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Old 10-23-2004, 03:52 AM
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Square Foot

Anybody have a formula for estimating by the square foot?
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Old 10-23-2004, 05:28 AM
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for which service?? mowing? fert? mulch? or other?
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Old 10-23-2004, 05:57 AM
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for which service?? mowing? fert? mulch? or other?
What he said!!! For mowing...I dont. For about everything else...yes, I do have formulas. For mowing large properties...like apartments, I will measure the sq footage and use that part as the equation, but I don't use sq footage alone for coming up with an estimate for mowing. I know what the sq footage (or roughly) I can mow, in open areas....so I can sometimes use that.
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Old 10-23-2004, 12:33 PM
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For mowing and flowerbeds.
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Old 10-23-2004, 05:06 PM
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It's called multiplication...width times (x) length.
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Old 10-24-2004, 02:30 AM
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One cubic yard of mulch covers 100 square feet to a depth of 3". I think that's right. If it wasn't so late I'd do the math.

For mowing, no formula. That's too simplistic. The amount of trimming will play a much larger role in your total time than the amount of turf to cut. One way to look at it is, how much trimming is there RELATIVE to the amount of turf. A 3k foot lawn should be quick, but not if there's 50 trees to trim around each week.

For fert, a simple square footage price usually works out fine.
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Old 10-24-2004, 02:35 AM
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One cubic yard of mulch covers 100 square feet to a depth of 3". I think that's right. If it wasn't so late I'd do the math.

For mowing, no formula. That's too simplistic. The amount of trimming will play a much larger role in your total time than the amount of turf to cut. One way to look at it is, how much trimming is there RELATIVE to the amount of turf. A 3k foot lawn should be quick, but not if there's 50 trees to trim around each week.

For fert, a simple square footage price usually works out fine.
The same will go for edging....especially those corner lots.
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Old 10-24-2004, 10:11 AM
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I built an Excell worksheet for estimating based on square footage. I added a difficulty multipler for obstacles such as trees, flower beds, hills, etc. to mow around. I think my multiplier was something like 1, 1.1,1.2,1.3 for under 10,000sf; and then .7,.8,.9,1 for over 10,000. I don't have the formula in front of me, but it was something like that. Trimming was figured seperately based on liner footage.
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Old 10-24-2004, 11:28 PM
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It's called multiplication...width times (x) length.
Thats what I was thinking too!!
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I'm thinkin' he might have meant... $$$ per square ft. ( .25 cents sqf, .35 cents sqf...etc) Not sure if he meant for mowing though. I have a book that apparently wants to keep everyone in the industry (legit) ... a basic formula.. well, not even, but it recommends this...

1000 sq.ft = Mow $29.00 Fert. $18.00
1500 sq.ft = Mow $30.00 Fert. $18.00
2000 sq.ft = Mow $31.00 Fert. $19.00
. blah blah blah
. blah blah blah
. blah blah blah
22,000 sq.ft = Mow $64.00 Fert. $51.00

does this sound pretty accurate??? Or does everyone pretty much say... "Yeaaa.... this lawn will take me an hour... gimme' $30.00"???
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