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Aerating! Nobody does it around here???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dave Maher, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. Dave Maher

    Dave Maher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    After reading the posts on this forum for quite some time now, I decided to ask one of the larger landscaping in my area if they offer aerating, and much to my dismay his answer was no.
    He said in fact that doesn't know anyone in our northern part of New Jersey that does..
    Now, I've been to all kinds of seminars at Rutgers University in NJ and the topics always touch on the importance of aerating, slit seeding etc.
    My question to all of you is : Is this an untouched market that needs attention? Maybe as a niche company offering aerating, seeding etc.

    Any comments would be greatly appreciated...
  2. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,744

    My company offers it as an add-on to our existing customers. But we don't do full maintenance or installations, only lawn and shrub care.
  3. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    Yes, we offer the service. I also know companies in Northern NJ that offer it as well. Maybe the guy was yanking your chain, or isn't really as big as you thought. :)
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    We are in central jersey and we do.
  5. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    Yes it's a great niche market! Stop mowing and get into it big time. You'll like it a lot more than mowing and you'll make $50 an hour easy by yourself no employees needed. If your a larger company look into setting one person up doing aeration full time. I did it 2 years ago and now I have 2 full time aerators going March - June and Sept. - mid Nov. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ :blob3:
  6. Green lawns

    Green lawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 112

    Yes we do and there is good money in both. We have (1) aerator Pluger by rock solid and (1) overseeder by bluebird. If I were you, I would get in the market.
  7. ChadA

    ChadA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 521

    I'm beginning to test the waters on core aerating, Just to see if there is a market for it. I sent out letters with a little information and the benefits of aerating to all of my customers, I only have 15 now. And I've already got 4 lined up for April 4th. I called the utilty companies todays to have all cables and lines marked. I'm hoping at least 10 of them will want the service. I'm charging a flat rate of $75. I'm renting a W/B core aerator for $66 for the day with insurance. Plus I can do my yard.
  8. bigviclbi

    bigviclbi LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 894

    not a lawn guy but my understanding was aerating was only done once every couple of years. am i wrong on that?
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    We're in Hunterdon County and been doing it for years...one of our best money-makers.
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Yes. Lawns should be aerated once a year. Ones with heavy traffic (athletic fields for example) can be done twice.

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