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Fair price for mulch?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by tdifonzo, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Mike, you will hardly be the only one doing it.:walking: I haven't done well selling it. Seems like fert companies talk them into core aerating and then I end up making the money up on fixing irrigation wires and pipes. I guess you can't win on both sides. I have a dethatcher though but it verticuts I guess this is what you guys are talking about. Hard fixed blades and not the thin wire kind. It use to be used on my grand parents Bermuda after the rye starts to die out.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2012
  2. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,542

    Funny I never see anyone on this Florida forum talking about verti cutting they do. I think it absolutely is a service mostly untapped. So who on here actually owns a vert cutter? From mikes fert guy saying he doesn't know anyone who does it to all the people I do it for who say they can't find anyone to do it. I'm not saying anyone is reinventing the wheel, but this is a service most people don't truly provide and own the equipment to do it. Maybe your town is a unique situation full of companies de thatching?
     
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Being that I lived in SWFL it is a totally different breed of people here. Down there it seems more people are use to having grass and dumping money into it every year from them being from the north. Here it seems we have more home growns and lawn hacks. They seem to think Crabgrass is St Augustine and that Zoysia is what's on golf courses.
     
  4. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,637

    The only reason I am doing this first one is I have a customer that every year ask me if I know of anyone. I do not and I have called several connections here locally asking anyone if they know anyone who does trying to help this guy out. Nobody that I know in the local green industry knows of anyone. So when I called to inform the homeowners L and O company the owner got really excited. He said if I wanted more he would throw lots of work my way as he did not know anyone that did it either. We will see. I have one of the other chemical sales reps informed now to as of a few minutes ago. He said he has a few people in mind that have seville in full sun that he knows would be interested. We will see but it sounds promising.

    I can see the market being here because of those from up north are familiar with it on their cool season turfs...so they can understand it and know the benefits ......well if you tell them it is dethatching that is.
     
  5. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    If he has so many that want it why hasn't he bought one and started doing it. Seems to me 300+ a yard with 3000 in equipment is not a hard decision. Just do yourself a favor and buy a bagger to fit on your walk behind or smallest rear gate mower it helps with clean up big time.
     
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,637

    The offer the aeration but not this as he told me he had quoted this customer for that. I do not know. Maybe because the are happy with the fert and squirt side of the business? Don't know but if he wants to get me more and I think it can remain profitable then so be it. :clapping:
     
  7. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    Definitely for sure. Have you got any replacements yet?
     
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,637

    Whatcha talking about Willis?
     
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    SOD.... to short
     

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