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Old 03-15-2014, 11:50 PM
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pricing for dethatching

I didnt really have plans on doing lawn service, but a friend wanted some lawn work done and now its taking off like wild fire.

My question is how do you guys that service lawns price dethatching work? Ive got anywhere from 15,000 square feet to over an acre to do.
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:55 AM
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*thatching and I don't do this service due to the messy complicated cleanup. I wold look at what time it takes you to do the service then multiply it by 2 because you are going to have the initial pass and then cleanup. And then assign a value as a rate per hour. (Figure out your costs on operating)
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:07 PM
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Everyone in my area charges $10 per thousand to dethatch and clean up.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:10 PM
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After the first day you are an "experienced expert", skilled labor--$80 per hour, more if the work causes you to sweat, is dangerous or you get dirty. Plus your disposal costs at the landfill or organic drop-off. Maybe around a dollar a mile for the trip to the house and for the trip to the disposal site.
If you use equipment (like a dethatcher and a trailer), charge enough "machine time hours" to pay for gas and a new one after one year, (even if you don't buy a new one.)

Do a thousand sqft on your own lawn; clean up. Time yourself and use the time to calculate the time needed for a bigger lawn.

Naturally add a few dollars for your marketing, advertising, and salesman's time while estimating the job.
Add a few dollars per hour to cover your collections, billing, postage and costs for the average percent that do not pay. And allow for a few extra dollars that it will cost you on the average if someone is dissatisfied and wants a do-over--or worse yet--wants a whole new lawn because you "tore it down to nothing".

Keep in mind--people only want this service in the spring for about 2 weeks.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:58 PM
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I would say, get more experiance in the industry and don't ask for handouts, or get out. Your already at a loss considering you don't provide this service and are completely unprepared . Try again next year after you know what it takes.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:07 PM
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Double your mowing price + removal/ disposal fees.
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Old 03-17-2014, 10:33 PM
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I go 2 1/2 times mowing price. Power raking is dirty work, dang dirty. Worst part labor wise is dumping the load at the brush dump. Charge for it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:03 PM
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I appreciate the information thus far, as long as I dont lose money i will consider it a win. As previously stated, i had no intentions of doing lawn work, this just fell in my lap. Should there be anyone in my service area who does in fact do reputable lawn work, PM me, im more than willing to pass along or sub out mowing, fert, etc
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:24 PM
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Rates are pretty beat down here. My minimum now is $120 for a tiny lawn.

These clients that want this dome typically don't want to pay more than 1.5 the mow rate if that. And they want it done yesterday.

I really try to talk folks out of this unless they have a pending spring over-seed. Low spring mowing in cool season turf promotes a faster green up than the lawn scrubbing drill...and if a decent amount of fert went down in the Fall lawn should be greening up faster than the neighbors.

This is a tough crowd to please. It's either you took out too much or not enough or little Johnny's Lawn service charged only $50 and hauled away more stuff after they agreed to a higher price.

Just like prunning jobs I charge enough so I don't get stuck with doing them.
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Old 03-18-2014, 03:59 AM
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15000 will take 2 hard workers all day could fill up a 7x14 dump trailer
I do lots of them with flail blades and br 600
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