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Old 05-31-2013, 08:37 PM
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Aeration

Alright boys, I need some input.
I've got some more help now, so I have more time to ad some more services to the list of stuff I can offer to customers. I am strongly considering offering aeration as it would be great for the lawns and the possibility of a good money-maker. But my questions are these:
1) How much do you charge to do aeration? Is this per hour, per job, per sq footage?
2) Do you apply sand or topdressing afterwards?

I understand that it'll change by area and what others are charging, but I'd like to get a general idea. Thank you very much gents
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:55 AM
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People don't like plugs all over their lawn during the active time... Hot Summer Sun is not good for open and exposed root zones...
I charge extra when my regular clients want aeration done needlessly,,, so I would charge based on need and difficulty... twice the cost of mowing the same area is probably a good baseline to work from...
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:46 AM
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Check price at rental store.

That should be starting price to aerate, it is hard to give generality on pricing property size in your area maybe much larger than here in the just greening north. Way I figure it has to be a least what it would cost for customer to go get machine and do it them self. I bought my Turfco 3 years ago and it has long since paid me back.
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That should be starting price to aerate, it is hard to give generality on pricing property size in your area maybe much larger than here in the just greening north. Way I figure it has to be a least what it would cost for customer to go get machine and do it them self. I bought my Turfco 3 years ago and it has long since paid me back.
I charge a lot more to aerate than mowing....it is a specialty service and is priced as such. My minimum is about $125 and that is for around 2-K or so...double the cost of mowing is a waste of time for me...
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:00 AM
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Rates are all over the place. $29.95 specials for up to 8,000 square feet.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:19 PM
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One local guy told me $15/1,000 sq ft is what he charges. Another fellow from further north (DFW area) said he charges $75 on avg, but theres some that charge $125 per job avg.
For y'all that replied to this post, is topdressing or sand application extra, or included?

I don't necessarily think it's an "unnecessary" thing, especially down here in the south. I know my lawn could benefit from this and we have a mixture or regular dirt and red clay in areas. I think most of my lawns could benefit from this.
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I don't worry what the next guy charges, who cares, Ex.:. joe needs to make 100/ hr aerating and built a stepped price list based upon this. Joe's quickly learned experience gave him all the info he needed. Ur right it's a great time to UPSELL some others services.
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Topdressing is def extra.....15/K? What a waste....
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:28 PM
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I guess when I get my aerator this weekend I need to do my own yard and see how long it takes, and decide on a price from there.
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I guess when I get my aerator this weekend I need to do my own yard and see how long it takes, and decide on a price from there.
that's exactly what I did. earlier in the year, I did my own as an experiment. about 2 weeks ago, I did my first paying aeration job for a customer, and did it at a very discounted rate to get the hang of it. You will find out that it is a bit more work than a regular mowing...LOL. So I don't think I will be giving those big discounts in the future. Twice the cost of a mowing is a good measure in my opinion...as long as the market will allow it. I paid 500 for my used aerator, and if I would have advertised the service I think I could have paid off the machine quickly.
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