Core Aeration on large areas

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rcreech, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    In the past I have not done a lot of core aerations on larger lawns (greater then 2 acres).

    I have a 3 pt 60" and a 3 pt 72" and I have only used them on lawns less then 2 acres and sport fields. Don't have a clue where to charge on larger commercials.

    What in the heck would you guys charge for 3-4 acre lawns. I also have a 11 acre lawn to do.

    Know what I would charge....but don't want to leave any money on the table.

    Thanks,
    RC
     
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    3-4 acre, as long as it is not too cut up, $1500-$2000. just guessing though, we price all places on difficulty and size in a formula.
     
  3. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
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    11 acres equals 484,000 square feet. If you charged lets say $10/k that comes out to $4800. A good chunck of change.

    Even at $5/k that is $2400. Maybe some where in the middle.

    Can one person do this in one day? How about 2 people? Wide open, or a cluster f%%K?
     
  4. RABBITMAN11

    RABBITMAN11 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Easy ................
     
  5. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
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    On large jobs, I figure what I would make in normal day and make sure I get that. Price it to high and you can leave all the money on the table, customer just says no.
     
  6. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
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    around here, guys doing large areas are in the 150 per acre range because of size. if you can aerate an acre in a hour thats decent money. of course the scale of cost goes the other way dramatically the smaller it gets.
     
  7. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    I typically charge around $220 an acre...but from the few I have talked to on here that sounds really low!

    Just wanted to see where you guys were at as there just isn't as big of a demand on the larger lawns...and I think a lot of it just comes down to the cost.
     
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    it seems to use that aeration pricing differs greatly from company to company. we get a large range here, some being triple our prices and some being a bit cheaper. good luck
     
  9. LIBERTYLANDSCAPING

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
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    Wow! You'de never get that around here! Does that include seed? 3-4 acres is 1.5-2.0 hrs. on a Z-Plugger
     
  10. Puttinggreens

    Puttinggreens LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from southeast PA
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    Alot depends on how thorough you are going and how much time it takes.

    For example the 3 to 4 acres on a Z-plugger would take us all day, but we almost always go 4 times over each area. We are charging a higher rate but we spend the extra time to be thorough for a least the first two years.
     

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