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how much do you decrease your prices by from year to year?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by bobbyge, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    give me an example of a unnecessary treatment please.
  2. bobbyge

    bobbyge LawnSite Member
    from france
    Posts: 87

    for example i took on this property 4 yrs ago. they had broadleafs + crabgrass. the lawn was thin and malnurished. the first year cost them $550. i did split apps of dimension, 2 blanket broadleaf treatments as well as spot spraying. talstar for sfi. got them on the watering schedule i needed. at the end of the first season, i set myself up for year two with a fall herbicide blanket treatment, and my last fert (nov) being 1.5 lbs of nitrogen. the 2nd year i was able to control the crabgrass with only one dimension, the weeds with only one blnkt treatment and minor spot spraying. i skipped the fall herbicide. year three required no spot treatments at all. by year 3 the lawn was thick and healthy and almost 100% void of any crabgrass or weeds. thier program price, as the years progressed, decreased due to the success of the program.

    Posts: 11

    People Are Stupid Animals..... Keep Your Price The Same If Anything Just Because You're Doing Less Doesn't Mean Your Expenses Haven't Increased ........it's Called " Cost Of Living Increase"
  4. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    Ok as i see it you renovated the lawn through chemical applications. Now your on a regulart maintenance program. A regular maintenane program will not decrease in price. A renovation with extra applications will of course cost more. But if your new client hired you to take over a healthy lawn then your price should only go up or at the very least stay the same.
  5. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,386

    Oh Mr Gedd, they do not kinow thee very well doust they?
  6. bobbyge

    bobbyge LawnSite Member
    from france
    Posts: 87

    yes but even the amount of work involved in "routine maint" will decrease as the years go on. that's, if you're good at it, and honest
  7. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,539

    I'm not sure about France, but here, weed control is a constant battle. I have lawns I have done for 8 yrs now. I at least spot spray weeds every time I visit the lawn...every time! There are a least a handful of weeds. I spray them all. So my answer to your question is no. I do the same amount of work, I always spray weeds and materials never get cheaper...You just fell off the Turnip Truck...right?
  8. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    well i disagree with that. Pre emergant and spot praying is routine maintenace in my book. Although we just may be in different climates with different grasses. For some reason i am doubting your in France.
  9. bug-guy

    bug-guy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 972

    he can afford to lower his prices because he goes to the big box store and rips the bags to get a discount......
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    hahaha yea im curious to see his rig. he is entertaining.

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