how much do i charge for applying fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by mg10117, May 29, 2007.

  1. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc LawnSite Fanatic
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    He just said he don't need a license in his area, only for pesticides.
     
  2. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
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    Thats correct. In my area you only need a license for pesticide not fertilizer...I was just hoping to get some info on how different guys are pricing there application with cost of material, thats all. I would appreciate any advice...Thanks again...
     
  3. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a good customer and since and you're going to be there already - I'd just charge her the cost plus maybe $10 per bag to spread.

    Give her a quote of $85 for 3 bags, spread - you might have to return it - lol.

    Like someone else said, buy the cheap stuff. It all comes from TRA anyway.
     
  4. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
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    thanks RonB ... seems like a good way to approach it...i think i will go with that...do you use same math on seed, lime ext...(an additional $10.00/ bag, on top of the cost of product?)
     
  5. RonB

    RonB LawnSite Senior Member
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    If all it takes is opening a bag and spreading - yes.

    When giving her the price I'd say, " for the fert, picking it up, and spreading will run you ..

    Point out that you're picking it up since most don't even consider it. For me it's not really a money-maker, just good customer relations - and does keep the grass needing a cut.
     
  6. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    You're in business to make MONEY, charge her what you need to - to make a reasonable profit. She is willing to pay because she does not want to screw with it. Nothing to feel guilty about. Charge her a fair price for your time, mark the material up 30-40% and feel good about it.
     
  7. Grass Kickin

    Grass Kickin LawnSite Member
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    Bullethead, I like your response. I think far too many guys are just happy to get work that they think someone else could snatch away from them that they are afraid to charge what they should. I'm a professional and in this business to make money and support my family. That is the way I look at every job. Does a doctor give me a break when I walk in the office? Hell no and he makes me wait 45 minutes to see him. I am a doctor of the outdoors and I charge what I want....you guys should too.
     
  8. mg10117

    mg10117 LawnSite Member
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    bullethead, thanks for advice. I just need some clarification. For (32 K square ft or .75 acres) i need roughly 3 bags of fertilizer. That totaled $53.46, add a 40 % markup makes the total $75.00... Is this what your recomended total is to purchase and apply in this situation? or do you add in additional costs? I want to make a reasonable profit, I'm just not sure what reasonable is. I dont want charge too much and lose business, but on the other hand I dont want to cheat myself out of making a good living either...Thanks again for any responses...
     
  9. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
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    man i cant stand the way people jump down your throat when you mention fertelizer. its rediculous. in my state you dont have to have licence for fet. you dont even need a licence for herbicides, unless you advertise that you spray herbicides. but if your spraying for a regular customer, you need no licence. believe me on this one because if looked into it, more than once. but every state is different so be sure and check your state regulations. people just need to ease up a bit.
     
  10. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
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    No, you need to add in your price for your labor as well. What is your hourly billing rate. Is it goping to take an hour of your time? Let assume it does to buy it and then spread it. Lets assume your hourly labor billing rate is $45/hr. Then bill the client 1hr of labor $45+ marked-up materials $75 = $120.
     

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