Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by PGA, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    As a few of you know Im expanding into chemicals next season. Ive taken the test and bought some equipment to do strictly granular right now and a couple backpack sprayers for spot-spraying.

    My question is pricing. Ive talked to some fellow LCO's. Some with larger companies and some with smaller. The smaller ones charge anywhere between $4.00 and $6.00 per 1000 sq ft and the larger charges $10.00 per 1000.

    Ive decided to start out at $5.00 per 1000.

    So most of my yards will be paying around $40 per app being around 8000 sq ft.

    I have one yard that is 20,000 SQ FT.

    My question is do most of you stick to your established price ( whatever it is) when you get a yard that big or do you drop your $ per 1000?
  2. PGA

    PGA LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    29 reads and not one response? Is everyone here not charging people for apps?

  3. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,873

    you need to have a base price, we charge a $36 min charge for any lawn 5000 k or less, then add $3 per k over 5000 base min. so a 10k lawn would be $51.00 then drop the $ a little per k for the larger lawns with a price break at 15-25-40k, so that a 1 acre lawn will be priced at around $120, you may want to check the competion in your area and see what the prices are. good luck
  4. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 670

    Sorry for no response, but there has been tons of talk about this. If you search you'll get overloaded. I'll just say that our rates start at $6.50 per k with a minimum charge. As the lawns get bigger the charge drops. We top out at $175.00 per acre. And next year our prices are going up @10%.
  5. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    I've been charging $4/k, with a $35 minimum. I've got a couple at $30, but I picked them up early on when my minimum was lower.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    i am at 195 and acre and dont come down for the lowballers i want to do a great job and the extra money allows me to do it
  7. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Posts: 1,873

    yea, my prices are going up next year too! not sure how much yet but atleast 10%.
  8. Green Dreams

    Green Dreams LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 593

    I have left a nice note to everyone telling them they can expect a 15% increase in '06. I have raised my prices too.

    Dusty hit on the head. I charge quite a bit more than the per acre charges I see here. First of all...I am lazy. I hate doing big properties. If I am gonna have to do it, it'll be worth it.
  9. breckslawncare

    breckslawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    My minimum is $35, above that I get $7 per k. For larger properties I figure the "real" price and compare it to cost and time and generally come us with a fair price.
    It hasn't burned my yet.
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I sure wish WE could get those kind of prices around here!

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