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Pelletized lime

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Greenscapes Lawncare, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Greenscapes Lawncare

    Greenscapes Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    How do you guys charge for putting down each bag of pelletized lime. I dont buy lime from supplier just simply from the local hardware store for $3.99 a bag of 40 lbs. for $5,000 sqft of fertilizer I charge $45.00 and each bag costs me $10.00-$11.50 to buy. what should i charge per bag of lime??? thanks in advance
     
  2. atouchofnature

    atouchofnature LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    I wouldn't recommend using the 3.99 lime, unless the lawn has a magnesium deficiency. Usually the 3.99 bag is dolomitic lime which has way too much magnesium for most situations. I like to use calcitic lime (Sol U Cal is a good choice). It costs about $15 a bag, but you only need to use about 1/4 to 1/3 as much product, and you don't have the magnesium overload, which can lead to a lot of new problems.

    The price really depends on the soil sample results. I have seen soil tests call for anywhere from 5 lbs/1000 sq. ft all the way up to 100 lbs/1000. I wouldn't give a price until I knew how much I was putting on.

    Have you had a soil test on the lawn? If so, what were the lime specifications?
     
  3. Greenscapes Lawncare

    Greenscapes Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 87

    PH level is only 5.1 from the results i need approx. 40 per 1,000 sqft. theres a total of 7,500 sqft-8,000 sqft
     
  4. atouchofnature

    atouchofnature LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    I usually charge double the regular application price when applying in heavy amounts like your test calls for, if it is calling for dolomitic lime. Did the test specify which type of lime should be used? If it is calling for calcitic lime at that rate, you are going to need to charge much more than double your regular rate.
     

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