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Old 04-03-2011, 11:04 PM
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What would you guys charge

Im fairly new to the lawn care industry so I would like to know what you guys would charge for this. One of my new customers has a very thin lawn that I would like to overseed, so I figure I would run the dethatcher over it, overseed it, and then apply starter fertilizer. He has a1/4 of an acre. How would you guys break down the pricing for this. Is there any other way that you guys would go about overseeding like this? I live in new jersey and am working in a nice middle class area. Also, what do you guys charge for cuts on a 1/4 of an acre? I wnat to make sure I go about this the right way and not come up with a low ball offer either.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:10 PM
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Im fairly new to the lawn care industry so I would like to know what you guys would charge for this. One of my new customers has a very thin lawn that I would like to overseed, so I figure I would run the dethatcher over it, overseed it, and then apply starter fertilizer. He has a1/4 of an acre. How would you guys break down the pricing for this. Is there any other way that you guys would go about overseeding like this? I live in new jersey and am working in a nice middle class area. Also, what do you guys charge for cuts on a 1/4 of an acre? I wnat to make sure I go about this the right way and not come up with a low ball offer either.
I charge 0.45 sq ft to slit seed. Now this rate is for bermuda as I am in Texas. I would imagine you would go with turf type tall fescue or similiar, not sure the price of that. My price does not include soil prep or fert.
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:07 PM
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I charge 0.45 sq ft to slit seed. Now this rate is for bermuda as I am in Texas. I would imagine you would go with turf type tall fescue or similiar, not sure the price of that. My price does not include soil prep or fert.

StihlMechanic,
I was just curious about your pricing to confirm I wasn't misunderstanding the price per square foot, because I didn't realize that overseeding with a slit overseeder was so lucrative. $0.45 per sq. ft. @ 10,000 sq. ft. = $4,500. Do you do a lot of seeding jobs?
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:26 PM
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I was just curious about your pricing to confirm I wasn't misunderstanding the price per square foot, because I didn't realize that overseeding with a slit overseeder was so lucrative. $0.45 per sq. ft. @ 10,000 sq. ft. = $4,500. Do you do a lot of seeding jobs?
Its cheaper that sodding at .45 sq ft. To answer your question, no, not that large of a property, yet anyways. Largest so for was close to 4000 sq ft of turf. It good profit I guess.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:27 PM
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StihlMechanic,
I was just curious about your pricing to confirm I wasn't misunderstanding the price per square foot, because I didn't realize that overseeding with a slit overseeder was so lucrative. $0.45 per sq. ft. @ 10,000 sq. ft. = $4,500. Do you do a lot of seeding jobs?
I think he means .045 or I'm moving and only doing slit seeding.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:23 PM
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Have you measured the property for the exact square footage? There is a difference between 10,000 sq ft and 15,000 sq ft, especially in regards to the amount of material you will need. You'll need to price based on your costs, I have no idea what it costs you to operate your equipment or what you hourly rate is.

Dethatching and then overseeding isn't a bad way to do it. Some people like to aerate and then overseed, usually in the fall though. I'm not sure about your state, but be careful about applying fertilizer, you may need a license for that. I know here in Michigan I can apply straight fertilizer without a license but if it contains any pesticides or herbicides, I need a license. So you may want to check into that.

Pricing a 1/4 acre for mowing can be all over the board, depending on amount of trimming/edging, if the customer wants the lawn bagged or not, number of customers I have in that area or if I have to drive a long ways to get to the job, how often the customer wants it cut and of course my costs that I have (equipment, insurance, etc.). With all that said, prices vary around the country, in my area a 1/4 acre lot with fairly minimal trimming and obsticles would be about $30/week.
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:39 PM
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Im pretty sure its right around 10,000 sq ft. I figured it would probably cost me around $50 in fuel and supply costs and be no more than a 2hr job. I figured I would price around $40 for dethatching and raking, and another $40 for applying fert and seed, and about $50 for my expenses. I was only going to apply with a rotarty seeder and not a slit seeder. Does this sound about right or lowball category?
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Old 04-03-2011, 11:50 PM
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Im pretty sure its right around 10,000 sq ft. I figured it would probably cost me around $50 in fuel and supply costs and be no more than a 2hr job. I figured I would price around $40 for dethatching and raking, and another $40 for applying fert and seed, and about $50 for my expenses. I was only going to apply with a rotarty seeder and not a slit seeder. Does this sound about right or lowball category?
Thatching is the easy part if you going rake it you better charge something for raking part thats hard part and you should have fee for hauling the thatch off
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Old 04-04-2011, 12:03 AM
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Thatching is the easy part if you going rake it you better charge something for raking part thats hard part and you should have fee for hauling the thatch off
In the past Ive sometimes just drove over it with my 52in walk behind and bagged it all. I dont think theres going to be much thatch because the lawn is thin and I was hoping this would act more to loosen up the soil. I charge $35 a cut so bagging it would not raise my pricing up that much
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:34 AM
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Im pretty sure its right around 10,000 sq ft. I figured it would probably cost me around $50 in fuel and supply costs and be no more than a 2hr job. I figured I would price around $40 for dethatching and raking, and another $40 for applying fert and seed, and about $50 for my expenses. I was only going to apply with a rotarty seeder and not a slit seeder. Does this sound about right or lowball category?
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.
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