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Old 02-27-2014, 11:32 PM
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Pricing on apps - NW IL

Ok, so i searched pretty thoroughly and couldn't find an answer that was in a current time frame. I am in the mowing business. I am taking my IL pesticide exam this week to start up on that side of the business.

I got quoted from my local lesco dealer averaging about $21 per bag of product for everything I would need for a 5 step app program (in other words obviously fert+dimension costs more than straight fert so this is the average of all the products over the douse of the 5 step program). Each is a standard 50 lb bag that covers 12,000 square ft.

All my yards are all under 10,000 sq ft.

after math on my average 4,000 sq ft yard it would cost me 1.75 per 1000 sq ft.

my pricing plan was going to be....
$20 min + $6 per 1000 sq ft
so 4,000 sq ft yard would be = $48 per app
5 apps per year = $240

how does this pricing structure look? seems like a high sounding price to me but is in line with local prices from what I can tell. Trugreen was changing a family member with a 3,000 sq ft yard $41.50 per app and they came 5 times a year.

Also your typical 4000 sq ft yard (front, back, parkway, some obstacles) would you say you could do 3 of those per hour with 5-10 min drive time between them? about 10 min spent actually doing the app per house? I plan on using a lesco spreader.

Sorry for any ignorance on my part. Im new to this and really did a lot of research into the pricing but just want some second opinions.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:28 AM
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To me, those prices sound fine but I haven't been in the game that long, so you're going to get a lot of different opinions.

You can and can't go by trugreen's prices. I think the best sales point you have against trugreen's prices is if they go with you, next august, their lawn won't look like they tried to grow it on the surface of the sun.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:31 AM
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Lol... Ya I'm not impressed by trugreen by any means. Just was trying to get a ballpark price figure. Thanks for the I appreciate it.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:13 AM
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Those prices are typical for our area. Grub protection is an add on along with core aeration. Being solo, I would push that benefit. You are the owner, salesman and operator and sole person on their lawns. If there is a problem, the salesman cannot blame the applicator. Customer won't have 3 different people per year doing apps.

If you are looking for better prices, more options, different fert dealers, try:

1. Pro-Grow in Lake Barrington
2. Russo in Schiller Park.
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Old 02-28-2014, 08:50 AM
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Mikesturf,

Thanks for the responce. I do have grub protection factored into the 5 stop program.

I know Russos fert is cheeper for sure. But one thing that I was going to use to sell my service is pushing the fact we use lesco. Russo uses some kind of self branded products. do you know, Is there much difference between the products? I've always heard lesco was really good stuff. I wanna make sure I'm applying something that's going to work good.
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Old 02-28-2014, 03:45 PM
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I use Russo for my winterizer and sometimes for my fall apps.

I use Pro-Gro (used to be Olsens). They have organic based fert/blends which I really like a lot.


I really don't thing the customer cares where you buy the fert from. Every company says theirs is the best. To the customer, only results matter.
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How much more expensive does the organic come out to be per bag? I thought about the organic route but the lesco dealer told me the organic stuff they carry is very expensive
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Its organic BASED, meaning instead of limestone chips as filler, they use miloranite, composted chicken manure, etc.

18-0-3 with dimension $19.30 per bag for 120 bags. $20.70 per bag for 40 bags.

21-0-5 with micronutrients-their best product, slow release $21.00 per bag -40 ordered or $19.60 for 120 bags.

I usually only need to apply 3/4 pound of N per 1000.
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Old 02-28-2014, 05:47 PM
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Mikesturf,

I do have grub protection factored into the 5 stop program.


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NO ONE includes grub protection at those cheap prices.

Grub protection is usually if not always a VERY EXPENSIVE add on.

$240 for a full season with grub protection-I don't even charge my family or friends that little.

P.S. Are you including time and expense of spot spraying weeds on all your apps? I assume you are just spreading dry fert.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:21 PM
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Yes, my 3rd app has grub protection. $25 a bag for fert with grub protection in it. And yes I am factoring that in also
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