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7 acres of spraying

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Green Acres, May 2, 2006.

  1. Green Acres

    Green Acres LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 316

    I had a call today and a lady needs 7 acres sprayed for weeds. I have to go look at it tomorrow and was wondering what everyone else would charge for this. It flat and open. I have never done anything this big before and didn't know where to start. Thanks
  2. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    What sort of equipment will you be using?
  3. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
    Posts: 312

    I don't do a lot of spraying on props this size but for the couple of ones I do I get $110. an acre. I would bump it up ten bucks or so now due to gas prices. I use my Walker to pull a 15 gal. unit that I got at HD. Works great!
    I hope I'm not lowballin here :)
    Check out the pesticide forum to see what the big boys may charge.
  4. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    I just picked up an account that has 5 acres of flat, wide open grass, and I quoted about $108 per acre. I use a Permagreen to spray/spread. I just did an application of granular Dimension w/0-0-7. My cost was about $330, so my markup/labor was about $210. It took about 2 hours. Next app (Speedzone) will be more profitable, as my material cost will be about $140.
  5. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    I did a 7 acre park yesterday with my 200 gal spacesaver, I charged $1,450 that was for fert, 3-way and Pre-em.
    I usually do small residential 5-7,000 ft lawns, I keep thinking when I do these big jobs, "Man with this same amount of materials I could do 50-60 lawns & make like $2,500." But the truth is I charge for my time, and I could never do 50-60 lawns(blanket spray) in 7 hrs by myself.
  6. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 438

    Damn. Who owns the park? Your dad? lol

    Thats a good per acre deal you have there my friend.

    We should all be getting about 140 an acre but....it doesn;t always go for that. You 100 an acre guys need to raise prices to be honest.
  7. LawnTamer

    LawnTamer LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,988

    It would have been less but it was a 1 time shot. Developer had to get it done so the city would take over maintenance. That first shot is the most expensive for me, 1+lb N/k potasium, fe, pre-em, and 3-way, by June- Sept I get by with a lot less fert and just spot spray.
    My cost per K in July is 1/4 to 1/3 what it is in April.
  8. Big Chicago

    Big Chicago LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    you pulled and sprayed the whole thing?

    you should invest in a riding applicator to make returns on a job like that.
  9. Big Chicago

    Big Chicago LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Always know what the other guys are charging. Is this a one time deal or a repeat buisness? What do u think? It is your time and money. How much can you aford to lose?
  10. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Posts: 3,251

    Seven acres would take me an hour or less. I would charge 400.00 to 500.00. Ideally you charge what the market will bear. Also what is the customer willing to pay? The customer always has the option of doing nothing. I also compete with the local Co-ops. They charge 10.00-15.00/acre plus product.

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