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my first big estimates for fert & squirt

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Surferbum21, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Surferbum21

    Surferbum21 LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW OKC
    Posts: 392

    so i have 3 big sized properties to bid. I am about to give them my proposed estimate for fert&squirt program as well as lawn estimate.

    1. 56000 sq ft- property requires a lot of moving of truck as it is several long pieces (380x15, 200x15, etc.) with one big piece (165x180)

    2. 55200 sq ft- same as above but little big bigger pieces

    3. 26100 sq ft. - prob only 3 movements of truck

    I was thinking from what costs I've come up with and checking with other companies...

    1. $275-300 ($200 and $300 est from 2 companies)
    2. $275-300 ($200 and $300 est from 2 companies)
    3. $140 ($95 and $170 est from 2 companies)

    Is this about right?
  2. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 705

    discussed so many times, but the markets are just so different. I just looked at my price guide, and I would have bid it at

    $135. These are for 6 rounds, with 4 rounds receiving fertilizer with a total of 4 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 per year.

    Yes, I think you are right in the ball park.

    VARMIT COMMISSION LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 547


    Your pricing is not out of line for the area. I would use your higher number in the bid. Remember this is over 3 acre's of grass. Think about the middle of July its 102 degrees outside and your pushing a fertilizer spreader around. These are some rather large areas. Then walking the edges again to blow fertilizer off the concrete. And walking the whole thing out pulling a hose. Rewinding the hose move the truck, spray, move the truck etc. etc. Now Im not saying your going to be spraying in 102 degree temps but--for the time it takes to do these 2 larger properties (with difficulties) , you could knock out 10 or 15 maybe more small city lots next to each other for $50.00 apiece and make a whole lot more profit. My first acre lot I had I kicked my self in the butt all year long. I had to walk it out with a backpack sprayer (took forever) to spot spray. Then push the spreader, go back to the truck and refill with fertilizer and push some more. But I had 3 side by side. I wouldnt do it again.
    I have a PG now and had a HPS so it makes it a lot easier. I can spot spray when Im throwing fertilizer on a 1 acre lot and be gone in 20 minutes. Your closer to an hour at least for the first property.
    Not to be negative but I would take the 3rd property, leave the first two. Kind of get it all figured out first then go after the big boys after you get some more equipment. Remember your new and ya still gotta figure it all out. I would rather you screw up on a 4000 square foot lawn than 50,000 square foot.
    Just my 2 cents.
  4. azjojo99

    azjojo99 LawnSite Member
    from S.C.
    Posts: 70

    The hose gets heavy on large lots!
  5. milsaps118

    milsaps118 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 559

    This is what i'd bid...
    1- $280
    2- $276
    3- $130

    Like Turfdoc said it will vary on region.
  6. Athletic field

    Athletic field LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    Just wondering if you would charge the same for a football field? A Football field is about 60,000 sq ft. That's alot of work pulling a hose and its wide open.

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