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Old 04-24-2006, 07:32 PM
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Slit Seed Help..

I received a call today from a customer who wants slit seeding done. My problem is I have never done this.. I guess my question is, how hard is this to do? Can I screw up this guys lawn for the summer if I do it wrong? Also, What are the basic steps involved? I did a search but I need some advice fast I have to call him tomorrow. Thanks for helping a rookie..
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:09 PM
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all that i know is that you have to rent a slit seeder. this might help.
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.p...ight=slit+seed
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Old 04-24-2006, 08:36 PM
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It ain't tough. Call around rental stores and find out who's got a slit seeder. I get $24/1000 sf to slit seed an existing lawn, with a $100 minimum. I typically try to apply about 2-3 lb of seed/1000 sf when applying a mix of KBG/Fescue/Rye.

Doesn't take long to do, and isn't terribly hard. Try it once, keep track of your seed costs and usage, rental costs, as well as your labor, then you can tweak your price so you get a decent markup and return on your time.
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Old 04-24-2006, 09:17 PM
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Thanks for your help! I think this may be something I can handle with out too much trouble
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Renting a slit seeder might be a challenge.
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:46 PM
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I've never had trouble forming the words "I'd like to rent a slit seeder, please"
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Old 04-24-2006, 11:12 PM
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Killswitch is probebly right for this area, I've been in rental for 8 years now and can only suggest places that might have one, I can't name one rental store that I know has one.
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Old 04-25-2006, 04:17 AM
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Can't find slit seeders? Have you actually TRIED forming the words "can I rent a slit seeder please"? Home depot doesn't rent them but most independent rental co.s do
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Old 04-25-2006, 05:26 AM
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Can't find slit seeders? Have you actually TRIED forming the words "can I rent a slit seeder please"? Home depot doesn't rent them but most independent rental co.s do

Around here we have Drake's Rental and I think one called Taylor Rental.. Anyway , It was a kickback from a LawnChem acquaintance. He told me they can't do anymore slit seed jobs they're booked.. I was thinking of charging between 6 and 10 cnts sq ft.. This sound about right? After a figure out seed cost and rental + labor I should be able to get the job done in a hour or two..

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I was thinking of charging between 6 and 10 cnts sq ft.. This sound about right? After a figure out seed cost and rental + labor I should be able to get the job done in a hour or two..

Thanks again
Hmmmm..... that comes to between $60 and $100 per 1000 sf. Seems kinda high if you ask me. But hey, if you can get it, more power to you!
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