Aeration prices

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by redoak77, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. redoak77

    redoak77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    I would like to do some aeration this fall but have no idea what to charge per yard. I know this is vague, esp. when you guys dont know the exact yard; but most of the yards are .5 - 1 acre. I plan on using a rented ventrac w/ aerator attachment. This is 130.00 per day. I can probably do about 10 yards in 1 day so i was thinking like 35 yard. Any advice would be appreciated. Also, how many times do u go iver a yard w/ an aerator?
     
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    35 a yard is WAY too cheap for a specialized service such as this. 1/2 acre lawns around here go for around $150.
     
  3. rmartin

    rmartin LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Posts: 204

    i get between 100 to 200 per yard......35 way too cheap
     
  4. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    Usually, as a rule of thumb, charge 3X's the price of the lawn.
     
  5. Turf Dancer

    Turf Dancer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 681

    Average lawn here for aeration figuring 50 x 100 lot 3500 sq ft lawn is $45 to 55 , Mow, trim and blow $16 to 20

    I have one that is just under half an acre and I get $125
     
  6. we are $60 for most lots up to 4000 sqft
    $5 per 1000sqft over
    hills, corners, cul-de-sacs, larger lots extra,

    1/4 acre or 11,000 sqft 11,000

    11,000
    -4,000 base
    -2500 most house n driveway
    =4500

    4x$5
    +$60
    ===$80

    but I own 2 Lesco30's since 95
     
  7. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Rule of thumb for a premium service like just aerating is $10 per 1000 square feet with a 50 or 75 bucks minimum per job. Add in overseeding and starter fert and you're up around $28 or $30 per thousand square feet of prop.

    What ever you do, don't go low in your pricing...
     
  8. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 414

    $12/100sq. ft for aerating........$35/1000sq. ft for aerate, fert, and seed.
     
  9. Westbrooklawn

    Westbrooklawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 414

    sorry....meant to say $12/1000 sq. ft, not /100 sq ft.
     
  10. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,307

    have you ever pushed an aerator around a yard? It'll make a man out of you and you'll be cussin cause you only charged $35. If you were gonna charge $35 for aeration then what do you charge to cut lawns. Charging too low ruins the market! Is the ventrac a pull behind type areator? The pull behinds are much more forgiving on the body but are hard to get in tight spots.
     

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