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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Commonwealth LC, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Commonwealth LC

    Commonwealth LC LawnSite Member
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    well, is there any one price per 1000 sq/ft that anyone uses for just fertilizing an existing lawn? my neightbor wants that done and i was thinking maybe $10/1000 but im still very new in ferting and stuff so i just want a more established opinion on this also.

    and with the same question for seeding a new lawn. price per 1000 sq/ft anyone? thanks a lot, this site always helps and i try not to ask too much and find want i dont know without asking but yall are great and thanks.
     
  2. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
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    Plese use the search feature. there are tons of threads on pricing. :)
     
  3. Williams Services

    Williams Services LawnSite Senior Member
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    $3/m should be ok. If you can get more in your area, by all means, do.
     
  4. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    $10 per k per PRODUCT. example- weed and feed contains fert, and herbicide. the price on a 5k lawn would be $100. powerseeding- $45 per k. seed rate 5-7 lbs per k
     
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    .004 / sq ft / chemical (whether fert or whatever) / round.
     
  6. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Posts: 317

    Bobby,

    So by that logic how much should I apply for an application that uses nitroform, nutralene, Sulfate of Potash, iron, humic acid, manage, drive, and speedzone?

    Should I cahrge 8x my rate?

    I must be doing it wrong. The way that I charge is an annual cost to keep their lawn pristine, lush and beautiful. For most of my lawns that means they end up in 40 - 50.00 per k range per year. I schedule 4 stops per year -- but make more if necessary.

    My customers don't care what products I use or how much -- they care about their lawn looking good. For those that fo not pay up front annually, -- I charge them 4x a year when I fertilize and not at any needed in between stops.
     
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    charge what you want lonnie. a fert app should be cheaper than a pesticide app, but still charged accordingly. if i am going to apply fertilizer on 5k, i need to cover, u know, all the basis- travel time, product liability, etc. now, if i'm going to apply a pesticide, i need to cover everything that i do with a fert app, and also record keeping, recertification, etc, everything gets calculated, as well as the health risks involved. i knew a guy who had 7 thousand fert clients, SEVEN THOUSAND! his profit, on average, for a merit app, was $8. EIGHT BUCKS! no thanx. charge what you want, 99% of the guys doing apps are making about $2 an hour. let me ask you this....you charge a "flat rate" for your INITIAL recomended program. what if extra apps are needed to correct unforseen circumstances? like maybe your originally scheduled weed treatments werent cutting it, and u needed to go back and spot spray, or re-treat, would you charge extra for this?
     
  8. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Posts: 317

    No -- I do not charge extra for spot treatments. Now, often times a customer wants soemthing I do not reccomend, such as a grub application or such and then I give them a price to do that. However, they pay me for a lush, green, weed free yard.

    The only caveat is disease. I have a clause in my contract that if I see signs of disease during any visit that I will make an immediate curative app and charge up toa full application price -- without consent needed.

    However, this is usually les than 1% of my customers annually. I have very few lawns with disease problems.

    Now -- I also often ahve a higher price for first time customers because it will take me more time and materials to get the lawn in shape.
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    not bad. ok, look, if you have a first year client, you sign them up in march, you recomend a standard progem. come june, uh oh, nutsedge. you had no way of knowing they would get it. charge to treat it, or not?
     
  10. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    I don't mean to jump in the conversation, but I'm going to. :)

    If the customer wants it treated immediately, extra charge.

    If they want to wait until round 3, (or whichever round you'll be doing next) no extra charge, right Bobby?
     

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