many of my accounts, and so the power rakes tends to do a number to these plugs anyway.

I'm curious as to what effects dragging a fence harrow might have on the grass, if any...

04-09-2005, 04:31 PM
Yes, I'm in Michigan and just started this year doing dethatching. Since I can put the unit behind my Ex-Mark Metro, I had to rent a machine for $30 that was a Simplicity tractor. Got 1/2 acre cleaned up in about 45 minutes, and took another hour to bag it up. Client paid $75. Now I get on-line and see that I was much too low. I was going to use a little utility cart to do the job but the belts slipped off so I had to rent. Live and learn!!! It's a great business....

That was my first job. Just got home and had a call on my answering machine for the same thing. You can bet I will charge more this time.

DND Outdoor
04-10-2005, 11:19 PM
jmkr02, I hear you, I have lost several good size jobs this season because I was lowballed. I am just North of you in North Oakland COunty. I have read lots of talk about $60 and hour and $25 Per 1K to DEthatch and $12 per 1K to aerate but I wouldn't have any work up here if I tried to get those prices.

04-14-2005, 03:48 PM
Ok guys-
First timer here, just starting out and did my first customer on Sunday, Dethatch,mow and aerate 10,000sq. ft.of lawn. Machines where $88.00 ea. (2) machines to rent half day took me 3.5 hours to dethatch,rake ,mow and aerate, and want me to still do bed edging and mulching. How much is a reasonable price as not to scare them off? for what I mentioned above?any info would be great.