Adding slit seeding this spring. What should we charge.

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by HGT INC, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. HGT INC

    HGT INC LawnSite Member
    from MI.
    Posts: 19

    I have been in the fert. business for over 25 years. I also aerate. I have recentely purchased a slit seeder at the Columbus show this November, due to large amount of requests for seeding. In the past I would pass the jobs out to a friend of mine, but due to the large amont of requests and the extra cash involved I decided to add this as an additional service this spring. Any help would be appericated in how to price jobs, ex. sq. ft. or by the 1000, or min. prices. Also, I'm located in the metro Detroit area, any ideas on seed recomendations. Thanks, Jerry.
  2. sjj14

    sjj14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    I bill my seeder at $85/hr and add 50% on to the seed price. Any fert/lime is additional as well.
  3. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 543

    What kind of seeder do you have and how much sq. ft.can you do in an hour? Thanks Matt
  4. HGT INC

    HGT INC LawnSite Member
    from MI.
    Posts: 19

    Hi Matt,

    Bought a Turf revitalizer. Will do 20,000 sqft./hr. There talking a straight line, will have to take into account criss crossing, around trees, ect. A friend of mine charges $10.00/1000 with a min. of $40.00. Seems real cheap, I don't know how you can make any money there.
  5. crzymow

    crzymow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 378

    I charge about $.04 per sqft depends somewhat on how many obstacles i have to go around.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    Hello and welcome. Around here, we get 70-75 dollars/M for slitseeding as it applies to renovation. This is for amounts that equate to covering bare ground. If we spray an area off first, it goes for a mi imal amount inclusive in the process. I hope this helps. Oh,...this also includes starter fert..
  7. sjj14

    sjj14 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 97

    My seeder is a Ryan and i can get about 12,000'/hr if its level. Seeders vary greatly on speed however, i pretty much know how long it will take me to seed a certain property with my seeder, do some practice runs on differents hills etc. and you can get an idea of the amount of square feet you will get done in an hour.
  8. HGT INC

    HGT INC LawnSite Member
    from MI.
    Posts: 19

    Thanks everyone for the feed back. Im sure most of the jobs I will pick up are for repair from snow & salt, fungus, animals, ect. A lot of them will be only parts of a lawn. I will clean up the site if necessary, seed and put down a starter fert. I don't want to get hosed by not chargeing enough, but I don't want to scare off people with some outrageous prices, Thanks, Jerry.
  9. stumpman

    stumpman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    I was just wanting to know what you think of the Turf Revitalizer since you got it. I am considering buying one also and was wanting your opinion of it.

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,566

    Simple charge what works in you area,charge per pound at say $4 bucks per pound or charge per hourly rate,one guy here charges $100 a hour now the customer will flinch but we does stay busy,on small turf i charge $150 bucks and make a little on the seed,to rent a machine is going to cost $100 a day so keep it in mind.

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