Originally Posted by greenstar lawn
sounds to cheap bud. Even though the lawn might look thin i can tell you that you will get a lot more thatch then you think. Pictures might help as well. Are you renting the machine or do you own it? How are you picking the thatch up? hopefully bagging it with your mower. Do you have to take the dead grass away? Plus i always use more seed then what is recommended. When we do dethatching here my min is $125.00 for your typical 5k yard and does not include seed. Don't sell yourself short man, i mean after all you wanna make money right? After all you do have to pay your brother too.
Ya you guys are definatley all right. Even though its a little under 1/4 acre I figured seed and starter fert alone will cost me about $100. I was planning on using a john deere dethatcher pulled behind a lawn tractor. Its worked well for me in the past. I would just bag everything with my walk behind and then overseed and use starter fert. I was planning on using a pennington mixture of mostly rye, with fescue and bluegrass; and a lesco starter fert. Just curious on your opinions of these. I still figure about 2 hrs for the job but figured I would charge at least $250. Do you still think this sounds low or about right? Also, how much straw do you guys normally put down for overseeding?