HOLLY S$^% TruGreen-Chemlawn Ripoff!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pilotcoplawnboy, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. pilotcoplawnboy

    pilotcoplawnboy LawnSite Member
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    When I got home from aerating some yards I had this on my door from TruGreen-Chemlawn. My yard is a .25 acre. Talking about a complete ripoff.

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  2. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    What is so bad about that price? When you say a quarter acre, do you mean around 10-12,000 sq. ft. My price would be in that ballpark.
     
  3. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    I believe what he is comparing that price to is that "most" NC LCO's where he (and I) are at the least me and the ones I know would be at around $75-$100 for the same service for his size lot.
     
  4. pilotcoplawnboy

    pilotcoplawnboy LawnSite Member
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    I plugged my yard in less than 20 minutes when I seeded. My whole lot is around a .25 acre. Not the whole lot is grass. I was quoted by a local lawn service for $50.00. I usually charge my clients $45.00. I guess I need to up my charge. (Next Year) This is a picture of my yard The back is a reverse piethat is about 75' deep.

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  5. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    That's cheap!!! Aerating alone would be that much, they are doing a "free overseeding" for that price too!.
     
  6. pilotcoplawnboy

    pilotcoplawnboy LawnSite Member
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    The "FREE" seeding came with the purchase of the home. I guess the price of aerating varies with the territory you live in. $141.00 to aerate my yard is overkill!
     
  7. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    What did you use, and how mnay passes did you make in that 20 minutes?.
     
  8. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
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    If companies dont raise prices, prices will never rise . The price is not a ripoff , it is simply higher . I personally charge an average of 25 % more than my competition , because the market will bear it and I wish to make more money . The most common mistake I see in businesses is that people UNDER price themselves. If you can get more money go for it . Why work 7 days for the same money you can make in 4 days .
     
  9. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    i'm confused. the true green guy is NOT selling the seeding? only the aeration? i'd still get around $200 to aerate the place.
     
  10. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I went to a prospective customers house the other day to quote spray program. (unhappy with chemlawn) he asked what I would charge to plug and seed. Measured it....17000 sf. I told him 375 plus fertilization.

    He said TG/CL did it for 240, including the fert. Maybe I should hire out TG/CL to do my seeding and plugging from now on and add some on top for me.
     

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