Is Chemlawn High ???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by QLC, Mar 13, 2000.

  1. QLC

    QLC LawnSite Member
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    I was talking to 1 of my mowing customers last night and she said she got an estimate for Chemlawn for her yard. Their price was $52 for 9000 sq. ft. and they want to do a 7 time per year program. I was wondering if this was high? I got my applicators license last year and I'm buying a sprayer today. Could anybody tell me a good way to figure price for different jobs or how I could find out what is competitive for area? I live in Central Ky. How do you estimate:<br>aerating<br>seeding<br>spraying<br>fertilizing<br>Any help would be greatly appreciated. I want to stay competitive.<p>Thanks,<p>Brook Haynes<br>Quality Lawn Care
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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    Chemlawn prices are not high if consumers are willing to pay what they charge. And they have a good chunk of the market. You should bid around their price. Market prices are controled by what the customer is will ing to pay. Unless you have no competition then you can pretty much dictate the price.
     
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think they're high!<p>But not on price.<p>I bid a customer last week they were charging $35 for 17,000 sq. ft. lawn.<p>They seldom measure lawns and most of their employees have little experience. Their prices are all over the place.
     
  4. jeffclc

    jeffclc Guest
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    My parents had ChemLawn over 10 years ago( before I was in the business), and the price was just about $50, for the front only, about 12,000. I just looked at a quote that the gave them, and they will do the front for $36.00, and the whole lawn for $46.00(17,000). Go figure.<p>The thing that made me laugh the most I have all year was that they recommended core areation, and that it needed done badly. If the salesman would have walked across the grass, his feet would have been covered with mud, as I just areated last week. The plugs are still clearly visible. I might also add that they list compact soil as a problem area, I areated it 4 times in the last 12 months. Not too compact. That made my day.
     
  5. peacedog

    peacedog LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Posts: 19

    According to Chem-Lawn in my area, they don't measure individual lawns anymore, they take the average for a geographical area.<p>Hence you see their prices from rock bottom to sky high.<br>
     
  6. TURFSERVICES

    TURFSERVICES LawnSite Member
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    TG-CL price for 17000sf is $64.00 per app<br>in the south
     
  7. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hello Brook, <br>Good to see another person from Central Ky. <br>The price that chemlawn gives depends on the market area. That price seems a little to high I would love to have that for a 9000 sq ft lawn. I have a price list that a I have come up with for my area.(south central Ky). We do get close to the big city of Lexington.<br>If you would like I can e-mail you the price list.
     
  8. greenngrow

    greenngrow LawnSite Senior Member
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    Brook,<p>Forgot to ask where is your business located?<br>
     
  9. QLC

    QLC LawnSite Member
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    Greenngrow,<br>Please e-mail your price list if you don't mind. I live in Versailles and do most of my work here. I have thought about going to Lex. some but, I am working 2 jobs right now and don't want to get in over my head until I can do it full time.<p>Thanks,<br>Brook<br>cockbird@refugemail.com
     
  10. Sunset Lawns

    Sunset Lawns LawnSite Member
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    I charge 16.00 for the first 2K sq ft. 4.00 for each additional 1K sq ft. <br>My brake down on 5K sq ft (average home) in Houston<br>5 visits $140.00 per year <br>3 24-5-11, 1 Weed & Feed, 1 pre-emergent<br>My Cost:<br>3 24-5-11 @ 1.08 per 1K sq ft = $16.20 <br>1 W & F @ $1.62 per 1K sq ft = $8.10<br>1 Pre-M @ $1.03 per 1K sq ft = $5.15<br>Total cost = 29.45 per year <br>Average profit = $22.11 per application. I can do 2-3 apps per hour. <br>I use granular fertilizers. Chem Lawn uses spry fertilizers and also applies a fungicide during the winter to prevent brown patch. Most Spry companies like Chem Lawn cost $45.00 for 5K sq ft. I use Lesco fertilizers. Aerating in the Houston area is going for 10-15 per 1K sq ft.<p>Hope this helps<p>Sunset Lawns <br>
     

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