Fertilizer Application Pricing

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Husky, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
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    Sorry for bringing back an old topic but what should I charge for .5 acres? That's around 21,000 sq ft right?
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  2. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My five step program which includes crabgrass and broadleaf weed control and grub control in round three will cost the customer $44.00 per 1000sf treated, total package. In your case I would charge that customer $330.00 for the years program. This would cost roughly $66.00 per application. Keep in mind that each application actually costs different my round one and three are my most expensive at 13.00 per K. Other variables may change the price such as drive time, and condition of lawn for starters.

    I hope I got my numbers right as I typed this quickly, DINNER IS READY.
     
  3. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
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    Now it's 330 including the fert? Or that's just for labor?
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  4. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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  5. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That would be for everything including weed control in each round if needed, labor is included. FYI Imostly use Lebanon products with MESA nitrogen.
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  6. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
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    I was just pricing the feet out for lesco and it almost comes to 330 lol
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  7. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lesco is high in my opinion.

    This might confuse some but a rule of thumb to get you in the ballpark would be to calculate what your given bag of fertilizer cost per 1000 sf. and multiply it by four. For instance my round one application is Lebanons 22-0-6 with Dimension. One bag costs me $33.00 and covers 11,000 sf. at the recommended rate. So knowing that, 33 divided by 11 = 3, or $3.00 per thousand is my cost. Cost times four = $12.00 per thousand square feet. My charge for round one would be $12.00 per thousand square feet applied, or in your case that 7500 sf lawn would be $12 X 7.5 = $90.00 for the first application. That multiplier usually gets me close. That should cover things like drive time, insurance, equipment maintenance etc. Keep in mind like I posted earlier round one and three are my most expensive applications so dont think that I am getting $90.00 per application every time I go out. Rounds two four and five are roughly half the cost of one and three.

    This thread isn't about hidden costs to the operator but those costs need to be factored in. DONT open that can of worms otherwise your thread will get hijacked by someone complaining about low-ballers and what their hidden costs are.

    FYI, my pricing structure is lower than the big guys in the Chicago area, ie. TGCL. Not by much but I do use that information as a selling point if the customer asks.
     
  8. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
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    wouldnt it be 12x21 because 1/2 an acre is 21000 sf?
     
  9. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    An acre is 43560 square feet.
     
  10. shutzero

    shutzero LawnSite Member
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    Right so 1/2 is about 21000
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