Pricing your applications by the acre

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jajwrigh, Mar 18, 2005.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    I have several estimates to give tommorrow and I am thinking that the formula that I use for average to medium sized yards may be too expensive. An acre is around 40,000 square feet right? At what point do you guys alter your $x per 1000 sq/ft formula or do you? Any help appreciated...
     
  2. toxic man

    toxic man LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I think about that formula all of the time. I have placed myself in those conversations and think I would really try and find the balance point of what the client needs and what we are capable of offering. Case in Point, I could apply a full 5 step complete with pre ems and post ems with a high dollar fert, but, would the customer really choke on the price or what? I have thought about approaching several commercial properties around her who's lawns look like the toilet and thought what could I do to this lawn to make it look much better without making it perfect on a price/ outcome balance. So I have figured my costs and broken them out to just fert, great slow release fert with add ons for post emergents/pre emergents and aerations with overseeding, all down to the acre. Adjusted for the large volume. So. I don't know if this answers your questions, maybe just some parallel thoughts.

    Lou
     
  3. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,484


    About 40,000 s.f you should have that one burned into your brain ...43,560
    Also in Indy 145.00-175.00 acre is about the going residential rate.
     
  4. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 352

    :dizzy: Try more like 95.00 - 125.00 acre
     
  5. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,484


    Not me...I wouldn't treat a acre for $95.00.....and run the program that I do...
     
  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    I strongly disagree too! I am getting good money for the smaller to medium sized residentials and those prices fall a bit short...
     
  7. Jaysvols

    Jaysvols LawnSite Member
    Posts: 4

    I'm in Nashville, Tn. and the usual min is 30 to 35, an acre is 150 to 180. That should help you a little bit. Easiest way to do it is start at a min (30 to 35) and then charge 3 to 3.50 per 1000 sq. ft after that. Hope that helps.
     

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