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Old 08-23-2005, 09:36 PM
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seeding 20,000 open lawn

a client lost her back lawn. it is 20,000 sf all open.
i plan on seeding it at a rate of 8 lbs. per m (almost bare soil)

it's going to take 160 lbs of seed at a cost of $160.00.

$45/1000 to cheap?
i will be using leaco renavator to seed.
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Old 08-23-2005, 09:50 PM
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what seed are you using?

going to areate?

Apply any fertilizer?

Are their weeds growing that need to be killed?

Doing a soil test?

Applying lime?, dolomitic or calicitic?

Correcting any nutrient problems in soil?
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Old 08-23-2005, 10:25 PM
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1. trophy
2. yes but not included in the seeding price.
3. same as above.(going to start a program in the back)
4. annual weeds.
5. yes at my expense.
6,7, at the owner expense (fertilization program)

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Old 08-24-2005, 09:01 AM
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The only thing I don't like is "at my own expense". Is this warranty?

We ARE in this for a profit. Right?
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:08 AM
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1. trophy What kind of seed? TT Tall Fescue? A Blend?
2. yes but not included in the seeding price. aerifying is extra!
3. same as above.(going to start a program in the back) No starter fert included?
4. annual weeds.And this at an extra charge also?
5. yes at my expense.
6,7, at the owner expense (fertilization program)

thanks ant
So, ant, what are you planning on charging the customer for 1-4?

I think applying 8 lbs of seed with a slit seeder at $45/m is high!

I would aerify, seed (blue tag, at new lawn rate), apply organic base fertilizer ( ~ 2lbs/m of n, 1lbs/m of p, and 1.75lbs/m of k [sop]) for $900.00
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Old 08-24-2005, 09:10 AM
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Ant - The answer to your question is NO!!! $900 (if my math is right) for the work you describe is not cheap - in fact, I would advise your customer to grab the ankles because you are breaking it off in him! Not to say you wont do a great job or get excellent results.... but it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours with the right equipment..... Do you clear this much with all of your jobs like this? If so, can you send a few customers my way?
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:09 PM
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answering pricing questions is always tough because we all work/live in different areas/markets throughout the country.

$45/1000 is CHEAP!!!
our charge for slice seeding is $70/1000
that includes labor, seed, fert.

we are also located in the northeast (new england, so slightly more north than Ant in Jersey)
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:38 PM
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answering pricing questions is always tough because we all work/live in different areas/markets throughout the country.

$45/1000 is CHEAP!!!
our charge for slice seeding is $70/1000
that includes labor, seed, fert.

we are also located in the northeast (new england, so slightly more north than Ant in Jersey)
Amen brother! You know that you will have to go back and touch up and that costs money. If you where tractoring it maybe that would be a good price but not with a walk behind renovator!
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Old 08-25-2005, 07:03 AM
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My bad. You guys are right about different rates in different areas of the country. When I think about a 20K "all open" lawn, I think about how long that would take to do and how hard it might be. Ant - how long do you estimate it will take you to do the job?
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Old 08-25-2005, 02:16 PM
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That's what ours goes for. $70 per M including starter fert. I may even come back and hit it again in two to 3 weeks.
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