Fert. pricing per app.

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Katwalk, Mar 17, 2002.

  1. Katwalk

    Katwalk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    Coming from the northeast would $120 per application for 5 apps. using lesco products on 30,000 square feet be reasonable?
  2. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    Welcome to the forum!

    That's a good price.

    You may even be high, here's why:
    Times are changing: with new rider machines like the PermaGreen unit and EZ Spray, guys are taking advantage of the lower production time and bidding these sites lower than when they had to push them or drag a hose.

    Also the cost of N has dropped this season.
  3. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,712

    Your in the ball park
  4. Harvestman

    Harvestman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    In the my area 30000 k would go for $105.00. And thats the high end. Way to much competiton! Good Luck
  5. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    $125 for me, sounds right. If I ever do spend $4500 for a spreader I will not be going down on my price because I'm doing it faster.

    BGRANT LawnSite Member
    Posts: 29

    Kent Lawns,
    Why is it when we go out and buy expensive machines to make the job quicker and easier.We feel as though we have to pass all the savings on to the customer.Generally the guys I see that follow that way of thinking don't stay around long.
  7. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    1.) I have been using high production equipment for years (C&S Turf Tracer) so my price structure is unchanged.

    2.) Seems every new guy and most old ones have caught on to equipment that allows treatment of those .5 - 2 acre sites way faster than 5 years ago.

    I don't know if it's "a way of thinking" as much as a market reality. ie. if you're cutting this same 30,000 sq/ft with a 36" Belt WB/lawn tractor combo as everyone used to do 20 years ago, you're simply not going to be competitive.

    Obviously if you "pass all the savings" on to your customers, you don't come out ahead.
  8. Commander

    Commander Banned
    Posts: 116

    What kind of N source will you be using? Also fert prices shall be going back up in the not too distant future as gas prices are goin back up.
  9. Kent Lawns

    Kent Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 870

    Urea N prices are more closely associated with natural gas rather than automotive fuel.

    He said Lesco products, so the N is probably mostly from urea & PPSCU sources.
  10. Katwalk

    Katwalk LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    I appreciate the feedback from all. I am looking to pick up about 20 fert. customers that we maintain weekly but this is first year we will fertilize. thanks.

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