New Business: Help to Bid on an Account

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Northern Turf Man, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Northern Turf Man

    Northern Turf Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    Hey guys,

    I am 19 years old and am going to college for horticulture and turf management. This summer I will be running my own turf maintenance company at home in Northern Maine, and I have one account that I am bidding on that requires the following services:

    Spring and Fall Clean-up
    Prep and Seeding of Plow Damage
    Weed Control to Turf and Island Areas (1 app.)
    Fertilizer to turf areas (1 app.)
    Lime to turf areas (1 app.)
    Pruning of shrubs

    The property has 14,791 sq. ft. of lawn area, and while I didn't measure the beds, my guess would be about 3,000 sq. ft.

    I am having trouble coming up with some numbers and what products to use, so just a few questions for you guys if you could help me out:

    1. What would be a good weed control product to use for the turf/island areas? Cost? What should I charge for this sort of service? By the time I have to provide this service, I will have my Master Applicator's License, so no worries there.

    2. Same question as above for the fertilizer? Cost? What should I charge?

    3. What is a good way to estimate seasonal clean-ups/reparing plow damage?

    Any input would be appreciated! Thanks!
  2. GaryCinChicago

    GaryCinChicago LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    You did a soil test before securing the account and are sure of the soil's pH?

    How many pounds per 1000?

    Dolomitic or catalytic? And why?

    Would you change the alternator on your car without a test?
  3. pinecrestwoods

    pinecrestwoods LawnSite Member
    Posts: 69

    I took it as though those were the specs he was given.

    Northern Turf Man- you SHOULD educate them on soil pH, and sell them on a soil test.
  4. Northern Turf Man

    Northern Turf Man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 53

    I have not done a soil test yet, as I am still trying to win the account first. As far as doing a soil test, I realize that an initial soil test is critical but I would first like to win the account by simply bidding on their specs, and then possibly trying to sell a soil test. I too was a little wary when they just required lime without checking the pH first, but I figure bid on what they want and then negotiate with them after. At this point, I am just trying to get my foot in the door.
  5. GaryCinChicago

    GaryCinChicago LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    Not only for pH, but for fertilizer quoting too.

    What if the soil is collapsed and requires 6Lbs/1000 triple P the first season? How would you figure that in after a quote?

    Anyone can squirt and fert N.

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